It is virtually uninhabitedcensus of 2003 in the village of Alofitai in the west), and under the chief of Alo on Futuna, but in pre-European times it was as densely populated as Futuna, which would have had a population of almost 1900. Former villages were Sologa (north), Sa'avaka (southeast), Alofitai (west), and Mua (northwest). Some maps also show a village of Gaino in the north. Alofi island is only 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) southeast of Futuna. Futunians who have plantations on Alofi go there at least every Saturday to tend their gardens. A popular crop is tobacco, and they take enough leaves with them to be able to smoke for the rest of the week.
(population 2 as of
The island has an area of 32 square kilometres (12 square miles) and Mont Kolofau (also called
Mont Bougainville) reaches to a height of 410 metres (1,350 feet). It is also known as one of the two Horne Islands, Futuna being the other.