Enchanting Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia

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Come explore the enchanting Marquesas Islands aboard the latest incarnation of our famed ships. Since 2015, the Aranui 5 represents the crowning jewel of a 30 year long pursuit of the ultimate passenger freighter.

Redesigned and custom built with passenger comfort in mind, you will embark on a voyage of discovery following the paths of Paul Gauguin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thor Heyerdahl and Jacques Brel. Our Polynesian staff and crew will welcome you to these exotic, captivating islands they call home.

The Aranui 5 continues our relaxed, friendly tradition with space to meet new friends in the bars and lounge or while relaxing on the deck or by the pool, as the islands seem to float by. If you are looking for privacy or romance, retreat to your balcony in our suites and deluxe staterooms. Watch the infinite colors of the sunset play in the sky and sea as another day draws to a close in the South Pacific.

After a 3 course dinner, let the lively Aranui Band introduce you to Polynesian rhythms and teach you to swivel your hips to the infectious beat of the Tamure or the Tahitian Waltz.

In these remote islands, our arrival is always met with great enthusiasm as we provide an essential link to the outside world. Copra, citrus fruit, fish and barrels of Noni are loaded and destined for Papeete.

Watching the Aranui’s muscular crew perform their tasks like a tightly choreographed ballet is part of the attraction and charm of the voyage. Descendants of the greatest navigators of all time, the ancient Polynesians who settled these islands they called “The Land of Men”, you will get to know our lively and talented sailors as they assist you from ship to shore, on and off our whale boats and tenders. Join us as the new Aranui 5 continues to offer adventure voyaging at its best, with full amenities, seafaring stability, warm hospitality and a lifetime of unforgettable memories.

All meals are included in the price of voyage. Meals are served in the dining room in an informal setting. Depending on the number of passengers, there will be on or two seatings. There is buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner menus will vary depending on what fresh ingredients are available. Complimentary wine is provided at both lunch and dinner.

For shore excursions, we will provide either a picnic lunch or a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

Please Note:

  • Port Taxes and Charges vary depending on cabin type.
  • Single supplement, child rates and triple & quad share cabins are available – please contact us for more details.


  • Enjoy one of the most fascinating voyages anywhere on the planet
  • Visit remote islands rich in culture, history and scenic beauty
  • Be introduced to Polynesian paradise and the centuries-old customs and way-of-life that so enthralled early explorers like James Cook


Day 1 : TAHITI
Day 2 : Makatea (January-August) or Mataiva (Sept-Dec.)
Day 3 : At Sea (heading to Marquesas)
Day 4 : UA POU
Day 6 : UA HUKA
Day 7 : HIVA OA (Kokuu beach)
Day 8 : Hiva Oa (Puamau) – Tahuata (Vaitahu)
Day 10 : At Sea (heading back to Tuamotu)
Day 12 : TAHITI – Disembarking approx. 7.00am