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Aranui Route Map
Aranui Route Map
Aranui Premuim Suite
Fatu Hiva Landscape
Fatu Hiva Landscape
Aranui Lounge
Marquesas Dancers
Marquesas Landscape
Marquesas Landscape
Aranui Superior Deluxe Cabin
Aranui Unloading
Aranui Restaurant
Aranui Restaurant
Marquesas Wild Horses

Aranui - A Unique Journey of Discovery

Known as the ‘Freighter to Paradise’, the Aranui 5 is surely one of the most unique and unforgettable journeys in the world. A cruise unlike any other, the Aranui is a cargo vessel, which carries supplies – and a limited number of passengers – to the most remote group of islands on earth – the wild and mystical Marquesas!

The 13 day round-trip voyage begins and ends in Papeete and makes its first stop in the small atoll of Fakarava in the Tuamotu Islands before continuing on to the far-flung Marquesas. The return journey includes a sojourn in Rangiroa as well as Bora Bora's famous blue lagoon! The enchanting Marquesas Islands are so remote that the Aranui is their lifeline to the outside world – the ship visits all six inhabited islands in the archipelago, delivering supplies and picking up copra, dried coconut and noni fruit. Visitors are very rare, but very welcome in this part of the world – you will be warmly greeted by the friendly locals on each island who await the Aranui’s arrival with anticipation.

Time seems to have stood still in the Marquesas, where roads and cars are few and far between. Their beauty lies in the welcoming people, the wild horses which roam freely, the mysterious tiki statues and of course – the awe-inspiring scenery. This is a land where nature runs wild, towering volcanic mountain peaks dominate the landscape, and majestic waterfalls await your discovery.

Whilst supplies are being unloaded, you have plenty of time to explore these spectacular islands. Led by experienced guides, you will be able to explore by 4WD or horseback, hike to ancient archaeological sites, or visit charming villages where Marquesan artists will delight in opening their studios for you. There will also be time for swimming and relaxing on the black sand beaches.

SPECIAL PITCAIRN CRUISE - departing 11th April 2020

Purpose-built Ship

The Aranui is not a luxury cruise ship, her magic lies in the islands you will visit on her voyage, most of which simply can not be visited in any other way! The essence of the Aranui journey combines authenticity, spirit of adventure and immersion into Marquesan life. Accommodation is provided for up to 254 passengers in 103 smart and stylish ensuite cabins offering a mix of portholes and balconies. We highly recommend booking early to secure one of the popular suites with their own balcony – ideal for relaxing and enjoying the stunning panoramas!

There is a swimming pool and fitness room on board, as well as two spacious guest lounges, four bars, a shop and massage room. The ship also has two lifts.  A programme of talks by onboard lecturers provides a fascinating insight into the rich culture and history of the islands. Meals are served in the restaurant – and in the evenings, the crew will often provide entertainment by singing and playing the ukulele.  The dress code is informal, so bring comfortable, island-style clothing. There is a washing machine and dryer onboard.

  • Take Me There

    Prices from £5,845 per person, based on 2 people sharing a Deluxe Cabin for the 12-night cruise including all meals (onboard and in local restaurants), wine with dinner, most activities (excluding scuba-diving and horse-riding), one night pre-cruise at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti with transfers and international flights from the UK.

Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.

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Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.