We had landed in Fakarava on Nov.2/11 and was greeted by Joachim (owner).After getting our luggage,which only took about 15 minutes,we started our drive to the pension which only took about 10 minutes.Now,I was not expecting a 5 star but a 2 or 3 which we are use to and our bure was better than I expected.We did have a indoor shower but only cold water,no hot water shower,but most days you wanted to take a cold shower because of the sun.The sun was real hot after lunch and most times you could not tan until later in the day.The beach was white and sand was soft and walking into the water to cool down and looking at all the small coral reefs and looking at all the small clams that where there.As you walked out along side of the dock,you could walk out appox 200ft (60m) when the water be about chest height.There was a couple pens beside the dock were there some fish kept and you could go into the pens to check them out.If you are lucky enough you can catch some nurse sharks swimming around the pens in the mid afternoon.We did,and my other half when snorkling out there and got within 10ft of them.There is also string rays that come swimming around during the day.The main reason we had picked Fakarava was the diving for sharks and did we see sharks.My wife is the diver of the family and she went diving with Top Dive and we did a dive trip out to the South Passage and she had told me they went diving into a cave and when she looked up it was like a rush hour of different sharks.There was black tips ans white tips.As for me I waited on shore because I cannot swim but i did go into the water,about 2ft deep and was taking pictures of big raz,then I felt something rub my leg and when I looked down there was 6 baby black tips swimming around me..it was the coolest thing and worlth the money.
The food was good.For breakfest it was self serve and you had choices from cerals to hard boil eggs,cheese,cold cuts and coffee and juices.For lunch you could choose off the menu and if you order sandwich,I hope you hungry or better yet just share with your other half and fries. Dinner was a 3 course and always different and we were there for 10 days.If you can't eat it all,Garfield (one of the cats) was always there to help you and we feed him good.There were 2 other pets there that we made friends with,Chosette,another cat that always lying under the table from the sun but she was really friendly.Than there was Isis,it took us few days to make friends with here but she is really friendly once she used to you.Oh, before i forget,I cannot eat fish or shell fish because I am allergy,but Joachim had meat for me at dinnertime,chicken or beef.Now,that we were on a pearl farm,we did get pearls,5 of them matter of fact.Joachim show us how they raise them and how they get the pearls out of the oyster.There are mosquitos and we had learned from Fiji,so we had brough our own coils to burn in our room so we didn't get eaten alive but there is a mosquito net that covers the whole bed. It is very beautiful place and I would like to say thank you to Joachim,Hugo (his son) and his wife Clothilde and all the staff for great time.
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