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NASA picture of Kauehi Atoll
Kauehi is located in French Polynesia
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates15°52′S 145°8′W / 15.867°S 145.133°W / -15.867; -145.133Coordinates: 15°52′S 145°8′W / 15.867°S 145.133°W / -15.867; -145.133
Area320 km2 (120 sq mi)  (lagoon)
16 km2 (6 sq mi) (above water)
Length24 km (14.9 mi)
Width18 km (11.2 mi)
Overseas collectivityFrench Polynesia
Administrative subdivisionÎles Tuamotu-Gambier
Largest settlementTearavero
Population257[1] (2012)

Kauehi, or Putake,[2] is an atoll in the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. The nearest land is Raraka Atoll, located 17 km to the Southeast.

Kauehi Atoll is roughly kidney-shaped and has a wide lagoon; length 24 km, width 18 km. The atoll has a lagoon area of 320 km2 (124 sq mi), and a land area of 16 km2 (6 sq mi). Kauehi's lagoon has one navigable pass.

Kauehi Atoll has 257 inhabitants as of 2012. The main village is called Tearavero.[3]


Even though Kauehi Atoll was probably well-known to the pearl traders, the first recorded European to visit it was the Beagle's captain Robert FitzRoy in 1835.[3][4]

Kauehi was later visited by the historic United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. Charles Wilkes called the atoll "Vincennes" after his ship.[5]

There is a territorial (domestic) airfield in Kauehi which was inaugurated in 2001.[6]


Kauehi Atoll belongs to the commune of Fakarava, which consists of Fakarava, as well as the atolls of Aratika, Kauehi, Niau, Raraka, Taiaro and Toau.


  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  2. ^ Young, J.L. (1899). "Names of the Paumotu Islands, with the old names so far as they are known". Journal of the Polynesian Society. 8 (4): 264–268. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b Kauehi on tahitiheritage.pf
  4. ^ Les Atolls des Tuamotu, Jacques Bonvallot, Institut de recherche pour le développement, nakladateľstvo IRD , 1994, ISBN 9782709911757, p. 275-282.
  5. ^ United States Exploring Expedition
  6. ^ Kauehi Airport

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Kauehi fue descubierto por Fitz-Roy en 1835, aunque probablemente ya era conocido por los comerciantes de perlas. Era conocido con el nombre de Vincennes.