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NASA picture of Ravahere Atoll
Ravahere is located in French Polynesia
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 18°13′S 142°09′W / 18.217°S 142.150°W / -18.217; -142.150Coordinates: 18°13′S 142°09′W / 18.217°S 142.150°W / -18.217; -142.150
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 57.5 km2 (22.2 sq mi)  (lagoon)
7 km² (above water)
Length 20 km (12 mi)
Width 9.5 km (5.9 mi)
Overseas collectivity  French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Hikueru
Population Uninhabited[1] (as of 2012)

Ravahere is an atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. It is located 53 km northwest of Nengonengo Atoll and it is separated by a 2 km sound from Marokau Atoll, its closest neighbor to the north.

Marokau and Ravahere form a minor subgroup of the Tuamotus known as the Two Groups Islands.

Ravahere Atoll is roughly boomerang-shaped. It measures 20 km in length with a maximum width of 9.5 km. The shallow lagoon has a surface area of 57.5 km², but there is no pass to enter it.

Ravahere is permanently uninhabited.


The first recorded European who sighted the two neighboring atolls of Marokau and Ravahere was Louis Antoine de Bougainville in 1768.[2]


Ravahere belongs to the commune of Hikueru, which consists of the atolls of Hikueru, Marokau, Ravahere, Reitoru and Tekokota.



  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Robson, John (2005). "A short biography of Louis-Antoine de Bougainville". Retrieved 2008-03-03. 

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