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LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates17°1′S 168°37′E / 17.017°S 168.617°E / -17.017; 168.617Coordinates: 17°1′S 168°37′E / 17.017°S 168.617°E / -17.017; 168.617
ArchipelagoVanuatu, Shepherd Islands
Highest elevation20 m (70 ft)
Highest point521
ProvinceShefa Province
Population274 (2015)

Tongariki Island is an inhabited island in Shefa Province of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean. The island is a part of Shepherd Islands archipelago.[1][2]


Tongariki is a small island of volcanic origin located in the eastern Shepherd Islands, having no beaches or reefs. Several small islands lie close to the south coast. The island is 3.8 km long and 1.7 km wide.[3] The estimated terrain elevation above the sea level is some 20 metres.[4] The uninhabited island of Falea lies 1.8 km north-west of Tongariki.


As of 2015, the official local population was 274 people in 55 households.[5] The main village is Tafia. Some local people speak Makura language.


  1. ^ "Tongariki: Vanuatu". Geographic Names. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Shepherd Islands". Vanuatu Travel. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Shepherd group of islands". Vanuatu Islands Travel Info. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Tongariki Island". Mapcarta. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  5. ^ "2015 Vanuatu National Population and Households Projections by Province and Islands" (PDF). Vanuatu National Statistics Office. Retrieved 9 August 2018.