Fakarava is an atoll in the west of the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. It is the second largest of the Tuamotu atolls. The nearest land is Toau Atoll, which lies 14 Km to the northwest. The atoll is rectangular in shape and has a wide and deep lagoon with two passes. The main pass to enter the lagoon, located in its northeastern end, is known as Passe Garuae and it is the largest pass in French Polynesia; the southern pass is called Tumakohua. The island’s main village is called Rotoava.
Fakarava's immense lagoon has several black pearl farms, stunning white sand beaches and is dotted with small islands, homes to many breeds of nesting birds. The passes provide excellent conditions for snorkeling and scuba diving.
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Fakarava is often reached by breezes and winds from the ocean, which helps to cool down temperatures during the warmer season (November until March). As generally the case in the Tuamotu archipelago, it scarcely rains and Fakarava enjoys great exposure to sunshine.