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Tokelau Travel Photos

Tokelau is a territory of New Zealand some 500 kilometers north of Samoa. It consists of three sprawling atolls, Atafu, Nukunono, and Fakaofo. The only access is on the monthly supply ship from Apia as no airport exists.

Tokelau's population is around 1,500, with 500 persons on each atoll. Another 6,000 Tokelauans live and work in New Zealand. When they go, the adults often leave their children behind in the care of the grandparents. Life in Tokelau is laidback, but these islands are heavily dependent on New Zealand aid.

All photos on are by David Stanley, author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific. The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

Fale Island, Fakaofo

Fale Island, Fakaofo Atoll

Fale Island, site of the largest village on Fakaofo Atoll. In recent years, a second village has been established on nearby Fanuafala Island to ease the overcrowding.
MCoral Street, Fale

A quiet coral street between the closely packed homes on Fale.

Small Boat Harbor, Fakaofo Atoll, Tokelau

Outboards in the small boat harbor on Fale, Fakaofo Atoll.

Children, Tokelau Swimming Pigs, Fakaofo, Tokelau Afternoon Rest, Tokelau

Children and the elderly form the bulk of Tokelau's population.

Pigs forage for shellfish on the reef at Fale Island, Fakaofo.

An island woman enjoying an afternoon rest before her home.

School Ferry, Fale Overwater Outhouse, Fakaofo Ancient Coral Slab, Fakaofo

A passenger boat ferries Fale children to school on Fanuafala.

Overwater outhouses line the ocean side of Fale on Fakaofo.

An ancient coral slab at the meeting house on Fale, Fakaofo.

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