Maupiti Island

Maupiti Island is an island about 40 kilometers west of Bora Bora. It is a volcanic island with a coral atoll around it. Actually the same as Bora Bora, only a smaller version. It has a population of 1,200 people living on 11 km2. The central island of Maupiti has a high peak of 380 meters. The lagoon has large and flat coral islands in its northern half of the reef and two motus on either side of the pass at the southern end. There, between the two motu, the lagoon is supplied with water and there is deep water for larger ships, only here is the island in the lagoon accessed.

very shallow lagoon

I like that island the most in the country. Actually, it is my favorite inhabited island at all. It has all the benefits of the island and the atoll combined (the atoll’s flat, central island’s hills, beaches, jungles, lagoons etc..), just like Bora Bora, only the island is smaller and less visited. It is also called ,,Litlle Bora Bora” or ,,Bora Bora’s sister”. Great island! They say that Maupiti is now what Bora Bora used to be in the past.

great hill. It has beautiful view from there

Maupiti was discovered in 1722 by the Dutch explorer Jakob Roggeveen, 50 years before Tahiti. Maupiti is one of the most beautiful islands of French Polynesia (according to me it is the most beautiful), away from mass tourism. In Maupiti, we cannot find any hotels, only charming guesthouses perfectly integrated into the landscape. Also, there are no shopping malls or nightlife as in Bora Bora. Climbers can see an impressive panorama after climbing Mount Teurafaatui (372m). Maupiti Island is perfect for those who want to relax from the busy, noisy city and fast way of life, and damned corporations. There are plenty of activities to do on the island.

airport on Maupiti Island

Maupiti Island has a good portion of history. At the north end of the lagoon, is one of the oldest archeological sites in the Society Islands, in Motu Paeao. Maupiti played a culturally important role in ancient Polynesian culture, as leaders from other islands came to Maupiti for ritual purposes. Archaeologists have discovered some artifacts dating back to 850 AD. There are also some caves and cliffs in Maupiti as well.

amazing landscape. There are roads for cars and bicycles as well.

Maupiti Island has a lot of beaches. One of them, Terei’a beach is the most picturesque. It features white sand and crystal clear blue water which is one meter deep around. When the tide is low, it is possible to walk through a shallow lagoon to Motu Auria (which is across, around 620m distance). Maupiti’s lagoon offers plenty of fish and corals, ideal for diving and snorkeling around. A special attraction there are a lot of manta rays that swim in the lagoon and can be viewed for hours.

just look at that beautiful lagoon

There are a lot of coconut palms (kilometers) as well as other fruit and vegetation around, adding to the amazing tropical landscape. Maupiti’s lush vegetation resembles a natural jungle that attracts people. Seems that various fruits grow almost everywhere on the main island. Besides coconuts, there are mangos, bananas, grapefruits, breadfruits… Also, there are hibiscus and many other flowers around.

great scenery! Nice place to relax

Not just from the land and sea, Maupiti is actually beautiful as well when looking from the above. That unique landscape is just after Bora Bora (if you ask me, it is even better), with green color mixing with those bright blue shades of an impressive lagoon. On the land, there are around 10 km of roads encircling the main island. On the hill, it is said that Bora Bora can be viewed from the distance on a clear day.

welcome to the jungle mortals!

Maupiti inhabitants are friendly, it is said one of the friendliest around.  It is also worth mentioning that there is ,,sea palace” house with walls made of corals and shells, as one of the attractions there. If you ask me, this place is definitively worth visiting. Now, you will get a few more images and a link to our very large gallery, over 230 pictures! (POST UPDATED 25. January 2023)

from all parts of the island you can see amazing views

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