is the second larger atoll of French Polynesia after Rangiroa. Located
by 16°19'60 of southern latitude and 145°37' of longitude in Archipelago
of Tuamotu, the more lengthened archipelagoes of French Polynesia,
Fakarava is 1-hour flight from Tahiti and 35mn flight from Rangiroa
and respectively 450 km distant from Tahiti and 267 km distant from
The shape of
the atoll is a rectangular form, 60-km length and 25 km width; its
reef crown is made up of multiple small islands.
composed of two principal villages, Rotoava, in the NorthEast near
the airport and close to the greatest Garuae north pass, 1 km wide.
The second village of Fakarava, Tetamanu, is located at the south
of the atoll by Tumakohua pass. It was the principal village at
the beginning of the years 1900.
Idyllic, the spot of the pension Tetamanu Village and Tetamanu Sauvage
offers splendid pink sand beaches with motu (small islands) One
finds many remains of the ancient village Tetamanu as the first
church of Tuamotu built out of coral, going back to 1874, which
testifies to a rich past.
The product headlight of the island is deep-sea diving which holds
its batch of strong feelings. The sites are quasi virgins and divers
can observe a great concentration of lagoon and pelagic fauna such
as loaches, merous, barracudas, lines and the unforgettable hammerheads
and tiger sharks.
The southern pass, Tumakohua near Tetatamanu village, very full
of fishes, is accessible on all the levels from diving.
Tetamanu Diving Center proposes drifting dives along this pass.
This protected atoll is part of with its six close islands, of
which initially Taiaro, of a reserve of biosphere classified by
UNESCO. It testifies to the richnesses of the ecosystem of these
atolls: particularly rare fauna and flora, with the kingfisher hunter,
the palm trees of Tuamotu and, in the lagoons, of the shellfish
specimens such as the squilles or cigalles of sea.