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MAUPITI

Maupiti
Serving up a Robinson Crusoe–version of paradise, Maupiti seduces lovers and adventurers
on a quest for the romantic Polynesia of lore. The smallest and most isolated of the Society
Islands is an unblemished tropical playground; tranquillity reigns supreme on quiet motu and
translucent lagoons resemble watery magic carpets, threaded with shimmering ribbons of emerald, turquoise and jade. A place to just get lost, where time moves at a crawl and days slide
by in lazy hazes, Maupiti will easily satiate any fantasies about being marooned on a deserted
island. Sunbathe in seclusion on silky beds of sand, snorkel amid rainbow-coloured fish and
feast on coconuts, split open with a jagged rock, sucking out the sticky-sweet nectar.
The vibe here is exotica stripped naked, so if you’re searching for paradise in its most basic
form, void of luxury trappings and the crowds they attract, you’ll definitely get into this
island’s slow-motion ambience. But if your idea of a great holiday includes plush digs, restaurants, boutiques or a few rowdy bars, Maupiti’s not for you. Accommodation is in pensions,
places meant for sleeping and little else – think places to watch the sun set over the water
from the comfort of a slightly saggy mattress. While hardly glitzy, these family-run places usually boast loads of old-fashioned hospitality, gracious charm and stunning motu locales.
Maybe it’s Maupiti’s lack of souped-up sex appeal that has allowed it to remain so forgotten by the tourist hordes. Swanky resorts are not welcome here, and on more than one
occasion locals have voted down hotel-chain requests to open luxury properties. Whatever
the reason, the time to visit is now, before this shabby-chic creation’s secret is let out of the
bag and Maupiti becomes the new Bora Bora, a place on everyone’s itinerary.

HIGHLIGHTS
Splashing around in the Society Islands’
most beautiful lagoon (p173) – absolute heaven

Lagoon

Feeling like a part of the family when
staying at a personable beach-side pension
such as Pension Rose des Îles (p175)
Living out that stranded-on-a-desertisland fantasy on secluded Motu
Pitihahei (p173)

Mt Teurafaatiu
Tereia
Beach

Climbing Mt Teurafaatiu (p174)
for fabulous lagoon views
Reading and sunbathing on tranquil
Tereia Beach (p174)

Pension Rose des Îles
Motu
Pitihahei

POPULATION: 1191

AREA: 11 SQ KM



HISTORY
Maupiti played a culturally important role
in ancient Polynesian tradi...
MAUPITI
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POPULATION: 1191 AREA: 11 SQ KM
Ma up i ti
Serving up a Robinson Crusoe–version of paradise, Maupiti seduces lovers and adventurers
on a quest for the romantic Polynesia of lore. The smallest and most isolated of the Society
Islands is an unblemished tropical playground; tranquillity reigns supreme on quiet motu and
translucent lagoons resemble watery magic carpets, threaded with shimmering ribbons of em-
erald, turquoise and jade. A place to just get lost, where time moves at a crawl and days slide
by in lazy hazes, Maupiti will easily satiate any fantasies about being marooned on a deserted
island. Sunbathe in seclusion on silky beds of sand, snorkel amid rainbow-coloured fish and
feast on coconuts, split open with a jagged rock, sucking out the sticky-sweet nectar.
The vibe here is exotica stripped naked, so if you’re searching for paradise in its most basic
form, void of luxury trappings and the crowds they attract, you’ll definitely get into this
island’s slow-motion ambience. But if your idea of a great holiday includes plush digs, restaur-
ants, boutiques or a few rowdy bars, Maupiti’s not for you. Accommodation is in
pensions,
places meant for sleeping and little else – think places to watch the sun set over the water
from the comfort of a slightly saggy mattress. While hardly glitzy, these family-run places usu-
ally boast loads of old-fashioned hospitality, gracious charm and stunning motu locales.
Maybe it’s Maupiti’s lack of souped-up sex appeal that has allowed it to remain so for-
gotten by the tourist hordes. Swanky resorts are not welcome here, and on more than one
occasion locals have voted down hotel-chain requests to open luxury properties. Whatever
the reason, the time to visit is now, before this shabby-chic creation’s secret is let out of the
bag and Maupiti becomes the new Bora Bora, a place on everyone’s itinerary.
HIGHLIGHTS
Splashing around in the Society Islands’
most beautiful lagoon ( p173 ) – absolute heaven
Feeling like a part of the family when
staying at a personable beach-side pension
such as Pension Rose des Îles ( p175 )
Living out that stranded-on-a-desert-
island fantasy on secluded Motu
Pitihahei ( p173 )
Climbing Mt Teurafaatiu ( p174 )
for fabulous lagoon views
Reading and sunbathing on tranquil
Tereia Beach ( p174 )
Pension Rose des Îles
Pitihahei
Motu
Mt Teurafaatiu
Beach
Tereia
Lagoon
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