We were a bit hesitant to visit Maupiti as we had heard that entering the pass could be harrowing in the wrong conditions (SE – SW winds and/or sea swell greater than 2 m).
But we really wanted to see Maupiti because of rave reviews from our friends on SV Silhouette and SV Full Monty who had visited there before us. So we waited (and waited) for the right weather window.
It finally came in mid-August!
We entered the Maupiti pass in NW winds and 1.5 m swell. It was so straightforward that we don’t even want to share the uneventful Go-Pro video that we took of the entry by strapping the camera to Amandla’s bow pulpit.
Maupiti was well worth facing our fears and going for it.
Although only 50 km from Bora Bora, it feels as remote as The Marquesas or The Gambiers.
The Maupiti economy is poorer than those of the other Society Islands we had visited, but what it lacked in monetary wealth Maupiti made up for in the richness of its landscapes, seas and people.
Unlike Bora Bora, there are no major hotels here although there are a sprinkling of Pensions.
After we got settled, we enjoyed walks along Motu Tiapa’a and a (steep) hike up Mount Te Uru Faatiu
There was so much more to enjoy but we needed to continue on to Suwarrow, so after a few days we sadly left Maupiti.
The exit was a bit more challenging with 2.5 meters of swell and a 5 knot outgoing current, but it was certainly easier for us than for the yachts that were arriving as we left. I will share the Go-Pro video on our YouTube channel when the Captain is done editing it.
** Submitted to The Leisure Link 22 June 2015 **