NASA picture of Tahanea Atoll
|Area||522.5 km2 (201.7 sq mi) (lagoon)
7.7 km² (above water)
|Length||48 km (29.8 mi)|
|Width||15.2 km (9.44 mi)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|Population||Uninhabited (as of 2012)|
Tahanea Atoll is quite large. It measures 48 km in length with a maximum width of 15.2 km. The southern reef fringing the atoll is wider than the northern one, but the largest islands are on the narrower northern rim. Tahanea has a wide and deep lagoon with a surface of 545 km². There are three deep, navigable, passes into the lagoon, which are called Motupuapua, Teavatapu and Otao.
Tahanea is uninhabited, but it is visited occasionally by islanders from neighbouring atolls.
Russian oceanic explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen visited Tahanea in 1820 on ships Vostok and Mirni. He named this atoll "Chichagov" .
- "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
- Sharp, Andrew The discovery of the Pacific Islands Oxford, 1960, p.125,126,127.
- Brand, Donald D. The Pacific Basin: A History of its Geographical Explorations The American Geographical Society, New York, 1967, p.139.
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