1 Oct 2018

French Polynesia keen to buy Taiaro atoll - reports

9:33 am on 1 October 2018

Reports from French Polynesia say the government plans to buy a privately owned atoll which is a UNESCO protected site.

Taiaro atoll in French Polynesia

Taiaro atoll in French Polynesia Photo: website Vladi Private Islands

Taiaro atoll has a land area of 16 square kilometres and is in the Tuamotus.

Media reports said the government is preparing to purchase the atoll for $US3 million although the price advertised on the internet is more than $US8 million.

The uninhabited atoll was the declared a biosphere reserve in 1977.

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