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Aranui V

Unique Pitcairn Discovery 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.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Papeete, Tahiti.

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: Anaa (Tuamoto)

Try your hand at traditional javelin throwing and handicrafts. Anaa is also home to a sustainable fishing program.

Day 3: Amanu (Tuamotu)

Enjoy this idyllic atoll with palm-fringed crystal-clear lagoons and a village visit to see local handicrafts.

Day 4: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards The Gambiers, French Polynesia.

Day 5: Mangareva, The Gambiers

Arrive at Mangareva, the central and largest island of the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia. The Gambiers were the cradle of catholicism in Polynesia, visit the renovated St Michael’s catholic church where the altar is in laid with iridescent mother-of-pearl shell.

Day 6: Adamstown, Pitcairn

Arrive in Pitcairn. Part of Britain’s smallest territory, Pitcairn is home to a population of just 50 people - the descendants of Pitcairn’s first European settlers, the HMS Bounty mutineers, and their accompanying band of Polynesians. Visitors to the isolated isle, at the edge of the world, mingle with these local families, gaining a unique insight into the local culture and the island’s storied history. You will visit the grave of mutineer John Adams, hand-feed the only Galapagos tortoise on the island, visit the local craft market and the Pitcairn Island Museum and walk to Christian's Cave, where Fletcher Christian watched for passing ships.

Day 7: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Aukena, the Gambiers.

Day 8: Aukena, The Gambiers

Home to pristine lagoons that are perfect for black pearls, visit a pearl farm, do some sightseeing and enjoy a beach barbeque.

Day 9: At Sea

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

Day 10: Rapa, Austral

Arrive in Rapa, Austral, the southernmost inhabited island of French Polynesia. Visit a cave and agricultural centre and enjoy arts and crafts and a barbeque in the village.

Day 11: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the sails towards Raivavae.

Day 12: Raivavae, Austral

Arrive at the stunning island of Raivavae, part of the Austral Islands which lies on an emerald coloured lagoon that is the home to many seabirds. After being welcomed by villagers, explore archaeological sites on an island circle tour before a swim at the beach.

Day 13: Papeete, Tahiti

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

Disembark the ship in Papeete, Tahiti.

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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