When it comes to the most remote island fishing and the least crowded surfing, we think we've got you covered. With that said, here are some helpful package inclusions and FAQs regarding what to expect upon your reservation and stay with us on Fanning Island.



We understand getting to a remote paradise can be a daunting and difficult task without some local knowledge and assistance.  Rest assured that as a part of your reservation we will provide safe, timely transfers from the airport door - to the door of our private resort. 

  • Meet and greet at Christmas Island Airport including porters
  • 90 minute transfer charter flight to Fanning Island
  • Fanning Island airport transfer (Short drive to Resort)
  • Return transfers to Christmas Island airport


Fanning Island Resort offers a delicious and authentic set-menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Locally sourced and sustainable ingredients anchor a menu of tropical delicacies blended with Western cuisine. Our meals are full of fresh fish caught daily right offshore and organic fruits and veggies grown just minutes away in the gardens of nearby villages.

The recipes at Fanning have been tailored to provide an authentic culinary experience, while the chosen ingredients emphasize fresh, healthy, super food / performance enhancing nourishment to maintain peak energy levels during the adventure.

Should you have special dietary requirements please lets us know in advance and we are more than happy to cater specifically for them.

Breakfast (served 7.00am to 10.30am; after 10.30am, fruit and cereals available):
Breakfast is served in the main area of A La Belle (our proprietor) dining area and includes everything from fresh fruit and various grains, to hot foods and traditional breakfast options.

Lunch (served 12.00 to 2.00pm):
A casual affair served after guests return from the morning surf or fishing session. Lunch options will include hearty, nourishing, fresh proteins with abundant sides.

Sunset Bar Snacks:
One of our favorite ways to wind-down after a day of adventure is to enjoy fresh seafood snacks around sunset drinks time, or when guests return from the last surf or fishing session; all fresh from the local fishermen. Nothing tastes better than a snack and a cold beer after a day charging the waves or hauling in Bonefish. 

Dinner (served 7.00pm to late):
A sit-down affair and highlight of the day. Dinners will surprise and delight your taste buds and take you on an adventure through the regional influences of our chef and his team.

Our desserts are hand-prepared from fresh, local ingredients. The selection depends on what is available at local markets on the island. 

Delicious beverages such as fresh fruit juices, coffee, tea, and spring water are complimentary and always available.

Soda, beer, wine and a full service bar are available as well at a nominal cost.

Additional inclusive features and services


  • EXPERT Western Surf Guides 
  • Professional Angling Guide, Alex Budge, with decades of experience and the trophies to back it up


  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Fishing Equipment
  • Surfboard Repair





Fanning Island Resort is equipped with a full-service bar offering everything from beer and hand-crafted cocktails to fresh, tropical smoothies. Open from noon until 10pm. 

Satellite Phone
We offer a satellite phone for calls, at a small nominal cost. Unfortunately, due to the remoteness of the island, we do not have internet.



What is the general health & safety situation in Kiribati?
Fanning Island is one of the safest travel destinations in the world, boasting a low crime rate (there are so few people on the island, its virtually non-existent), no terrorist activity, and very few diseases to worry about. However, we still recommend that you apply the same common sense approach to your health and safety as you would at home, by not leaving valuables unattended, and investing in both travel insurance and a basic travel first aid kit.

What documents do I need to take?

  • A passport with at least six months of validity remaining and one other form of identification.
  • Visitors to Kiribati are not required to obtain an entry permit for stays of less than 60 days. Visitors must have a return or onward ticket and passports must be valid for six months or more at the time of entry into the country.
  • Travel insurance information.
  • In case you misplace any vital documents you should also carry a back-up photocopy of your passport, I.D, and airline ticket with you at all times. It doesn’t hurt to leave another copy at home as well!

Is Cash Accepted at Fanning Island Resort?
No, cash is not accepted on site. Please plan to pay all final charges via credit card or bank transfer. All bills must be settled prior to departure. Fanning Island Resort accepts only Visa and MasterCard. You may wish to have a small amount of cash on hand in Kiribati Dollars or Australian Dollars (both circulate within the country) or credit card for personal telephone calls, additional meals, snacks & drinks in transit or transit accommodation.

Do I have to pay a departure tax?
Yes. Kiribati charges a $20 AUD departure tax.

Do I need to take any vaccinations / immunizations before I fly to Kiribati?
It depends. If you are coming from a country that has a history of Yellow Fever, you will be required to receive a vaccine prior to entry. Hepatitis A and Typhoid shots are suggested, but not compulsory, and are mainly inteded for areas with poor sanitation (our Resort is not one of them).



What is check-in time?
Your flight from Christmas Island will land around 5pm, and a short, 10-minute truck ride will bring you to the Resort. You should be settled in by 6pm.

What is check-out time?
Guests generally check-out around 2pm. Your flight to Christmas Island departs at 5pm.

What are bar hours and appropriate dress for the bar?
Bar hours are Noon to 10pm, extended hours are available subject to staffing. Men and women should wear a t-shirt and pants or shorts while in the lounge/bar.

Room cooling?
All rooms are equipped with hi-speed wall/floor fans which provide ample cooling during the day or evening.

Grocery Stores on the island?
There are small markets in the local villages, but remember it is a small island. Most all of your food and snacks will be provided by our guesthouse, A La Belle Etoile.

Can I bring my own alcohol?
Guests can bring alcohol duty free one litre of alcohol (Wine or liquor) and 200 cigarettes per person. If you would like to indulge in your alcohol in the bar area, we require a $10 corkage fee.

Due to medical or personal reasons I follow a special diet. Can you accommodate this?
Yes, with prior notification (minimum four weeks) we can accommodate most dietary requests.



Do I need to bring my own laptop?
Due to its remote location, our Resort does not offer satellite internet. 

Appropriate Dress?
Light summer clothing is appropriate all year round and packing a light sweater for the cooler evenings is recommended. 

Cell Phone Service?
Satellite service for phones is provided.  Phone charges are made by the minute, and can be charged to your credit card. 

How many boards/rods should I bring?
If you do not wish to use any of our boards, it is entirely up to you. However, please keep in mind that there is a 50lb weight limit for the charter to Fanning Island. We can provide you with pre-trip advice on the best boards and rods for the local conditions. Please don’t hesitate to ask. Remember to bring 1 x extra leg ropes and a couple blocks of tropical surf wax.

What is the main language?
Language: English  and Kiribati are the official languages. 

Where is the closest hospital?
The nearest hospital is on Christmas Island, roughly an hour away from Fanning Island.

Tell me about insect borne diseases.
There is no risk of catching malaria in Kiribati. However, it is recommended that you wear mosquito repellent nonetheless.

What is the quality of water like in Kiribati?
The water in some areas of Kiribati is not safe to drink. However, we distill out water at the resort, making it safe to drink. 

Can you give me an idea of how many other people I’ll be surfing/ fishing with?
Our aim is to spend the majority of our trips surfing with just the people staying at the resort (maximum of 6). Due to the remoteness of the island, it is likely that you will be the only ones surfing or fishing on most parts of the island. However, there are small numbers of locals on the island.


Still have more questions?

Please contact us at or via submission of a booking form.

Or, download our fully comprehensive Fanning Island Resort Travel Wallet