insights from the ultimate cruising team



Most people have heard of Tahiti’s famous Moorea and Bora Bora Islands. Picture perfect beaches, luxurious resorts with overwater bungalows and idyllic days swimming and snorkelling. Mention Fakarava, however, and you’ll often draw blank looks. Let us let you into Tahiti’s little secret that lies southeast of Rangiroa.

Designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, Fakarava’s rectangular reef is the second largest lagoon in the Tuamotu Atolls. A rich ecosystem, Fakarava is home to endemic wildlife and it’s protected atolls are the perfect sanctuary for underwater flora and fauna. Of course, this makes it a haven for snorkelers and divers with huge coral heads and schools of fish in their thousands!

On land, you can visit the beautiful Catholic Church that was made entirely out of coral by the early missionaries or Topaka Lighthouse, a stone pyramid-shaped structure standing 14 metres high. Or you can relax on one of the perfect, white-sand beaches and soak up the sun.

Life moves to a slower pace here. There’s no rush, there are no big cities … there’s simply paradise! The days are gently relaxed, which is probably why the locals have such lovely big, welcoming smiles. They’ll welcome you with open arms and enjoy chatting with you about life on Fakarava.

In fact, it’s hard to find words to describe this beautiful atoll so let us leave you with these images instead… then call us when you can resist no longer!