Fakarava Travel Guide

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Fakarava Overview

Fakarava is the second largest atoll in Polynesia. It has two small villages, Rotoava in the northeast and Teamanu, formerly the main village. This protected atoll together with six neighboring island, makes up a UNESCO classified nature reserve.

Among the things to explore here are the pearl farm, the sea slug smoke house (highly prized by Asian gourmets) and the ancient village of Tetamanu with one of the first Catholic churches built in coral dating back to 1874.

The highlight on this island is no doubt the snorkeling and scuba diving. Here you will find a concentration of lagoon and ocean fish (eg. barracuda, rays, hammerhead and tiger shark).