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NASA picture of Tauere Atoll
Tauere is located in French Polynesia
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 17°22′S 141°28′W / 17.367°S 141.467°W / -17.367; -141.467Coordinates: 17°22′S 141°28′W / 17.367°S 141.467°W / -17.367; -141.467
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 60 km2 (23 sq mi)  (lagoon)
3.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi) (above water)
Length 7.5 km (4.66 mi)
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Hao
Population 3[1] (2012)
NASA picture of Tauere Atoll.

Tauere Atoll or Taouere, also known as Te Putua, is a small atoll of the central Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. It is located 85 kilometres (53 miles) northwest of Hao Atoll's westernmost point.

Tauere Atoll is squarish in shape. It measures 7.5 kilometres (4.7 miles) across. The islands are located on its northern and eastern sides. Its lagoon is not connected to the ocean by a pass, which makes this small atoll quite inaccessible.

Tauere has only 3 inhabitants.


The first European recorded sight of the atoll was by the Spanish expedition of Pedro Fernandez de Quirós on 12 February 1606. They charted it as La Decena.[2] Tauere was again sighted by Spanish navigator Domingo de Boenechea in October 1772 on the ship Aguila.[3] He called this atoll San Simon y Judas. Hence this atoll appears in some maps as St. Simon.


Administratively Tauere belongs to the commune of Amanu (Main village: Ikitake) which includes the atolls of Rekareka (uninhabited) and Tauere. The Amanu commune is associated with the Hao commune.


  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  2. ^ 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.313.
  3. ^ Salmond, Anne (2010). Aphrodite's Island. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 241. ISBN 9780520261143. 

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