Society Islands

Maupiti

The island of Maupiti is a true lost jewel within the Society Archipelago. It is one of the archipelago's most secluded islands, the furthest away from Tahiti, and pretty difficult to access. It cannot be reached by boat, and has a small airport which only receives a few flights per week from Tahiti, Raiatea and the neighboring Bora Bora.
 
Maupiti holds its charm partly due to its inaccesibility. It's an island that appears to be stopped in time, where there are no ATMs and internet access is scarce, and whose inhabitants seem to live in a different, slower rhythm, more connected with nature.
 
It's a small island, which can easily be circled around by bicycle in an hour, even if it has imposing sights, with high mountain peaks which offer great contrast with its virgin beaches and the turquoise of its protected lagoons.
 
The fact that Maupiti's coral reef is almost uninterrupted, without big passes connecting to the outer ocean, makes its lagoon a true natural aquarium, in which it is easy to see majestic manta rays from the surface (a rare sight even in French Polynesia).
 
There are no hotels in Maupiti, but it offers a wide variety of family pensions and traditional lodges which add up to its wild and rustic charm.

Diving

Maupiti is an island whose diving sites stand out for remaining relatively untouched when compared to those in neighboring islands with a higher tourist reception rate, such as Bora Bora or Huahine. Maupiti's lagoon is inhabited by hundreds of manta ...

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General Information

Maupiti

The island of Maupiti is a true lost jewel within the Society Archipelago. It is one of the archipelago's most secluded islands, the furthest away from Tahiti, and pretty difficult to access. It cannot be reached by boat, and has a small airport which only receives a few flights per week from Tahiti, Raiatea and the neighboring Bora Bora.
 
Maupiti holds its charm partly due to its inaccesibility. It's an island that appears to be stopped in time, where there are no ATMs and internet access is scarce, and whose inhabitants seem to live in a different, slower rhythm, more connected with nature.
 
It's a small island, which can easily be circled around by bicycle in an hour, even if it has imposing sights, with high mountain peaks which offer great contrast with its virgin beaches and the turquoise of its protected lagoons.
 
The fact that Maupiti's coral reef is almost uninterrupted, without big passes connecting to the outer ocean, makes its lagoon a true natural aquarium, in which it is easy to see majestic manta rays from the surface (a rare sight even in French Polynesia).
 
There are no hotels in Maupiti, but it offers a wide variety of family pensions and traditional lodges which add up to its wild and rustic charm.

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Activities in Maupiti

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Diving on Maupiti

Maupiti is an island whose diving sites stand out for remaining relatively untouched when compared to those in neighboring islands with a higher tourist reception rate, such as Bora Bora or Huahine. Maupiti's lagoon is inhabited by hundreds of manta rays who are very used to having contact with human beings, which makes it possible for divers to get near them without them escaping on a regular basis.

Maupiti also stands out for being a usual whale-spotting site in season (from July to October).

Maupiti has one only pass which allows navigation between the lagoon and the open sea. It is very narrow and, weather depending, sometimes it's not navigable. This is why most of Maupiti's immersions happen on the lagoon side. However, when weather allows it, exist into the open ocean are possible.


DIVING SITES

The Aquarium:
It's a typical protected tropical coral garden, with thousands of colored fish species, ideal for introductory immersions as well as for higher skilled divers.

The Manta Ray Sanctuary:
This site is known as a "cleansing station" where manta rays come to get tidied up by small fish. This happens every day of the year and is without a doubt the "not to be missed" tour in the island.

Whale watching:
From July to October, the gigantic humpback whales appear on the shores of Maupiti. Weather allowing, it is possible to go to the open sea and dive with them.

Diving clubs

Maupiti Diving

The only diving club in the island, it's a small business catering to groups of up to 4 people, offering daily tours. Booking in advance is required, as due to limited capacity, availability is scarce and runs off quickly.

http://www.en.maupitidiving.com

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