Pakin Atoll

Pakin Atoll is a small atoll lying off the northwest coast of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. Along with the nearby Ant Atoll these islands constitute the Senyavin group of islands.[1]

Pakin Atoll
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Pakin Atoll from space. Courtesy NASA.
Pakin is located in Pacific Ocean
Location of Pakin Atoll in the Pacific Ocean
Coordinates7°03′32″N 157°48′18″E / 7.059°N 157.805°E / 7.059; 157.805Coordinates: 7°03′32″N 157°48′18″E / 7.059°N 157.805°E / 7.059; 157.805
ArchipelagoSenyavin group of islands
Federated States of Micronesia

Pakin has a population of around 90-100 people, all of whom are members of the diasporic Mortlockese community in Sokehs. The community is represented by traditional leadership (Sounirek Pakein) and is recognized as a non-government organization under the name "Pakin Community Association" (PCA). The by-laws and articles of pledge of the PCA were signed on August 28, 2007. Pakin Elementary School and a large Catholic church are located on the largest islet of Nikahlap. The other inhabited islets of Pakin Atoll include Painpwel, Wesetik, Mwanid, and Olamwin. The atoll is a popular site with tourists for diving and snorkelling.


The first recorded sighting by Europeans was by the Spanish vessel "San Jeronimo", commanded by female explorer Isabel Barreto on 21 December 1595 with Pedro Fernández de Quirós as pilot.[2][3]


  1. ^ Bendure, G. & Friary, N. (1988) Micronesia:A travel survival kit. South Yarra, VIC: Lonely Planet
  2. ^ Sharp, Andrew The discovery of the Pacific Islands Oxford, 1960, pp.54,55.
  3. ^ Brand, Donald D. The Pacific Basin: A History of its Geographical Explorations The American Geographical Society, New York, 1967, p.136.