look the mapMaupiti is the hidden jewel in the necklace of emerald islands and atolls that make up the Society Islands. This small tranquil island is just 40 Km (25 miles) west of Bora Bora, and can be reached by airplane from Raiatea and Bora Bora. Regular launch service is also provided to Maupiti from Raiatea and Bora Bora.
The main island has a basaltic mountain that rises steeply from the sea to a height of 380 meters (1,246 ft). This central island is surrounded by a shallow lagoon, with five long motu islets off-shore. Here are the coral gardens for watermelon and cantaloupe plantations, secluded white sans beaches and excellent snorkeling grounds. Point Tereia on the main island is a lovely white sand beach in a natural environment.
Archeological research has discovered adzes, fish-hooks, lures and sperm whale tooth pendants inside tombs on Motu Paeao that date back to circa 850 A.D. At one time there were nine districts and nine royal Maohi chiefs on Marua Ite Ra, as Maupiti was then called. Today the 1,231 people of Maupiti live in the contiguous villages of Vaiea, Farauru and Pauma.
You can walk 9,6 Km (5,9 miles) around the long road that circles the island, which should take no more than 3 hours. You can also bike around the island, visit the petroglyphs of turtles, the family and royal marae stone temples and other archeological sites, which are located on some of the motu islets, as well as the central island.
Other activities include snorkeling and shelling, outrigger paddle canoes, fishing in the lagoon and pass for lobster and fish, and picnics on the motu. The Haranui Cruiser, a 28 ft covered boat, provides excursions to various islets inside the lagoon and to visit Mopelia, an atoll just west of Maupiti.
COMITE DU TOURISME Tél: 184.108.40.206 / 220.127.116.11
CHEZ JANINE Fare Pae'ao Motu Pae'ao Tél:40.67.81.01 Fax: 40.67.81.01
KURIRI VILLAGE Motu Tiapa'a Tél: 18.104.22.168 Fax: 22.214.171.124
MAUPITI RESIDENCE Plage de Térei'a Tél: 126.96.36.199 Fax: 188.8.131.52
MAUPITI VILLAGE Motu Tiapa'a Tél: 40.67.80.08 Fax: 40.67.80.08
PENSION AUIRA Motu Auira Tél: 184.108.40.206 Fax: 220.127.116.11
PENSION ERI Tél: 18.104.22.168
PENSION ESPACE BEACH Tél: 22.214.171.124
PENSION LUDO Tél: 40.67.84.07
PENSION MAUPITI PARADISE Tél: 126.96.36.199 / 87.71.09.70
PENSION OROVARU Tél: 188.8.131.52 Fax: 184.108.40.206
PENSION PAPAHANI Motu Tiapa'a Tél: 220.127.116.11 Fax: 18.104.22.168
PENSION POE ITI Motu Tuanai Tél: 22.214.171.124 Fax: 126.96.36.199
PENSION TAPUTEA Tél: 188.8.131.52 Fax: 184.108.40.206
PENSION TAUTIARE VILLAGE Hurumanu c/mer Tél: 220.127.116.11 Fax: 18.104.22.168
PENSION TEHEIMANA Tél: 22.214.171.124
PENSION TERAMA Motu Tuanai Tél: 126.96.36.199 Fax: 188.8.131.52
PENSION VISIT MAUPITI Tél: 184.108.40.206
MAUPITI NAUTIQUE Tél: 220.127.116.11
AIR TAHITI Agence Tél: 40.60.15.05
AIR TAHITI Escale Tél: 18.104.22.168
MAUPITI EXPRESS Tél: 22.214.171.124 / 126.96.36.199 Fax: 188.8.131.52