Maupiti is still considered an "unexploited gem" of all of the Society Islands. It is also the smallest and most isolated island of what they call the "Leeward Group."The principal village, Vai ea, probably has the most activity in the community.You can do tours of the interior island - hiking and visits to the cascades, and shopping for arts and...more
Maupiti is rich in remains from the past. Between the points of Puoroo and Pohiva, on the North coast, ancient marae succede one another along the lagoon. These are family marae. There are some fifty of them on the island of Maupiti.The non restored Vaiahu Marae in Vaiea includes a large trunk made of white coral hiding four craved stones shaped...more
This little snackbar has an open-air dining shelter in the back overlooking the lagoon. It offers different snacks. It was a good place to stay during the heat of the day. Poisson cru: raw tuna with fresh vegetables (onions, tomatoes, cucumber, red and green bell peppers) marinated in lemon juice and coconut milk.more
Family style meals are served at a thatched roof dining shelter beside the beach.The price for a bungalow includes breakfast and dining. For lunch you need to add 2000 CFP (17 EUR) per person.Keep in mind that you are located on a motu where you won't find any restaurants.Breakfast is real French and consists of French bread and jam.Lunch and...more
Here comes a Black tip and 5 of his trusty sidekicks!It was amazing to watch them in action. These aren't man-eating sharks like you see in the movies. The black tip sharks that roam the lagoons only feed on food that's already dead. They won't touch any of the other species if they're still alive.Even if you encounter one (face to face) while...more
As I mentioned, our gracious hostess, Jeanine, was an eccentric woman with a Polynesian twist!After our dinner one evening, she shared with us the story about her ancient ancestors who were reincarnated as sharks. Therefore, she has no fear of sharks.The lagoon in Maupiti is filled with lots of exotic fish, rays, and sharks. After dinner, she asked...more
As there are no bars or discotheques on the island, the only thing you can do is to enjoy the sunset. From Motu Tiapaa you can admire the sunset at about 5:30 pm.Bring a good book to read in bed under your mosquito net or maybe there are some other things to do ;-) it's up to you.Don't go to bed too late, the sun rises at 6 am and you will be...more
Air Tahiti can get you to the island of Maupiti 4 times a week.Flights arrive from Papeete, Raiatea, and Bora Bora.The airport is located on a motu, so you'll need to get from the motu to the mainland, or to another nearby motu, by boat. All hotels and pensions pick up their arriving guests........some for free, and some can charge as much as 2000...more
In November 1997 a lot of the houses on Maupiti were destroyed by cyclone Osea. French military troops were sent to Maupiti to rebuild the village, and most of the houses are now of the MTR variety, which is a box-like 'anti-cyclone' design, built on stilts. Each family adds their own touch of flowers and coloured leaves planted around the houses...more
Whether you want it or not, you will encounter the "nono", especially on the motus. This is a minuscule "no-see-um" sand fly with a nasty sting. They are most common at daybreak and late in the afternoon, when they come to chew on your ankles. You might not even know you've been bitten until hours later, when the itching starts.Do not scratch it,...more
Loose-fitting clothing (cotton is best), open-toed sandals. Be sure to include aqua socks or protective footgear for walking on the coral reef and in the lagoon. Along with a hat, don't forget to pack a good pair of sunglasses.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring a good sunscreen and insect repellent
Photo Equipment: Keep in mind that daylight is very intense in the tropics. Use a polarisation or UV filter and bring a waterproof bag to protect your camera from salt and spray during boat trips.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkelling equipment
Miscellaneous: Bring an adapter if you don't have a French plug with two round prongs.
For those who enjoy hiking, there's the "three palm tree walk", a three-hour hike to the top of Mount Teurafaatiu, the volcanic peak that dominates the island from a height of 380 m (1,246 feet). At the top, there are the three palm trees that give this walk its name.
I didn't do this hike but it is said that from the top there's an impressive panoramic view of the lagoon, the pass through the coral reef, the ocean off in the distance and, further away, the island of Bora Bora.
Most people coming to French Polynesia visit the island of Bora Bora as it is known as the most beautiful island of French Polynesia.However, if you want to find out what Bora Bora was like 40 years ago, then go to Maupiti. Maupiti offers similar scenery, peace and tranquility but without mass tourism.more