Tuamotu Atolls

An atoll is a coral island (or islands) that encir­cles a lagoon par­tially or com­pletely.  The Tuamo­tus or the Tuamotu Arch­i­pel­ago are a chain of atolls in French Poly­ne­sia and the largest chain of atolls in the world, span­ning an area of the Pacific Ocean roughly the size of West­ern Europe. The Tuamotu islands were orig­i­nally set­tled by Poly­ne­sians who share a com­mon cul­ture, beliefs and language.

The main source of income today is from the cul­ti­va­tion of black pearls and prepa­ra­tion of copra.  Tourism is sparse com­pared to the Soci­ety Islands but there are thing to enjoy in this trop­i­cal climate.


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