Aranui 14-Day Itinerary
Join the Aranui 5 on it’s 14 day voyage through the South Pacific as it offers the only chance for travelers to visit the exotic Marquesas islands.
The Aranui departs from Tahiti then visits Takapoto, Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata, Ua Huka, Rangiroa, Bora Bora and back to Papeete.
Below you will find information and a description of what goes on each day on the Aranui.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: PITCAIRN ISLAND VOYAGE (2019)
Aranui Day 1: Papeete, Tahiti
You will depart in the morning and set sail for your exciting adventure aboard the Aranui 5.
Aranui Day 2: Tuamotu Archipelago, Fakarava
Fakarava is one of the many atolls in the Tuamotu Islands, the first of which has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The beach and crystal clear water is a popular spot for people of all levels to participate in snorkeling and swimming and to watch schools of brightly colored fish in the lagoon. Time is also available to wander around the small village of Rotoava to see the church built of coral and local arts and crafts. You may also rent a bicycle to visit the old lighthouse at the airport.
The entire morning will be spent on the island. Later in the day, we take off for the Marquesas.
Aranui Day 3: At Sea
You can relax in the pool, read a book on one of the sun decks, or just enjoy views of the peaceful South Pacific ocean.
The Polynesian crew will treat you as their welcomed guests, happy to talk about where they are from and introduce you to their rich culture. Many evenings the crew will sing and strum on their ukuleles, songs and rhythms from their home islands.The entire morning will be spent on the island. Later in the day, we take off for the Marquesas.
Aranui Day 4: Nuku Hiva
The Aranui sails into Taiohae’s Bay, an incredible volcanic amphitheatre filled with towering cliffs and covered in waterfalls. As the Aranui unloads it’s cargo, you are free to explore Taiohae, the small Administrative capital of the Marquesas Islands
Aranui Day 5 - The Marquesas Archipelago – Ua Pou
From the Aranui deck, you will see the soaring mountain peaks of Ua Pou. When the Aranui stops in port, villagers greet it as the crew unloads supplies. The Aranui brings supplies to the small islands with everything from cement and sugar to loads of traditional copra (dried coconut meat). In the small town of Hakahau you can explore its ancient church with a hand-carved wooden dais. You will also have the opportunity to meet talented woodcarvers and take a hike up a breathtaking mountain for a view of the distant cloud-covered hills.
At Rosalie’s Restaurant, you will experience your first true Marquesan lunch: breadfruit (a marquesan staple food) along with barbecued rock lobster, curried goat, taro, poisson cru (raw fish soaked in coconut milk and marinated in lime juice), and sweet red bananas.
Aranui Day 6 - Ua Huka
Ua Huka is small but beautiful island. On day 10 we will see a presentation of island dancing from a group of locals, visit a market where the islanders sell there drums and handicrafts and then visit a mountain view point with a stunning view of the island.
Aranui Day 7 - Tahuata & Hiva Oa
This little town only a few years ago, was opened up to the rest of the island when it received access via a small road. As a result the first cars in this village only appeared around that time. It is a very traditional village that has kept its friendly traditions and old way of life. Later in there day you will have time to get off the Aranui and explore Atuona, the second largest village in the Marquesas. This is where Paul Gauguin lived died and did some of his best works of art
Aranui Day 8 - Fatu Hiva
Because Fatu Hiva does not even have an airport, it is the most remote and adventurous island on the Aranui’s cruise itinerary. In Fatu Hiva you will get the option to take a 4 hour hike through the lush tropical mountains or to explore one of the most remote villages in the Marquesas Islands!
Aranui Day 9 - Hiva Oa
You may have the option to walk or rent a jeep to visit an archeological site wher you will receive a 30 minute lecture on this site and people who made it.
Aranui Day 10 - Nuka Hiva/Ua Pou
On day 11 we have a chance to visit the archaeology Tohua (ancient Marquesian gathering place) where we learn about the ancient uses of this site. Also we will have the opportunity to see some traditional Marquesian dancing and real petroglyphs
Aranui Day 11 - Out On The Ocean
You will get the opportunity to enjoy views of the ocean, swim in the pool or a variety of other Aranui facilities.
Aranui Day 12 - Tuamotu Archipelago – Rangiroa
One of the best snorkeling stops in the Marquesas is Rangiroa. We will have an opportunity to picnic on the beach then snorkel the translucent waters exploring the vibrant coral and fish that live here.
Aranui Day 13 - Society Archipelago – Bora Bora
A breathtaking blue lagoon with its iconic mountain towering in the middle, Bora Bora is famous for its small villages and aquatic activities. Stop for a visit on a private island or take a lagoon tour to see manta rays, sting rays, schools of fish or the world war 2 cannons perched on the mountainsides. You may choose to disembark this afternoon if you would like to extend your stay in Bora Bora before returning home.
7 and 11 Day Cruise Itineraries
Don’t have 14-days to spare?
Try a 7 or 11 day cruise!
The 7 day itinerary joins the Aranui 5 in Nuku Hiva on Day 4 and returns to the same location on Day 10. Prices include 3 meals daily with complimentary wine, guided excursions, picnic and meals on shore. Additional excursions may be purchased at a charge. We can help you book flights from Papeete one day prior to your embarkation onto the ship, one night stay in Nuku Hiva and your return flight back to Papeete. Itinerary is available on all scheduled sailings except for voyage 3, 6, 9, 13, 16 and 19 in 2017. Rates are not available in class “C” staterooms, on any discounted or special sailings and is not available for group bookings.
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The 11 Day Itinerary also joins the Aranui in Nuku Hiva on Day 4, however, this itinerary stays for the remaining duration of the 14 Day Itinerary, finishing in Papeete. Prices include 3 meals a day with complimentary wine, and excursions. We can help you book a flight from Papeete to Nuku Hiva one day prior to your embarkation, and a one night stay in Nuku Hiva!
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*2018 Aranui Itinerary – 14 Day Cruises
Embarkation Time: 7 – 9 am – Departure Time: 10 am
(Voyage No.01, 04, 07, 10, 11, 14, 17)
DAY 01 – Tuesday Departure from Tahiti (Port of Papeete) at 10.00am
DAY 02 – Wednesday Fakarava atoll (Rotoava) – Tuamotu Archipelago
DAY 03 – Thursday At Sea crossing from Tuamotu to Marquesas
DAY 04 – Friday Nuku Hiva (Taiohae / Taipivai) – Marquesas Archipelago
DAY 05 – Saturday Ua Pou (Hakahau / Hakahetau)
DAY 06 – Sunday Tahuata (Vaitahu / Kokuu)
DAY 07 – Monday Hiva Oa (Puamau / Atuona)
DAY 08 – Tuesday Fatu Hiva (Omoa / Hanavave)
DAY 09 – Wednesday Ua Huka (Vaipaee /Hane)
DAY 10 – Thursday Nuku Hiva (Taiohae) & Ua Pou (Hakahau)
DAY 11 – Friday At Sea crossing from Marquesas back to Tuamotu
DAY 12 – Saturday Rangiroa atoll (Ohutu) – Tuamotu Archipelago
DAY 13 – Sunday Bora Bora (Vaitape) – Leeward Group of the Society Islands
DAY 14 – Monday Arrival in Tahiti (Port of Papeete) at 09.00am
(Voyage No.03, 06, 09, 13, 16, 19)
DAY 01 – Thursday Departure from Tahiti (Port of Papeete) at 10.00am
DAY 02 – Friday Fakarava atoll (Rotoava) – Tuamotu Archipelago
DAY 03 – Saturday At Sea crossing from Tuamotu to Marquesas
DAY 04 – Sunday Ua Huka (Vaipaee / Hane) – Marquesas Archipelago
DAY 05 – Monday Nuku Hiva (Taipivai / Taiohae)
DAY 06 – Tuesday Ua Pou (Hakahau)
DAY 07 – Wednesday Hiva Oa (Puamau / Atuona)
DAY 08 – Thursday Fatu Hiva (Omoa / Hanavave)
DAY 09 – Friday Tahuata (Vaitahu)
DAY 10 – Saturday Nuku Hiva (Taiohae) & Ua Pou (Hakahau )
DAY 11 – Sunday At Sea crossing from Marquesas back to Tuamotu
DAY 12 – Monday Rangiroa atoll (Ohutu) – Tuamotu Archipelago
DAY 13 – Tuesday Bora Bora (Vaitape) – Leeward Group of the Society Islands
DAY 14 – Wednesday Arrival in Tahiti (Port of Papeete) around 09.00am
(Voyage No.02, 05, 08, 12, 15, 18)
DAY 01 – Saturday Departure from Tahiti (Port of Papeete) at 10.00am
DAY 02 – Sunday Fakarava atoll (Rotoava) – Tuamotu Archipelago
DAY 03 – Monday At Sea crossing from Tuamotu to Marquesas
DAY 04 – Tuesday Nuku Hiva (Taiohae / Taipivai) – Marquesas Archipelago
DAY 05 – Wednesday Ua Pou (Hakahau / Hakahetau)
DAY 06 – Thursday Hiva Oa (Puamau / Atuona)
DAY 07 – Friday Fatu Hiva (Omoa / Hanavave)
DAY 08 – Saturday Tahuata (Vaitahu / Kokuu)
DAY 09 – Sunday Ua Huka (Vaipaee /Hane)
DAY 10 – Monday Nuku Hiva (Taiohae) & Ua Pou (Hakahau)
DAY 11 – Tuesday At Sea crossing from Marquesas back to Tuamotu
DAY 12 – Wednesday Rangiroa atoll (Ohutu) – Tuamotu Archipelago
DAY 13 – Thursday Bora Bora (Vaitape) – Leeward Group of the Society Islands
DAY 14 – Friday Arrival in Tahiti (Port of Papeete) around 09.00am
* This itinerary may be modified due to technical, meteorological reasons or freight constraints.