Our groups return with glowing reports on both the ship, destination and the whole experience. 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 also spoken. 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.
“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 early evening, cross the International Dateline to arrive in Papeete the same day. After a warm Tahitian welcome, transfer to the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort for a two-night stay. After breakfast enjoy a half day city tour and the Botanical Gardens. Balance of day free. Tonight enjoy an informal dinner at Roulettes on the waterfront.
After breakfast we board the Aranui 5 and set sail at approx. 6pm.
Fakarava, 488 km northeast of Tahiti, is a huge atoll that is part of a UNESCO “biosphere reserve” because of its rich eco-system, with an abundance of rare flora and fauna. Kauehi, 40 km north-east of Fakarava will also seduce you by its authenticity as well as by the surrealist hues of its lagoon, which you can enjoy as if you were alone in the world! You will have the possibility to snorkel in Kauehi and Fakarava (weather permitting).
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 civilisation.
Be out on deck to fully appreciate our arrival into Taiohae’s spectacular bay, a giant volcanic amphitheatre 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.
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.
You will visit the impressive church of Tahuata which was built by the Vatican and decorated with beautiful carvings and a stained glass window featuring the Marquesan cross. The locals carve exquisite tikis, sea creatures, bracelets and necklaces. Atuona, main village of Hiva Oa and the second largest in the Marquesas, was once the capital of this archipelago. Explore the Gauguin Museum, a replica of his “House of Pleasure”, and the Brel Museum, which showcases his plane JoJo, which was often used for medical emergencies.
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.
Enjoy a day at sea to relax by the pool and participate in one of the lectures or activities offered by our guides.
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.
As you arrive in Bora Bora’s world-famous lagoon of opalescent blues and greens, you’ll be greeted by the majestic “Mount Otemanu,” the island’s highest peak. In this perfect island paradise, you’ll have plenty of time to discover how and why the Pearl of the Pacific earned such a well-deserved reputation. You can snorkel or dive and marvel at the turquoise lagoons, among the most beautiful in the world.
Morning arrival into Papeete, disembark Aranui 5, for your half day circle Tahiti Tour before checking into your hotel for a two-night stay.
Today is free to relax before a midnight transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Early morning flight to Auckland.
Cross International dateline.
• Return economy class flights Auckland to Papeete on Air New Zealand
• All tourist, cruise and port taxes
• Three nights’ accommodation in Papeete, including American breakfast
• Transfers as specified
• Twelve 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 to the Museum
• Pukekohe Travel escort, subject to 15 people travelling
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Standard Oceanview stateroom||$12,451||
|Deluxe Cabin with balcony SOLD OUT||
|Deluxe SOLD OUT||
|Premium Suite with balcony||
|Business Class Upgrade||
|Premium Economy upgrade (on request only)||
|Early Booking Discount ( 01 December 2023 )||$150|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
• Items of a personal nature
• Airline taxes (approx NZD153)
• Travel Insurance – please ask for a quote
• A non-refundable deposit of of $1500 (standard cabin) or $3,500 (deluxe or suite cabins) per person will secure a place on the tour
• Full payment due no later than 02 February 2024. This is the date we are required to release all our allocated cabins
• From date of booking until 02 February 2024 – loss of deposit
• After 02 February 2024 – no refund
Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.
• Currently there are no compulsory inoculations required.
• Mobility is required to board the tenders 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 69 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
VESSEL PARTICULARS Length: 126 m. Breadth: 22 m. Draught: 5,20 Tonnage: 3 200 tons Cruising speed: 15 knots Capacity: 254 passengers
• For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/termsandconditions or please ask our tour consultant for a copy
• If this tour is cancelled/postponed due to Covid-19 Government travel restrictions Pukekohe Travel reserves the right,in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $500 per person.
• Pukekohe Travel will assist in every way possible but accepts no liability for any additional costs incurred.
• You cannot begin or continue to travel if you have received a positive Covid-19 test in the last 7 days
Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change