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Port of Fanning Island

If you're on Fanning Island, part of the Republic of Kiribati and officially known as Tabuaeran Island, you most likely arrived by private yacht, sailboat or one of a few cruise ships. A sibling of the better-known Christmas Island, Fanning is extremely remote with no power grid or indoor plumbing. And that means it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for cruisers to visit this untouched atoll in the central Pacific Ocean and its 2,500 residents.

About Fanning Island


Cruise vessels that hug the coral reef's edge provides great snorkeling and beach activities


It is a tendered port, with no established restaurants or bars

Bottom Line

Experience a remote, tropical island with open-air community markets and beach barbecues

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Where You're Docked

Passengers board high-speed ferries to English Harbour. You'll disembark onto a wooden pier jutting into the clear, tourquoise water of a palm-fringed lagoon. Yes, it's picture-perfect, reminiscent of a Robinson Crusoe tale or a "Gilligan's Island" episode.

Good to Know

As you should in any new place, be aware of your surroundings, and don't carry unnecessary valuables. Leave fancy jewelry and excessive amounts of cash in your stateroom's safe.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Currency is the Australian dollar, but American dollars are also accepted. As there is no power grid on Fanning Island, there are no ATM's; be sure to get cash onboard or in another port of call before arriving.


English is the most commonly spoken language on Fanning Island.


Real grass skirts, shell necklaces, palm-frond baskets and shark-tooth knives, which are actually made on the island and not in Korea or China, make great souvenirs.

Best Cocktail

Try a Kiri-Coco, a concoction of pineapple juice, coconut cream and Myer's rum served in a coconut shell.