St John Baptist church, Rotoava, Fakarava, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
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Located at the northeastern end of Fakarava, Rotoava is one of the busiest towns in the Tuamotus, although it’s hardly a booming metropolis. While most of the island’s population lives here, there are just a few streets, and it is easy to explore on foot. Check out the churches, the two or three shops, the town hall and the village school. You’ll also find most of the guesthouses—and correspondingly, restaurants—here as well.