Pao Pao

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Pao Pao
Mo'orea, the island on which Pao Pao is located.
Mo'orea, the island on which Pao Pao is located.
Coordinates: 17°30′36″S 149°49′20″W / 17.51000°S 149.82222°W / -17.51000; -149.82222Coordinates: 17°30′36″S 149°49′20″W / 17.51000°S 149.82222°W / -17.51000; -149.82222
CountryFrench Polynesia
Time zoneTahiti

Pao Pao is an associated commune on the island of Mo'orea, in French Polynesia.[1] It is part of the commune Moorea-Maiao. According to a census in 2007, it had a population of 4,244 people. According to the 2012 census, it had grown to a population 4,580 people. In the 2017 census, it had grown to a population of 4,639. It is the largest village in Mo'orea.


The Pao Pao area was first settled by travelers from Asia. They built houses out of branches and hunted fish. When James Cook came to Moorea, he made contact with them and continued his journey. That is how Cook's bay got its name.


Residents of Pao Pao often take the Moorea Airport to travel to other islands in French Polynesia. The nearby island of Tahiti is a 45-minute ferry ride from Moorea,[2] which draws a fair amount of tourism to the area.[3]


Paopao is located on the center of the Moorea Island.

Pao Pao is located at the bottom of Cook's Bay on Moorea. It is surrounded by many mountains and flat land is limited.


Pao Pao is known for being the home to the Moorea Juice Factory, which offers tours on how the juice is made and sells juice in a nearby store. The Supermarche (which is supermarket in French) of Pao Pao is a major store in the village.


  1. ^ "Map of Paopao, Moorea, French Polynesia." Archived 2013-01-20 at Collins Maps. Accessed on July 2, 2012.
  2. ^ Riley, Frank. "Moorea Island is Drawing Its Own Fans." Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1988. Accessed on July 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Carlisle, Jay. "Traveling in Style: A One-Chicken Eulogy." Los Angeles Times Magazine, October 23, 1988. Accessed on July 2, 2012 from ProQuest.

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