Maupiti's residents have rejected proposals to build luxury resorts here. The result: Your choice will be one of the island's small, family-run establishments. A few are on the main island, but the most appealing are out on the skinny islets surrounding the lagoon.

Staying Near a Deserted Beach

I prefer to stay on Motu Tiapaa, beside the Onoiau Pass, since it has excellent beaches on both its lagoon and ocean sides. There are four pensions on the island, so if I tire of eating at mine, I can walk over and make a reservation at another. If one side of the motu gets too hot, a sea breeze usually cools the other. Skinny-dipping has been known to occur at a deserted beach wrapping around the northern end of the island. The lagoon is very shallow at this gorgeous spot, but the view of the main island is terrific.

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