Maupiti is part of the Leeward Islands in the Society Islands. It was discovered in 1722 by the Dutch Roggeveen, 50 years before Tahiti, but because of its remoteness and difficult maritime access, it will long remain immune to European interest.
Maupiti is one of the most beautiful islands of French Polynesia, away from mass tourism. Here, you won’t find any hotels but charming guesthouses perfectly integrated into the landscape. It is a small island, and you'll quickly find your bearings.
Maupiti and its lagoon offers a multitude of activities for young and old, adventurous or for those who just want to relax.
Landward on the main island you can rent a bike to get around the island (11km of flat road, except for the Traversée, which is better to climb and descend on foot).
Most athletes will be rewarded with an impressive panorama after climbing Mount Teurafaatui (372m), and a good Hinano (Polynesian beer) at Tarona restaurant, which is located at the bottom of the mountain.
For those interested in the story of Maupiti, they will be guided by Albert (phone : 40 67 83 64), a local storyteller, through the Polynesian legends to discover the secrets of this island.
Serious shoppers will be disappointed, but they can find a pearl necklace or a penu (symbolic pestle in Maupiti) in one of the craft stores.
The more curious will probably meet Ah-Ky at the corner of his coral home. This complete artist rose to fame in the 80s as a singer and successful composer. He willingly opens his door to passing visitors and never hesitates to push the song.
On the sea side, Tereia beach is like paradise, perfect for relaxing, a snack at Mimi or a meal at Espace Beach. But it is near the motu (islets) that fans of snorkelling will head under the water. And for those who want to dive, you know who to contact!
Most importantly, take the time to appreciate the kindness of the locals, who greatly contribute to the fine reputation of Maupiti!
The island is served year-round by air on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, and according to the season, Monday and Wednesday. Maupiti is part of the multi-island tours offered by Air Tahiti.
Since January 2015 several buoys have been established for sailboats to tie up. You will find some of them between motu Tuanai and the village on main island, the others are placed just after the motu Pitihahe. Take a look at weather forecast to ensure that the conditions allow to reach the lagoon of Maupiti safely.
Since February 2014, the Maupiti Express no longer provides theboat ride Bora Bora - Maupiti.
There are no hotels in Maupiti, but 17 guesthouses ready to welcome you during your stay on the island.
List of pensions located on main island, pick up by car
40 67 82 32
List of pensions located on motu, pick up by boat *
* Pick up by car at Tereia beach on the main island, in front of the pension. You must cross the lagoon on foot or by kayak.
** You have to walk in water for about 150m to reach the boat.
*** Here again the shallow water to reach the pension can make it complicated for us. We will determine the organization with the guesthouse manager the day before your dive.