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Native name:
NASA picture of Mai'ao
Karta FP Societe isl.PNG
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 17°39′S 150°38′W / 17.650°S 150.633°W / -17.650; -150.633Coordinates: 17°39′S 150°38′W / 17.650°S 150.633°W / -17.650; -150.633
Archipelago Society Islands
Total islands 2
Major islands Maiao
Area 8.8 km2 (3.4 sq mi)
Highest elevation 154 m (505 ft)
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Population 299[1]
Pop. density 34 /km2 (88 /sq mi)

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.


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).


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


  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 (PDF) on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  • Maiao at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010) at (accessed June 22, 2006)
  • Lesser known Society Islands at (accessed Oct. 22, 2006)] (includes image)
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