Aranui Cruises offers the experience of a lifetime.
The soft adventure cruise takes an intimate group of like-minded travellers to some of the most remote and enchanting islands in the world, Tahiti’s Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands.
Step aboard the Aranui 5 and journey to a land steeped in history, ancient customs and intrigue. As the cargo cruise line journeys through the Marquesas Islands, guests follow in the footsteps of great artists, authors and musicians including Paul Gauguin, Robert Louis Stevenson and Jacques Brel as well as renowned explorer, Thor Heyerdahl.
The Society and Tuamotu archipelagos are known for their coral-fringed lagoons and there is plenty of time for snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing in the warm tropical waters.
Everywhere the ship calls, local villagers welcome Aranui’s guests ashore and invite them to explore their piece of paradise. Shore excursions with multilingual guides include village visits, 4×4 sightseeing tours, guided hikes to archaeological stone tiki sites, beach picnics and barbecues, cultural dance shows, dining at local restaurants and meeting Marquesan artisans with the opportunity to purchase local crafts.
Aranui 5, a passenger freighter, cruises to nine islands around French Polynesia, making 15 port calls as it delivers essential supplies to villages on its regular 13-day voyage. The roundtrip cruise sails from Papeete to Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka in the Marquesas, Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus and Bora Bora in the Society Islands.
The new build, Aranui 5, offers 103 comfortable cabins and suites each featuring an en suite, air-conditioning, flat screen television, safe and hairdryer. Most cabins have a private balcony while exterior staterooms feature a picture window or porthole. Shared dormitory-style and single cabins are also available.
Spread over eight decks, accessible by two elevators, the interior décor reflects the Polynesian heritage of her owners and crew. A casual dining restaurant serves delicious dishes, using local fresh produce and tempting desserts. Relax in one of the four bars, lounge or library, enjoy informative talks on history, art and culture from a guest lecturer; try your hand at traditional weaving or take dance lessons.
A journey aboard Aranui 5 is an adventure to a land where time stands still. Leave the fast paced city behind and discover unrivalled landscapes, natural beauty and the soothing trade winds of French Polynesia with Aranui Cruises.