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NASA picture of Reao Atoll
Reao is located in French Polynesia
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 18°28′11″S 136°26′33″W / 18.46972°S 136.44250°W / -18.46972; -136.44250
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 34 km2 (13 sq mi)  (lagoon)
9 km2 (3 sq mi) (above water)
Length 24.5 km (15.22 mi)
Width 5 km (3.1 mi)
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Reao
Population 379[1] (2012)
Flag of Reao Pukaruha
Flag of Reao Pukaruha
Localitzación de Reao en las Tuamotu.png
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
Area 18 km2 (7 sq mi)
Population (2012)1 606
 • Density 34/km2 (87/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 379 inhabitants.


The first recorded European to sight Reao Atoll was French explorer Louis Isidore Duperrey in 1823. He named this atoll "Clermont Tonnerre".[2]

Reao was visited by the United States Exploring Expedition led by Charles Wilkes on August 13, 1839. They became the first white men to set foot on the island, but were met by a hostile group of 17 natives.[3]

Reao Airport was inaugurated in 1979.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The lagoon of the atoll is particularly important in that it hosts large colonies of Porites mordax and Acropora formosa corals, as well as over 400 Tridacna maxima clams.[4]


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


  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Sample Chapter(s) for Historical%2
  3. ^ Stanton, William (1975). The Great United States Exploring Expedition. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 116. ISBN 0520025571. 
  4. ^ Dahl, prepared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas ; in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme ; based on the work of Arthur Lyon (1986). Review of the protected areas system in Oceania (Sept. 1986. ed.). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. p. 208. ISBN 9782880325091. 

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