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© Aranui 

Your adventure aboard the Aranui will take you off the beaten track 1500 km north-east of Tahiti, in the remote islands of the Marquesas.

The Aranui means [The Great Way] in Tahitian.

These ships have been true life lines for the islanders for nearly 4 decades, supplying their numerous villages and valleys with goods.

In the eyes of the 9,000 inhabitants of the Marquesan islands, Aranui is much more than a boat: it is one of the few links that connects them to the rest of the world and which brings them, every three weeks, food , Material and visitors, thus creating an always warm atmosphere.

More than a means of transportation, you will live aboard exceptional and shared adventures, learning the Polynesian lands and ancestors, robust work on board, legendary craftsmanship.

As soon as you sail the Aranui 5, you will be completely immersed in Polynesian life for a 14-day adventure.
This ship, baptized in December 2015, was designed to accommodate 254 passengers with 30 spacious Suites and 40 nicely appointed standard cabins.

There is also a dormitory for 24 passengers. Swimming pool, gym, SPA time on board promises to be relaxing and sharing with the local activities offered such as the TAmure (Tahitian dance) or the design of your coconut palm hat.

Ship statistics

• Entry into service: December 2015
• Passengers capacity: 254
• Crew: 103 people
• Length: 126 m
• Width: 22 m
• Cruising speed: 15 knots
• Cabins: 103 including 32 suites and 31 "Deluxe", 40 standard cabins and 1 dormitory of 24 places in 5 units with private bathroom


A trans-Polynesian voyage

© Aranui 

The fabulous journey begins in Papeete, the administrative capital of French Polynesia, located on the island of Tahiti. Once all 200 guests are welcomed aboard, the Aranui raises anchor and sets sail on a journey that lasts 14 days, covering a distance of 1,500 kilometres (one way). On second day of the trip, the cargo ship makes a stop in the unspoiled clear waters of the Fakarava atoll in the Tuamotus. The adventure continues to the Marquesas, where more than 15 ports of call await the passengers among the islands of Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata and Ua Huka.

These legendary islands offer guests a visit with nothing spared among towering peaks, mysterious valleys and rugged coasts. On most islands, the Aranui's passengers are the only visitors the locals expect. So the welcome extended is warm and sincere, as if each passenger were a long-lost friend. After eleven days of bliss, the Aranui must resign itself to leaving the Marquesas and head to the Rangiroa atoll and then back to Tahiti.
Although the “return to modern civilisation” is never easy for the passengers, they are sure to remember this one-of-a-kind cruise on a ship like no other.



DAY 1 : Depart de Papeete – Motu Uta - 10h

DAY 2 : Takapoto – Archipel des Tuamotu

DAY 3 : En mer

DAY 4 : Nuku Hiva

DAY 5 : Ua Pou (Hakahau-Hakahetau)

DAY 6 : Tahuata & Hiva Oa

DAY 7 : Fatu Hiva

DAY 8 : Hiva Oa

DAY 9 : Ua Huka

DAY 10 : Nuku Hiva

DAY 11 : en mer

DAY 12 : Rangiroa

DAY 13 : Bora Bora

DAY 14 : Arrivée à Papeete 



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