Takume

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Takume (left) and part of Raroia seen from the Space Shuttle, image courtesy of the Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center
Takume or Pukamaru is an elongated atoll of the Tuamotus chain in French Polynesia, located 790 km (490 mi) northeast of Tahiti and 6 km (3.7 mi) northeast of Raroia and 128 km (80 mi) to the west of Fangatau. It measures 24 km (15 mi) by 5 km (3.1 miles) with a lagoon of 43.5 km2 (16.8 sq mi). Takume has many small motus on its reef; most are located on its eastern fringes. The long and deep lagoon has one navigable pass to enter it.

Takume Atoll has 93 inhabitants. The main village is Ohomo.

The languages spoken on the island are Pa'umotu and French. Pa'umotu is the local language, and French is taught in the elementary school in the island's village of Garumaoa. To attend secondary school the children go to the larger island Makemo. To attend university they can go to Tahiti, 465 miles away. The Raroians are, like most Polynesians, known for their hospitality, and although there are no available accommodations to rent on the island, locals will often share their lodgings with travelers. The Raroian diet consists mainly of local seafood, imported bread, rice and canned goods.

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