Visit Beautiful Maupiti French Polynesia

Visit Beautiful Maupiti French Polynesia! Located 195 miles northwest of the island of Tahiti and 25 miles West of Bora Bora, Maupiti is a tiny island (7 miles), secluded and authentic. Maupiti will immediately seduce you with its splendor and quiet pace of life. Magnificent beauty, endless white sandy beaches, legendary rocky peaks and ancient marae all await you.

Charm in Maupiti is reflected in every Tahitian Guesthouse where you will be introduced to the Polynesian lifestyle. Visitors to Maupiti often make it a day trip from Bora Bora. Make sure to visit to the wonderful and picturesque Terei’a Beach. This white sand beach with crystal clear water is as good it gets on the island. At low tide, the shallow water makes it easy to walk to Motu Auria just across the turquoise lagoon. Cliffs, caves and other local discoveries await await you on the Motu. You can learn more about The Best French Polynesian Islands here, or the Most Beautiful Beaches in French Polynesia here, or on Pinterest.

Maupiti Weather – When to Visit Maupiti

Although the period between May and October is considered to be the best time to visit Maupiti, the island offers good conditions for travel here all year long. During the rainy season the sky over the island is usually partly cloudy, and sudden downpours with thunder are quite common. In most cases though, they last for about 30 minutes or an hour, so you will have the chance to spend the rest of the day out, enjoying the wonderful weather and natural beauty.

Maupiti enjoys great weather 365 days a year. The average daytime temperatures range between 82°F and 88°F. Nights are generally very warm with temperatures of at least 60°F year round. There are two seasons, the dry season (from May to October) and the rainy season (between November and April). During the dry season, you’ll have clear skies and plenty of sunshine guaranteed.

Best Maupiti Beaches

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Terei’a Beach

At the southwestern tip of the main island, lies the most beautiful beach in Maupiti and certainly one of the most stunning in the world. The beauty of Tereia Beach, its location facing the setting sun and its incredible softness make it a must-see. The beach is more than just a backdrop; it’s a place of wonder, and one of the best things to do in Maupiti.

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Motu Auira

There’s an important melon-production plantation on Motu Auira, as well as a lovely coral sand beach. At low tide you can reach it from the mainland by wading across the lagoon – the water is warm and only waist high, but keep an eye out for rays. 

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Motu Tiapaa

Motu Tiapaa has beautiful, sandy, white beaches and good snorkeling on its ocean and lagoon sides. It’s also the most developed motu, with several pensions, so it can seem crowded by Maupiti standards.

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Motu Pitihahei

If you have a kayak, you can paddle to this completely isolated motu, but be sure to steer way to the north of Onoiau Pass, which is very dangerous due to strong currents near the pass.

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Motu Paeao

Motu Paeao, at the northern end of the lagoon, is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, with fabulous coral gardens and jade waters.

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Best Maupiti Restaurants

Snack Chez Mimi $10 & Under

Feel the sand in your toes at this casual spot soothingly positioned right on Tereia Beach. Make sure you get there on the early side (ideally before 1pm) – only one round of food, usually grilled fish, raw fish and beef steak, is made for the day. Generous sandwiches are also available. Telephone: Web (TripAdvisor): Snack Chez Mimi

Espace Beach $10 & Under

Opening onto the lagoon, this is the best place on Maupiti for a lagoon-side lunch or dinner (by reservation only). The emphasis is on simply prepared fish dishes, including tuna sashimi. Telephone: 689 40 67 80 29 Web: Espace Beach

Tarona $10 & Under

This humble budget bite dishes up hearty portions of French Polynesian and Chinese staples at blessedly low prices. House specials include raw fish, grilled fish, tuna sashimi and chow mien. If you’re really hungry after a day’s Maupiti adventuring, the pork with taro will definitely fill you up. Telephone: 689 87 71 99 45 Web: Tarona

Best Maupiti Pensions

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Maupiti Residence

The charm and comfort of 2 houses of private guests, 72 m2, fully equipped, living room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, 5 persons. Exclusivity of a white sand beach, terrace overlooking the lagoon motu (islet), the breaking of the barrier reef at sunset, a natural and wild environment. Nearby meal snacks and breakfast, possibility of delivery to your patio. Plan your stay at Maupiti Residence.

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Le Kuriri

Le Kuiri is a small eco-friendly guest house located on motu Tiapa’a in Maupiti. Its four bungalows are built in tropical style, they are all different in their shape and decoration. The garden ends on a beautiful small beach facing Bora Bora. Plan your stay at Le Kuriri

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Pension Maupiti Village

Some travelers like the casual atmosphere here, some don’t. The food is copious and flavorsome, and the location on the ocean side of Motu Tiapaa is good for snorkeling. Accommodation-wise, it’s clean but spartan, with a bare-bones six-bed dorm and three basic bungalows (ask for the one facing the beach). Plan your stay at Pension Maupiti Village.

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Pension Tereia

Everything is ultra-laid-back at this homey pension with an ace location, a mere two-minute walk from Tereia Beach. Sandra and Kete, your affable hosts, will treat you like family. Digs are in three tiny, no-frills rooms that share two bathrooms. Spend your day frolicking in the lagoon if you like, but be back for the excellent dinners that Sandra whips up. Plan your stay at Pension Tereia

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Pension I Love Maupiti

Pension I Love Maupiti welcomes you to their home in Faanoa. They have 3 very comfortable guest rooms. Enjoy their local hospitality. Plan your stay at Pension I Love Maupiti

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Pension Taputea

The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, restaurant are on the list of things guests can enjoy. The hotel’s peaceful atmosphere extends to its recreational facilities which include canoe, snorkeling, private beach, diving, fishing. Plan your stay at Pension Taputea Maupiti

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Pension Tautiare Village

Tautiare Village is a charming guesthouse well-run by Dawn and his family, that offers very spacious rooms with private bathroom. No beach on site but you can easily reach the public beach of Tere’ia on foot or by bike, the opportunity to discover this picturesque island.  Plan your stay at Pension Tautiare Village

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