- Beautiful scenery, wildlife and culture to be experienced both by those seeking luxury and those seeking adventure
- The people of the Polynesian islands are renowned for their warm and enthusiastic welcome; chatting to the locals is a fantastic way for visitors to truly experience the culture
- Palm-fringed beaches and a myriad of tropical fish are what you expect of a Pacific Island, but they have so much more to offer
- These charming islands were the inspiration for the artist Paul Gauguin as well as Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick
Steppes Travel have been offering the incredible journey on board the Aranui 5, a passenger-cargo ship, to the Marquesas Islands for a number of years. Renowned journalist and former MEP Stanley Johnson previously undertook this voyage with us, writing for the Sunday Times.
Travel to French Polynesia and the South Pacific conjures up images of pristine, untouched, palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear blue seas full of tropical fish along with friendly and welcoming peoples; it will not disappoint.
A heritage of seafaring has created scattered communities and cruising through the Polynesian Islands aboard the Aranui, is often the only way to discover these remote and intriguing places. Polynesia covers over 1,000 islands, ranging from the equator down to the Tropic of Capricorn encompassing Easter Island, Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Nuie, Wallis & Futuna and French Polynesia. The local people of the various regions show similarities but due to the vast distances between the islands, there are differences in the culture, languages and religion.
Immerse yourself in mysterious jungle ruins, sacred ritual sites with petroglyphs of birds, fish and sacred turtles and fish carved on boulders and the enigmatic Tiki Gods. Swim, snorkel or dive amongst a myriad of tropical fish, turtles and rays or relax on pristine white sand beaches, the perfect destination to recharge your batteries as you wind down to the South Pacific pace of life.