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Manihi Atoll (ISS006-E-37110).jpg
NASA picture of Manihi Atoll
Manihi is located in French Polynesia
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates14°26′31″S 146°04′19″W / 14.44194°S 146.07194°W / -14.44194; -146.07194
Area160 km2 (62 sq mi)  (lagoon)
13 km2 (5 sq mi) (above water)
Length27 km (16.8 mi)
Width8 km (5 mi)
Highest elevation9 m (30 ft)
Highest point(unnamed)
Overseas collectivityFrench Polynesia
Administrative subdivisionÎles Tuamotu-Gambier
Capital cityPaeua
Population650[1] (2017)
NASA picture of Manihi Atoll.
NASA picture of Manihi Atoll.
Localización de Manihi en las Tuamotu.png
Location of Manihi
Coordinates: 14°26′31″S 146°04′19″W / 14.442°S 146.072°W / -14.442; -146.072Coordinates: 14°26′31″S 146°04′19″W / 14.442°S 146.072°W / -14.442; -146.072
Overseas collectivityFrench Polynesia
SubdivisionÎles Tuamotu-Gambier
 • Mayor (2020–2026) John Drollet[2]
25 km2 (10 sq mi)
 • Density46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−10:00
INSEE/Postal code
98727 /98771
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Manihi, or Paeua,[3] is a coral atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago, part of French Polynesia. It is one of the northernmost of the Tuamotus, located in the King George subgroup. The closest land to Manihi is Ahe Atoll, located 14 km to the west. The population is 650 inhabitants (2017 census).[1]


View of the lagoon.

Manihi is a relatively large elongated atoll. Its oval-shaped lagoon measures 27 km in length and 8 km in width, and is ringed by innumerable islets. The lagoon is well-known among snorkelers for its beautiful and diverse marine fauna, including, among other species, the manta ray. There is only one pass to enter the lagoon, located close to the atoll's southern end. It is known as Passe de Tairapa. 14°27′31″S 146°03′40″W / 14.4585°S 146.0610°W / -14.4585; -146.0610

The chief village is Paeua. Another important village, Turipaoa, is located in the south-western part of the atoll, and is home to about 400 inhabitants. Several of the islands are inhabited, by populations ranging from single individuals to as many as 400.


Change in population of Manihi atoll.

Historical population
Sources ISPF,[4] Mairie de Manihi[5]
* : estimation


There are two ancient Polynesian ceremonial platforms constructed of blocks of coral (marae in Tuamotuan) on Manihi. The first recorded Europeans to arrive to Manihi were Dutch explorers Jacob le Maire and Willem Schouten on their 1615–1616 Pacific journey.[6] They called this atoll "Waterland Island". British explorer John Byron, who reached Manihi in June 1765, called the atoll "Prince of Wales Island".


Manihi Atoll is today home to a great number of pearl farms, and was the site of French Polynesia's first black pearl farm.[7]

There was a five star resort on Manihi, called the Pearl Beach Manihi resort, which has overwater bungalows in the lagoon. This resort closed in late 2012.

There is one airfield on the atoll, inaugurated in 1994: Manihi Airport. It is located close to Turipaoa and is served by the local airline Air Tahiti.


Village of Turipaoa.

The commune of Manihi consists of the island Manihi and Ahe,[8] that are both associated communes.[1] The seat of the commune is the village Paeua.[8] The current mayor of the commune is John Drollet.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d Répartition de la population en Polynésie française en 2017, Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française
  2. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  3. ^ Young, J.L. (1899). "Names of the Paumotu Islands, with the old names so far as they are known". Journal of the Polynesian Society. 8 (4): 264–268. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  4. ^ ISPF, Démographie Archived 2014-12-16 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Mairie de Manihi,
  6. ^ "Discovery & Discoverers of French Oceania". Pacific Islands Monthly. IX (7). 15 February 1939. p. 32. Retrieved 9 August 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Manihi". Retrieved 9 August 2021. Tahiti's first traditional pearl farms originated in Manihi, and many are still in operation today
  8. ^ a b Décret n°72-407 du 17 mai 1972 portant création de communes dans le territoire de la Polynésie française, Légifrance
  9. ^ "Emmanuel Macron is welcomed with garlands of flowers and seashells on Manihi Island". EuroNews. 27 July 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2021.

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