Known as Bora Bora’s discreet little sister, Maupiti is one of the most spectacular islands in French Polynesia. Shimmering lagoons, imposing palm trees, large coral gardens, and refreshing, turquoise waters are some of the natural wonders you will admire when exploring Maupiti.
But, besides natural beauty, this ravishing island also welcomes travelers with great tranquility. Mass tourism has not yet arrived here. The island stood up to the hotel groups, keeping its amazing authenticity, which is the first thing you’ll notice when you set foot on it. There is only one road on the island. There are no cars, no showy resorts, no glamor. Life is simple. There are only bikes and a couple of cozy family-run pensions.
If you are looking for a peaceful destination for your romantic escape, but you also enjoy exciting activities like lagoon excursions, diving, and kayaking, Maupiti is your destination. To find out more about the island and how to plan your escapade, continue reading this article.
Best Time to Visit Maupiti
The average temperatures in Maupiti may vary, but very, very little. With humidity, temperatures always feel hot, and there are chances of rain during the whole tear.
The ideal weather in Maupiti is from August until September. But if, for instance, you want to experience the warmest months, you should travel during March, April, and February, with late March being the warmest time of year.
Is Maupiti a Safe Destination for Travelers?
There’s a relaxing, carefree vibe that runs throughout the island, and, as you would expect, the gorgeous island of Maupiti is not only a very safe, but also super friendly.
Like in any other touristic destination, however, you should pay attention to your valuables, by keeping them in a safe place, especially at night and when leaving your room. Also, be very careful when snorkeling or swimming because currents can be dangerous and tricky.
Getting to Maupiti
Located 320km west of Tahiti and 40km west of Bora Bora, Maupiti is a remote destination, but there are flights from and to Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Ra’iatea. Just keep in mind that these flights are in high demand, and you should book yours well in advance.
Maupiti can also be reached by boat. But, because of the tricky sand bar in the Onoiau Pass and the strong current, the lagoon can only be navigated by smaller ships. Even these have to wait for appropriate tidal conditions sometimes. So, with the Maupiti Express 2 suspended, and unless you have a friend with a small yacht who can take you to your destination, the best way to get to Maupiti is by plane.
As mentioned, Maupiti saved itself from mass tourism. But the few cozy family-run pensions available on the island promise to make you feel comfortable and at home while exploring this tropical heaven.
Located right on the breathtaking Tereia Beach, Maupiti Residence offers two beautiful, spacious bungalows, featuring a superb terrace that delivers full-frontal lagoon views.
Free bicycles and kayaks are some of the perks you will enjoy at Maupiti Residence. And, even if there are no meals provided, two beach restaurants, serving delicious meals, are waiting for you nearby. Prices vary and begin at $100 per night.
Espace Beach is a delightful accommodation located in the most relaxing spot, edging onto fabulous jade waters, right on Tereia Beach.
Whether you travel alone and you choose a room in a three-room house, with a shared bathroom or you are enjoying a romantic holiday and opt for the rustic beachside bungalow, your stay at Space Beach will be worry-free. Prices begin at $180 per room, and bikes and kayaks are free.
Things to do in Maupiti
Maupiti is the perfect destination for couples who want to relax, indulge in peacefulness, and enjoy each other’s company. But, if you are more adventurous and you love outdoor activities, there are plenty of things you can do during your tropical escapade.
You can begin your holiday by touring the island on foot or by bike. The small paradise is only about 10 km long, and you only need a couple of hours to complete the tour. If walking is not your cup of tea, you can always rent a bike. But, no matter how you choose to explore Maupiti, do it slowly, at your own pace, without forgetting to stop, enjoy swimming and snorkeling, and indulge in a delicious local meal.
When you arrived by plane, you most likely noticed the striking beauty of the lagoon. If you were surprised then, wait until you adventure on a day trip on the lagoon, which is known for being one of the most beautiful in the world! The different shades of blue, the sandbanks, and the coral reefs are some of the things that will amaze your eyes during this sensational boat trip.
If you are more adventurous, diving in Maupiti might become your favorite activity. Depending on your level, you can dive with the manta rays in the lagoon or on the ocean side, where the reef is outside the lagoon.
But this island is not just white sandy beaches, coconut palms, and scuba diving. If you love hiking, bring your favorite shoes, because you can enjoy a superb hike to the summit of Maupiti Island, which rises to 372 m. And, if you are a foodie, don’t miss exploring the island’s little snack bars. Tarona Snack Bar, for instance, has very good prices and delicious dishes.