NASA picture of Fakarava Atoll
|Area||1,112 km2 (429.3 sq mi) (lagoon)
16 km² (above water)
|Length||60 km (37 mi)|
|Width||21 km (13 mi)|
|Population||855 (as of 2007)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|• Land||100.5 km2 (38.8 sq mi)|
|• Population1 Density||16/km2 (41/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||98716 /|
|1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.|
Fakarava, Havaiki-te-araro, Havai'i or Farea is an atoll in the west of the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. It is the second largest of the Tuamotu atolls. The nearest land is Toau Atoll, which lies 14 km to the northwest.
The shape of Fakarava Atoll is roughly rectangular and its length is 60 km and its width 21 km. Fakarava has a wide and deep lagoon with a surface of 1,112 km² and two passes. The main pass to enter the lagoon, located in its north-western end, is known as Passe Garuae and it is the largest pass in French Polynesia; the southern pass is called Tumakohua (also known as Tetamanu). It has a land area of 16km2.
Fakarava has 855 inhabitants; the main village is called Rotoava.
The first recorded European to arrive to Fakarava Atoll was Russian oceanic explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen on July 17, 1820 on ships Vostok and Mirni. He named this atoll "Wittgenstein".
There is a territorial (domestic) airfield in Fakarava which was inaugurated in 1995.
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- Based on the French edition of Wikipedia and local knowledge
- Atoll list (in French)
- Hotel Fakarava
- (French) Natural and cultural heritage of Fakarava on Tahiti Heritage
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