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  ooBdoo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In the case of an archipelago, "windward islands" are upwind and "leeward islands" are the downwind ones.
Windward Islands and Leeward Islands (in the Lesser Antilles).
Windward Islands and Leeward Islands (in the Society Islands).
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 Society Islands - LoveToKnow 1911
On this first voyage (he subsequently revisited the islands twice) he named the Leeward group of islands Society in honour of the Royal Society, at the instigation of which the expedition had been sent; Tahiti and the adjacent islands he called Georgian, but the first name was subsequently adopted for the whole group.
In profile the islands are rugged and elevated (7349 ft. in Tahiti, Moorea 4045 ft., Raiatea 3389, Bola-Bola 2165).
A mountain, usually with very steep peaks, forms the centre, if not the whole island; on all sides steep ridges descend to the sea, or, as is oftener the case, to a considerable belt of flat land.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Society_Islands   (790 words)

 Leeward Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Leeward Islands are the northern islands of the Lesser Antilles.
Thus, the Leeward Islands are downwind, on the backside of, or leeward of, the easternmost Windward Islands, the group of islands that first meet the trade winds coming from the east.
The colony was known as the Federal Colony of the Leeward Islands from 1871 to 1956 and the Territory of the Leeward Islands from 1956 to 1960.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Leeward_Islands   (571 words)

 The Society Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Society Islands were so named by Captain James Cook as they formed a social grouping.
In the Society Islands professional groups of entertainers, the Arioi, travelled from island to isalnd entertaining, particularly during the season of harvest.
In Windward Islands, which contain the majority of the population, 35% are Protestant, 40% Catholic, 7% Latter Day Saint (Mormons and Sanitos), with smaller Christian churches (mainly Seventh-Day Adventist and Jehovah's Witness) together contributing around 8%.
philtar.ucsm.ac.uk /encyclopedia/poly/society.html   (477 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Leeward
Leeward Islands LEEWARD ISLANDS [Leeward Islands], northern group of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies, extending SE from Puerto Rico to the Windward Islands.
The principal islands are the American Virgin Islands ; the French island and overseas dept. of Guadeloupe and its dependencies; the Dutch islands of
The rugged island is actually the cone of an extinct volcano rising to c.2,800 ft (850 m).
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 Leeward Islands (Society Islands) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The islands became a French protectorate in 1843 and a colony in 1880.
Administratively, the Leeward Islands form the administrative subdivion of the Leeward Islands (la subdivision administrative des Îles Sous-le-Vent), one of French Polynesia's five administrative subdivisions (subdivision administratives).
Geographically, the administrative subdivision of the Leeward Islands (la subdivision administrative des Îles Sous-le-Vent) is identical with the electoral circumscription of the Leeward Islands (circonscription des Îles Sous-le-Vent), one of French Polynesia's 6 electoral districts/circumscriptions (circonsriptions électorales) for the Assembly of French Polynesia (see also Politics of French Polynesia).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Leeward_Islands_(Society_Islands)   (410 words)

 Society Islands - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Windward Islands include Tahiti, Moorea, Mehetia, and Tetiaroa; the Leeward Islands include Rai'atea (largest island of the Leeward group), Huahine, Bora-Bora, Maupiti, Tahaa, Maiao, Maupihaa, Tupai, Manuae, and Motu One.
The islands are mountainous, and there are breadfruit, pandanus, and coconut trees; the limited fauna includes wild pigs, rats, and small lizards.
Society of wealthy islands surrounded by sea of poverty unsustainable, says South Africa's President, opening Johannesburg World Summit; UNEP Executive Director, Summit Secretary-General also speak; Summit plenary focuses on health, in first of partnership sessions.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-societyi.html   (437 words)

 Britain.tv Wikipedia - French Polynesia
It is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands, the most famous island being Tahiti in the Society Islands group, which is also the most populous island, and the seat of the capital of the territory (Papeete).
Leeward Islands (French: (les) Îles Sous-le-Vent or officially la subdivision administrative des Îles Sous-le-Vent) (the two subdivisions administratives Windward Islands and Leeward Islands are part of the Society Islands)
The islands of French Polynesia have a total land area of 4,167 square kilometres (1,622 sq. mi) scattered over 2,500,000 square kilometres (965,255 sq. mi) of ocean.
www.britain.tv /wikipedia.php?title=French_Polynesia   (1229 words)

 Tahiti.org - The Landscape   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
To the east of the Society archipelago is the largest of all with a surface of 600 sq.
The main islands of the archipelago are Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Pou and Ua Huka.
The farthest island from Tahiti, Rapa is 1500 km from Papeete.
www.tahiti.org /en/islandoverview.htm   (314 words)

 Pacific Ocean - Society Islands
The Society Islands (Archipel de la Société) comprise two groups of islands: the Windward Islands (Îles du Vent) and the Leeward Islands (Îles Sous le Vent) with a total land area of 1,680 km².
They islands exhibit an age progression from east to west, ranging in age from Mehetia (less than 1 million years old), to Moorea (1.5 to 2 million years old), and finally to the atolls of the Leeward Islands (around 4.5 million years old).
The climate of the islands is tropical with a mean annual temperature of 26°C. The wet season from December to February brings heavy rains to the islands, whilst from March to November weather is drier and cooler.
www.oceandots.com /pacific/society   (304 words)

 Society Islands
Archipelago in French Polynesia, divided into the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands; area 1,685 sq km/650 sq mi; population (1995 est) 178,000.
The Leeward Islands (French Iles sous le Vent) have an area of 404 sq km/156 sq mi and a population of 27,000 (1995 est).
The islands were named after the Royal Society by Captain Cook, who visited them in 1769.
www.tiscali.co.uk /reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0007189.html   (312 words)

 Holidays Allover: Diving holidays - Cook Islands
Tahiti’s fabulous islands are scattered across five far-flung archipelagos, each with their own particular character and whose inhabitants have adapted the 21st century to the ancient rhythms of the ocean and the sun.
The Society Islands (made up of the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands) is a group of high tropical islands, the main one of which is Tahiti, the largest of the Polynesian islands, with Papeete as its administrative capital… officially territory of French Polynesia this overseas territory of France (est.
Tahiti and her islands enjoy a tropical climate, the maximum number of hours of sunshine is close to 3,000 per year in the Tuamotu.
www.holidaysallover.com.au /diving/learn_more/tahiti.html   (1768 words)

 Bora Bora travel guide and Bora Bora map by The Tahiti Traveler
The most famous of the Leeward Islands occupies a surface of 38 km² and is located 280 km north-west of Tahiti, just under one hour away by plane from Papeete.
The first signs of human life on the island of Bora Bora (formerly called Vavau -which may indicate that it was colonized by inhabitants of a Tonga island carrying the same name) are dated 900 BC, just after the populating of the island of Raiatea.
Famous for its warriors, the island resisted a long time to colonization until it was finally conquered by France in 1888.
www.thetahititraveler.com /islandguide/boraintro.asp   (540 words)

 Leewards, to the Islands of Dream by John Borthwick | Travel Reviews from Travel Intelligence
The Society Islands archipelago is the most famous, because it contains the island of Tahiti, the capital and gateway to French Polynesia.
Amid the northwestern Society Islands group, known as the Leeward Islands, is small, somnolent Tahaa.
The Islands of Dream, the Isles of Venus: Tahiti's constellation of peaks and myths still basks in the romantic literary afterglow wrought by Gauguin, Melville, the Bounty mutineers and others.
www.travelintelligence.net /wsd/articles/art_2322.html   (1491 words)

 Leeward Island - Air Tahiti Magazine on-board magazine of the airplane company   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The nine Leeward Islands are from east to west, Huahine, Raiatea, Taha'a, Bora Bora, Tupai, Maupiti, Maupihaa, Motu One and Manuae.
The submersion of the composite volcanic structure that gave rise to the islands was responsible for the separation of the two islands by 5km of lagoon within the same complex.
Bora Bora is rightly considered as the archetypal tropical volcanic island evolved to the stage of having a large encircling reef with motu balancing the partly eroded away and submerged remains of its central construction.
www.airtahitimagazine.com /us_version/tahiti_mag.asp?num=39&art=2   (1398 words)

 Presidency of French Polynesia - Society Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Windward Islands include French Polynesia’s biggest island, Tahiti, and, combined with its sister island of Moorea, have the biggest populations of the territory.
The islands are Tahiti, Moorea, Maiao and Mehetia.
The Leeward Islands are spread out over a vast area located between 151° and 155° west longitude and 16° and 17° south latitude.
www.presidence.pf /index.php?842   (186 words)

 Society Islands map and information page by World Atlas
The Society Islands, considered "Paradise on Earth" by savvy travelers, were explored by Captains Cook and Bligh, but they were made truly famous by the paintings of the artist, Paul Gauguin, and by the words of author, James A. Michener.
Divided into the Windward Islands (Iles du Vent), and the Leeward Islands (Iles Sous le Vent) they were given their stylish name by Captain James Cook in 1769, when he named them after England's Royal Society- and Royal islands they certainly are.
Cooling trade winds buffet the islands throughout the year, and the months of June, July, August and October are widely considered to be ideal times to visit.
www.worldatlas.com /webimage/countrys/oceania/society.htm   (410 words)

 Leeward Islands (French Polynesia)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
There are the main islands of Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora along with the atoll of Tupai and the island of Maupiti.
The Leeward Islands cover an area of 405 square kilometers and have a population of 26,838 (1996 census).
According to the Flags of Paradise chart [brt96], the flag of the Leeward Islands Federation is red with five white stars placed 2, 1 and 2.
www.crwflags.com /fotw/flags/pf-li.html   (160 words)

 Leeward Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Thus, the Leeward Islands are downwind, on the backside, or Leeward from the Windward Islands, the group of Islands that first meet the Trade Winds coming from the south.
The Leeward Islands also refers to a British colony in these islands, consisting of Antigua, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla and (to 1940) Dominica, from 1671 to 1816 and again from 1833 to 1960.
The British Leeward Islands - Antigua, Dominica, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Christopher (St. Kitts), and the Virgin Islands all used postage stamps inscribed "LEEWARD ISLANDS" between 1890 and 1 July 1956, often concurrently with stamps inscribed with the colony's name.
leeward-islands.iqnaut.net   (415 words)

 Pacific Voyage Notes Tahiti and Society Islands 2005
This voyage is dedicated to a thorough cruise of the Society Islands, allowing sufficient time to explore the passages, lagoons and bays of this famous South Sea idyll.
Of all the islands that are frequented by travelers, this is the least affected from such contact.
Bora Bora is the most widely known of the outer Society islands and is more developed for high-end tourism than the less visited islands of our itinerary and its reputation is fully deserved.
www.sorenlarsen.co.nz /V217_Society_Islands_2005.htm   (1581 words)

 tahiti guide : Identity
The main islands of French Polynesia are located in the Society Islands, where the bulk of the population lives: They indeed include 85% of the population over 700 kilometers.
Most of them are high islands (except for the atolls of Tetiaroa and Tupai), with Maupiti, the oldest, to the West, and its 385 meters high, to Tahiti on the East, the youngest, with a surprising altitude of 2,241 meters (7,350 ft).
The Leeward Islands are also accessible by sea from Tahiti, by way of small supply freighters sailing around the islands and taking passengers for a modest price.
www.tahitiguide.com /@en-us/1/10/178/article.asp   (638 words)

 Society Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The biggest village on the island is called Fare (fah-ray), but more than 4,480 inhabitants live in colorful modest homes around the island.
The parking area is a great spot for landing a helicopter after a tour of the leeward islands.
The airport is located on the north side of Raiatea which is the island to the left in your view.
www.flightsim.com /cgi/kds?$=main/developers/wilkes/huahine.htm   (505 words)

 TAHITI.COM- Islands information
This protected atoll together with its six neighboring islands including Taiaro, makes up a UNESCO classified nature reserve, which is the proof of the richness of the ecosystem of these atolls: the especially rare flora and fauna, including the hunting king-fisher, the Tuamotu palm, and in the lagoons, crustaceans such as squills or sea cicadas.
Scuba diving in the Tuheiava Pass is a must: the manta rays' dance alternates with the parades of schools of barracuda, and tuna fish, not to mention the gray and the white-tipped sharks.
The islands of Mohotani, Fatu Huku, Terihi and Motu Nao are deserted.
www.tahiti.com /english-version/travel-desk/islands.html   (3183 words)

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