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Four days in Maupiti

Maupiti, a little paradise

Sea, sun and big blue skies. Maupiti, an island of 11 km2 , is the perfect place if you’re looking for peace and tranquility and a chance to get back to nature. Diving, hiking, trekking or simply taking it easy in a little corner of paradise. Here are some suggestions for things to do during your stay.

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Day 1

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.

Day 2

A «motu excursion» is something not to be missed when you’re in the islands. In Maupiti, your day will begin at 9 o’clock, crossing the lagoon with its endless shades of blue and the island of Bora Bora as a backdrop.

First stop: the coral garden. A veritable treasure trove of preserved marine microorganisms in the middle of the crystal clear lagoon. Pahua (giant clams) and multicolored fish abound in this perfect spot for your first snorkelingsession.

Rays and the inoffensive black-tip reef sharks will keep you company as you take a seat at the table in the water for your picnic on motu Pitiahe. Poisson cru, braised fish, ‘uru, taro, and other Polynesian specialities will be on the menu, served with a large helping of sunshine and blue skies.

Day 3

The host of manta rays which live in the lagoon have contributed to the international reputation of Maupiti. At the «ray manta site», you will also come across various species of eagle ray and depending on the season, you can also swim with the whales. Take an underwater camera if you can, so that you can immortalize your encounters with all the different creatures of the sea. Many magnificent aquatic surprises await you during your stay.

Day 4

Make sure that you go early enough when you climb to the top of Mount Teurafaatiu (372 meters)  so as to avoid the stifling heat when the sun reaches its peak. An early start will also give you time to admire the breathtaking panoramic view. Hiking is an enjoyable part of any trip to Maupiti, but it can sometimes be challenging. Some hikes even require climbing with the aid of knotted ropes.

The lagoon in Maupiti is very shallow (which explains all the shades of green) and certain parts can even be crossed on foot. After climbing Mount Teurafaatiu, you’ll probably want to cool off, so go for a swim on motu Auira. You can walk there across the lagoon from Tereia beach.  It takes about 30 minutes with the water just above knee height.

When you get back, have your last meal in Maupiti at the snack bar on the beach. The menu is simple home cooking with a large choice of sandwiches, but it’s ideally placed for the boat to the airport. While you’re waiting to be called for your flight, you can even enjoy a last dip in the lagoon – a fitting way to say goodbye, or hopefully au revoir, to this beautiful island.