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Tabuaeran means Heavenly Footprint

Not exactly heavenly but a beautiful Pacific island. Tabuaeran is Fanning Island, in English, named... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2018
Mina P
Inverkip, United Kingdom
The ultimate middle of nowhere atoll - we loved it

We visited Fanning atoll via a Crystal cruise lines cruise ship. A ship's tender took us from... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2018
galveston, texas
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Not exactly heavenly but a beautiful Pacific island. Tabuaeran is Fanning Island, in English, named after the American Captain Edmund Fanning of the American ship Betsy. He discovered the uninhabited, at that time, island on 11th June 1798. It belongs to Line islands, in the...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

We visited Fanning atoll via a Crystal cruise lines cruise ship. A ship's tender took us from anchor to a pier on the shore. We were told that about 2,000 people live in 6-7 villages around the atoll. There was a "tourist" area by the...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

I was onboard one of the cruise ships where Fanning Island a port of call. Unfortunately not many ships stop here - I heard about 10 ships a year. The people gave us a warming welcoming song. They reply on tourists to buy their crafts...More

5  Thank Melanie E
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We were fortunate to visit the tiny island of Fanning Island. We arrived by cruise ship and tendered in as the start of our South Pacific adventure. It started pouring rain as we disembarked...warm rain. The local people were huddled under a tarp and singing...More

1  Thank Charlene351
Reviewed 29 April 2017

It seemed that almost everyone was at the dock area to greet us cruise visitors; also to sell their wares. We were told that there was strong rip currents on the ocean side of the land and that the lagoon side had dirty water, so...More

1  Thank fuzzyfred
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Great little island . Had so much fun at the beach. The villagers are very friendly and inviting. Shopped their handmade gifts. Very unique. Very primitive. No luxury and they seem very happy.

1  Thank Jim &Lois G
Reviewed 6 December 2015

This was our first visit to this enchanting island in the middle of nowhere. The beauty here and the friendly people are hard to describe in words. You must experience it for yourself. We heard stories before we went there about how primitive it was...More

9  Thank Richard F
Reviewed 20 November 2015

Your eyes will be delighted by the various hues of blue surrounding the island and the lagoon. Take your time walking the path around the village saying hello to the natives. The open-air huts caressed by gentle sea breezes dot the landscape of coconut palms,...More

6  Thank ndmny
Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

I visited Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati. We were greeted by the friendly natives of the island. We were taken on a tour for a minimal amount and were shown how they live, the school,church and grass homes. The children and adults entertained us with...More

5  Thank Connie N
Reviewed 22 July 2015

I have been to Fanning Island five times , in the beginning of 2000, when NCL was visiting there as part of their cruises,which ,included the Hawaiian Islands. I won't go on about what these Islands do not have, but rather what they do have!...More

9  Thank chathamgirl
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Christopher A
8 May 2018|
Response from dmolesen |
They get it from the famuos fueltrees that grow there. Locally known as: "mosanka-betonik-beefeter", which translated means something like "oily-nice-tree. Hope this helps.
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5 September 2015|
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Response from LauraB4687 |
I realize you posted this in 2015, and I'm posting this two and a half years later, but... There is no electricity. You really don't need to contact anyone to bring them school supplies. Just visit the school when it's in... More