Stepping onto the protected coral atoll of Fakarava will feel like you've landed in a tropical Eden. This UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve is home to many rare species of plants, birds and crustaceans. The surrounding translucent, warm waters boast one of the world's best diving destinations. But the attractions and natural beauty flow through the island itself. Visit a Catholic Church that early European missionaries built completely out of coral and enjoy a leisure bike ride to the Topaka Lighthouse, which is shaped like a pyramid and built from stone. And then stop by the main village of Rotava before heading to one of the nearby extraordinary beaches.