Over the centuries, the Marquesas have enchanted some of the world’s most intriguing minds and the best way to explore these remote Tahitian islands is on an Aranui cruise.
The 126-metre dual-purpose passenger freighter Aranui 5 offers the ultimate South Pacific adventure, cruising roundtrip from Papeete to three Tahitian archipelagos including six ports in the Marquesas Islands: Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva and Ua Huka.
Guests will follow in the footsteps of famed artists and literary giants as they visit the exotic islands that captivated the likes of Paul Gauguin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Herman Melville and Jacques Brel.
The freighter line dispenses a lifeline of food, fuel and other staples to far-flung islands while guests have the chance to explore on a range of complimentary shore excursions including hikes and 4WD tours.
During a call to Taiohae Bay at Nuku Hiva – where a 23-year-old Herman Melville famously jumped ship in 1842 – guests can follow the Moby Dick author’s escape route along steep, winding mountain roads to the village of Hatiheu where they will enjoy a local meal and the chance to see some archaeological sites.
When Aranui 5 visits Hiva Oa, guests can experience the seductive village of Atuona where artist Paul Gauguin lived and did some of his best work. Tours include a visit to the colonial store where Gauguin shopped, as well as a replica of the Impressionist’s infamous “House of Pleasure” and the adjoining museum. At the hilltop village cemetery, beneath a fragrant frangipani tree, guests can pay homage to the French artist as well as Belgian singer Jacques Brel, with their names etched on tombstones looking out over the bay below.
For more information or to book visit aranuicruises.com.au