Let ‘Faka’ welcome you with its pearly white sand beaches, glittering blue waters and profusion of forests and activities. This sprawling oasis holds many species of breathtaking flora and fauna, along with sublime diving opportunities. Check out our All-Inclusive holiday deals and packages for families, couples and divers in our Hot Deals!
Fakarava is also a good place to check out the famous black pearls of French Polynesia. Also, Plage du PK9 is a white-sand beach straight out of magazine covers – a must-visit experience as is the Topaka Lighthouse, snorkelling and diving around the Garaue and Tumakohua passes.
With low crowds, waterfront villas and plenty of picture-perfect beaches, Fakarava is one of French Polynesia’s undiscovered gems of romantic getaways.
Scuba-diving does not get any better when travellers go for drift-dives in the Tumakohua Pass – it is said there are at times up to 400 sharks circling around the pass. Plan an extended stay if you want to experience both Tumakohua and Garuae passes as they are over 60 kilometres apart.
One of the gems of French Polynesia, Fakarava, translates to ‘the beautiful one’ and it lives up to its name each and every time. Stretching over 1,100 square kilometres, the lagoon of Fakarava contains such wondrous underwater diversity that it has been deemed a UNESCO Biosphere reserve.
A rough rectangle, the lagoon’s bounty is protected from all sides by almost-continuous coral reefs and is only accessible from two passes. The Passe Garuae in the north, near the town of Rotoava, is the largest pass and is a stunning sight for travellers entering the realm of fabulous diving. On the south-east side, the fast-flowing drifts of Tumakohua Pass commands fantastic congregations of grey, whitecap, lemon and hammerhead sharks – cage dives will leave thrill-seekers with a new benchmark to beat!
Within its pristine lagoon, Fakarava has protected many endemic species of flora and fauna, besides shoals of several thousand fish cavorting around. Diving around the vast coral gardens underwater is a surreal experience, especially at night when kilometres of coral fluoresce in psychedelic shades of hot pink, acid green, yellow and reds against the inky blackness of the ocean. These are but some of the reasons why UNESCO chose this little piece of paradise as a Biosphere reserve. Even those looking to relax would find this atoll lovely, paddling in a canoe across itsblue waters.
Fakarava’s lagoon-facing resorts are the perfect holiday spots for couples and families; while diving enthusiasts would revel in the endless opportunities to explore this submerged paradise in French Polynesia. Check out the beautiful White Sand Beach Resort, the Havaiki Pearl Lodge and the quaint pensions dotting the islands.
More than diving and recreation, it is the easy pace of life and the typical warmth of the people which draws travellers to this place… and then brings them back again. Check out Hideaway Holidays’ Hot Deals to know more about current all-inclusive French Polynesia holiday deals; or if you have fixed the dates of travel, fill out the Enquiry Form and let us handle the details. Alternately, if you need more information to make up your mind, feel free to call us directly at 1300 991 751. Our South Pacific Specialists would love to help you make up your mind with more interesting travel facts about visiting Fakarava!