Tikehau is a coral atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. It is located in the Palliser group, the westernmost of the Tuamotus. The nearest atoll, Rangiroa lies only 12 km to the east. Mataiva, another atoll of the same group, is located 35 km (21 mi.) to the west. The atoll's oval-shaped lagoon is 27 km long and 19 km wide. and is surrounded by an almost continuous coral reef. There is a great density of fish and other marine life in the lagoon which was studied by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The islands are covered with coconut palms, and support a population of 407 inhabitants. The main village is called Tuherahera. There are also tourist resorts on Tikehau.
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