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, 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.
Depart mid- afternoon, cross the International Dateline to arrive in Papeete late evening on Wednesday 28 June After a warm Tahitian welcome, transfer to the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort for a threenight stay. Begin with a leisurely morning (note it is Thursday 29 June), after breakfast 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 afternoon we board the Aranui 5 and set sail at approx 6pm.
Makatea was to have a unique industrial destiny in Polynesia. The island, until then forgotten by the modern world, was equipped with schools, a cinema, religious centres, various industrial installations, including a 100-metre metal jetty and even a railway, which are still today the silent witnesses of the island’s singular history.
A day to unwind and relax on one of the sun decks or in the comfort of our airconditioned 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 notto-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.
Atuona, principal village of Hiva Oa and the second largest in the Marquesas, was once the capital of this archipelago. Sweeping views of the harbour can be seen after a walk up the hill to the cemetery where Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel are buried. 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
A morning drive by 4WD takes you to Puamau to visit the most important local archeological site for tikis in French Polynesia. Our guides will show you through the mysterious ruins at Mea’e Iipona and share stories of these haunting statues and an ancient civilisation. In the afternoon, 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.
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.
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.
On arrival in the morning, disembark Aranui 5. After lunch check into your hotel for a two night stay. Remainder of the day is free to relax.
Known as the heart and soul of the South Pacific, the capital, government and port of Papéete is the antithesis of the markets, produce stalls, gardens and handicrafts. Time to relax and explore at your leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Auckland
• Return economy class flights Auckland to Papeete on Air Tahiti Nui
• All tourist, cruise and port taxes
• Five 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||$12,056||$16,584|
|Deluxe Cabin with balcony||$13,321||$18,436|
|Superior Deluxe with balcony||$14,119||$19,679|
|Premium Suite with balcony||$19,453||N/A|
*This is a cash 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
• 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 $3,000 (deluxe or suite cabins) per person
• Full payment due no later than 20 January 2023 This is the date we are required to release all our allocated cabins
• From date of booking until 20 January 2023 – loss of deposit
• After 20 January 2023– no refund
Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.
All travelers must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide a copy of the Ministry of Health International Vaccine Record Card with proof of your full Covid-19 vaccination.
• 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 $1000 per person.
• If New Zealand and or international Borders are closed as a result of Government imposed restrictions and/or, quarantine / self isolation travel restrictions are imposed on New Zealanders returning home from overseas, Pukekohe Travel accepts no liability for any additional costs incurred.
• These are not limited to but includes any cancellation or amendment fees or border quarantine fees imposed.
• Pukekohe Travel will assist in every way possible to ensure any additional travel arrangements required are made with the minimal amount of disruption and in the most cost-effective manner.
• You cannot begin or continue to travel if you have received a positive Covid-19 test in the last 14 days
• 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 ask our tour consultant for a copy
Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change