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Le Maitai Dream
Pension Havaiki

Fakarava - also known as Havaiki Nui - is the second largest atoll in the Tuamotus. 37 miles long and 15 wide, the whole atoll is an UNESCO nature reserve as it is home to indigenous flora and fauna, including the hunting kingfisher and the rare sea cicada. Located south east of Rangiroa, it was only in mid 2002 that Fakarava gained a top of the range resort with all the facilities that one can expect in Rangiroa, Manihi & Tikehau. The atoll is ringed by numerous motu surrounded by glittering white beaches and shallow fringing reefs.

The main village of Rotoava is located at the north-east of the atoll, between the airport and the newly open Le Maitia Dream Fakarava Resort. The only other village - if you can call it that! - is on Tetemanu Motu down in the south. This village has the distinction of having just 10 inhabitants, but it does have the oldest church in the Tuamotus!

We offer a choice of 2 resorts in Fakarava. The new and luxurious Le Maitai Dream, situated in the northern section of the atoll, within close proximity to Garuae Pass, and for the budget-conscious, Pension Havaiki located close by.


This new and luxurious resort is located on the north-eastern side of Fakarava, about 4 miles south of the main village of Rotovoa. The 30 bungalows are set in clusters of 3 amongst the resort's gardens or close toe the beach; there are no overwater bungalows, to minimize the impact on the aquatic environment. The communal areas, including reception, restaurant and bar are located at the southern end of the property. Built in a traditional Polynesian style, with beautiful polished hardwood floors and furniture, they overlook the magnificent beach and the jetty from which the dive boats leave to enjoy the wonderful underwater world of Fakarava. It is possible to eat in cool luxury inside or enjoy the sites and sounds of a Polynesian atoll by drinking and dining al fresco on the terrace!

The bungalows are spacious and luxurious, with no creature comfort forgotten. Each has a large bedroom with double bed and sofa bed, TV and desk area. Panoramic sliding doors provide access to a private shaded balcony with views out towards the sea or onto the resort's gardens. At the rear of the bedroom is a large walk in wardrobe, bathroom with basin and separate toilet and a beautiful outside shower. The rooms are clad in dark polished hardwoods and furnished in muted tones.

The restaurant offers a wide selection of meals - Polynesian with a French twist, of course, and with a particular predilection towards seafood. As would be expected of a quality resort in French Polynesia, a fine selection of wines from around the world is available, and a brightly coloured an exotic cocktail can be enjoyed at the bar prior to eating!

The resort's dive operation, Te Ava Nui, is located between the reception area and the bungalows, and offers trips to Fakarava's fabled dive sites, including Garuae Pass, just a few miles away, as well as a range of dive courses for beginners.


Located just to the north of Le Maitai is the charming Pension Havaiki. With just 4 bungalows built on stilts by the water's edge, this family run pension offers the supreme Robinson Crusoe location. Each room is equipped with basic but clean furnishings, private showeroom (but no hot water, just warmed by the sun!) and balcony overlooking the beach. The owners of the resort even have a pearl farm directly off the beach! They offer a limited range of excellent cuisine, but if you wanted to spoil yourself, you could always pop up to Le Maitai for a slap-up meal!

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