Maupiti, anciently called Maurua
in Polynesian, is the westernmost high island of the Society
archipelago and also the smallest, but is often considered
as one of the most beautiful islands of the South Seas. Located
at 315km away from Tahiti (only 40 km away from Bora Bora),
it is composed of a little green emerauld massif, mount Teurafaatui
– sometimes called Nuupure – that reaches 380
meters high (1,250 feet) and barely occupies 13,5 square kilometers.
It emerges from a shallow lagoon with transparent waters surrounded
by long motu (islets) with beautiful white sand beaches. The
only navigable pass of Te Area is squeezed between motu Pareao
and motu Tuanai where the airport was built.
Like Bora Bora, this high island is slowly entering in its
atoll phase, leaving white sandbanks in the middle of the
lagoon. Still saved from tourism, you will not find any deluxe
resorts there but traditional family pensions. Nor will you
find restaurants, discos or bars in Maupiti
but only true relaxation, calm and peace like it used to be
a few decades ago in most Polynesian islands. Postcard landscapes
will finally become reality... you reached paradise!