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Pukarua
Pukarua
Pukarua2.jpg
NASA picture of Pukarua Atoll
Pukarua is located in French Polynesia
Pukarua
Pukarua
Geography
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates18°19?S 137°01?W / 18.317°S 137.017°W / -18.317; -137.017Coordinates: 18°19?S 137°01?W / 18.317°S 137.017°W / -18.317; -137.017
ArchipelagoTuamotus
Area23 km2 (8.9 sq mi)  (lagoon)
7 km2 (3 sq mi) (above water)
Length17 km (10.6 mi)
Width4.5 km (2.8 mi)
Administration
France
Overseas collectivityFrench Polynesia
Administrative subdivisionTuamotus
CommuneReao
Largest settlementMarautagaroa
Demographics
Population227[1] (2012)
View of Marautagaroa
Map of Pukarua Atoll.

Pukarua, sometimes also listed as "Pukaruha" (especially on French maps), is a coral atoll in the eastern Tuamotu Archipelago. The nearest atoll, Reao, is located 48 km to the ESE.

Pukarua Atoll is 17 km long and its maximum width is 4.5 km. It has a long island on its northeastern reef, shaped somewhat like a fish hook, as well as a number of small islands. The atoll is surrounded by a coral reef without a proper passage. There is a pier from which small to medium-sized ships can be launched.

The only village is Marautagaroa, populated by about 100 inhabitants.

The atoll's lagoon is interesting for snorkelers because of the presence of giant clams.

History

Flag of Reao Pukaruha

Pukarua Atoll was first visited by Europeans in 1797, when British mariner James Wilson was sailing from Tongatapu to the Marquesas on the ship Duff. He found Pukarua uninhabited, but saw the tokens of former occupancy. Wilson named Pukarua "Searle Island" after a friend he had in the Transport office in England.

Thirty years later another British explorer, Frederick Beechey, found Pukarua inhabited by Polynesians.

Administration

Pukarua Atoll is administratively part of the commune of Reao.

Transport

The atoll is served by the Pukarua Airport (IATA: PUK, ICAO: NTGQ). Inaugurated in 1979, the runway was extended from 900 to 1200m in April 2006.

References

  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 2014.

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