FAKARAVA , TUAMOTO ATOLLS

Travel Notes


Fakarava is the second largest atoll in the Tuamotu Atolls of French Polynesia. The atoll has received the UNESCO biosphere reserve designation for its pristine waters and flourishing aquatic life. Only eight hundred people live on the island with one small village and thoroughfare through the narrow strip of habitable land. A pleasant hour and half long flight from Pape’ete or, if preferred, a yacht or sailboat cruise, transports one to the enchanting land where the local sharks are as friendly and mellow as the local Fakaravans. Fakarava remains untouched and tourism is relatively under-developed with only a handful of small pensions and restaurants on the island.

Currency
French Polynesia Franc

Time Zone
Pacific
Language
French, Tuamotuan

Local Cuisine
Seafood
Best time to visit
June - October

Dress Code
Bright Sarongs and Sandals
WHERE TO STAY
Crab On Fakarava Island Beach Tahiti | Stories + Objects Global Travel Magazine

PEARL HAVAIKI

Fakarava, Tuamoto Atolls
French Polynesia
+689 40 93 40 15

WHAT TO DO

DIVING

TOPDIVE

FAKARAVA NORD
ROTOAVA VILLAGE
FAKARAVA, TUAMOTO ATOLLS
FRENCH POLYNESIA
+689 40 98 43 76

PRIVATE PINK SAND PICNIC

FAKARAVA SOUTH PASS

PEARL CULTIVATION

PEARL HAVAIKI

FAKARAVA, TUAMOTO ATOLLS
FRENCH POLYNESIA
+689 40 93 40 15

Sharks In The Fakarava Tuamoto Atolls Lagoon Tahiti | Stories + Objects Global Travel Images
REQUIRED READING
Mad About Islands Book By A. Grove Day | Stories + Objects Global Travel Tips

BY A. GROVE DAY

PURCHASE
The Objects

Exclusive Edition 008 FAKARAVA CULTURED PEARL NECKLACE


The Polynesian black-lip oyster, pinctada margeritifera, is the only oyster in the world to produce pearls in varying hues, shapes and sizes. This pearl was formed over a period of four years of meticulous grooming and care, mostly taking place fifteen feet beneath the surface of one of the most beautiful lagoons of the South Pacific.

Details

This Tahitian black pearl pearl necklace features a singular large cultured pearl sourced from the UNESCO biosphere reserve, Fakarava, by a family of pearl farmers using the traditional cultivation techniques introduced to the Tahiti islands in the Sixties. The pearl is strung on a matte black rubber strand for an understated, modern feel. Available exclusively at Stories + Objects in an edition of twenty necklaces.

The Story

A BLACK PEARL


Hugo Dariel is a second generation pearl cultivator on the Tuamotu Atoll of Fakarava in the French Polynesia. The culture of pearling made its way to the atolls just over thirty years ago, with Hugo's parents serving as the pioneers on Fakarava. Although the pearl produced by the Polynesian black lip oyster, pinctada margeritifera, is relatively new to the pearl cultivation world, it is the only cultured pearl that nature works in mysterious ways to produce in a spectrum of hues, shapes and sizes.