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NASA picture of Tekokota Atoll
Tekokota is located in French Polynesia
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 17°19′S 142°37′W / 17.317°S 142.617°W / -17.317; -142.617Coordinates: 17°19′S 142°37′W / 17.317°S 142.617°W / -17.317; -142.617
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)  (lagoon)
0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi) (above water)
Length 5 km (3.1 mi)
Width 3.5 km (2.17 mi)
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Hikueru
Population Uninhabited[1] (as of 2012)

Tekokota is one of the Central Tuamotu atolls, located close to the geographic center of the archipelago.

Tekokota Atoll is one of the smallest atolls of the Tuamotus. Its islands have a total land mass of only 0.9 square kilometres (0.3 square miles).

Tekokota's shape is roughly oval and it is 5 kilometres (3 miles) in length and 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) in width. The western side of Tekokota Atoll is submerged. The surface of its shallow central lagoon is 5.1 square kilometres (2.0 square miles).

Tekokota Atoll is uninhabited. The closest land to Tekokota is Hikueru Atoll, located 22 km to the south.[2]


Tekokota was first sighted by James Cook in 1773. He named Tekokota Atoll "Doubtful".

Months later Spanish explorer José de Andía called this atoll, "La del Peligro" (The Dangerous One). A few days later, another Spanish navigator Domingo de Boenechea sighted Tekokota on ship Aguila. He named this atoll "Los Mártires".[3]


Tekokota Atoll belongs to the commune of Hikueru, which consists of the atolls of Hikueru, Marokau, Ravahere, Reitoru and Tekokota.


  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Oceandots at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
  3. ^ NZTEC - Boenechea and Gayangos

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