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Cruises to Fanning Island

Fanning Island (Photo:Sorin Colac/Shutterstock)

About 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.

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Seabourn Sojourn
Seabourn Sojourn

145 Night
Cruise to Fanning IslandDetails

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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Jan 11, 2024
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Zuiderdam
Zuiderdam

45 Night
Cruise to Fanning IslandDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 3, 2022
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Zuiderdam
Zuiderdam

50 Night
Cruise to Fanning IslandDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 28, 2022
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Seabourn Sojourn

39 Night
Cruise to Fanning IslandDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Jan 11, 2024
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89 Night
Cruise to Fanning IslandDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Jan 11, 2024
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72 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Jan 11, 2024
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47 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 1, 2022
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Why go to Fanning Island?

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

Fanning Island Cruise Port Facilities?

Near the pier at English Harbour, you'll find a beach compound with lounge chairs, entertainment, a local open-air market, volleyball courts and more.

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.

Getting Around?

There are a few ways to get around Fanning Island: on foot, by bike or on the backs of open-air thatched-roof trucks. It's easy to walk from the center of activity into the heart of the island; some locals also offer bike rentals and organized walking tours. Walks and bike rides can be taken on a hard-packed dirt road that has some ruts and potholes.

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.

Language?

English is the most commonly spoken language on Fanning Island.

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.


Fanning Island Cruise Reviews
There are no excursions to take, but the island is a wonderful experience. Buy some of their crafts and bring some donations for this subsistence island that needs all the help we can provide. Also, it is beautiful aRead More
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Dancefloor
Lovely island depending a good bit on several cruise stops a year. Felt we were intrusive, so many visitors, but a native reassured me that the children liked to look at the funny looking visitors and the money fromRead More
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IVF
Nothing to do here except walk aroundRead More
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Umbarger
Interesting to see locals who have no electricity, water and no sanitation in their habitat. They really welcomed us with singing and dancing in their native costumes. They also had handmade crafts available for saRead More
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