Rapa Iti Island

Rapa Iti is the southernmost inhabited island in French Polynesia. To the south is only the Marotiri group of a couple of rocks. The area is 40.4 km2, the highest point is 650 m. About 500 people live on the island. The island is located 1180 km southeast of Tahiti. The island has a subtropical climate, but the ocean draws colder air and winds from the south. The island is without coconuts due to cold temperatures in winter, during which the temperature can drop below 9 degrees at night. Summer is moderate. Due to its importance for the ecosystem, the island has been identified as an important bird area. It should not be confused with Rapa Nui, as Easter Island is called.