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.
LE MAITAI DREAM
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!