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Landsat picture of Pulusuk
Landsat picture of Pulusuk
CountryFederated States of Micronesia
Pulusuk is located in Pacific Ocean
Location of Pulusuk in the Pacific Ocean

Pulusuk or Houk Island is a village and municipality in the state of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia.[1]

It is a small island that lies at the end of a 55 km (34 mi) long submerged atoll. Pulusuk is part of the Pattiw group, located 244 km (152 mi) to the west of Chuuk.[2]

The first recorded sighting by Europeans was by Spanish naval officer Juan Antonio de Ibargoitia commanding the vessel Filipino in 1799. He charted it as Bartolomé.[3][4][5]

Houk Airfield[edit]

Houk Airfield
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Government
Direction Length Surface
ft m
044 1,350 410 Concrete

Houk Airfield consists of a paved 1,350 feet (410 m) runway that cuts through the forested south end of the island.[6] The rudimentary airport is not serviced (no passenger terminal, no hangars or no fuel). Caroline Islands Air has chartered flights to the airfield.


  1. ^ Statoids.com, retrieved December 8, 2010
  2. ^ "Oceandots - Houk". Archived from the original on December 23, 2010. Retrieved 2014-08-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Robson, R.W. The Pacific Islands Handbook New York 1946. p.142
  4. ^ Sharp, Andrew The discovery of the Pacific Islands Oxford, 1960, p.183.
  5. ^ Brand, Donald D. The Pacific Basin: A History of its Geographical Explorations The American Geographical Society, New York, 1967, p.141.
  6. ^ "Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Division of Civil Aviation | Houk (Pulusuk) Civil Airfield, Houk Island, Micronesia".

Coordinates: 6°41′23″N 149°18′08″E / 6.6898°N 149.3021°E / 6.6898; 149.3021