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Cruises to Fanning Island

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Tabuaeran (also known as Fanning Island or Fanning Atoll—both English and Gilbertese names are recognized by the Kiribati constitution) is one of the Line Islands of the central Pacific Ocean. It is an atoll located at 3° 51? 36? N 159° 21? 52? W. The maximum elevation is about 3 m (10 ft) above high tide. Tabuaeran has a population of 1,900, principally Gilbertese settlers brought from Kiribati by Fanning Island Plantations, Ltd, to work in the copra industry (copra is the meat of the coconut). Reef fishes and shellfishes, babai, coconut, pigs, chickens, and seaweed (limu) grown in lagoon are local foods, supplementing a main diet of imported rice and tinned meats. The island's major exports are copra and hand crafts (including cowrie shell, shark tooth knives, and Kiribati stamps). A supply ship from Australia calls two or three times a year. However, Tabuaeran is a weekly port of call for the Norwegian Star (Norwegian Cruise Line) whose base port is Honolulu. At some 900 miles distant, Tabuaeran is one of the closest landfalls to the Hawaiian Islands, and the atoll was possibly used as a stopover by the Polynesians who first settled Hawaii. Artifacts have been discovered that indicate possible early settlements by people from Polynesia—probably the Cook Islands or Tonga. The atoll was first charted by the American Captain Edmund Fanning on November 6, 1798, on the USS Betsy and was named for him. At the time, the atoll was uninhabited, and in fact, like all of the Line Islands, has no truly native population.

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