Maiao

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Coordinates: 17°39′S 150°38′W / 17.650°S 150.633°W / -17.650; -150.633

NASA picture of Mai'ao.

Mai'ao is an 8.8 km2 (3.4 sq mi) island formation located 78 km (48 mi) southwest of Mo'orea and one of the Windward Islands (French: Îles du Vent) in French Polynesia.

Geography[edit]

The island formation consists of one high island with a peak elevation of 154 meters (505') and a low island (or motu) that winds along the base of the high island. The formation encloses two hypersaline lagoons called Roto Iti and Roto Rahi. The island also has a lagoon at its edge. All lagoons are connected through narrow channels. The island is home to 299 people (as of Aug. 2007 census).[1]

Administration[edit]

The island is administratively part of the commune (municipality) of Mo'orea-Mai'ao, itself in the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Institut Statistique de Polynésie Française (ISPF). "TABLEAU II Population des communes et communes associées de Polynésie française" (PDF) (in French). Archived from the original on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2007-12-02.