Fenua Tapu is an islet of Nui atoll in the Pacific Ocean state of Tuvalu.[1][2]

It is the most southern and most eastern islet of Nui and is the largest (area 1.38 km2). Most Nuians live on the western end of Fenua Tapu,[3] where a village including the settlements of Alamoni - Maiaki and Manutalake - Meang (Tanrake) lies.[4]

A Dutch expedition (the frigate Maria Reigersberg[5]) found Nui on the morning of June 14, 1825 and named Fenua Tapu as Nederlandsch Eiland.[6]

A New Island in the Pacific.— In July last, the Pollux, Dutch sloop of war, Captain Eeg, discovered a new and well-peopled island in the Pacific, to which the name of Nederlandich Island was given : its latitude and longitude laid down at 7° 10' S., and 177° 33' 16" E. from Greenwich. The natives were athletic and fierce, great thieves, and, from their shewing no symptoms of fear when muskets were discharged, evidently unacquainted with the effects of fire-arms.[7]


  1. ^ Map of Nui. Tuvaluislands.com.
  2. ^ British Admiralty Nautical Chart 766 Ellice Islands. United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). 21 March 1872.
  3. ^ Sotaga Pape, Hugh Laracy (ed.) (1983). "Chapter 10 – Nui". Tuvalu: A History. Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific and Government of Tuvalu. p. 71.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Population of communities in Tuvalu". Thomas Brinkhoff. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Dutch warships available but not in active service in August 1834". 3 December 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Pieter Troost: Aanteekeningen gehouden op eene reis om de wereld: met het fregat de Maria Reigersberg en de ...". 1829. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  7. ^ The Australian newspaper, Saturday 25 November 1826

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Coordinates: 7°14′45″S 177°8′50″E / 7.24583°S 177.14722°E / -7.24583; 177.14722