Step on board Aranui 5 – the ‘Freighter to Paradise’ – for an island-hopping adventure to the most remote shores of French Polynesia
The islands of the South Pacific conjure up images of adventure and mystery, unspoilt beauty and wild shores that are intoxicating and inspiring in equal measure. None more so than the enchanting Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia, and there is no better way to reach them than on board the passenger-freighter Aranui 5 – one of the most original and unforgettable voyages in the world.
Located in the Pacific Ocean, 900 miles from Tahiti, the Marquesas are so remote that Aranui 5 is, in fact, their lifeline. A working cargo ship, Aranui 5 delivers supplies to the six inhabited islands of the archipelago, while also hosting up to 230 guests on her 2500-mile adventure through the islands.
Fondly known as the ‘Freighter to Paradise’, a voyage on Aranui 5 is the journey of a lifetime. The 13-day round-trip from Papeete on Tahiti, includes seven full days on these wild and mysterious islands, as well as visits to Fakarava, a pristine Unesco Biosphere Reserve, and Rangiroa, the world’s largest atoll – both in the Tuamotu Archipelago – as well as mythical Bora Bora in the Society islands.
But it is her deep dive into the unique culture and landscape of the Marquesas that makes Aranui 5 so special, with a week-long immersion in the earthly paradise that inspired the likes of Paul Gauguin, Robert Louis Stevenson and Herman Melville. Few visitors make it to these islands and Aranui 5’s arrival is a celebrated occasion in the islands’ small ports and remote communities, and travellers can expect the warmest of welcomes.
Each voyage, Aranui 5 visits all six inhabited islands in the Marquesas – Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Pou, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva and Tahuata – with inclusive excursions in every port. These include:
A 13-day voyage on board Aranui 5 costs from Euros 4,088 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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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.
Voyages on board Aranui 5 depart Papetee approximately every three weeks, with 20 departures scheduled in 2019 and 20 in 2020.
Each voyage, Aranui 5 visits all six inhabited islands in the Marquesas: Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Poa, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva and Tahuata. (The order of the islands visited in the Marquesas varies depending on the day of departure from Papetee.)
Aranui 5 made her maiden call at Pitcairn on a special sailing through Gambier, Austral and Pitcairn in January 2019. A further sailing is scheduled for March 2019 and April 2020.
Aranui 5 is sold in the UK through tour operators including Turquoise Holidays, Voyages Jules Verne, Cox & Kings and Trailfinders.