NASA picture of Kauehi Atoll
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 15°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
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 320 km2 (120 sq mi) (lagoon)
15 km2 (6 sq mi) (above water)
Length 24 km (14.9 mi)
Width 18 km (11.2 mi)
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Fakarava
Largest settlement Tearavero
Population 257[1] (2012)
NASA picture of Kauehi atoll.

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 of315 km2 (122 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. 1 2 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.

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