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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Polynesian Cruise with Aranui 5



14 Days

Prices Start from

£4,000 (ex. flights)

Cruise the remote and little visited Marquesan Islands where little has changed in thousands of years and few roads or cars exist. Visitors are rare and joyfully welcomed by the friendly Polynesian people.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Mean wearing traditional costumes performing ritual Polynesian dance. 1

Rich culture

Immerse yourself in spectacular scenery, rich culture and history.

Stingray and Fish, Bora Bora, French Polynesia 2

Underwater World

Snorkel in turquoise lagoons among colourful tropical fish.

Stone Statues, Tiki, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia 3

Jungle Ruins

Visit mysterious jungle ruins on the little visited Marquesas Island.

Boat leaving Port, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia 4

Aranui 5

Cruise aboard a comfortable working freighter – lifeline to these remote communities.

Why we like it

This exceptional cruise is really the only way to explore this remote part of the world. Including 14 stops around French Polynesia and the Marquesan Islands there is plenty of time to disembark and explore. See the largest tiki gods outside Easter Island, sacred ritual sites and enigmatic boulder carved petroglyphs of birds, fish and sacred turtles. swim in turquoise waters, meet local people and retrace the escape route of Herman Melville who jumped his whaling ship here in 1842, a decade before he wrote Moby Dick.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Days 2 - 5

    Marquesas Islands

  • Days 6 - 9

    Marquesas Islands

  • Days 10 - 13

    Marquesas Islands

  • Day 14


Day 1


Cruise aboard a comfortable working freighter – lifeline to these remote communities.

Days 2 - 5

Marquesas Islands

Visit mysterious jungle ruins on the little visited Marquesas Island.

Days 6 - 9

Marquesas Islands

Red roofed church set amidst lush scenery.

Immerse yourself in spectacular scenery, rich culture and history.

Days 10 - 13

Marquesas Islands

Snorkel in turquoise lagoons among colourful tropical fish

Day 14


Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

Aranui 5, Deck Area, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
Aranui 5
Aerial view of Small Islands, French Polynesia
Aerial view, French Polynesia

Why Cruise The Marquesas Islands?

One of the most remote groups of islands in the world, a cruise is the only way to experience the best of the Marquesas Islands. Made up of 12 islands, only six are inhabited and Aranui 5 has been their lifeline for over four decades. Delivering supplies to these remote islands as well as allowing guests the chance to experience the charm and magic of this hidden part of the world.

Aranui 5, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
Aranui 5

Guides And Specialists Onboard Aranui 5

The Polynesian crew onboard Aranui 5 are incredibly knowledgeable, many with ancestry rooted in the islands and have been the company for over thirty years. They are charming and friendly and introduce guests to their homeland offering access to the islands in a manner that is unique to Aranui 5. Daily presentations are given to guests on the history, wildlife and traditions of the islands.

Red roofed church set amidst lush scenery.
Church, Nuku Hiva

Unique Experiences on and Off The Ship

Aranui 5 serves as the island’s link to the outside world, both in terms of eagerly awaited provisions as well as tourism. As such, the arrival of the ship is met with great enthusiasm and a warm welcome from the locals, both young and old. This unique relationship with the people of the islands allows visitors access to tiny communities and experiences not available to others. From interacting with locals to fishing for your lunch, hiking the wild island interiors and snorkelling in hidden waters. Every day allows time to be as active or relaxed as you wish.

Streets at night, Tokyo, Japan

Pre And Post Cruise Suggestions

  • Stopover in Los Angeles with time to explore the bright lights of the city or venture further afield; learn to surf on the Californian coast, experience the cool vibe of San Francisco or the wilds of Yosemite National Park
  • With direct flights from Auckland to Tahiti, New Zealand marries perfectly with this cruise; Spend time exploring the North Island, home to Maori culture, stunning beaches and geothermal parks
  • Fly via Tokyo and immerse yourself in this fascinating, modern and quirky city before continuing directly to Tahiti

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  • Polynesia and South Pacific

Aranui 5 is a mixed cargo and passenger vessel which operates between Tahiti and the Marquesas’ delivering much needed everyday goods to several islands. While very much a working ship, she has additional space for over 250 passengers in 103 air-conditioned cabins, all of which have an outside view and most with private balconies. The interior decor features Marquesan designs, Paul Gauguin prints and original paintings by German artist and island resident, Erhard Lux. Additional leisure facilities include a swimming pool, gym and massage room.

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