Travel Type
Cruise
Duration
11 Days/10 Nights
Country
French Polynesia
 

Discovered by Europeans in the 18th Century, the Austral islands are located 600 km south of Tahiti. Off the beaten track, the Australs are an untouched and mysterious land where white sand clashes with the intense blue of the lagoons. Breathtaking landscapes, from sheer mountains to valleys, these islands are famous for their farming activities. The Austral islands will certainly offer a memorable and unique experience.

A Polynesian legend tells that the gods created the Marquesas Islands to be the roof of French Polynesia. On the Aranui’ voyages, we take travelers to the heart of Polynesian culture and traditions, to islands that have remained untouched and where time seems to have stopped. It is the journey of a lifetime.

Inclusions

10-night accommodation in the selected cabin
29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners with complimentary wine (1 bottle for every 4 guests) onboard
Services of expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities
Excursions as per itinerary
Group transfers during the cruise
Shore excursions, these include meals, a picnic lunch or a meal at a local restaurant will be provided
English-speaking guide
Landing fees and port taxes

Exclusions

International or domestic airfare and airport taxes – Beverages – Gratuities to hotel personnel and guides – Tourist taxes in Papeete – Optional excursions such as scuba diving, horseback riding, fishing and helicopter tours (with supplement $)

1

DAY 1 DEPARTURE FROM PAPEETE (Tahiti)

Embark on the Aranui. Depart from Papeete, receive a warm welcome onboard from our crew and sail to the Austral Islands.

Meals : Dinner

Accommodation : Selected cabin for 10 nights

2

DAY 2 RURUTU

Rurutu, one of the two largest raised atolls in French Polynesia, is unique because of its geological structure which is surprising as one does not expect to discover such landscapes in the South Pacific. Basalt and limestone cliffs dotted with caves where islanders once lived, a volcanic interior with lush tropical jungle, white sand beaches and beautiful bays offer breathtaking views. From August to October each year, humpback whales can be seen and heard in Rurutu, where they come south to mate and give birth.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3

DAY 3 RURUTU

The Aranui is adrift – tenders to the pier of Moerai. Welcome in the village of Moerai. Visit of the Mitterand cave, the handicraft center with weaving demonstrations. Local coffee for sale. Visit to the Royal House, well known for the confection of local patchwork quilts, the “tifaifai”, followed by a demonstration of “stone lifting” (traditional custom). Circle island tour by “truck”, starting from the Northern or Southern coast. In the North, visit to the “cave Mitterand”, the marae in Vitaria’s village. In the South, swimming at Naairoa’s beach, taro plantation visit with explanation about the cultivation system, old houses made of lime stone.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4

DAY 4 RAIVAVAE

Raivavae’s white sand beaches, large emerald lagoon and 28 motus encircling the lush green main island, have earned it the title of the “Bora Bora of the Austral Islands”. Giant stone tikis, including an unusual smiling tiki, resembling those in the Marquesas and on Easter Island, wood sculptures, an open-air marae temple and Polynesian canoes are some of the archaeological elements you will discover during a circle island tour. If you wish, you can relax on one of the motus and swim in the crystal-clear lagoon. An excursion by speed boat is available. A beach barbecue featuring local dishes will be served for lunch. Enjoy the beautiful beach at Mahanatoa while tasting delicious fruits.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

5

DAY 5 RAPA

As you approach Rapa, only accessible by sea, the Captain may announce: “Welcome to Rapa. Next stop Antarctica”. As the southernmost inhabited island of French Polynesia, this crescent shaped land mass — with a fjord-like coastline deeply indented by 12 bays —is as remote as it gets. Rapa-Iti, or “small Rapa” as the island is also called, has a strong cultural connection to Easter Island, known as Rapa-Nui or big Rapa to the Polynesians. Legend tells of the settlement of Rapa-Nui by the people of Rapa-Iti. Once home to fierce warriors who lived in fortified settlements built on terraces among volcanic peaks, the islanders now live off farming and fishing. During our visit, you will be greeted by the unique dances of Rapa. You may choose one of two different hikes offered. The first goes from the village of Area around the stunning bay to the main village of Ahurei and the second ends at the ruins of an old mountaintop fort. A traditional lunch will be served on shore.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

6

DAY 6 RAPA

Among the other activities on offer during our one and a half day stopover in Rapa, you will visit Ahurei, the main village of the island, explore ancient fortresses, visit an agricultural production centre, discover local arts and crafts, meet the inhabitants of this isolated island, and share a ma’a over a wood fire in the village.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

7

DAY 7 AT SEA

Enjoy a day at sea to relax by the pool and participate in one of the lectures or activities offered by our guides.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

8

DAY 8 RIMATARA

The Aranui is adrift – tenders to the dock. Welcome with a walk through purification smoke (ancient tradition of Rimatara’s inhabitants). Although Rimatara is the smallest of the Austral Islands, it charms the visitors with its hidden treasures. In the hollow of this circular island, one has the impression that time has stopped. Departure for a circle island tour by bus and visit to the villages of Amaru, Anapoto and Matuaura. Visit of handicraft centers. In Rimatara, the main occupation of the inhabitants, apart from agriculture, is basket weaving and especially the preparation of fara pae’ore leaves (a variety of pandanus without thorns) which are used to make cloth.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

9

DAY 9 TUBUAI

Tubuai is the largest island of the archipelago and is the administrative and economic capital of the Australs. The huge lagoon, nearly twice as large as the island itself, offers 33 sq. mi. (85 km²) of pure aquatic fun. The mild climate also makes these islands ideal for farming. The first explorers were struck by the island’s beauty. Toward the end of the 19th Century, explorers Wallis and Cook took a liking to the lush vegetation and crystal-clear water of the island. However, the area did not look appropriate for good anchorage given the large barrier reef around the coast. This disadvantage turned into an incredible advantage in the eyes of the famous mutineers of the HMS Bounty.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

10

DAY 10 AT SEA

Enjoy a day at sea to relax by the pool and participate in one of the lectures or activities offered by our guides.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

11

DAY 11 TAHITI - DEPARTURE

This is the end of our journey. It’s time to say Nānā! (Goodbye) to your travel companions, to the Polynesian staff and Aranui guides.

Meals : Breakfast

Rates in CA$, per person, starting from, in double occupancy Cruise only
Departures March 30, November 2, 2024
Class C (Dorm)6169
Standard Stateroom9499
Deluxe11399
Superior Deluxe12299
Junior Suite12999
Premium Suite13579
Royal Suite14799
Presidential Suite18699
Single supplementOn request
Rates in CA$, per person, starting from, in double occupancy Cruise only
Departures April 5, September 6, November 1 , 2025
Class C (Dorm)6339
Standard Stateroom9799
Deluxe11999
Superior Deluxe12959
Junior Suite13399
Premium Suite13969
Royal Suite15249
Presidential Suite19269
Single supplementOn request

Note

Rates for other itineraries are available.
The Aranui will not be transporting freight during this voyage.
Deposit of 25% is required at time of confirmation to secure the cabin.

**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment. Prices include the contribution of customers to the Compensation Fund for clients of Quebec travel agents.

ARANUI 5

Aranui 5 is a custom-built, dual-purpose passenger/freighter ship designed to offer all of comforts of a cruise liner, while operating as a supply ship. Aranui 5 is classified as a small vessel, accommodating approximately 230 passengers in 103 cabins.

With eight different guest decks, the interior decor reflects the Polynesian heritage of her owners and crew. The ship features a restaurant where all the meals onboard are served in a casual setting; one lounge; two conference rooms, where guest lecturers will offer presentations on various topics related to Marquesas three bars, including the Sky Bar with sweeping panoramic views, an outdoor swimming-pool, a boutique, a spa, a gym and the first tattoo studio at sea.

Passenger accommodations range from Premium exterior staterooms, of which more than 90% have a private balcony; to standard exterior staterooms with a picture window or porthole; and Class C, shared dormitory style cabins with occupancy for four or eight people. Aranui 5’s registry is France and thus sails under French pavilion. As such, she operates under the strictest building and safety guidelines, including the requirements of international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations and the French Coast Guard (CCS).

Ship Stats

Vessel particulars:
Flag: France
Length: 126 m. Breadth: 22 m. Draught: 5.2 m.
Cruising speed: 15 knots
Propellers: 2
Freight: 3000 tons
Capacity: 230 passengers – 103 cabins

Facilities:
1 dining room
1 spacious lounge and 2 conference rooms
3 bars including 1 panoramic bar (Skybar)
1 fitness room/gym
1 outdoor swimming-pool
1 shop, 1 library, 1 spa, 1 tattoo studio
2 elevators

Cabins and Suites:

38 Staterooms with porthole including 30 Double Staterooms of 11 sqm, 2 Single Staterooms and 6 Quadruple Staterooms.
28 Deluxe and Superior Deluxe from 13 to 14.5 sqm with a 4 sqm balcony. Capacity of two adults.

31 Suites from 18 to 22 sqm + balcony from 4 to 12 sqm (including 2 Junior Suites without balcony and 1 Junior Suite with balcony). Capacity for up to three adults.
1 Presidential Suite of 41 sqm with a 12 sqm balcony. Capacity for two to three adults.

Dormitories:

4 dormitories of 4 persons with porthole
1 dormitory of 8 persons with porthole

DOUBLE STATEROOM

Cabin located on Boat Deck 5, Lower Deck 2, Main Deck 3.

Area : 11 m²
Capacity : 2 people

With 120 sq. ft. (11 sq.m) of interior space and a porthole or a picture window, this exterior cabin offers, either, a king size or two single beds, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

QUADRUPLE STATEROOM

Cabin located on Lower Deck 2.

Area : 180 sq.ft (17 sq.m)

Capacity : 4 people

The four-passenger staterooms, with approximately 180 sq. ft. (17 sq.m), are equipped with a queen size bed and two single bunk beds. The published rate applies to the first two occupants of the cabin. The third and fourth occupants receive a 25% discount.

SINGLE STATEROOM

Cabin located on Lower Deck 2.

Area : 100 sq.ft (9 sq.m)
Capacity : 1 person

The Single Stateroom has 100 sq. ft. (9 sq.m) of interior space with a porthole, a single bed, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

DOUBLE STATEROOM WITH OBSTRUCTED VIEW

Cabin located on Boat Deck 5.

Area : 120 sq.ft (11 sq.m)
Capacity : 2 adults

With 120 sq. ft. (11 sq.m) of interior space and a picture window with an obstructed view, this exterior cabin offers either, a king size or two single beds, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

DELUXE

Cabin located on Pool Deck 7, Sky Deck 9, Sun Deck 8.

Area : 140 sq.ft (13 sq.m)
Capacity : 2 persons

With approximately 140 sq. ft. (13 m²) of interior space and a 45 sq. ft. (4 m²) private balcony, this exterior cabin offers a bedroom with a king size bed or twin beds, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer, refrigerator and safe.

JUNIOR SUITE WITH BALCONY

Cabin located on Pool Deck 7.

With 160 sq. ft. (15 sq.m) of interior space and a balcony of 45 sq. ft. (4 sq.m), this exterior cabin offers a bedroom with a king bed or twin beds, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer, refrigerator and safe.Area : 160 sq.ft (15 sq.m)
Capacity : 2 adults

SUPERIOR DELUXE

Cabin located Sky Deck 9, Sun Deck 8.

Area : 160 sq.ft (15 sq.m)
Capacity : 2 persons

With 160 sq. ft. (15 sq.m) of interior space and a 45 sq. ft. (4 sq.m) private balcony, this exterior cabin offers a bedroom with a king size bed or twin beds, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer, refrigerator and safe.

JUNIOR SUITE WITHOUT BALCONY

Cabin located on Veranda Deck 6.

Area : 200 sq.ft (19 sq.m)
Capacity : 2 persons

With 200 sq. ft. (19 sq.m) of interior space, without balcony but with picture windows, this exterior cabin offers a bedroom with a king bed or twin beds, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer, refrigerator and safe.

PREMIUM SUITE

Cabin located on Pool Deck 7, Veranda Deck 6.

Area : 200 sq.ft (19 sq.m)
Capacity : 2 to 3 adults

With approximately 200 sq. ft. (19 sq.m) of interior space and a 45 sq. ft. (4 sq.m) private balcony, this exterior cabin offers a bedroom with a king size bed or twin beds and a sitting room with a sofa bed, divided by a decorative filigree screen, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer, refrigerator and safe.

ROYAL SUITE

Cabin located on Pool Deck 7, Sun Deck 8, Veranda Deck 6.

Area : 240 sq. ft. (22 sq.m)
Capacity : 2 to 3 adults

ROYAL SUITE WITH OBSTRUCTED VIEW

Cabin located on Boat Deck 5.

With 240 sq. ft. (22 sq.m) of interior space and a 100 sq. ft. (9 sq.m) private corner balcony, this exterior cabin offers a bedroom with a king size bed or twin beds and a sitting room with a sofa bed, divided by a decorative filigree screen, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer, refrigerator and safe. In this category, the view of the windows is obstructed.Area : 240 sq. ft. (22 sq.m)

Capacity : 2 to 3 adults

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE

Cabin located on Sky Deck 9.

Area : 440 sq.ft (41 sq.m)
Capacity : 2 to 3 adults

Consisting of 3 individual rooms, approximately 440 sq. ft. (41 sq.m) of interior space and a 130 sq. ft. (12 sq.m) private balcony, this exterior cabin offers a separate bedroom with a king size bed, a sitting room with a sofa bed, a lounge with a built-in bar, two bathrooms with shower and hair dryer, a walk-in closet, refrigerator and safe.

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