The Island of Fakarava
An hour and a half flight from Papeete ( 3 times a week, Mon,wed. and Fr.), rectangular-shaped Fakarava is the second largest atoll in the Tuamotu, 37 miles long by 15 miles wide. It has a very large pass at the north end and a smaller one at the south end.
Rotoava village has a small airport and is located 6 miles from the Garuae pass (one-kilometer wide). It is a charming village, home to most of the atoll's 248 inhabitants. The only other - sort of - settlement (10 people ) is on Tetamanu motu (islet) located at the opposite end of the lagoon next to the smaller but prettier pass.
Fakarava's immense lagoon has several black pearl farms, idyllic white sand beaches and is peppered with small islands, homes to many breeds of nesting birds oblivious to visitors.
The passes provide endless and exciting discoveries for snorkelers and scuba divers in dream-like purple water where 150 foot visibility is the norm.
This all inclusive beach resort offers just 30 luxury bungalows with lagoon views against a luxuriant plantation of Tiare flowers and fruit trees.
The bungalows feature a private terrace, ceiling fan, and all the modern conveniences including telephone and television. The hotel's lagoon front bar and restaurant provide spectacular sunset views.
Scuba diving is available from a local dive operator and daily dive excursions to the exciting passes of Fakarava can be arranged.
rates include full board plus boat and ground transfers from
the Fakarava airport.
Up close and personal
Girl not included...
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