Vanavana

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Vanavana
Vanavana.jpeg
NASA satellite image of Vanavana
Vanavana is located in French Polynesia
Vanavana
Geography
Coordinates 20°47′S 139°10′W / 20.783°S 139.167°W / -20.783; -139.167
Archipelago Tuamotu
Area 5 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Length 3.5 km (2.17 mi)
Width 2.2 km (1.37 mi)
Country
France
Demographics
Population Uninhabited

Vanavana, Kurataki, or Huataki is an atoll in the southeastern area of the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia. Vanavana's nearest neighbour is Tureia, which is located 58 km to the east.

Vanavana is a small oval-shaped atoll. It measures approximately 3.5 km in length, has a maximum width of 2.2 km and a land area of approximately 5 km2. Its reef encloses completely the deep lagoon, which is 6 km2. There is one hook-shaped large island in the north and another in the south of its reef.

Vanavana Atoll is uninhabited; however, buildings on the northern end of the island are present.

History[edit]

The first recorded European to arrive to Vanavana was British mariner Captain Frederick Beechey in 1826. He named this atoll "Barrow Island", after Sir John Barrow.

Administration[edit]

Administratively Vanavana Atoll belongs to the commune of Tureia, which includes the atolls of Tureia, Fangataufa, Moruroa, Tematangi and Vanavana.

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