When you get off the plane you have to get on a boat to reach the main island, because the airport is on a motu. So it’s a good idea to spend the rest of your first day on land, exploring Maupiti by bike or on foot. You’ll soon slow down to the rhythm of the smiling, friendly islanders.
Some of the inclines are quite steep and if you’re not the sporty type, you’ll probably have to take a rest from time to time. Still, you’ll have the compensation of freewheeling down the other side, so things even out in the end. As a reward for your efforts, go to Tereia point at the end of the day to admire the stunningly beautiful sunset.