Fanning Island, Kiribati Cruise Port

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A completely cool place to go and wonderful to just walk and snorkle and see the island....

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About Fanning Island, Kiribati

Fanning Island, one of the many coral atolls of the Republic of Kiribati, lies in the center of the Pacific Ocean. The island epitomizes the South Pacific with palm trees, blue lagoons, white sand beaches, and friendly locals. Tourism is very much in its infancy here; the majority of visitors are sea birds, including terns, shearwaters, and skuas.

29 reviews and tips of Fanning Island, Kiribati




SondraU
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Large Group

Experience:
4-6 cruises

Tender service or something was very poor. We were unfortunately one of the last ones to get off the ship and only had 2 hours there. It was very interesting and a very poor island.. Our group took about 65lbs. of crayons, color books, seeds, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, hair ties, and things to the school and it is quite a little trek. The teachers were very grateful and happy to recieve the supplies. Do take some individually wrapped candy or trinkets for the kids, they speak no english and are willing to do about anything for coins or trinkets.

Visited: Apr 14, 2007

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AS10
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

Absolutely beautiful. It was hot and humid but we didn't even care. The people came out and sang songs for us ALL DAY. We walked through the village, visited the children's school built by NCL and took a million pictures. We swam and didn't even mind that the generators were out and we didn't get any food. We hadn't had such great food experiences anyway. There was just enough shade to sit along the beach and read - this place was one of the best we have visited so far in our travels.

Visited: Nov 18, 2006

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CharleenG
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
4-6 cruises

Other then Maui , this was our favorite port. The place is so remote and looks like Hawaii must have 200 years ago. Beautiful beach, warm water, friendly people, just not there long enough!!

Visited: Nov 18, 2006

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MikeT12
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

NCL has the trip very well organised and the free beach area is very pretty and the water refreshing. Lunch is good even though I got a cold hotdog. Take a walk as far down the road as you care to and talk to the friendly people. They will pose in a coconut tree for a buck. They will let you look in their simple homes made from local materials. Buy the stamps at the post office and a $2 coin. Get your passport stamped. There a several venders under the trees as you first go ashore. Look but don't buy until later when you are ready to tender back to the ship. They are in more of a bargaining mood by then. There are good shell items to buy cheaply. There are also sharktooth knives that are interesting.

Visited: Oct 28, 2006

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MartinS3
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
4-6 cruises

A quiet, right out of turn of the century polynesia, island. The natives were extremely friendly. Visit the craft market and the "private beach".

Visited: Dec 30, 2006

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KarenK20
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience:
4-6 cruises

It was so far off the beaten path, I sortta liked that. Nice people and great history but beaches were too crowded. You could tell NCL renovated the area inorder to bring people into the area.

Visited: Dec 30, 2006

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ShareenP
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

A completely cool place to go and wonderful to just walk and snorkle and see the island. I would have liked a lot more time, and wished I had snorkled oceanside. It's an amazing opportunity to just see nature and one of the most remote places. We walked because bicycle rentals were so outrageous. This should be made reasonable of $10 a day, not an hour.

Visited: Dec 01, 2007

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