Maupiti Express Reservation

French Polynesia, a mosaic of over 100 islands scattered across the South Pacific, is a realm where the sea meets the sky, cultures intertwine, and natural beauty abounds. At the center of this paradise is the Maupiti Express II, not just a ferry service but a bridge to discovering the untold stories, hidden beaches, and ancestral traditions of these islands. Understanding the ferry’s schedule and booking process is your key to unlocking these treasures.

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Maupiti Express II: Navigating the Waters Between Islands Ferry 

The Maupiti Express II stands as a testament to the connectivity and accessibility of French Polynesia’s islands, offering scheduled services that cater to both the logistical and experiential needs of travelers. Here’s a closer look at the routes and schedules that define this essential service.

Bora Bora to Maupiti: The Tuesday Odyssey

Departing from the renowned island of Bora Bora, the ferry’s Tuesday service to Maupiti offers travelers a unique opportunity to explore an island often hailed as a quieter, untouched version of Bora Bora itself. This route is perfect for those seeking solace away from the more frequented tourist spots, allowing for an intimate encounter with Polynesian life and landscapes.

Maupiti to Bora Bora: The Thursday Return

After soaking in the serene beauty and tranquility of Maupiti, the return trip to Bora Bora on Thursday provides a gentle re-entry into the vibrancy of one of French Polynesia’s most famous islands. This schedule allows for ample exploration and relaxation time on Maupiti, with the promise of Bora Bora’s allure on the horizon.

Bora Bora to Raiatea & Taha’a: A Cultural and Natural Expedition

With services on Monday, Friday, and Sunday, the ferry’s route from Bora Bora to Raiatea and Taha’a opens up a realm of cultural heritage and natural wonder. Raiatea, considered the spiritual heart of the Polynesian triangle, and Taha’a, known for its lush vanilla plantations and coral gardens, offer a deep dive into the essence of the archipelago’s traditions and beauty.

 

Maupiti Express Schedule Details (Updated 3 April 2024)

 
Monday: 7am Depart Bora Bora for Tahaa and Raiatea (arrive around 9:30am)
Monday: 3pm Depart Raiatea then Tahaa for Bora Bora (arrive around 5:30pm)
Friday: 7am Depart Bora Bora for Tahaa and Raiatea (arrive around 9:30am)
Friday: 4:00pm Depart Raiatea then Tahaa for Bora Bora (arrive around 6:30pm) During School holidays this departs one hour earlier
Sunday: 2pm Depart Bora Bora for Raiatea only (arrive around 4pm) Trip Cancelled during school holidays.
Sunday: 4:20pm Depart Raiatea then Tahaa for Bora Bora (arrive around 6:30pm) During School holidays this voyage is cancelled
Tuesday: 8am Depart Bora Bora for Maupiti (arrive around 10:30am)
Thursday: 3pm Depart Maupiti for Bora Bora (arrive around 5:30 pm)
 
Air-conditioned fast boat.
Maximum 120 passengers outside the lagoon
Islands served : Bora Bora, Taha’a, Raiatea, Maupiti
Tickets sold on board at the time of boarding and at the ticket office in Vaitape, Bora Bora.
Schedules are subject to change
Reservations with Far and Away Adventures can be made 1 day to 30 days in advance as part of a vacation package
Child (ages 2 to 12) and Students (up to age 26): 2700 xpf each way (approximately $25 US)
Adult: 5400 xpf (approximately $50 USD)
Between Tahaa and Raiatea 750 xpf (approximately $7 US)
For more information or reservations, phone 87.78.27.22 or 87.74.02.40. The duration of the trip from Bora Bora to Raiatea is 2.5 hours, present yourself at the boat 45min before the departure time.

Embrace the Journey

  • Capture the Moment: The voyage between islands offers stunning vistas — azure waters, distant atolls rising from the ocean, and skies that blend seamlessly into the sea at the horizon. Have your camera or smartphone ready to capture these moments, but also take time to simply enjoy the view and the breeze, storing memories in your mind as well as your memory card.
  • Interact and Engage: The Maupiti Express II isn’t just a ferry; it’s a gathering place for travelers and locals alike. Engaging with fellow passengers can enrich your experience, offering insights into the islands’ cultures, tips on hidden gems, and perhaps even the start of new friendships

Sustainability and Respect

  • Travel Responsibly: As you explore the pristine environments of French Polynesia, remember the importance of leaving a minimal footprint. Dispose of trash properly, respect wildlife and natural habitats, and consider supporting local economies by purchasing from local vendors and artisans.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Each island has its own identity and traditions. Showing respect for local customs and practices is not just courteous; it’s a way to deepen your understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures you’re visiting.

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Making the Most of Your Island Adventure

The journey aboard the Maupiti Express II is more than a transition from one destination to another; it’s an integral part of the French Polynesian experience. By embracing the journey, engaging with the islands and their cultures, and moving through this stunning region with respect and openness, travelers can uncover the true essence of Polynesia.

A Seamless Blend of Adventure and Serenity

French Polynesia offers a unique blend of adventure and tranquility, from the verdant peaks of Maupiti to the cultural richness of Raiatea and Taha’a, and the iconic lagoons of Bora Bora. Each island invites exploration, relaxation, and reflection, making every moment of your journey an opportunity for discovery.

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The Spirit of Polynesia Awaits

With the Maupiti Express II as your guide, the spirit of Polynesia is within reach. The islands call out to those who seek beauty, adventure, and a connection to the natural world and its cultures. By following this guide to booking and preparing for your ferry journey, you’re taking the first steps toward an unforgettable experience that will linger long after you’ve returned home.

The magic of French Polynesia lies not just in its postcard-perfect landscapes but in the stories, smiles, and serenity you’ll encounter along the way. So, book your journey, set sail across the azure waters, and let the islands reveal their wonders to you, one breathtaking moment at a time.

For the most accurate and detailed information regarding schedules, bookings, and travel advice, always consult directly with the Maupiti Express II’s official channels or trusted French Polynesia travel specialists. They can provide the latest updates and help ensure your journey is everything you’ve dreamed of and more.

 

 

Our Top FAQ's

The Maupiti Express II operates from Bora Bora to Maupiti on Tuesdays, providing a convenient mid-week option for travelers looking to explore Maupiti’s serene beauty.

The return service from Maupiti to Bora Bora is scheduled for Thursdays, allowing visitors to enjoy a couple of days on the tranquil island before heading back.

Yes, the Maupiti Express II offers services from Bora Bora to Raiatea and Taha’a on Monday, Friday, and Sunday, enabling travelers to explore these culturally rich and naturally beautiful islands.

No, you cannot book your Maupiti Express II ticket online. If you are booking your Bora Bora and Maupiti accommodations, flights, meals and/or transfers through Far and Away Adventures, they offer travel packages with the Maupiti Express.

Yes, it is advisable to book your tickets well in advance, especially during peak travel seasons.

For a comfortable journey, pack sun protection, sunglasses, a hat, a refillable water bottle, and lightweight, breathable clothing. A camera for capturing the stunning views is also recommended.

Arriving at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before departure is recommended to ensure a stress-free boarding process.

To maximize your experience, engage with fellow passengers, capture the stunning seascapes, and embrace the journey as an integral part of your Polynesian adventure. Remember to travel responsibly and respect the local cultures and environments of the islands you visit.

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