Explore the remote Marquesas Islands with Aranui Cruises
For more than 30 years, Aranui Cruises has been taking guests on a regular 3,800-kilometre round-trip voyage from Tahiti to the Marquesas to showcase some of the most remote islands in the world.
Known as the ‘land of men’, the Marquesas Islands are the northernmost of Tahiti’s five archipelagos, lying nearly 5,000 kilometres from the nearest continental landmass.
Acting as a vital lifeline between the Marquesas and the outside world, 126-metre-long mixed cargo and passenger vessel Aranui 5 delivers supplies to the six inhabited islands – Hiva Oa, Nuka Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata and Fatu Hiva – while guests disembark to explore on complimentary shore excursions including hikes, traditional feasts, 4WD tours, archeological sights and local markets.
As remote as they are, these islands have long lured explorers, artists and authors to their rugged, volcanic shores.
During the 13-day cruise, guests call at Nuka Hiva where author Herman Melville jumped ship in the 1840s, visit the town of Atuona on Hiva Oa where French artist Paul Gauguin lived out his days and follow in the footsteps of explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who famously went off-grid on Fatu Hiva in the 1930s.
Packed with value, an Aranui 5 cruise visits nine French Polynesian islands across three archipelagos including Bora Bora, shore excursions, a weekly laundry service, three meals per day and complimentary French wine with onboard lunches and dinners.
Aranui 5 features a restaurant, two conference rooms, lounges, a library, a boutique, a swimming pool, a gym, a spa and four bars including the popular Sky Bar.