About Tuamotu

The Tuamotus or the Tuamotu Archipelago are a chain of islands and atolls in French Polynesia. They form 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 and language. The island were originally called by the Tahitians of Tahiti as the Paumotus, which means the "Subservient Islands" until a delegation from the island convince the French authority to change it to Tuamotus which mean the "Distant Islands"