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Save thousands on these Aranui 2023 South Pacific cruises

Aranui Cruises has launched a flash sale. Enjoy savings of up to 30 per cent on 2023 cruises to some of the most stunning and remote islands in the world.

If you were looking for a sign to finally book that South Pacific cruise, here it is.

French Polynesian cargo cruise line Aranui Cruises is offering guests savings of thousands of dollars on exciting seafaring adventures. Cruise the extraordinary atolls of the Tuamotu islands, voyage to the Cooks, or be among the first to discover the ‘other Bora Bora’. Marvel at jaw-dropping vertiginous cliffs, a spectacular “leopard” lagoon and a charming fishing village in the Tuamotus. Or, take to the high seas and uncover the beauty of French Polynesia’s southern Austral archipelago. During the 12-day cruise, go right off the beaten track to explore the untouched islands of Rurutu, Rimatara, Tubuai, Rapa and Raivavae, known as the Bora Bora of the south.

The itineraries on sale:

Continue reading to discover what it’s like to explore the wonders of the South Pacific with Aranui Cruises. 

Aranui 5 near Rimatara © Lionel Gouverneur
Aranui 5 near Rimatara © Lionel Gouverneur

Onboard Aranui 5

For more than 30 years, Aranui Cruises has been taking discerning travellers on the adventure of a lifetime. While unique mixed passenger-freighter vessel, Aranui 5, carries supplies to tiny communities in far-flung locations, guests explore a world of unspoiled beauty, home to hospitable people and a vibrant culture. With local crew, cuisine and culture, Aranui 5 is one of the most compelling ways to explore French Polynesia. 

The custom-built passenger and freight ship can accommodate up to 230 passengers across 103 cabins. With eight guest decks, Polynesian-inspired interiors and an outdoor swimming pool, it offers a unique cruising experience. Part supply ship, part cruise liner, the vessel also features various lounge and bar areas, a library, a shopping boutique, spa, gym, and even a tattoo studio.

Expect local daily feasts featuring traditional Polynesian food like local pork cooked in an ‘umu’ earth oven, freshly caught fish, French pastries and fruits, washed down with complimentary French wine during onboard lunches and dinners.

The popular Veranda Bar is ideal for a sunset cocktail and the panoramic Sky Bar offers a great vantage point to watch the ship’s cargo activities or gaze out at sea in every direction. Enjoy evening entertainment from the lively Aranui Band with their infectious Polynesian rhythms.

Image 1: Ua Pou locals © Lionel Gouverneur, Aranui 5 at Tahuata © James Morgan | Image 2: Bora Bora excursion © Danee Hazama

Bora Bora and beyond with Aranui Cruises

The 2024 program features 23 scheduled cruises around the South Pacific on Aranui 5 that include more than $2000 worth of shore excursions such as hikes to the ruins of old mountaintop forts to visit archaeological sites, a picnic on a private island and 4WD tours that weave through volcanic vistas. While cargo is being offloaded from the vessel, guests have ample time to explore the remote ports during these included guided activities.

In 2024, Aranui 5’s traditional 12-day roundtrip cruise from Papeete visits the six inhabited Marquesas Islands of Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva and Hiva Oa. The voyage alternates between picturesque Tuamotu atolls Fakarava and Kauehi on the journey north to the Marquesas and Rangiroa and Makatea on the return leg. As well as a memorable final day in the pearl of the Pacific – Bora Bora.

New in 2024

During dedicated Discovery cruises to the Austral Islands guests can visit all five inhabited islands, including overnight visits to Rapa and Raivavae as well as Tubuai, Rurutu and Rimatara. The 11-day** roundtrip itineraries from Papeete depart in March and November 2024.

An 11-day Pitcairn** voyage sets sail for the island at the edge of the world in February 2024, including an overnight visit to Pitcairn Island. Other island ports include Anaa and Amanu in the Tuamotus and Mangareva and Aukena in the Gambier Islands.

To launch the 2024 program, Aranui Cruises is offering an early bird special of 10 per cent off all voyages booked before 28 February, 2023. Find all the details below. 

South Pacific cruises with Aranui © Lionel Gouverneur

Terms and conditions:

*Subject to availability, conditions apply

**Freight will not be transported during this voyage

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