Commune de Fakarava

This biosphere reserve is situated in the Tuamotu Archipelago some 540 km north-east of Tahiti. Taiaro is an atoll, a ring-shaped island built up on an ancient volcano that has sunk into the ocean due to the drift of the Pacific Ocean floor. Taiaro is only visible because of the rim of coral that forms a barrier reef 5 km in diameter around the original volcano. Unlike the other 420 atolls listed throughout the world, the inner lagoon is completely closed and therefore has exceptional characteristics, as yet little studied.

Declaration Date: 1977
Surface Area: 930 ha
Administrative Division: Délégation à l'Environnement, Ministère de l'Environnement, Papete French Polynesia 

Human Activities

The number of visitors to this area is quite low due to the geographical isolation and lack of infrastructure in the area. Tourist activities include diving, camping, hiking, sailing, watersking, fishing and hunting.  

Ecological Characteristics

This biosphere reserve is situated in the Tuamotu Archipelago some 540 km north-east of Tahiti. Taiaro is an atoll, a ring-shaped island built up on an ancient volcano that has sunk into the ocean due to the drift of the Pacific Ocean floor. Taiaro is only visible because of the rim of coral that forms a barrier reef 5 km in diameter around the original volcano. Unlike the other 420 atolls listed throughout the world, the inner lagoon is completely closed and therefore has exceptional characteristics, as yet little studied.


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