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French Frigate Shoals in the NW Hawaiian Islands

French Frigate Shoals is the largest atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. It is an open atoll that includes a twenty-mile crescent shaped reef, twelve sandbars, and 120 foot high La Perouse Pinnacle. The total land area of French Frigate Shoals is approximately 70 acres and the total reef area is more then 230,000 acres.
French Frigate Shoals: Largest Atoll in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands

French Frigate Shoals Atoll Viewed from Space
Photo Credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Facts About the French Frigate Shoals
DESCRIPTION: 20 Mile reef with 12 sandbar islets and a 120 foot pinnacle
ENGLISH NAME: French Frigate Shoals
HAWAIIAN NAME: Mokupapapa
NAMED AFTER: Two Frigates of Jean Francois de la Perouse
TOTAL ISLET LAND AREA: About 62 acres
TOTAL CORAL REEF AREA: About 232,000 acres
LONGITUDE: 166 degrees 10 minutes W
LATITUDE: 23 degrees 45 minutes N
COUNTY: Honolulu County
ISLAND GROUP: Northwest Hawaiian Islands
LOCATION: About 490 miles northwest of Oahu island
WITHIN: Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Islands of the French Frigate Shoals
Includes Bare island, Disappearing Island, East Island, Gin Island, Little Gin Island, Le Perouse Pinnacle, Mullet Island, Round Island,b Shark Island, Skate Island, Tern Island, Trig Island, and Whale Island.

Maps of French Frigate Shoals
Two NPAA maps of the French Frigate Shoals, one show the names and locations of islands with int he shoals and one show the location of banks within the shoals.

Location of the French Frigate Shoals
The French Frigate Shoals are located about 930 miles southeast of the Midway Atoll and about 430 miles northwest of Kauai Island.

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