OUR PRIVATE ISLAND
Acquired by Pegasus Lodges and Resorts in 2014, we are proud to offer you a private island: all to yourself. Fanning Island, long lost to the modern world do to its remote location, is now reliably accessible only through Pegasus Lodges and Resorts. Come explore this untouched world, completely to yourself.
Located in the Central Pacific amongst the islands of the Kiribati republic, this oasis is an escape like none-other. Since we own the island privately, we have an unparalleled ability to ensure your experience at our Resort is intimate and memorable. We take great pride in ensuring every visitor has ample opportunity to appreciate this island for the untouched, raw natural beauty that it is. In pursuit of this end, we only host 6 visitors per trip. Come stay with us, and we promise you a private island experience unmatched around the world.
Before our private resort welcomed its first guests, the island had a quiet history. Tabuaeran, the original name of the island, shares a prehistoric mystery similar to Rapa Nui (Easter Island). 1,200 years ago to about 600 years ago, upwards of several thousand Polynesians lived in villages around the island. Though there are ruins of religious buildings and ancient gathering places, it is believed this is the last island Polynesians colonized before they discovered Hawaii. For six hundred years the island was uninhabited, until the 1850’s when it was established as a coconut oil plantation and later settled by the people of Kiribati.
In 1914 the German Navy destroyed a cable relay station that had been built by the British in 1902 and since then contact with the outside world has been limited to the three- or four-times-a-year cargo ships bringing rice, beer, flour, cooking oil, cotton fabric and a few other essentials, and to the occasional intrepid yachtsman.
…Or so it was before Norwegian Cruise Lines (N.C.L.) began making regular calls in December 2001. Shortly thereafter, island residents encountered their first telephone, faucet or electrical outlet. For seven years, the islanders adapted to a weekly influx of 2,000 N.C.L. passengers, mostly American, mostly in their 60's and older, who came swarming ashore swathed in tank tops, flip-flops, sunglasses and sunscreen. Life seemed as if it was changing forever until N.C.L. abruptly ceased the Fanning Island port call in 2008. Since then, the economy and the people of Fanning Island have reverted to a quiet, forgotten life interrupted only by the occasional yacht or cargo ship. Our private resort marks a new page in the history of the island, and we look forward to continuing show intrepid travelers this unique island, whilst preserving its lands and maintaining its cultural integrity.
The population is made up of about 330 land owning families living in 8 villages numbering about 1,900 people. The 8 villages are connected by a dirt path, with 2 villages to the North of the lagoon passage and 6 villages to the south. Travel is limited to bicycles, motorbikes, canoes, with a few old trucks voyaging around the island. The Kiribati people live closely with the island, unaffected by the whirlwind pace of the modern world. We encourage you to visit one the villages near the resort, and meet the gracious and welcoming inhabitants there.
Pegasus and Fanning Island
The Pegasus operation on Fanning Island is managed by the intrepid Frenchman, Bruno de Lala, who left Bordeaux in 1979 to sail to Tahiti and never sailed back. After two shipwrecks, Bruno settled on Fanning Island over twenty years ago with his wife, Tabita, where they slowly built A la Belle Atoile and started a small family. Through his partnership with Pegasus, Bruno now looks forward to sharing his love for one of the few remaining untouched islands paradises on Earth.