There were a few of us (SV Me Too and SV Terrapin and SV Te Poe Rava) who discussed the option of visiting one last atoll/island before heading to the Cook Islands.
We had two options: Maupiti or Maupiha’a, and the goal was to break up the 580 mile passage to Suwarrow, Cook Islands. We chose Maupiha’a (aka-Mopelia) as it was a bit farther west. It was about 175 miles from Bora Bora so about a 24 hour overnight passage. The pass into Molpelia, we read in different guide books, was “difficult” and “[the atoll] was not sufficient compensation for the trauma of entry and exit”.
They were WRONG! Our experience was so grand and the place so beautiful, we stayed for almost 2 weeks. We had beach bonfires (beaches were surprisingly difficult to find) and night loberering with the locals..unfortunately no photos of these but here is a snap shot of our time in Mopelia…you will understand why we just couldn’t leave!
BBQ with the locals – There are 18 inhabitants on the atoll of Mopelia. All of them have come from the neighboring atoll, Maupiti which is closer to Bora Bora. There is a ferry between Maupiti and Bora Bora so supplies can be relatively easy to get. However, there is no “regular” supply ferry to Mopelia…except for every 8 month! Many of the people on Mopelia have family in Maupiti so family members find rides from cruisers to transport them and supplies to Mopelia. Our friends on SV Te Poe Rava who visited Maupiti helped and took a few people to Mopelia…they were invited to a local BBQ and they took us along : )
We also met another family – These ladies (2 sisters and their mother) invited all the cruisers to their humble abode for dinner.
Water activities– Because Mopelia atoll’s east side is a completely submerged coral reef, water is always coming into the lagoon bringing lots of sea life and nutrients to keep the coral healthy. To say the least, this was the BEST snorkeling and sea life we have seen to date!!!!
–Scuba diving with SV Te Poe Rava
–Snorkeling The Seedler – There is a book named “The Sea Devil” which is about a German privateer named Count Luckner who was the captain of the The Seeadler. The Seeadler was a sailing ship that had broken through the British blockade and played havoc with Allied shipping in the Atlantic and Pacific during the latter part of the war. It crashed on the outer reef of guess where……Mopelia!
–Feeding The sharks- Dan on SV Te Poe Rava speared a 20 pound fish and actually swam it back to the boat without a shark eating the fish. We ended up sharing it for dinner all together that night. However, while cleaning the fish…we had visitors at the boat.
Among these things, we had Girls night, Salon day, and pearl hunting
Next stop…Suwarrow Cook Islands (a national park).