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Aranui V

Discovery Australes and Cook Cruise

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.





Embark the ship in Papeete.

Day 1: Papeete

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: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Day 3: Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Visit this exquisite small island encased in a triangular barrier reef. It has incredibly beautiful white sandy beaches and a turquoise lagoon perfect for relaxing.

Day 4: Rarotonga, Cook islands

Visit Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands with plenty to see and do from the beautiful turquoise sea, white sandy beaches to the majestic volcanic peaks

Day 5: Rurutu, Australes

Arrive at Rurutu, the northernmost island of the Austral archipelago.

Day 6: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Rapa, Australes.

Days 7-8: Rapa, Australes

Spend two days at the island of Rapa, the southernmost inhabited island of French Polynesia. The island is surrounded by a ring of mountains; the island appears to be a sinking volcano with the bay as the caldera.

Day 9: Raivave, Australes

Visit the tiny islet of Raivave, one of the Austral Islands and protected by a lagoon.

Day 10: At Sea

Spend the day at sea relaxing as the ship gently glides towards its next destination.

Day 11: Anaa, Tuamotu

Call at Anaa, an atoll in the Tuamotu archipelago. The atoll is made up of eleven barren islands.

Day 12: Papeete

The Aranui arrives back in Tahiti in the morning. Bid a fond farewell to your spirited crew and fellow adventurers as you disembark in Papeete.


Disembark the ship in Papeete.


  • 11 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


  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Alcoholic beverages, other than those already mentioned
  • TPersonal expenses
  • Gratuity
  • Optional excursions including scuba diving, horseback riding, fishing, and helicopter tours

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