Follow in the wake of the mutineers of HMS Bounty on board Aranui 5, the most unique experience in the South Pacific
Next year , 230 years after the arrival of the mutineers of HMS Bounty, small passenger-freighter Aranui 5 will make a rare call on the island of Pitcairn – one of the most remote and isolated destinations in the world.
Departing from her regular schedule in The Marquesas, Aranui 5 – one of the most unique cruise experiences in the world – will make a special 13-day voyage with just 230 guests to Pitcairn Island from Tahiti on 11 April, 2020. The voyage also visits the Gambier and Austral archipelagos.
The journey, which takes place just once in 2020, offers a rare chance for travellers to discover this infamous, far-flung island – and Britain’s most remote outpost – located in the Pacific Ocean between Tahiti and Easter Island.
Pitcairn is home to a population of just 50 people – the descendents of the first Europeans, the HMS Bounty mutineers, and their accompanying band of Polynesians who settled the uninhabited island in 1790, running HMS Bounty aground then setting her alight so no trace would be found.
Pitcairn is so isolated that it is only accessible by sea, with Aranui 5 – fondly known as ‘the freighter to paradise’– being the most comfortable and stylish way to make the journey. Aranui 5 accommodates just 230 guests in 103 comfortable suites, staterooms, and includes a panoramic Skybar, fitness centre and outdoor pool.
On arrival in Adamstown, Pitcairn, guests of Aranui 5 will gain a unique insight into Pitcairn’s storied history, with a full day and overnight spent on the island, exploring and meeting local families. All-inclusive excursions include a visit to the grave of mutineer John Adams and to the HMS Bounty cannon at the Pitcairn Island Museum. There is also the opportunity to walk to Christian’s Cave, where mutineer Fletcher Christian – the master’s mate who cast Commander Lieutenant William Bligh adrift – watched for passing ships and visit a local curio market.
The 13-day Pitcairn Island voyage on board Aranui 5 departs Papetee on 11 April 2020 and costs from 4,907 Euros pp (including accommodation in a standard cabin, based on two sharing), all meals (incl. wine with meals) and scheduled excursions. For further information, visit www.aranui.com
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Notes to editors
The round-tip voyage from Papetee takes place from Saturday 11 to Thursday 23 April 2020, and is Aranui 5’s only journey to Pitcairn, the Gambier archipelago and Austral islands in 2020. Ports of call (in order) are: Anaa (Tuamotu), Amanu (Tuamotu), Mangareva (Gambier), Adamstown (Pitcairn), Aukena (Gambier), Rapa (Austral), Raivavae (Austral).
Aranui 5 made her maiden call at Pitcairn on a special sailing through the Gambier archipelago, the Austral archipelago and Pitcairn in January 2019.
At other times, Aranui 5 operates a regular, year-round schedule to the Marquesas, calling at all six inhabited islands (Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Poa, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva and Tahuata) as well as Fakarava, Rangiroa and Bora Bora, departing Papetee approximately every three weeks. There are 20 departures to the Marquesas scheduled in 2020.
Aranui 5 is sold in the UK through tour operators including Turquoise Holidays, Voyages Jules Verne, Cox & Kings and Trailfinders.
Aranui 5 is operated by Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime. Aranui 5 began operating in 2016. The service has been in operation since 1978 and in 1984, the Aranui I was converted to accommodate passengers, creating Aranui Cruises.