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.