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Aranui V

13 Day Cruise in the Tuamotu, Marquesas Islands and Bora Bora (departing Thursday)

The brand new Aranui V launched in November 2015. The combined passenger and cargo vessel will cruise from Tahiti to the Marquesas Islands, the most remote archipelago in the world and to the beautiful island of Bora Bora. ‘Aranui’ means ‘Great Highway’ in Maori and the Aranui V is named after her predecessors, which carried cargo and passengers between the Marquesas and the rest of the world. The Aranui V offers guests more style and comfort with modern and luxurious cabin categories and inviting open spaces perfect for socializing with your fellow guests including the super stylish Sky Bar and Veranda Bar. Other amenities also include a swimming pool, fitness room and massage room.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Papeete, Tahiti from 07:00hrs, departing at 10:00 hrs.

Day 1: Papeete, Tahiti

The friendly Polynesian crew of the Aranui will be waiting to greet you as you embark in Papeete. Dinner will be served on board and will provide a great opportunity to meet your fellow passengers for the first time.

Day 2: Tuamotu Archipelago - Fakarava

The ship arrives at Fakarava in the morning. Designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the second largest atoll in French Polynesia, you will have time to discover the small village of Rotoava, the church, built of coral and the local arts and crafts. Later, enjoy a refreshing swim and snorkel in the crystal clear lagoon among the colorful ballet of tropical fish. You may also select an optional excursion, such as snorkeling or diving in the various passes or an outing to an islet for bird watching at an additional cost. Return to vessel by 12:00pm.

Day 3: At Sea

During the day, relax on one of the ship's sun decks reading a book from the onboard library, take a refreshing swim in the pool or just enjoy the views of the South Pacific waters. Evenings on the Aranui can be spent learning about Marquesan culture or archaeology from a local expert, socialising in one of the ship's bars or listening to the hypnotic Polynesian rhythms played out on the crew's ukuleles.

Day 4: Hiva Oa (Puamau) - Marquesas Islands

Today you will arrive at Hiva Oa, calling at Puamau. Here you can travel by 4WD to the most incredible archaeological site for “tikis” (ancient, human-like religious stone sculptures) outside of Easter Island. Your knowledgeable guides will tell you the stories of these haunting statues of ancient times. Surrounded by beautifully lush grounds, the site is overwhelming and has a lot of what Polynesians call “mana” (spiritual power). Return to the ship for lunch as she sets sail back to Tahuata where you can enjoy a lazy afternoon relaxing at the beach or taking a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.ain their haunting statues. Make sure you bring your camera!

Day 5: Nuku Hiva (Taiohae)

This morning, the Aranui arrives into the bay of Taiohae, a giant volcanic amphitheatre of towering cliffs streaked with waterfalls. Taiohae is the administrative capital of Marquesas and is where Herman Melville jumped on a whaling ship in 1842. Today you will be able to follow his route by jeep along steep, winding dirt mountain roads. You will stop at the village of Hatiheu to visit an archelogical site before taking lunch at Yvonne’s Restaurant where you can enjoy pig baked in an underground oven. You will also be able to see stone tiki gods, sacred ritual sites called me’ae, immense stone platforms or 'paepae', where the Taipi built their houses, and rock engravings called petroglyphs. The day ends as you take an Aranui whaleboat down the river and return to the ship.

Day 6: Ua Pou (Hakahau, Hakahetau)

Approaching the Marquesas Archipelago, you will see the mountain spires of Ua Pou. Once you arrive on shore, you can explore the tiny town of Hakahau and take a hike to see some breathtaking views of the mountains or just spend some time browsing the little local shops. You will also visit Rosalie’s Restaurant and have an authentic Marquesan lunch. Enjoy an excellent dance performance including the Bird Dance, traditional to Ua Pou.

Day 7: Hiva Oa (Atuona) & Tahuata (Vaitahu)

The ship will arrive in Hiva Oa in the morning, where you will have plenty of time to explore Atuona, the second largest village in Marquesas. This is where Paul Gauguin lived and created some of his best work. You can visit the colonial store where he shopped, as well as a replica of his infamous “House of Pleasure” and the adjoining museum. As you walk up the hill to the cemetery, you’ll have sweeping views of the harbor. Beneath a huge frangipani tree is a tombstone with the simple words: Paul Gauguin 1903. In the afternoon the ship will moor off the small island of Tahuata. Here you will find a large church built by the Vatican, is decorated with beautiful Marquesan carvings and a stunning stained glass window. Tahuata is also famous for its exquisite bone and helmet shell carvings. There will be many to choose from in the village.

Day 8: Fatu Hiva (Omoa-Hanavave)

This morning visit the lush and remote island of Fatu Hiva. While you are here you will stop at the village of Omoa and take a look at the crafts that make this island famous. Afterwards, you may choose to either walk or sail to the village of Hanavave, located on the Bay of Virgins. Opting for the hike will reveal some amazing views of cliffs and waterfalls.

Day 9: Ua Huka (Vaipaee-Hane-Hokatu)

During a stop at Ua Huka today, there will be a visit to a museum with replicas of Marquesan art. You also have the chance to explore the island for three hours in four-wheel drive vehicle. En route, see the wild horses which were brought to Ua Huka in 1856 from Chile and which now outnumber the residents of the island. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant after which you may visit a local woodcarver’s workshop, the arboretum and the garden of fruits and flower. At the end of the day, you will return to the Aranui and enjoy a Polynesian night of dancing and food.

Day 10: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards the Tuamotu Archipelago.

Day 11: Tuamotu Archipelago - Rangiroa

Arrive at the Tuamotu archipelago where you will stop for a picnic at Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the world. Here you can swim and snorkel among coral and tropical fishes. You may even be able to buy a black pearl. This will be your opportunity to visit a working pearl farm and learn how Tahiti’s famed jewel of the sea is produced. And if your dream is to bring one home, the small on-site store features a nice selection of loose and set pearls. If you do not wish to join any tours then simply relax on Rangiroa's white sand beach and translucent lagoon. Later the ship sails to Bora Bora.

Day 12: Bora Bora (Vaitape), Society Archipelago

Arrive at the island of Bora Bora, a truly magical island boasting white sandy beaches, turquoise blue sea juxtaposed against jagged volcanic peaks. Relax and enjoy the spectacular surroundings and picnic provided.

Day 13: Bora Bora (Vaitape), Society Archipelago

Arrive at the island of Bora Bora, a truly magical island boasting white sandy beaches, turquoise blue sea juxtaposed against jagged volcanic peaks. Relax and enjoy the spectacular surroundings and picnic provided.

Disembark

Disembark the ship at Papeete,Tahiti, before at 08:00 hrs.

Includes

  • 12 nights' accommodation on board Aranui V
  • Full board during the cruise (including wine during meals onboard – 1 bottle for 4 passengers)
  • All excursions included in the itinerary
  • Port Taxes and Cruise Development Tax - where applicable, these are shown separately and will be charged at the time of booking

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Alcoholic beverages, other than those already mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Fuel Surcharges (EUR120 per person)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuity
  • Optional excursions including scuba diving, horseback riding, fishing, and helicopter tours
 

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