Maewo (or Maéwo; formerly Aurora Island) is an island in Vanuatu in Penama province, 105 km to the east of Espiritu Santo. It is 47 km long, and 6 km wide, with an area of 269 km². Its highest point is 795 m above sea level. In 1979 the island had a population of 1772.
Maewo is the island with the highest rainfall in Vanuatu, greater than 2500 mm per year. The island is covered in green, lush vegetation. The heavy rainfall provides abundant fresh water and waterfalls. There are also hot springs in the centre of Maewo. The largest of these waterfalls is a series of cascades located near the airport on the north end of the Island near the village of Naone. This series of cascades is commonly referred to as Big Wota.
The southern most village of Maewo is Asanvari, in which there are a few guest houses and an old run down cement building used for visiting yachts.
- Brand, Donald D. The Pacific Basin: A History of its Geographical Explorations The American Geographical Society, New York, 1967, p.133.
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