The 12th most popular snorkel dive spot in French Polynesia.
Monday 4 July 2016 06:55 GMT
Northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia, the snorkeling off Maupiti is popular for its coral gardens and underwater snorkel trail. To the north of Maupiti, the Coral Gardens snorkeling spot is located to the southwest of Motu Paeao. To the south of Maupiti in Onoiau Pass, the Manta Point snorkeling dive site is a manta ray cleaning station frequented by manta rays and cleaner wrasse in the mornings from May to August (watch for currents). The Maupiti underwater snorkel trail has five stations along the route. During Maupiti snorkeling, you may encounter butterflyfish, parrotfish, moorish idols, stingrays, manta rays and black-tipped reef sharks.
To reach the Maupiti Island snorkeling by air, fly into the Maupiti Airport from Fa’a'a International Airport (PPT) near Papeete on Tahiti. The Maupiti Airport is located on the Motu Tuanai, which requires a 15 minute boat transfer to the main village. Maupiti is not known for resorts, has no ATM machines and few places accept credit cards. The Fa’a'a International Airport (PPT) is located on the southwest side of the capital city of Papeete on the island of Tahiti. The main international airlines serving Fa’a’a Airport are Air Tahiti Nui (Los Angeles), Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) and Air France. To continue on to one of the many islands within French Polynesia, the inter-island airline is Air Tahiti. In case you are coming from the Cook Islands, Air Tahiti also serves Cook Islands to Fa’a’a Airport. For transport from the island of Tahiti to the closest islands, there are a couple ferry services that can be considered.
Overall, Maupiti is the 12th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 13 snorkeling dives in French Polynesia.