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Marutea, or Taunga tauranga-e-havana,[2] is one of the Tuamotu atolls in French Polynesia. It is located 24 km to the southeast of Makemo Atoll and 30 km southwest of Nihiru Atoll.

Marutea Nord
Marutea Nord.JPG
NASA picture of Marutea Nord Atoll
Marutea Nord is located in French Polynesia
Marutea Nord
Marutea Nord
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates17°07′S 143°11′W / 17.117°S 143.183°W / -17.117; -143.183Coordinates: 17°07′S 143°11′W / 17.117°S 143.183°W / -17.117; -143.183
Area458 km2 (177 sq mi)  (lagoon)
2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi) (above water)
Length42 km (26.1 mi)
Width17 km (10.6 mi)
Overseas collectivityFrench Polynesia
Administrative subdivisionTuamotus
PopulationUninhabited[1] (2012)

Marutea Atoll measures 42 km in length with a maximum width of 17 km. Its lagoon has an area of 458 km² and one pass to enter it. It has a land area of approx 2.7 km2. This atoll is very low and its reef is often awash.

Marutea Atoll is permanently uninhabited.

Marutea Nord should not be confused with Marutea Sud located in the far south-eastern reaches of the Tuamotu Archipelago at 21˚ 30'S., 135˚ 32'W.


Taunga-tauranga-e-havana, the second native name of Marutea, means "the friendly bird that rested and plumed itself on our mast" —so says Marerenui, a native of Faaite Atoll. There is a legend attached to this name, of which only fragments can be obtained.[3]

The first recorded European to arrive to Marutea Atoll was Captain James Cook in 1773. Historically Marutea has appeared as "Furneaux Island" in some maps.


Marutea Nord belongs to the commune of Makemo, which consists of the atolls of Makemo, Haraiki, Marutea Nord, Katiu, Tuanake, Hiti, Tepoto Sud, Raroia, Takume, Taenga and Nihiru.


  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 7 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. ^ Journal of the Polynesian Society: Names Of The Paumotu Islands, By J.L. Young, P 264-268

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