Taiarapu-Est

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Tai'arapu-Est
Location of the commune (in red) within the Windward Islands. The island of Meheti'a lies outside of the map.
Location of the commune (in red) within the Windward Islands. The island of Meheti'a lies outside of the map.
Coordinates: 17°42′12″S 149°20′00″W / 17.7033°S 149.3333°W / -17.7033; -149.3333Coordinates: 17°42′12″S 149°20′00″W / 17.7033°S 149.3333°W / -17.7033; -149.3333
Country France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Government
 • Mayor Sylve Perry
Area
 • Land 218.3 km2 (84.3 sq mi)
Population (August 2007 census)
 • Population1 11,549
 • Population1 density 53/km2 (140/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 98747 / 98719
Elevation 0–1,306 m (0–4,285 ft)
1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Ta'iarapu-Est (literally "Tai'arapu East") is a commune of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The commune of Tai'arapu-Est is located on the island of Tahiti, in the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands, themselves part of the Society Islands.

Overview[edit]

The commune extends over a part of Tahiti Nui ("big Tahiti") and half of the peninsula of Tahiti Iti ("small Tahiti", aka Tai'arapu). The commune also includes the uninhabited island of Mehetia (2.3 km²/0.9 sq. miles), located 112 kilometres (70 mi) east of Tahiti Iti. The administrative centre of the commune is the settlement of Taravao, on the isthmus linking Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti.