Location of Takapoto Atoll in the Pacific Ocean
Takapoto, Tua-poto or Oura, is an atoll in the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. Length 17 km, width 6.4 km. Latitude 14° 42'; Longitude S 145° 15' W.
The nearest land is Takaroa Atoll, located 10 km to the Northeast.
Takapoto's lagoon has a high salinity and a strong phytoplankton biomass.
Geographically Takapoto is part of the King George Islands (Iles du Roi Georges) subgroup, which includes: Ahe, Manihi, Takapoto, Takaroa and Tikei.
Takapoto Atoll has 441 inhabitants. Fakatopatere, the main village on Takapoto, is located at the southern end of the atoll.
The first recorded European to sight Takapoto Atoll was Jacob Le Maire in 1616.
Takapoto Atoll was visited by the Charles Wilkes expedition in September 1839.
Takapoto Airport was inaugurated in 1973.
The commune of Takaroa-Takapoto consists of the atolls of Takaroa and Takapoto, and Tikei Island.
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Coordinates: 14°37′01″S 145°12′00″W / 14.617°S 145.200°W