FP Trip Hike 3: Maupiti Mt Teurafaatiu Summit

After spending our first day in Maupiti snorkeling yesterday (with Manta Rays, Sting Rays, and an abundance of tropical fish), we returned to hiking today.  We hiked to the highest point on the island at 1,247 feet in elevation.  The hike was made difficult by the hot humid weather and having to climb some of the steeper sections with the assistance of ropes.  But the reward at the summit was truly breathtaking.  One of the most incredible views that I have seen and experienced in my life.  We had perfect South Pacific weather as we looked out at the lagoon, reef, sailboats, and motus far below us.  As a side note, this is the only hike on Maupiti.  I am considering documenting a walk around the island (it is only 9km around).  But other than that, our next hike (weather permitting, as always) will be on Bora Bora next week.

View of Mt. Teurafaatiu from the beach we are staying near on Maupiti.
View of Mt. Teurafaatiu from the beach we are staying near on Maupiti.
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The early part of the hike provided immediate great views and an overlook of Maupiti’s main town.
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There were some challenging sections of the hike to contend with.
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The views became more expansive as we neared the top.
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These majestic crags tower above the island.
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The hike ends with a breathtaking view from the top of Maupiti.