Tuamotu Islands

Fakarava

Farakava is the Tuamotu Islands' ancient capital and, as its neighbors, has been declared by UNESCO as an official biosphere natural reserve. Its 250 inhabitants live mainly out of fishing in one of its two villages. The biggest part of Fakarava's diving sites are still unexplored, as are many of the islets in the reef collar. Plus, Fakarava has Polynesia's oldest catholic church.

 
It is one of the biggest atolls in the Tuamotu, and it stands out due to its big number of uninhabited islets, filled with virgin beaches and remote sites still to be explored. There are no hotels in Fakarava, although it features some pensions which offer a true luxury service in a small scale, keeping its boutique charm, as well as its immaculate landscapes intact.

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Fakarava, also known as Havaiki Nui, is one of the largest atolls in the Tuamotus. In Polynesia , diving in Fakarava must not be forgotten. Even if everything is not very developed in the island, the diving is one of ...

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Fakarava

Farakava is the Tuamotu Islands' ancient capital and, as its neighbors, has been declared by UNESCO as an official biosphere natural reserve. Its 250 inhabitants live mainly out of fishing in one of its two villages. The biggest part of Fakarava's diving sites are still unexplored, as are many of the islets in the reef collar. Plus, Fakarava has Polynesia's oldest catholic church.

 
It is one of the biggest atolls in the Tuamotu, and it stands out due to its big number of uninhabited islets, filled with virgin beaches and remote sites still to be explored. There are no hotels in Fakarava, although it features some pensions which offer a true luxury service in a small scale, keeping its boutique charm, as well as its immaculate landscapes intact.

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Diving on Fakarava

Fakarava, also known as Havaiki Nui, is one of the largest atolls in the Tuamotus. In Polynesia , diving in Fakarava must not be forgotten. Even if everything is not very developed in the island, the diving is one of the most incredible and unspoiled in all of Polynesia. Don't expect to find wrecks and galleons here, just the nature in its very true shape. Being one of six atolls classified as UNESCO's "biosphere reserves", it has definitely become a must for any diver in Polynesia.


DIVING SPOTS

Central Park:
Near the entrance to the Faruae Pass , there are sunken gardens of coral roses and trees, all dwelled by schools of small fish and some other not so small. Dolphins, giant wrasses, etc.

Te Ava Nui:
Remarkable structures of underwater coral. The sight is similar to the Central Park one. Just outside the ocean-side of the Garuae Pass. Barracudas, napoleons and even some dolphins sometimes.

Garuae Pass:
"The infinite channel"! The Garuae Pass is Polynesia 's widest, with 1600 meters. The particular weather underwater conditions make it possible for coral branches, staghorns and cauliflowers to proliferate.

Shark's Hole:
Near the other end of Fakarava lies the Tumakohua Pass. On the righter inner side of the pass is this narrow underwater valley, which in some times of the year is frequented by different kinds of sharks (lemon, white tip, and even hammerhead).

Te Mau Roti:
Outside the Tumakohua Pass , there are different formations of calcareous material, including big roses. Sea-pikes, barracudas, grey sharks, tunas, etc.

Diving clubs

Dive Spirit

Located in the village of Rotoava, and near most pensions in the island, it's part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

http://www.divespirit.com

TOPDive

Located in Rotoava, it's a member of one of Polynesia's best reputed diving clubs. It specializes in drift dives and private tours, and also offers dives in the southern village of Tetamanu. TOPDive has diving center in other 5 islands.

https://topdive.com

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