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2017 Voyage to the Marquesas Islands aboard Aranui 5

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17 July - 03 August 2017

Escorted By Len  Edwards

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Previous Tours have all returned with glowing reports on both the ship and destination.
The new ship, Aranui 5, is the only way to explore the Marquesas Islands - operating between Tahiti, the Tuamotus and the Marquesas. The crew is primarily Marquesians, the first language is French but English is spoken by them all.
The ship is in the style of a traditional cargo ship – a modern custom-built mixed passenger / cargo vessel, but with all the latest amenities.
Previous groups described it more like a cruise, with the additional experience of calling at tiny ports.
Aranui 5 offers comfortable, air-conditioned accommodation for approximately 240 passengers who will be able to sunbathe on deck, visit the fitness room, enjoy a spa treatment, swim in the pool or enjoy exotic tropical drinks while she winds her way among the Marquesas Islands.
All meals, wine with lunch and dinner and all shore excursions are included. There are options for the fit and energetic and others for the more sedentary.

Len Edwards - our escort has escorted two previous tours for Pukekohe Travel but this will be his fifth voyage to the Marquesas! Len lives in Rarotonga and has worked most of his life with the bank on many diverse and far flung islands. He looks forwards to returning with you to the Marquesas’



 July 2017
Monday 17                            Auckland – Papeete  D
Depart mid-morning, cross the International Dateline to arrive in Papeete late afternoon on Sunday 16. After a warm Tahitian welcome, transfer to our downtown hotel for a two-night stay. Tonight enjoy an informal dinner at Roulottes on the waterfront.

Monday 17 (Papeete time)        Papeete B
After a leisurely morning, enjoy a visit to the Gaugin Museum, the Museum of Tahiti and her islands and the Botanical Gardens. Balance of day free

Tuesday 18                               Papeete – At Sea  B L D
This morning, after a continental breakfast, we board the Aranui 5 and set sail at approx. 10am.
Wednesday 19                            Takapoto Atoll
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.
Thursday 20                             At Sea - crossing from Tuamotu to Marquesas
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?
Lectures on Marquesan culture and history will send you back in time and give you full insight into this ancient civilization. 
Friday 21                         Nuku Hiva
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.
Saturday 22                              Ua Pou
From the decks, you’ll see the soaring mountain spires unique to Ua Pou.
While the crew unloads supplies, from cement to sugar, and loads sacks of copra (dried coconut meat) and fruit, explore the quaint village of Hakahau and its church featuring a hand-carved wooden dais.
Meet the island’s talented woodcarvers and artists or hike up the hill to the Cross for breathtaking views of the mountains, the lush valleys and the main village.
Sunday 23             Tahuata
In the morning, the Aranui will anchor off the small island of Tahuata. On this leaf-shaped island, the air is thick with the fragrant scent of tiare, frangipani and history.
Monday 24                     Fatu Hiva
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.
Tuesday 25                     Hiva Oa
In Puamau, travel by foot or by 4WD to the most incredible archaeological site for ‘tikis’ (ancient, human- like religious stone sculptures) outside of Easter Island.
Wednesday 26                           Ua Huka
In the early morning light, the Aranui will arrive in Ua Huka. This is one arrival not-to-be-missed! The manoeuvre  of entering the small bay and positioning the vessel for departure is truly impressive.
On the dry lands of Ua Huka, visit the small museum of Vaiapee located in the island’s city hall gardens. Continue to explore the island, stopping for stunning views of the Pacific.
Thursday 27                    Nuku Hiva
The ship’s final day in the captivating Marquesas Islands!

Friday 28                        At sea - crossing from: Marquesas to Tuamotu
After an enchanting, enriching journey to the heart of Polynesian civilization, unwind or enjoy the various activities and lectures offered.
Saturday 29                     Rangiroa Atoll
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.
Sunday 30             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.
Monday 31                       Papeete  B                   
On arrival in the morning disembark for your half day sightseeing tour. Remainder of your day is free.  Tonight enjoy an informal dinner at ‘Roulettes’ on the waterfront.
Tuesday 01                     Papeete – Auckland   B
After a leisurely breakfast the day is yours to relax and explore.
Wednesday 02      Papeete – Auckland
Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight back to Auckland
Cross International dateline.  Arrive Auckland mid-morning
Thursday 03         Auckland
Arrive Auckland late morning.
Optional Excursion to Moorea
Moorea all in one day! Travel by coach to the pier and then by ferry to Moorea. Explore the island by coach, enjoying the stunning tropical vistas before arriving at the lagoon with plenty of time for swimming or snorkeling. After building up an appetite, enjoy a lunchtime picnic on a motu, before returning to the pier for our return to Papeete.
A full day in paradise. From $399 per person, including lunch and ferry ride.


Cost Per Person (sharing a twin cabin)*

Auckland - Auckland Twin share Single 
Standard Oceanview stateroom $9,697 $13,230
Deluxe Cabin with balcony $10,797 $14,805
Superior Deluxe with balcony $11,447 $15,719
Full payment due by 01 March 2017  
Previous International Tour Client Discount $100
Early Booking Discount
(if deposit paid by 30 October 2016)
 *This is a cash / cheque price only. Credit cards incur a 2% fee


  • Return economy class flights Auckland to Papeete
  • All tourist, cruise and port taxes (NZD475 twin share / NZD565 single)
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a four star hotel in Papeete, including continental breakfast
  • Transfers as specified
  • Thirteen nights on board Aranui 5
  • All meals on board Aranui 5
  • Limited wine with lunch and dinner
  • 24 hour availability of tea and coffee
  • All shore excursions each day in port off Aranui 5, except optional horse riding and diving
  • Half day tour of Papeete including entrance fees
  • Pukekohe Travel escort, subject to 15 people travelling

Not Included:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Airline taxes (approx NZD340)
  • Travel Insurance – please ask for a quote

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $1500 per person will secure a place on the tour
  • Full payment due no later than 01 March 2017. 
This is the date we are required to release all our allocated cabins.

Cancellations and refunds

  • From date of booking until 01 March 2017 – loss of deposit
  • After 01 March 2017 – no refund

General Information



A current New Zealand passport is required, valid for three months beyond return date of travel.
A visa is not required for New Zealand Passport holders – all other nationalities – please ask.


  • Currently there are no compulsory inoculations required.
  • Mobility is required to board the whale boats for transfers to the islands
  • A good standard of health is required
  • There is a doctor on board


The primary function of the vessel is to carry freight.  Timing of ports of call differ to the printed time – the company endeavours to keep to the planned schedule.


Currency / Money

  • The ship accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express
  • The currency of the islands is the XFP – the French Pacific Franc (approx 65 XFP to the NZD)


  • Informal, comfortable and easily washable is the order of the day
  • Good walking shoes/sandals are a must and reef shoes available
  • A warm jumper / sweatshirt is advisable for cooler evenings
 Previous Tour comments….
“Highlights – the music, dancing, entertainment, the courtesy and caring of the crew, friendliness of the passengers and most of all – a feeling of going to the end of the world and finding six beautiful islands” – Yvonne

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Hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

89 King Street, Pukekohe 2120, New Zealand 
PO Box 313, Pukekohe 2340

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