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NASA picture of Tūpai Atoll
Atoll research bulletin (1983) (20319213056 brightened).jpg
Location Pacific Ocean
Archipelago Society Islands
Area 11 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Population 0 (permanent)

Tūpai, also called Motu Iti, is a low-lying atoll in Society Islands, French Polynesia. It lies 19 km to the north of Bora Bora and belongs to the western Leeward Islands (French: Îles Sous-le-vent). This small atoll is only 11 km² in area. Its broad coral reef encloses a shallow sandy lagoon. There are almost continuous long wooded motus on Tūpai's reef. Tupai has no permanent residents apart from some workers in the coconut plantations. There is a private airfield on Tūpai. It was inaugurated in 2001 and its use is restricted.


The atoll of Tūpai belongs administratively to the commune of Bora Bora.

In 1926 the island was considered for settling a small community of Slovak colonists but was later dropped in favor of the Marquesas Islands[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 16°17′S 151°50′W / 16.283°S 151.833°W / -16.283; -151.833