Marshall Islands Atoll Information

Maloelap Atoll

Atoll Information

Atoll (name) Location Number
Land area (km2) Lagoon area (km2) Ratio land to lagoon area (km2)
English Marshallese North East area rank area rank ratio rank
Maloelap Maloelap 8°40' 171°00' 71 9.82 7 972.72 4 1.01 22

Map of Maloelap Atoll (Source: Office of Planning and Statistics 1989


Alternative names

The following alternative names have been used on European charts
logbooks and the accounts of visitors:
Araktchev (Kotzebue 1816)
Araktschejeff (Kotzebue 1816)
Aruchejev (Kotzebue 1816)
Bass [reeftied island] (Bishop 1799)
Calvert's Island (Gilbert 1788)
Kaben (Kotzebue 1816)

US. Navy Codenames used during WWII and during the nuclear testing period

Befriend -- Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll
Cordial -- Maleolap Atoll
Daughter -- Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll
Electrocute -- Kaven Island, Maleolap Atoll
Fillet -- Maleolap Atoll
Incessant -- Kaven Island, Maloelap Atoll

Public Health

Epidemics recorded for Maloelap (1887-1943)

1907DysenteryErdland 1914:17

Environmental Data


Historic Data

List of the Foreign property holdings during the German Colonial Period

Historic Demographic Information for the Marshall Islands--Maloelap Atoll

Chronological listing of ships visiting the Marshall Islands until 1885 --Maloelap Atoll

Historical Sites on Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll

Historic Copra Production by Atoll --Maloelap Atoll and central Ratak

Taroa, Maloelap Atoll. A brief virtual tour through a Japanese airbase in the Marshall Islands

by Dirk H.R. Spennemann
A guided tour through the main Japanese airbase outside Kwajalein during World War II. Today the remains of the airbase are remarkable and worth a visit.
WWII Period Photographs of Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll
Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces in operations against and from the Marshall Islands--Events regarding Maloelap Atoll



Canoe off the island of Airõk, Maoleolap Atoll
Canoe off the island of Airõk, Maoleolap Atoll (detail)
Lebeloa, Chief of Kaven, Maloelap
WWII Period Photographs of Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll
Limodelok of Maloelap (photographed in 1895).
Sitting dance of Irooj Ladiget of Maloelap (photographed 1895 on Jabwor, Jaluit). Note the European style dress




Bibliographic citation for this document

Spennemann, Dirk HR (1998-05). Atoll Information.
URL: http:/

Dirk H.R. Spennemann, Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, P.O.Box 789, Albury NSW 2640, Australia.

© Dirk H.R. Spennemann 1999
select from the following...

Marshall Islands Kosrae CNMI Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Guam Wake Pohnpei FSM Federated States of Micronesia Yap Chuuk Marshall Islands politics public health environment culture WWII history literature XXX Cultural Heritage Management Micronesian Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences CNMI German Colonial Sources Mariana Islands Historic Preservation Spennemann Dirk Spennemann Dirk HR Spennemann Murray Time Louis Becke Jane Downing Downing