Take a South Sea Adventure aboard a ‘working-ship’ on this most fascinating voyage on the trip of a lifetime to the ‘Land of Men’
Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Papeete
Day 3 - Papeete
Day 4 - Fakarava/Tuamotu
Day 5 - At Sea
Day 6 - Nuka Hiva/Marquesas
Day 7 - Ua Pou
Day 8 - Hiva Oa/Tahuata
Day 9 - Hiva Oa
Day 10 - Fatu Hiva
Day 11 - Ua Hucka
Day 12 - At Sea
Day 13 - Rangiroa/Tuamotu
Day 14 - Society Island/Bora Bora
Day 15 - Papeete
Day 16 - Overnight flight
Day 17 - Arrive London
The call of the wild and the allure of the Marquesas Islands has enticed writers and artists, explorers and avid adventurers who have sought refuge and solace in this little part of Paradise for the last two centuries. Visited by Captain James Cook in 1774 on the HMS Resolution, Melville of Moby Dick fame spent time in Nuku Hiva, Robert Louis Stevenson on Nuka Hiva and Hiva Oa, time which inspired ‘In the South Seas’ and ‘The Wrecker’, and Thor Heyerdahl as the origin of his Kon-Tiki expedition. It is also the final resting place for Paul Gauguin.
This voyage to the remotest of areas aboard the Arauni 5 is a truly unique experience, cruising on a dual purpose passenger-freighter - a working ship. Used to re-supply the small communities of these remote islands, who delight in our arrival and introduce us to age-old customs as we explore these captivating islands. A lifeline to the islands, be sure of a warm and gracious welcome and experience the infinite colours sunset play in the sky and sea as the days draw to a close in the South Pacific.
Cultural & Natural Wonders
Unique Working Ship
Access to Remote Islands and Bays
On Board Lectures
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 2 – 20
Day 1 Fly via Charles De Gaulle to Papeete.
Day 2 Morning arrival, transfer directly to the Royal Tahitien. Early check-in has been arranged. Today is at leisure. Overnight stay. (B)
Day 3 Morning embarkation. Depart the Port of Papeete for your 12 night Marquesas Islands cruise. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Go ashore by tender in Fakarava, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy the white sand beach and swim in the translucent lagoon. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Full day at sea to delight in the South Pacific. Attend on board lectures on Marquesan culture and history. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Arrive at Nuku Hiva. Explore Taipivai Valley dotted with stone tikis, sacred ritual sites and Paeke site with its immense stone platforms. Visit the site of Kamuihei, discover petroglyphs of birds, sacred turtles and fish carved on huge boulders, enjoy a traditional ‘Umu’ lunch. Continue to Taiohae with its spectacular bay, a volcanic amphitheatre dominated by towering cliffs streaked with waterfalls. Here Herman Melville jumped ship in 1842. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Moor beneath the soaring mountain spires of Ua Pou. Explore Hakahau and meet the island’s artisans, hike to the ‘Cross on the hill’ for breathtaking views. Enjoy a Marquesan lunch and dance show. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Explore Atuona, former home to Paul Gauguin, with its replica of his infamous “House of Pleasure.” Anchor off Tahuata, a former French settlement where Spanish explorers landed in 1595. There is a church built by the Vatican with Marquesan carvings and stunning stained glass. (B, L, D)
Day 9 From Puamau, visit the most incredible site for “tikis’ outside of Easter Island. Half buried the site is said to have strong “mana” (spiritual power). (B, L, D)
Day 10 Arrive at Fatu Hiva the most remote island of the Marquesas. Visit the tranquil village of Omoa and sail around the island, to spectacular Hanavave Bay, the ‘Bay of Virgins for an incredible sunset. (B, L, D)
Day 11 After an impressive arrival in the bay visit Vaiapee botanical garden and lunch in a local restaurant. Explore the village of Hokatu. Enjoy a Polynesian evening under the stars. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Full day at sea, enjoy the activities and lectures on offer. (B, L, D)
Day 13 You may spot playful dolphins as we enter Tipita Pass, one of Rangiroa’s two channels. Visit a working pearl farm in the Tuamotu atoll and enjoy Rangiroa’s white beach and translucent lagoon. Cruise for the mythical island of Bora Bora. (B, L, D)
Day 14 Enjoy a day in this picture-perfect island paradise. Cruise to Papeete. (B, L, D)
Day 15 Morning disembarkation in Papeete. Overnight at the Royal Tahitien. (B)
Day 16 Overnight Flight via Charles De Gaulle to London Heathrow.
Day 17 Arrive London.
Boarding will on occasion be by tender.There are both wet and dry landings.
Cargo will take priority and the itinerary is subject to change in accordance with the local requirements.
With 150 rooms the 3-star Royal Tahitien is located on Tahiti’s eastern coast, boasting a private volcanic black sand beach, this property features expansive gardens, an outdoor pool with hot tub and a waterfall cascading over rocks and a restaurant with panoramic views. The spacious guest rooms feature splendid views of the water. Amenities include a personal safe, a work desk and a flat-screen TV.
The 413 ft. Aranui 5 is a custom-built, dual-purpose passenger/freighter that sails from Tahiti to the Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands in French Polynesia, that entered service in December 2015. Designed to offer all of the comforts of a cruise liner, while operating as a supply ship, Aranui 5 is classified as a small vessel, accommodating 254 passengers in 103 cabins over 8 decks, with 2 lifts. The interior decor reflects the Polynesian heritage of her owners and crew. The ship features a restaurant, 2 lounges and conference rooms, where guest lecturers will offer presentations on various topics related to the Marquesas, 4 bars, including the Sky Bar with sweeping panoramic views, an outdoor pool, boutique, massage room and gym. Standard cabin (36 sq. ft.) – porthole with obstructed view Deluxe cabin (42 sq. ft.) – window Superior Deluxe cabin (47 sq. ft.) – balcony Junior Suite (59 sq. ft.) – 2 windows. Aranui 5 offers deck space for 45 foot passengers’, generally locals using the ship to transfer from one island to another.
per person in a twin room/double standard cabin
Air France from London Heathrow
Supplements per person
Double Cabin for Sole Use £1895
Standard Cabin (unobstructed view) £195
Standard Cabin for Sole Use (unobstructed view) £2190
Deluxe Cabin £895
Deluxe Cabin for sole use £3190
Superior Deluxe £1295
Superior Deluxe for sole use £3790
Junior Suite £1495
Junior Suite for sole use £4350
Air travel and taxes, transfers and all port charges and conservation fees, 3 nights‘ hotel accommodation and 12 night cruise, breakfast daily, full board on the cruise, complimentary wine and mineral water with meals on board, itinerary as described, the services of expert local guides, a cruise director on board lecturers and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
Double standard cabins have an obstructed view.
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