Kauehi - French Polynesia

Kauehi Island is a nearly circular atoll about 24 km across located about 40km NE of Fakarava in the Tuamotu Islands. It is very low lying, but well planted with coconut trees. Her lagoon is known for its beauty and its pearl farms. The main village, Tearavero is ideally located on a beautiful strip of sand and houses most of the 400 inhabitants of the island. 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. Kauehi was later visited by the historic United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. Charles Wilkes called the atoll Vincennes after his ship. It was one of the last atolls in the archipelago to be seen by Europeans. The Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia, lies to the east of Tahiti, in the eastern South Pacific Ocean.The group comprises about 80 atolls extending, in two parallel chains, over a distance of 1,400 km (870 miles).