Motu One (Marquesas Islands)

Motu One ( marq. for sand island, double Ilot de Sable ) is a small, uninhabited volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean. It is located in the northern group of the Marquesas Islands, which belong politically to French Polynesia.

The island is located 30 km northeast of Eiao and 9 km east of Hatutu. Motu One is the last Motu in the extreme southwest of a largely submerged atoll. It has an area of ​​approximately three hectares and reaches a height of only a few meters above the sea. The actual Atoll has dimensions of about 14 × 9 km, with the long axis of the northeast is directed to the southwest. The total area including the lagoon is approximately 100 km ².

Although Motu One was visited by residents of other Marquesas, there is no evidence of a previous permanent residence.

April 19, 1791 the Americans Joseph Ingraham sailed on his way to China at Motu One passed without, however, to enter. Was up onto the island for the first time in 1813 by the American naval officer David Porter, who called it Lincoln Iceland. 1992 Motu One was declared a nature reserve, as it is home to sea turtles as well as numerous seabirds.