Maiao, French Polynesia

Maiao is an island formation located 78 km southwest of Moorea and one of the Windward Islands 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 administratively part of the commune (municipality) of Moorea-Maiao, itself in the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands.

Things to See and Do

* Island tour
* Beaches
* Water sports
* Moorea

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French, Tahitian
Land Area – 8.8 km²
Population – 300 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT minus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 689

Transport Links – Take the high-speed ferry from Papeete. It's only a slightly more than the slow one, takes half the time, and it's much more sea-worthy. The channel between the islands can be choppy.
Air Moorea - Ten minute flight in a small prop driven plane. Flights run back and forth between Papeete every half hour. The Air Moorea terminal (Terminal 2) in Papeete is located away from the main air terminal.


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