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Fakarava Tuamotu Islands French Polynesia Cruise Port Guide


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The second biggest atoll in Polynesia -a 60 km by 25 km rectangle- has two main villages: Rotoava in the northeast near the Ngarue pass, one kilometer wide and its airdrome ; and then there is Tetamanu, formerly the main village of the island located near the southern Tumakohua pass.

This protected atoll together with its six neighboring islands, originally including Taiaro, makes up a UNESCO classified nature reserve, which is the proof of the richness of the ecosystem of these atolls : the especially rare flora and fauna, including the hunting kingfisher, the Tuamotu palm, and in the lagoons, crustaceans such as squills or sea cicadas.

Among the things to be explored here are : a pearl farm visit and the fairly a colorful visit to the sea slug smoke house, the rori highly prized by Asian gourmets, and the ancient village of Tetamanu with one of the first Catholic churches built in coral and dating from 1874.

The real draw card to the island is its scuba diving which still holds its share of excitement in the virtually untouched spots where there is to be found a concentration of lagoon and ocean fish such as loach, meru, barracuda, rays and the highly memorable hammerhead and tiger sharks

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1000 CFP francs = 8.38 euros.

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Official languages: French, Tahitian

Opening Hours and Holidays:

New Year's Day
Good Friday
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Ascension Day
Assumption Day
Missionary Day (March 5)
Labor Day (May 1)
Bastille Day (July 14)
Internal Autonomy Day (September 8)
All Saints Day (November 1)
Armistice Day (November 11)
Christmas Day (December 25)

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