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NASA picture of Paraoa Atoll
Paraoa is located in French Polynesia
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 19°08′S 140°43′W / 19.133°S 140.717°W / -19.133; -140.717Coordinates: 19°08′S 140°43′W / 19.133°S 140.717°W / -19.133; -140.717
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 14 km2 (5.4 sq mi)  (lagoon)
4 km² (above water)
Length 8.5 km (5.28 mi)
Width 5.5 km (3.42 mi)
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Hao
Population Uninhabited[1] (as of 2012)
NASA picture of Paraoa Atoll.

Paraoa, Tohora, or Hariri[2] is a small atoll of the central Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. It is located 76 km south of Hao Atoll's westernmost point. The closest land is Manuhangi Atoll, 52 km to the west.[3]

Paraoa Atoll is oval in shape. It measures 8.5 km in length with a maximum width of 5.5 km. Its lagoon is not connected to the ocean by a pass, which makes this small atoll quite inaccessible. Paraoa Atoll is uninhabited.


The first recorded European who arrived to Paraoa was Englishman Samuel Wallis in 1767. He named it "Gloucester".[4]


Paraoa belongs to the commune of Hao (Main village: Otepa), which includes Ahunui (uninhabited), Nengonengo, Manuhangi (uninhabited) and Paraoa (uninhabited).


  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Atoll names
  3. ^ Oceandots at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
  4. ^ Samuel Wallis (in German)

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