Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Maupiti

Tereia Beach

A more scenic spot you’d be hard pressed to find. Here the lagoon is crystal clear and the bone-white beach is nearly all sand (no smashed coral or broken rock). This beach is a stunning place to sun yourself and th…
Tahitian in Maupiti

Tarona

Just north of Vaiea, 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 mein. If …
Tahitian in Maupiti

Chez Mimi

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…
Tahitian in Maupiti

Espace Beach

Opening onto the lagoon, this is the best place on Maupiti for a lagoonside lunch or dinner (by reservation only). The emphasis is on simply prepared fish dishes, including tuna sashimi.
Arts & Crafts in Maupiti

Vaitia Artisanat

You can find some quality souvenirs made from oyster shells, urchins and seashells as well as pearls here; it’s located in the north of the main island (it’s signposted).
Archaeological Site in Maupiti

Haranae Petroglyphs

Maupiti has some interesting petroglyphs etched into boulders in a rocky riverbed. The most impressive is a turtle image. To reach the petroglyphs, head north out of Vaiea and round the point before passing the bask…
Archaeological Site in Maupiti

Marae Vaiahu

Maupiti’s most important marae (traditional temple) features a large coastal site covered with coral slabs and a fish box. Made of four coral blocks set edgewise in the form of a rectangle, the box was used for cere…
Village in Maupiti

Vaiea

The village spreads along the east coast and is dominated by a sharp ridge running from north to south. Neat houses, brightened with hibiscus, are strung along the road and they often have uru (breadfruit) trees sha…
Island in Maupiti

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 hig…
Island in Maupiti

Motu Tuanai

The airport and a couple of pensions are found on Motu Tuanai, another picture-friendly islet. However, the lagoon is shallow along this motu, which doesn’t make it good for swimming except for young children.