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Tabuaeran Fanning Cruises

A roughly oval coral atoll covered in coconut groves and framed by unspoiled, white-sand beaches and warm, clear water, Fanning Island is a remote, rustic paradise sure to leave lasting memories.

One of 33 small islands making up the Republic of Kiribati, Fanning Island is known as Tabuaeran Island to its Micronesian inhabitants. The island is the nearest foreign port to Hawaii, lying approximately 1,000 miles to the south. Discovered by American explorer Captain Edmund Fanning in 1798, the island was annexed by Great Britain in 1889 and gained independence, as did the entire Republic of Kiribati, on July 12, 1979.

Due to its remote location, Fanning Island is almost untouched by modern life and is just beginning to open to commerce and tourism. The friendly local people, particularly the island's engaging children, provide a warm welcome to visitors that include performances of song and dance.

Guests may bike through Paelau Village or sunbathe at one of Fanning Island's beautiful beaches. For helpful hints or suggestions on things to do while ashore, please contact the onboard Shore Excursion staff.