Aranui 5 at sea, Tahiti

Aranui Cruises Tahiti | Explore the Marquesas Islands
Papeete to Papeete - 14 Days

Have you ever longed to hop a freighter to the romantic South Seas? Well, now you can, with Aranui Cruises - a delightful alternative to the more sumptuous cruises in and around Tahiti.

The Aranui 5 is a brand new, Deluxe state-of-the-art freighter that delivers supplies to the Marquesas Islands and also carries passengers. Inspired by the tales of Herman Melville, Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson, travelers go along to get in touch with the spirit of adventure that lies dormant in us all. No other cruise offers such an authentic slice of Polynesian life.

The Aranui 5 offers deluxe accomodations for 254 passengers. Delightful cuisine, a lounge, pool, gym, 3 bars and attractive public areas and a crew of friendly Polynesian seamen make your cruise an unforgettable, fun adventure!

Cruise Information: Aranui Marquesas Cruise

Aranui 5 anchored in Marquesas

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Cruise Itinerary: Aranui Marquesas Cruise

Cruise Day Cruise Port Description
Day 1 Papeete, Tahiti Checking time is between 7:00AM and 9:00 AM and the counters will be closed at 9:30 AM.
Day 2 Tuamotu Archipelago - Fakarava Morning arrival in the small oval-shaped atoll of Takapoto located in the Tuamotu Archipelago. A short walk through the village brings you to a white sand beach. On this little paradise, enjoy a delicious barbecue picnic, swim and snorkel in the translucent lagoon among the colorful ballet of tropical fish. Arts & crafts will be available at the beach.
Day 3 At Sea A day to unwind and relax on one of the sun decks or in the comfort of our air-conditioned lounge. Or why not simply enjoy the views of the endless South Pacific Ocean as we make our way to the captivating Marquesas Islands.
Day 4 Nuku Hiva (Taiohae-Hatiheu-Taipivai) Be out on deck to fully appreciate our arrival into Taiohae’s spectacular bay, a giant volcanic amphitheater dominated by towering cliffs streaked with waterfalls. As the Aranui unloads its freight, you can explore Taiohae, the Marquesas’ small administrative center.
Day 5 Ua Pou (Hakahau-Hakahetau) From the decks, you’ll see the soaring mountain spires unique to Ua Pou. Meet the island’s talented woodcarvers and artists, hike up the hill to the Cross for breathtaking views of the mountains, the lush valleys and the main village.
Day 6 Hiva Oa (Puamau) & Tahuata (Kokuu) n Puamau, travel by 4WD to the most incredible archaeological site for “tikis” (ancient, human-like religious stone sculptures) outside of Easter Island. Once you reach Mea’e Iipona, our knowledgeable guides will tell you the stories of these haunting statues of ancient times.
Day 7 Hiva Oa (Atuona) & Tahuata (Vaitahu - Hapatoni) Aranui will arrive in Hiva Oa in the morning, where you will have plenty of time to explore Atuona, the second largest village in Marquesas. This is where Paul Gauguin lived and created some of his best work. You can visit the colonial store where he shopped, as well as a replica of his infamous “House of Pleasure” and the adjoining museum.
Day 8 Fatu Hiva (Omoa-Hanavave) This is the most lush and remote island of the Marquesas. The only access is by sea, since there is no airport on Fatu Hiva. It is also the island of “tapa” and you will discover all about this traditional cloth.
Day 9 Ua Huka (Vaipaee-Hane-Hokatu) In the early morning light, the Aranui will arrive in Ua Huka. This is one arrival not-to-be-missed! The maneuver entering the small bay and positioning the vessel for departure is truly impressive.
Day 10 Nuku Hiva (Taiohae) & Ua Pou (Hakahau) The ship’s final day in the captivating Marquesas Islands! The Aranui will dock in the Bay of Taiohae, in Nuku Hiva. You may take the local shuttle “Le Truck” or walk to the town center for some free time.
Day 11 At Sea After an enchanting, enriching journey to the heart of Polynesian civilization, unwind or enjoy the various activities and lectures offered.
Day 12 Tuamotu Archipelago - Rangiroa From the decks, watch our approach and arrival into French Polynesia’s largest atoll and the second largest in the world. You may spot playful dolphins greeting the ship as we enter Tiputa Pass, one of Rangiroa’s two channels.
Day 13 Society Islands - Bora Bora Arriving in Bora Bora’s world famous lagoon of opalescent blues and greens, you will be greeted by majestic Mount Otemanu, the island’s highest peak. In this picture-perfect island paradise, you will enjoy a day at the beach and another delicious picnic, on a private “motu” islet surrounded by crystalline waters.
Day 14 Papeete, Tahiti Morning arrival in Papeete by 9:00am. Safe trip home with these memories.
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