|Maupiti pass, narrow entry through its first two motus. Water|
roiling the day after we entered and even the fishermen refused
to pass through. View from Mt. Teurufaatiu, Maupiti French Polynesia.
Wayne read about a range of “Do not enter Maupiti if the surf is more than 1.5 – 3 meters from the South to the Southwest.” We missed our perfect window sailing from Bora Bora by a day, as we hadn’t checked out of French Polynesia, and Bora Bora was our last chance to do so.
|Maupiti pass, the day after we entered and even |
the fishermen refusedto pass through. View from
Mt. Teurufaatiu, Maupiti French Polynesia.
Once we got going, the swells were not from the South or Southwest… until we right before we got to Maupiti’s narrow entrance. Then they came from both sides, though not more than 2 meters high. The entrance was neither the narrowest nor the shallowest we’d entered, but the reefs on each side were decidedly nasty. The waves both powerful and impressive. We came in against the current, so the stress of getting through a tricky pass lasted a bit longer.
|Maupiti pass, waves looking off our stern as we entered.|
|Maupiti pass, waves just outside its narrow entry.|
“Maupiti is a bit like Fakarava, plus a mountain thrown in,” explained fellow Pacific Puddle Jump cruiser Dave of Anahata. We agree; Maupiti is the best of both, though Fakarava’s South pass, with its breadth of sea life and stunning array of coral, is still by far our best overall snorkeling experience this year. (Watch for Fakarava posts after my Mac’s hard drive gets resurrected).
*Mopelia is Southwest in the chain of French Polynesia’s Society Islands. Like Maupiti there is no place to check out of the country, but also no one tasked with chasing out cruisers past their visa stay.
We were sad to say no, as it’s out of the way to American Samoa where parts await, and the excellent cruising of Tonga after that. “We’ve dwaddled too much already,” Wayne sighed.
We’ve no regrets whatsoever for our time in Maupiti.
|Maupiti pass on a really calm day from Mt.
Much clamer than when we went through.
Written in Maupiti, our last stop in French Polynesia (S16.26.838 W152.14.690) and set to post while we’re underway on an 1,100+ mile passage to Pago Pago, American Samoa. We hope to stop for some R&R at Suwarrow in the Cook Islands along the way, though we expect no wifi in that remote location.