At the southwestern tip of the main island, lies the most beautiful beach in Maupiti and certainly one of the most stunning in the world. Without a doubt, Tereia Beach is the embodiment of all the expectations of a trip to the islands. Its beauty, its location facing the setting sun and its incredible softness make it a must-see. The beach is more than just a backdrop: it’s a place of wonder, encounters and one of the best things to do in Maupiti.
A Natural Beauty Full of Colors
A Delight for the Eyes
It is on this beach in Maupiti that travelers become fully aware of the beauty of the Pacific islands. Before their eyes, the colors explode and make the place unreal. Tereia Beach dazzles with its incredible shades of blue and green. The lagoon with turquoise waters rubs shoulders with the brown hues of the cliffs and the dense vegetation that covers the sides of the mountains.
Maupiti island is still partly wild. The contrast between the softness of the beach and the jagged relief that falls into the lagoon is absolutely striking. Blue, green, brown with all imaginable shades, but also white. The pure white of the fine sand of the beach. It is a real treat for the eyes and amateur photographers will certainly find their happiness.
Enjoying the Sunset
Due to its southwestern orientation, Tereia Beach is one of the most popular spots to watch the sunset. Hues and shades of pink, red and orange appear, setting the sky and the ocean ablaze. The moment is unique and unforgettable. In fact, all superlatives are possible with the most beautiful beach in Maupiti.
What to do on the Tereia Beach in Maupiti
Enjoy an Idyllic Setting
Tereia Beach is worth spending a good part of the day there. It is the only public beach on the main island of Maupiti. There is a gentle tranquility. If it is possible to meet some tourists and some locals on weekends, the place remains little frequented. Coconut trees line the beach and no modern construction disturbs this very peaceful atmosphere. Like the rest of the island, the place is very clean, almost virgin. You feel like you are at the end of the world. The setting alone is worth going there, at least for the contemplation.
A Bath in Warm Waters
Tereia is the only real beach in Maupiti where swimming is possible. The water is translucent and clear. It is also very warm with an average temperature of 28°. At this place, the lagoon is very shallow and does not allow swimming. For an adult of average height, the water will reach at best the hips. One can thus walk several hundred meters in the lagoon while keeping one’s feet. For families with young children, the beach is an extraordinary safe playground.
On the rightmost part of the beach, a deeper natural pool emerges in the lagoon and allows for real swimming. The absence of coral spat offers even the possibility to dive without risk of injury. In addition, this will be an opportunity to observe the aquatic fauna with fins-mask-tuba. Those who want to indulge in more advanced underwater activities can then turn to the best diving spots in Maupiti.
Crossing the Lagoon by Foot
The beach also owes its fame to the presence opposite it of the motu Auira which can be reached on foot, by crossing the lagoon. This crossing is done at low tide when the water barely reaches the thighs of an average-sized adult.
The experience is once again fantastic and unreal. For 800 meters, the impression of literally walking on the water is quite fascinating. The current is weak and it takes between 20 and 30 minutes to reach the shore. The crossing is therefore safe and it will be an opportunity to observe many fish, some black tip sharks and sometimes even rays. If they can be curious, this aquatic fauna remains harmless.
Upon arrival on the motu Auira, the feeling of being at the end of the world intensifies. The shoreline is paved with shells and mollusks. We have the impression to replay the adventures of Robinson Crusoe. The nature is wild and impressive. After having enjoyed the superb view on the main island, the return crossing is done well before the sunset.
How to Get to Tereia Beach in Maupiti
To fully enjoy the beach, the best thing to do is to choose a hotel in Maupiti located nearby. This is the case for the Tereia Pension and Maupiti Residence. However, even if you stay further away, the Tereia Beach is still easy to reach. From the village of Vaiea, it takes about an hour to walk and about 15 minutes by bike. If your guesthouse does not have a bicycle, you can always rent one at the port. From there, you just have to go along the coastal road and then take the crossing road to reach the Tereia Tip, where the beach is located in Maupiti.
If you want to spend the day there, it is a good idea to bring enough water to cool down and the necessary sun protection. An umbrella will allow you to take advantage of a very appreciable shade. For meals, you can eat at the snack bar Chez Mimi, where the portions are copious and the prices reasonable.
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