The Island of Tokelau constitutes three coral atolls. The atolls are typically small villages called Atafu, Nukunonu, and Fakaofo. Tokelau only covers ten square kilometers in area. Therefore, it is a small island. In fact, one only needs one day to walk through the whole island since the three atolls are located in a liner pattern. Tokelau Island has no capital city. However, people consider the town of Nukunonu, which is the largest and main island, as the de facto capital city. Regarding administration, the three islands are administrative centers. Nukunonu’s location is on porous corals found in between Atafu atoll and Fakaofo atoll islands.

The three islands of Tokelau have a population of 1,300 people. Nukononu’s population is approximately 800 people.


The Tokelau Islands have beautiful attractions, although tourist infrastructure is not strongly developed. The island has no airport, so visitors must take a boat from Samoa. Hotels are available in Nukunou.


Nukonuno, Atafu, and Fakaofo experience a hot, humid, and rainy climate. They are warm with an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius in the northern atolls and 27 degrees Celsius in the southern atolls. The islands experience cooler temperatures during the trade-wind season, which occurs between April and November.

This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018