French Polynesia

Cruises to Fakarava

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.


  • Port Name & Location
    Ship will anchor off shore. Guests will be tendered ashore.
  • Time Zone
    THAT (Tahiti Time) UTC-1 hours
  • Language
    Locals speak French and/or Tahitian.
  • Currency & Shopping
    Currency is the Tahitian Franc (CFP)
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Walk, or rent a scooter or bicycle for venturing around the beach or village.
    • Famous For
      Fakarava boasts the second largest lagoon in the Tuamotu Atolls (a chain of islands formed of coral).
    • Fun Fact #1
      Crystal clear water makes this one of the best places for diving or snorkelling, with many outfitters along the beaches.
    • Fun Fact #2
      The environment is so pure, it's designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for the preservation of rare species.
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