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One of the largest and most beautiful atolls in French Polynesia, Fakarava is the stuff of South Seas fantasy. Heavenly white and pink sand, ruffled coconut trees and an unbelievable palette of lagoon blues are the norm here. The atmosphere is supremely relaxed and the infrastructure is quite good, with an assortment of well-run pensions.

Fakarava is a great place to unwind, but for those looking for more than a suntan, it offers a number of high-energy distractions. The fantastic diving and snorkelling are legendary among divers, who come for a truly exhilarating experience in the two passes.

Whatever your inclination, one thing is sure: after several days here, you’ll find it difficult to pack and leave.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Fakarava.