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Top Choice Beach in Fakarava

Les Sables Roses

A double crescent of dreamy beaches split by a narrow spit of white-and-pink coral sands, Les Sables Roses seems to come right out of central casting for tropical ideals. The turquoise water laps both sides of the s…
Village in Fakarava


A handful of inhabitants also live in Tetamanu village, a tiny settlement on the edge of Tumakohua Pass, which is as backwater as backwater gets (despite the growing numbers of divers who stay in the nearby pensions…
French in Fakarava

Faka Délices

A native from Brittany, Pascaline, the elderly owner, cooks simple but delectable French dishes as well as pizzas (evenings only). Her desserts (from 280 CFP) are delicious; try the passionfruit mousse or the melt-i…
Natural Feature in Fakarava

Lagon Bleu (Motu Tehatea)

Simply divine. Near the northwestern corner of Fakarava, Lagon Bleu features an indescribably lovely stretch of white-sand coral beach, turquoise-blue water, palm trees leaning over the shore – and not a soul in sig…
International in Fakarava

Havaiki Pearl Lodge

One of the pleasures of Fakarava is eating at this surprisingly hip beachfront restaurant with fantastic lagoon views, cool breezes and great food. A few tables are literally in the water – where else could you devo…
Tahitian in Fakarava

Snack Elda

This unfussy little eatery could hardly be better situated: the dining deck is right on the lagoon. The menu concentrates on simply prepared seafood and meat dishes served in generous portions. Call ahead to make su…
Natural Feature in Fakarava


The PK10.5 marks the end of the dirt road, just on the edge of the phenomenal Garuae Pass. By incoming or outgoing current, the pass gets really rough, with waves that can easily exceed 2m in the middle of the pass.
Tahitian in Fakarava

Snack Kori Kori

A very pleasant spot for lunch, this family-run affair boasts an ace location right on the edge of the turquoise lagoon and whips up simple yet tasty meals as well as copious sandwiches and paninis (from 350 CFP).
Supermarket in Fakarava

Faka Faapu

For fruit and vegetables, stop at this roadside stall in Rotoava village.
Village in Fakarava


Most islanders live in Rotoava village at the northeastern end of the atoll, 4km east of the airport. Aside from Rangiroa’s Avatoru, this is the most developed and busiest town in the Tuamotus, but it’s still pretty…