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Faanui
Faanui

Faanui

Situato verso il nord-ovest dell'isola principale di Bora Bora, Faanui è un villaggio che si affaccia su un'omonima baia con acque calme e turchesi perfette per nuotare. Qui troverai i resti di una base navale statunitense, poiché la baia di Faanui fu utilizzata dall'esercito statunitense tra il 1942 e il 1946 per costruire la loro stazione militare.

Le piantagioni di frutta danno un'idea dell'agricoltura locale, mentre le bancarelle che mostrano gonne avvolgenti (parei) aggiungono colore alle strade. Troverai anche Farenua, un luogo di culto sacro costruito con pietre chiamate "marae". È il più grande del suo genere a Bora Bora e per molti il momento clou del loro viaggio.

Il punto di riferimento più iconico di Faanui, tuttavia, è la sua bellissima chiesa rosa chiaro situata di fronte a uno sfondo di montagne verdeggianti e che segna la testa della baia di Faanui. Nelle vicinanze potrai accedere a una strada che si allontana dalla costa e si addentra nella rigogliosa vegetazione dell'entroterra di Bora Bora.

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Faanui Bay

The Basics

For a small bay in the middle of the South Pacific, Faanui Bay has plenty of history. Its pink, mint, and white protestant church was built in the 1800s—and still has a thriving congregation today. Additionally, the bay was used as a US military base during the Second World War—the remains of which can still be seen. The fields around the church are filled with tropical fruit plantations, and you can taste the local produce if you join a guided 4x4 tour of the island.

The waters around Bora Bora are well known for excellent snorkeling and diving—you might even catch a glimpse of a majestic manta ray if you are lucky! If staying on dry land is more your speed, the beach at Faanui is the perfect place to while away the hours with a book.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • See if you can find the WWII cannons left behind by American forces at Faanui Canyon.
  • Faanui Bay is the location of Fare Opa marae, a sacred place of worship built with stones decorated with symbols of sea turtles.
  • Accessing the church and beach might be challenging for wheelchair users.
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How to Get There

Faanui Bay is located on the northwest coast of Bora Bora, a short drive north of the island’s biggest settlement, Vaitape. The best way to reach Faanui Bay is by taxi or guided tour that includes transport.

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When to Get There

Bora Bora is in the South Pacific, where the weather is best from May to October. July and August are the busiest months on the island along with Christmas and New Year. Rainy seasons last from November to April—diving is not recommended at this time of year as the rain can lead to poor visibility.

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Diving in Bora Bora

With crystal clear water, barrier reef, and a huge wealth of sea life, diving and snorkeling are some of the best ways to enjoy this beautiful island. From sharks and manta rays to colorful coral gardens and shoals of tropical fish, you’re sure to see a whole host of underwater creatures on your dives. Beginners can sign up to take their dive training certification on the island.

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