We trail a lure after the boat
whenever we sail and today for the first time in a while we caught a beautiful
She weighed in at 20 lbs, a bit
smaller than the tuna we caught but nevertheless an exciting catch. We now have
a fridge full of fish and have given some sizeable chunks to 2 other boats
Anyway a fast sail brought us to the
entrance of Maupiti, a miniature Bora Bora. Many boats bypass the island as the
entrance has a reputation for strong currents and dangerous overfalls. When the
swell is high these atolls fill with the water breaking over the reef that then
finds its way out again via the passes. In this case there is only one narrow
pass and the currents can run out at 9 knots. However, timing is all and mid-day
is always slack water at the passes. We arrived at 11.30 a.m., the swell was a
relatively small at 1 to 2 metres and the current was minimal, so we had a easy
if nervewracking entrance.
The island has 2 charms. One the
contrast between the different blue colours of the lagoon and the green of the
hills and two the friendliness of the locals. Everyone here has a smile on their
face, whereas in Bora Bora the people appeared to be in a rush or at least to
have had enough of tourists.
Rush hour in Maupiti
The Church with its anchor
There are no cemeteries in these islands
so deceased relatives stay with the family in the garden.
A walk up the 1200 ft hill allowed me
some stunning views over the lagoon, which would only have been bettered if the
sun had come out. These views show the narrow pass between the 2 motus that
flank the entrance channel and the idyllic anchorage we had off the
This is the last of the French
Polynesian Islands with a village that we will visit. There is one more Society
Island to the west which we may call in to, but there is only one family who
permanently live there.
We will remember all these islands
and their relaxed friendly people for a long time. The welcome could not have
been bettered and the scenery is of course stunning. Maupiti is really a
microcosm of all that is wonderful in French Polynesia and a fitting end to this
chapter of our cruise.