There are no cars on Fanning Island nor are there any excursions.
You may never experience anything like Fanning Island again in your life.
Fanning Island is a coral atol about 1000 miles sw of Hawaii.
There are roughly1000 inhabitants living a prima;/rural south Pacific existence now invaded by tourism.
The ship stops offshoe (can't anchor due to coral , cant enter the tiny harbor). You are tendered ashore and will land on a dock that is literally made of coconut palm logs. On the day you arrive the entire island population comes out to greet you.
By the way the lagoon is one of the most beautiful things you may ever see in your life. School children entertain with songs and dress in traditional garb. You are free to wander the island, but remeber this is not Disneyland, this is a real village where
people live and struggle to exist. The island has had a Boom in economics of sorts since Noerwegians arrival, but you are still looking at real third world existence. Things have probably changed slightly since we were there 20 months ago.
There were no facilities of any kind on the Island .
Natives sold inexpensive hand made souvenirs. They take American Dollars. Have small bills with you. You will see some vestages
of world war II occupation of these islands . There are no shops, bars restaurants, mueseums etc. DO get off the ship and experience this. It is 180 degrees from what you will see anywhere else on the cruise.
Think about bringing some school supplies ashore , the teachers will be with their students and will appreciate any donation.
Enjoy , experience is different, but marvelous.
PS bring hat, sunglasses ,sunsreen and water ashore. It is HOT.
This sounds a lot like my stop at Christmas Island on my Tahiti to Hawaii cruise on Princess several years ago. I loved the stop and felt this was truly the South Pacific and not just a souvenier stop. Had a 'tour" in the back of a pickup truck for $5 and fantastic stories of life in the middle of nowhere. Most of the passengers absolutely hated the stop but I found it very different than the normal cruise ports and loved it.
You have the idea. That is what it is like. No pickup trucks though. There was one broken motorcycle, a guy with a small catamaran that did have an outboard and Norwegian was bringing in things like generators and a compressor for the school.
The passenger that has a true sense of adventure and an open mind will find this facinating. The family that lives their lives
buried in email and video games should stay on the ship.
Some people swam and snorkeled inside the lagoon, but not many. The ship did not recomend any swimming on the outer beaches at all due to a killer current.
There was an expatriot american on the island who had a small catamaran with an out board. He had rigged nets between the pontoons and would take you for a motorized snorkel.
I saw a few people do it but did not hear anyone too excited over it. Someone said it was like trolling for sharks using the snorkelers as bait. The ship discouraged this at the time as well.
The lagoon (as beautiful as it appeared) seemed to be a white sand bottom with little or no underwater color.
Bring your mask etc. on shore and ask around., but I would not brave the outer beaches. The current moves the ship 7 miles in an hour. I can't swim that fast.
If you do snorkel, please post your thoughts .