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Fakarava See & Do

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The reef surrounding Fakarava is a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; as such, its thriving coral and marine life make for fantastic sights while diving and snorkeling here. Tumakohua Pass, on the southern end of the island, is where you...

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A lagoon excursion by motorboat is a great way to get a feel for Fakarava's wild beauty. Lagoon trips also pay a visit to Les Sables Roses, which is considered one of the most stunning strands on the atoll; it features a double...

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This gigantic pass is one of the top dive spots in the Tuamotus. From land, Garuae looks wild, with huge waves smashing off the reef. Swimming through the deep blue water can feel intimidating, too, but you'll soon forget your...

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Rotoava, French Polynesia

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...

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Just outside of Rotoava, Phare de Topaka (Topaka Lighthouse) is a 14-meter-tall (45-foot-tall), gray, turreted lighthouse that dates back to 1957. Shaped like a pyramid and built from stone and cement, it is no longer operational, but it makes for...