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The atoll of Reao
The atoll of Reao
Location of Reao in the Tuamotu Archipelago
Location of Reao in the Tuamotu Archipelago
Coordinates: 18°28′11″S 136°26′33″W / 18.4697°S 136.4426°W / -18.4697; -136.4426Coordinates: 18°28′11″S 136°26′33″W / 18.4697°S 136.4426°W / -18.4697; -136.4426
Country France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
 • Land 18 km2 (7 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Population1 567
 • Population1 density 32/km2 (82/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 98742
1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Reao or Natūpe is an atoll in the eastern expanses of the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. The closest land is Pukarua Atoll, located 48 km to the WNW.

Reao is 24.5 km long and its maximum width is 5 km. The whole length of its north-eastern rim is occupied by a single long island. There is no navigable pass into the lagoon.

Reao Atoll's population is 344 inhabitants.


The first recorded European to sight Reao Atoll was French explorer Louis Isidore Duperrey in 1823. He named this atoll "Clermont Tonnerre".[1]

Reao was visited by the United States Exploring Expedition led by Charles Wilkes on August 13, 1839. Wilkes called this atoll "Minerva".

Reao Airport was inaugurated in 1979.


Flag of Reao Pukaruha

The commune of Reao consists of Reao, as well as the atoll of Pukarua.


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