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Aranui V

Discovery Society and Tuamotu 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: Rangiroa, Tuamotu

Arrive at Rangiroa, the largest of the Tuamotu Atolls and the second largest in the world and an immense natural aquarium with a superb reputation for diving.

Day 3: Fakarava, Tuamotu

Arrive at Fakarava, home to the second largest lagoon in the Tuamotu Atolls. Designated a UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, it also one of the world's top diving destinations.

Day 4: Makatea, Tuamotu

Makatea, Tuamotu is located 79 kilometres southwest from Rangiroa. It is an uplifted atoll where historic coral reefs stand almost 100 metres above the ocean surface.

Day 5: Raiatea, Society islands

Raiatea, is the second largest island of the Society Islands and is believed to be the original birthplace of Polynesia, rich in ancient myths and hidden temples. The island has a large protected lagoon making it one of the best islands for sailing, deep-sea fishing and scuba diving.

Day 6: Tahaa, Society islands

Visit this hidden and exclusive island bursting with charm and unspoiled vegetation.

Day 7: Maupiti, Society islands

Visit this tiny authentic island boasting beautiful and secluded coral reefs and beaches.

Days 8-9: Bora Bora, Society Islands

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. You may also choose from a variety of excursions at an additional cost: circle island tour by boat or bus, helicopter flight, 4WD off-road tour and one of the most popular for the bravest: shark and ray feeding!

Day 10: Huahine, Society islands

Known as the Garden Island, Huahine is tropical lush green island with immense jungle, coconut plantations, vanilla orchids and watermelon fields. You will also find hidden in the dense jungle a number of sacred temples.

Day 11: Moorea, Society islands

Moorea is a magical island with a very different tropical landscape with eight mountain peaks rising from its translucent lagoon, creating a distinctive and rugged skyline visible from the western coast of Tahiti.

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
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuity
  • Optional excursions including scuba diving, horseback riding, fishing, and helicopter tours

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