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: 22.214.171.124 / 126.96.36.199
CHEZ JANINE Fare Pae'ao Motu Pae'ao Tél:40.67.81.01 Fax: 40.67.81.01
KURIRI VILLAGE Motu Tiapa'a Tél: 188.8.131.52 Fax: 184.108.40.206
MAUPITI RESIDENCE Plage de Térei'a Tél: 220.127.116.11 Fax: 18.104.22.168
MAUPITI VILLAGE Motu Tiapa'a Tél: 40.67.80.08 Fax: 40.67.80.08
PENSION AUIRA Motu Auira Tél: 22.214.171.124 Fax: 126.96.36.199
PENSION ERI Tél: 188.8.131.52
PENSION ESPACE BEACH Tél: 184.108.40.206
PENSION LUDO Tél: 40.67.84.07
PENSION MAUPITI PARADISE Tél: 220.127.116.11 / 87.71.09.70
PENSION OROVARU Tél: 18.104.22.168 Fax: 22.214.171.124
PENSION PAPAHANI Motu Tiapa'a Tél: 126.96.36.199 Fax: 188.8.131.52
PENSION POE ITI Motu Tuanai Tél: 184.108.40.206 Fax: 220.127.116.11
PENSION TAPUTEA Tél: 18.104.22.168 Fax: 22.214.171.124
PENSION TAUTIARE VILLAGE Hurumanu c/mer Tél: 126.96.36.199 Fax: 188.8.131.52
PENSION TEHEIMANA Tél: 184.108.40.206
PENSION TERAMA Motu Tuanai Tél: 220.127.116.11 Fax: 18.104.22.168
PENSION VISIT MAUPITI Tél: 22.214.171.124
MAUPITI NAUTIQUE Tél: 126.96.36.199
AIR TAHITI Agence Tél: 40.60.15.05
AIR TAHITI Escale Tél: 188.8.131.52
MAUPITI EXPRESS Tél: 184.108.40.206 / 220.127.116.11 Fax: 18.104.22.168