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Located in the Tuamotu archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, Fakarava is one of the most spectacular islands in French Polynesia. It is an absolutely fantastic place to photograph, full of palm trees that lean out over white-sand beaches and turquoise water teeming with tropical fish. Fakarava was not discovered until 1820. It was formerly known as Hawaiki and was established as the ancient capital of the Tuamotu archipelago towards the end of the 19th century.

The atoll surrounds an incredible lagoon, so unique that it was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2006. This distinction recognizes not only the beauty of the island itself but also the outstandingly diverse and abundant marine life that it hosts. Snorkeling or scuba diving in the north or south ocean channels is highly recommended. Taiaro, located to the northeast of Fakarava Atoll, was the first atoll in the world to be included in the “Man and the Biosphere Program” (MAB) in January 1977. Subsequently, 29 years later in October 2006, this designation was extended to the remaining six atolls of the Fakarava Commune (Aratika, Fakarava, Kauehi, Niau, Raraka and Toau). Today the entire archipelago is known as the Commune de Fakarava Biosphere Reserve.

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Hotels in Fakarava

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Havaiki Fakarava

Tokerau Village

Tetamanu Village

Things to do in Fakarava

The road that runs around the island is great for bike rides since there is hardly any traffic. But enjoying Fakarava’s beaches by taking a swim, snorkeling or scuba diving is absolutely indispensable. Fakarava is one of the most popular diving spots in the world. The feature known as the Garuae channel is located to the north of the atoll. At 5,249 feet wide, it is the largest in French Polynesia. The Tamakuhoa pass, on the other hand, is found in the south. Generally known as Tetamanu after the city where it is located, it is 656 feet wide. The southern channel is the great attraction for divers due to the great wall of gray sharks that await in its waters. Here are some personal recommendations

Activities in Fakarava

Data of interest

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  • Capital: Rotoava
  • Population: 845
  • Lagoon area: 433 square miles
  • Dry land: 6 square miles
  • Trip around the island by road: it is not possible to travel around it by land
  • Minimum stay to explore Fakarava: 2 days
  • Official languages: French and Tahitian
  • Also spoken to a lesser extent: English, Italian and Spanish
  • You can eat well for $15
  • You can get good accommodation from $110

Map of Fakarava

Most people arrive by air, landing at the airport located in the north of the island. Fakarava is the second largest atoll in French Polynesia. Rotoava, the main city, is located to the north and has a wide range of services and facilities. There is another, much smaller town to the south called Tetamanu. The atoll has two channels through which the ocean water flows into the lagoon. The southern channel can only be reached by boat. The coral reef, in fact, is 37 mi long and 15 mi wide, which means that it constitutes a considerable barrier. This map shows the island’s most interesting features for your trip.

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