This is a lovely little island 28 miles from Bora Bora but
it might as well be 128 miles from the larger island. The views from atop the
mountain are fantastic, the water colours range from azure blues to the
shoal’s pale greens and are sublime, the Manta Rays as we discovered are
very playful with each other and congregate each morning to feed and just
The island is totally surrounded by a barrier reef and we
have just spent three very relaxing and actually productive days enjoying this
tiny island that most yachties miss as they are anxious to head off to Niue.
John hiked up the mountain and took some photos of the barrier reef…
Thank goodness John loves to hike up to high places or we
would never have these shots we would have to use another yachties’
It is nice to have these shots from high up you really get
to see how the barrier reef looks.
This is the pass we have to come through – the one
thing we have found out is you must enter and leave the pass at the right time
or you may find yourself in a wee bit of trouble.
We are now back with the lowlanders, Ian and I decided to
explore another small motu, the water was so warm, and it was fun to land the
dinghy onto the sand shoal and just start walking along the beach. This little
motu has pensions, how could we tell, there were some very burnt people
enjoying the water and walking along the beach, meanwhile the locals are
enjoying their boards, looking for the smallest wave to take them away. We
also walked along the beach but we had T-Shirts on and had smothered our faces
There are a number of pensions, they are close together
physically yet miles apart when you look out your window. Imagine upon your
arrival you look out your window or porthole if you are on a small cruise ship
and see this.
I threw this photo in just to show the colours, yes, the
sand has a mauve-pink hue and the waters go from green to blue,
Who wouldn’t want to be marooned on one of these small
motus for a week or two. Lots of coconuts on the sand, plus there was a little
shack in the woods, maybe they produced copra on this motu.
Seeing Maupiti from the small motu.
Yes, he is still the man in black.
(Missed the chance to get shots of us swimming with the manta
rays here in Maupiti…the major highlight; we had a mishap with the camera
and salt water ingress……new underwater camera on order…will
have by Tonga)
Next stop The Cook Islands