Map of Rekareka Atoll
|Area||2.5 km2 (0.97 sq mi) (lagoon)
1.6 km² (above water)
|Length||2.2 km (1.37 mi)|
|Width||1.25 km (0.777 mi)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|Population||Uninhabited (as of 2012)|
Rekareka, Tehuata or Tu-henua, is an atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. It is located in the Centre East of the group, 83 km southeast from Raroia . and lies 70 km NW of Tauere, its nearest neighbor. The shoal water of this small atoll extends 0.8 km seaward from its northern, western, and southern sides, and about 1.3 km from its south-eastern side. Rekareka has no fresh water and is uninhabited.
Spanish explorer Pedro Fernández de Quirós sighted Rekareka during his Pacific expedition on February 13 1606. The Spaniards named this island "La Sagitaria" and reported that it was inhabited at that time. In some maps this island also appears as "Bonne Esperance" and "Good Hope".
- "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
- Alternative names
- Rekareka at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
- United Nations Environment Programme, IUCN Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas (1986). Review of the Protected Areas System in Oceania. The World Conservation Union. pp. p207. ISBN 2-88032-509-9.
- Pedro Fernández de Quirós(Spanish)
- Kelly, Celsus, O.F.M. La Austrialia del Espiritu Santo. The Journal of Fray Martín de Munilla O.F.M. and other documents relating to the Voyage of Pedro Fernández de Quirós to the South Sea (1605-1606) and the Franciscan Missionary Plan (1617-1627) Cambridge, 1966, p.39,62
- J.L._Young, Names of the Paumotu Islands
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