NASA picture of Kaukura Atoll
|Area||434 km2 (168 sq mi) (lagoon)
11 km² (above water)
|Length||47 km (29.2 mi)|
|Width||13 km (8.1 mi)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|Population||475 (as of 2012)|
Kaukura or Kaheko is an atoll in the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia, 48km long and 15km wide. It is located in the western area of the archipelago, 58km SW of Rangiroa. The closest land is Arutua Atoll, only 16km to the East.
Kaukura Atoll is elongated, with a length of 47km and a maximum width of 13km. The northern reef rim is narrow, while the southern is broad. There are two groups of 65 islets. The surface of Kaukura's lagoon is 434km2 and the land area 11km². It has only one navigable pass cutting through the reef.
The most important island is Motu Panao, located in the Northwest of the Atoll. Kaukura has 475 inhabitants as of 2012; the main village is Raitahiti.
Geographically Kaukura belongs to the Palliser Islands (Îles Palliser) subgroup of the Tuamotus.
Formerly fishing was the main occupation of Kaukura's islanders. But presently tourism has replaced the traditional activities as a source of income.
- "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
- Young, J.L. (1899). "Names of the Paumotu Islands, with the old names so far as they are known.". Journal of the Polynesian Society 8 (4): 264–268. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- Tahiti Traveller - Kaukura
- Kaukura Airport