NASA picture of Apataki Atoll
|Area||706 km2 (273 sq mi) (lagoon)
20 km² (above water)
|Length||34 km (21.1 mi)|
|Width||24 km (14.9 mi)|
|Population||492 (as of 2007)|
Apataki is a coral atoll in the South Pacific Ocean, territorially part of French Polynesia. It is one of the Palliser Islands, a subgroup of the Tuamotu Archipelago. Apataki is located approximately 370 kilometres northeast of the island of Tahiti, 17km east of Arutua and 24km northeast of Kaukura. The island is approximately rectangular; it is 34km long and 24km wide. It has a total area of approximately 706km2 with a land area of approx. 20km2. Its wide lagoon has two navigable passes to enter it.
As of 2007, Apataki Atoll has 492 inhabitants. The main village is called Niutahi.
Apataki appears in some maps as "Hagemeister Island".
There is a territorial (domestic) airfield in Apataki which was inaugurated in 1977.
Images & Maps
Apataki has an airport but no tourism industry. The only main industry of the island is cultured Tahitian (black) pearls. The coconut palm, which forms the basis for copra (dried coconut) production, used to be of special economic importance to the islanders. On a few islands, the residents cultivate vanilla. Agriculture is generally limited to simple subsistence. Pandanus leaves are traditionally woven together as roof thatch (although corrugated sheet metal is also used today), as well as for other items such as mats and hats.
Apataki's two large reef passes provide excellent diving and surfing, both of which are serviced by local boat-based charter companies. Land-based accommodations do not exist.
Flora and fauna
The sparse soil of Apataki cannot sustain a great variety of vegetation.
The animal life on the islands consists mostly of seabirds, landcrabs, insects, and lizards. The underwater fauna, however, is rich and varied, making scuba diving a popular activity for tourists.
- Apataki Atoll FP (EVS Islands)
- Shuttle Image ISS006-E-38475 (Astronaut Photography)
- Apatika Atoll FP (Oceandots.com) at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
- Tuamotu Atolls List (Pacific Image)