Long shuttle ride, not much there. Plus side is this place has not been visited by a lot of tourism. Didn't find Good snorkeling. No shops just local crafts. The ship brings school supplies and donations for the islands. Tourist are welcome to bring supplies for school children .
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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.
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I know a lot of people complain about the travel time to come here, but my wife and I absolutely loved seeing such a primitive island. The water so clear and blue and beach was awesome too. The seas were rough, but it made for an amazing pool party. The pool turned into a wave pool and everyone instantly became best friends while enjoying the crazy seas. I loved seeing everyone stumbling back and forth in the halls trying to keep balance. Bad side would be if you get motion sick(which many did), but we have strong stomachs and had a great time
We were skirting a storm for most of the South Pacific part of the cruise. The wind was so bad the captain decided it wasn't safe to use tenders. We could see some pretty good sized breakers hitting on both sides of the channel so it was probably a good thing. The only South Pacific port that we had clear blue skies was Nuka Hiva. I only gave it 1 star since we didn't get to go ashore, not because the island would not have been an interesting experience.
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