Our groups continue to return with glowing reports on both the ship and destination.
The 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 also.
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, airconditioned 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.
“The cruise ship being a combined freighter / cruise ship was an excellent mix. Watching the crew working was a highlight” “I especially enjoyed interaction with the culture of the Marquesans – information & guidance from Aranui and on-shore guides was splendid” – Jessica
Depart mid- afternoon, cross the International Dateline to arrive in Papeete late evening on Monday 17 June. After a warm Tahitian welcome, transfer toTahiti Pearl Beach resort for a three-night stay.
After a leisurely morning (note it is Tuesday 18 June), enjoy a half day city tour and the Botanical Gardens. Balance of day free
Tonight enjoy an informal dinner at Roulottes on the waterfront.
After breakfast, visit the Museum of Tahiti and other islands. There is the option to stay in the city to browse the shops or have the remainder of the day free.
This morning, after breakfast, we board the Aranui 5 and set sail at approx. 10am.
Morning arrival in the small oval-shaped atoll of Fakarava atoll 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.
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.
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.
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 centre.
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.
Time to explore Atuona, the second largest village in the Marquesas. This is where famous French Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin created most of his work.
In the afternoon anchor off the small island of Tahuata where the strong scent of the Tiare and frangipani are prevalent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On arrival in the morning disembark Aranui 5. After lunch check into your hotel for a one night stay. Remainder of your day is free relax.
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight back to Auckland
Cross International dateline.
Arrive Auckland early afternoon
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Standard Oceanvew stateroom||$9,997||$13,623|
|Deluxe Cabin with balcony||$11,135||$15,192|
|Superior Deluxe with balcony||$11,772||$16,117|
|Premium Suite with balcony||$12,995||$17,737|
|Early Booking Discount (03 December 2018)||$100|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$150|
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.
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
Length: 126 m.
Breadth: 22 m.
Tonnage: 3 200 tons
Cruising speed: 15 knots
Capacity: 254 passengers
Exterior cabin (11sqm) with porthole, 1 bathroom with a shower, double bed (180*200 cm) or 2 twin beds (90*200 cm) desk, 1 flat screen TV, safe.
SUPERIOR DELUXE Exterior cabin (14,5sqm) with private outdoor balcony (4sqm), 1 bathroom with a shower make up table, desk, wardrobe, 1 flat screen TV, double bed (180*200 cm) or 2 twin beds (90*200 cm), safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.
PREMIUM SUITE Exterior cabin (18 sqm) with private outdoor balcony (4sqm), glass sliding doors; semi private day room with decorative screen, 1 bathroom with a shower, flat screen TV, double bed (180*200 cm) or 2 twin beds (90*200 cm, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer
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.
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* Itinerary subject to change