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Aranui Tahiti Cruises
From the moment you set sail on the Aranui 5 Tahiti and Marquesas Cruise, you will be fully immersed in all things Polynesian—from the warmth of its people, the richness of its history and culture, to the sights and sounds of its majestic islands.
14 Day Tahiti and Marquesas Cruise on the Aranui 5
An Aranui Tahiti cruise will immerse you in authentic Polynesian culture. You’ll go off the beaten path, to the remote Marquesas Islands. In these remote islands, your arrival will be met with great enthusiasm as Aranui provides an essential link to the outside world. Eagerly awaited goods—from sugar to treats to a new truck—create a holiday atmosphere. Copra, citrus fruit, and fresh fish are loaded while in port, destined for Papeete on the return voyage. Shared adventures create an immediate bond with a multinational group of passengers. Whether on board over drinks or dinner, or onshore admiring the arts and crafts, you’ll connect in meaningful ways to create friendships of a lifetime!
- 2017 Aranui Voyages from $4,978 per person – Contact our Tahiti Cruise specialists for specific departure dates.
- $300 per person shipboard credit on March 7, March 25 and April 13 sailings
- 10% discount on June 8 sailing
- 10% senior discount on September 17 sailing
Aranui 5 Tahiti Cruise Highlights
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Tuamotu Archipelago – Takapoto
A short walk through the Takapoto village brings you to a white sand beach. On this little paradise, enjoy a delicious barbecue picnic, swim, and snorkel in the translucent lagoon among the colorful ballet of tropical fish. Arts & crafts will be available at the beach.
Nuku Hiva (Taiohae-Hatiheu-Taipivai)
You’ll want to be on deck to fully appreciate the arrival into Taiohae’s spectacular bay, a giant volcanic amphitheater dominated by towering cliffs streaked with waterfalls. Taiohae Bay is where 23-year-old Herman Melville and his buddy jumped a whaling ship in 1842. Follow their escape route by 4-wheel drive along steep, winding dirt mountain roads to the village of Hatiheu to visit the archaeological site of Kamuihei.
This is the most lush and remote island of the Marquesas and may only be accessed by sea. In the tranquil village of Omoa, you will see women pounding mulberry, banyan or breadfruit tree bark on logs. The bark is then dried and used as a canvas where the locals will paint ancient Marquesan designs. Fatu Hiva is also well-known for its hand-painted pareos (sarongs) and monoi, coconut oil infused with Tiare Tahiti blossoms, vanilla, and sandalwood.
Hiva Oa (Puamau)
In Puamau, you’ll experience the most incredible archaeological site for “tikis” (ancient, human- like religious stone sculptures) outside of Easter Island. Our 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).
Tuamotu Islands – Rangiroa
Arriving into French Polynesia’s largest atoll, you may spot playful dolphins greeting the ship as we enter Tiputa Pass, one of Rangiroa’s two channels. Snorkeling and scuba diving (Rangiroa is rated as one of the best locations in the world) excursions are available. The Tuamotu atolls, with their pristine environment and pure waters, also offer the ideal conditions for pearl farming.
Society Islands – Bora Bora
In this picture-perfect island paradise, you will enjoy a day at the beach as well as a delicious picnic on a private motu islet surrounded by crystalline waters. You’ll also have the opportunity to 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!