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Ahe Atoll - ISS007-E-16671.JPG
NASA satellite image of Ahe
Ahe is located in French Polynesia
Coordinates 14°29′S 146°19′W / 14.483°S 146.317°W / -14.483; -146.317
Archipelago Tuamotu
Area 12 km2 (4.6 sq mi)
Length 23.5 km (14.6 mi)
Width 12.2 km (7.58 mi)
Highest elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Highest point (unnamed)
Overseas collectivity  French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Manihi
Largest city Ahe (pop. 100)
Population 561 (as of 2007)
Density 46.75 /km2 (121.08 /sq mi)
Location of Ahe Atoll

Ahe, Ahemaru or Omaru,[1] is an almost entirely-enclosed coral atoll, located in the northern Tuamotu Archipelago, just 14 km to the west of Manihi, in French Polynesia.

Ahe Atoll's ring shape is broken by only a single small passage into the lagoon. Length 23.5 km, width 12.2 km. It has a land area of approximately 12 km2 and a lagoon area of 138 km2.

As of 2007, Ahe Atoll has 561 inhabitants. The only village in Ahe is Tenukupara with approximately 100 inhabitants. It is located on an island in the south side of the Atoll.[2]

Geographically Ahe Atoll is part of the King George Islands (Iles du Roi Georges) subgroup, which includes Ahe, Manihi, Takapoto, Takaroa and Tikei.

There are several pearl farms in Ahe's lagoon.

Historical data[edit]

The first recorded Europeans to arrive to Ahe Atoll were Dutch mariners Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire in 1616.

Ahe was later visited by the historic United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842.[3] Charles Wilkes called the atoll "Peacock Island" after one of the ships of the expedition.[4] This atoll has sometimes suffered damages caused by cyclones.[5]

Ahe has a territorial (domestic) airport which was inaugurated in 1997.


Population of Ahe:

1977 1983 1988 1996 2002 2007
109 142 162 377 441 561
Sources ISPF,[6] Mairie de Ahe[7]
* : estimation


Ahe Atoll belongs to the commune of Manihi, which consists of the atolls of Manihi and Ahe.[8]

Images & Maps[edit]

Image Source: Landsat S-06-10_2000 (1:100,000) 
Map Source: EVS Precision Map (1:100,000) 
Image Source: ISS008-E-17141 
Image source: ISS007-E-16671 

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Coordinates: 14°29′S 146°19′W / 14.483°S 146.317°W / -14.483; -146.317