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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

The Aranui Marquesas Route

Day 1 - Depart Tahiti

Depart Papeete at 10.00am (board between 7am and 9am) and set sail for the Tuamotu Islands.

Day 2 - Fakarava

Spend time relaxing on a beautiful white sand beach in this small Tuamotu atoll. Explore the village of Rotoava and its church built of coral. Enjoy a delicious picnic and spend time swimming and snorkelling in the crystalline lagoon before continuing the journey to the Marquesas archipelago in the afternoon.

Day 3 - At sea

Relax on one of the sun decks, swim in the pool or simply gaze out at the vast South Pacific ocean and allow your mind to wander without a care in the world. Spend balmy evenings on deck with new friends, relax in the lounge with a good book, learn about Marquesan culture and archaeology from an on-board expert and soak up the sounds of French Polynesia as the crew sing and dance to Polynesian rhythms.

Day 4 - Nuku Hiva

Sail into Taiohae Bay, a volcanic ampitheatre with towering cliffs streaked with waterfalls. Once ashore, explore Taiohae – the tiny administrative capital of the Marquesas. Visit an archaeological site in the beautiful village of Hatiheu and enjoy lunch at one of the archipelago's best restaurants - the speciality is pig baked in an underground oven!

Day 5 - Ua Pou

Ua Pou provides a dramatic first impression of the Marquesas, with its soaring mountain spires. Meet talented woodcarvers and hike up a hill for a breathtaking view of the distant mountains. Savour the flavours of a Marquesan lunch with breadfruit, curried goat, barbecued rock lobster, poisson cru, taro and sweet red bananas.

Day 6 & 7 - Hiva Oa / Tahuata 

Discover Tahuata, the site of the first French settlement in the Marquesas in 1842. Then sail to Hiva Oa and explore Atuona, the second largest village in the Marquesas, where artist Paul Gauguin lived and created some of his best work.

Day 8 - Fatu Hiva

The most remote and lush of all the islands - and the centre for Marquesan crafts – Fatu Hiva is home to Hana Vave, a small village only accessible by boat, overlooking one of the most stunning bays in the world - the Baie es Vierges (Bay of Virgins).  

Day 9 - Ua Huka

Explore the island’s mountainous landscape by 4WD – or the more adventurous can ride the famed Marquesan horses (the wild horses thrive here, outnumbering the islands 476 residents).

Day 10 - At Sea

Day 11 - Rangiroa

Swim and snorkel in the vast turquoise lagoon of the world’s largest atoll and enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach.

Day 12 - Bora Bora

Spend the day in this world famous blue lagoon under the towering peak of the mighty Mount Otemanu (you have the option to disembark here and spend a few nights in one of Bora Bora's luxurious resorts before flying back to Papeete.  Additional accommodation and airfare charges apply).

Day 13 - Arrive Papeete

Arrive back in Papeete around 9.30am.

Note: The Aranui departs Papeete on Thursdays and Saturdays. Whilst the islands visited are the same for each cruise, the order of the itinerary in the Marquesas may vary. 

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.