Maupiti is so exquisite that we treated ourselves to a long stay. The waters are just stunning. With blues ranging from a clear, turquoise blue, to dark blue and with many various shades in between. The people are lovely, the town is quaint and there are both land and water sports to entertain us.
Matt and I went to explore Motu Tuanai which is a rather large motu with the small airport. It was a blustery day with rain sprinkled in to keep it interesting. We left rather late in the afternoon so we knew it would be a short exploration. The beach is really nice and there are super cool inlets that fill up with the rising tide.
Matt and I decided we wanted to take a walk to stretch our legs. Maupiti is pretty flat all around with the exception of one rather large hill. We decided to walk the long way around which was flat toward Chez Mimi. We saw this cute little eatery on our bike ride and wanted to come back when it was open. It was a 3.5 mile walk on a flat, well paved road. We stopped along the way to admire the magasins and views.
Chez Mimi is on the beach. It is a quaint little eatery run out of the local’s home. We were the first to arrive at 11:00, but we brought our hunger one! Matt ordered poison cru and I had a ham sandwich. Not bad.
A different route back
We took a different route on the way back. We wanted to walk along the ridge, up and over the mountain. However to get there we had to cross a local’s property. We walked up the large paved hill to get to the entrance to the trail. When we got there, the local who lived by the entrance told us it was not cleared and we could not go. Drat. But we did have pretty views from the top of the hill.
Maupiti has several magasins but they are all counter service. Meaning you walk up to the counter and tell them what you want. The problem is with our inability to speak French. But Google Translate works and we are good at pointing and sharing photos of products. You take for granted how nice it is to be able to roam among the products while in the States.
This post was written in August 2020. Our blog posts are usually 6 to 7 weeks behind are true adventures.