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DISCOVER THE MARQUESAS - SATURDAY DEPARTURE - 2021

From Saturday, June 26 2021 to Thursday, July 8 2021

13 days / 12 nights

Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu and Society


Mythical and mystical. A land that has attracted explorers, writers, painters and artists. Breathtaking landscapes of mountains, valleys, plateaus, and cliffs. A nation of former warriors, with their own language and culture. For more than 30 years, Aranui, as the main carrier of goods to the Marquesas, has maintained a vital link with its inhabitants and the outside world.

SPECIAL OFFER*
$ 1 000 USD discount per person in Deluxe cabin and up or $ 500 USD discount per person in standard cabin + Single supplement offered
*Conditions apply. To be deducted from the indicated rate.

Day 1

SATURDAY – DEPARTURE FROM PAPEETE at 12:00 p.m

Papeete is a commune and the capital of French Polynesia, located on the island of Tahiti. As the capital of overseas community, it brings together its main institutions such as the High Commission, the government of French Polynesia with its president, the Assembly of French Polynesia, as well as the Economic, Social and Cultural Council. There are also the major infrastructures of French Polynesia such as the Autonomous Port of Papeete, fuel depots, the territorial hospital, private clinics and most industrial and economic infrastructure, as well as banking and financial institutions. With 26900 inhabitants living there in the capital. The urban area of Tahiti, which corresponds to the urban unity of Papeete (continuous habitat), is made up of 6 or 7 communes (Arue, Faaa, Mahina, Papeete, Pirae, Punaauia, plus Paea) with a population of 131,695 in 2007, 133,676 in 2012 and 136,771 in 2017. The intercommunity of the agglomeration of Papeete, which takes the form of a joint union managing a common city contract, includes 9 municipalities, including the previous 7, plus Papara and Moorea-Maiao, with 166,267 inhabitants in 2017.Its urban area, meanwhile, is 178,173 inhabitants in 2007.Papeete is the third most populous city in the community after Faa’a and Punaauia. The ship will leave the dock of Papeete for a departure on the island of Fakarava, Tuamotu.

Day 2

SUNDAY – FAKARAVA (Rotoava)

The Tuamotu Islands have about seventy coral islands. Atolls often exceed sea level by only two to three meters. The main source of income is the copra and the world-renowned “black pearl” culture of Tahiti. Fakarava, the second largest atoll in the Tuamotu, is 500 km from Tahiti. ARANUI enters the Fakarava lagoon. Passengers go to the beach. The lagoon with its crystal clear waters, its multicolored fish and its coral reefs invite you to dive or discover with a snorkel. Diving is only available for those who are certified. Landing at the “Rotoava” wharf, craft on the dock, bike rentals, E-Bike, Quad, certified diving.
Back on board at 12:00 noon for lunch and departure for the Marquesas Islands. 
Recommendations: As solar radiation is particularly intense on the Tuamotu Islands, we recommend protecting yourself with sunscreen (minimum index 40), sunglasses, a hat and light clothing. Swim sandals are recommended.

Day 3

MONDAY – AT SEA

A day to relax by the Pool on Deck 7 or in the comfort of our air-conditioned lounge . Or why not just enjoy the view of the South Pacific Ocean during our crossing to the fascinating Marquesas Islands. Lectures on the culture and history of the Marquesas Islands will take you back in time and give you a complete overview of this ancient civilization. During the cruise, you will also have the opportunity to learn how to move your hips like a true Tahitian! You’ll probably spend many evenings socializing at the Bar with your fellow adventurers from around the world. The spirited Polynesian crew will proudly introduce their way of life and entertain you with Polynesian songs and rhythms on their “ukulele”, guitars and drums. Before going to bed, set your watch 30 minutes ahead.

Day 4

TUESDAY –  NUKU HIVA (Taiohae, Hatiheu)

As the Aranui is offloading, you can explore Taiohae, the small administrative capital of the Marquesas. Taiohae Bay is where Herman Melville, then a 23-year-old sailor and a friend, jumped from a whaling ship in 1842. After breakfast, passengers will disembark to pick up the 4x4s waiting to take them on the day’s excursion. Our first stop will be a visit to Taiohae Cathedral. You can visit the Cathedral or go to the market to buy handicrafts. Then we will visit the archaeological site of “Kamuihei” with its giant banyans and petroglyphs, this will include a performance of the Marquisian and traditional pig dance. Hiking to the site of “Paeke”, nearby with paepae, huge stone platforms, where the “Taipi” built their houses. Your first introduction to traditional Marquisian cuisine will be served for lunch. Here the specialty is the “umu”, an underground oven where food is cooked for hours. The local music during the meal will provide a great atmosphere. In the small village of Hatiheu, you can visit a museum that displays copies of petroglyphs from unexplored valleys. Your excursion will continue in the south to Taiohae with its spectacular bay, a giant volcanic amphitheater dominated by towering cliffs dotted with waterfalls. Back in the village of Taiohae, you will also find banks, shops. You can return to the ship from the village on foot or by car.

Day 5

WEDNESDAY – UA HUKA (Vaipaee, Hane, Hokatu)

In the morning light, the Aranui will arrive at Ua Huka. This is an arrival not to be missed! The ship that enters the small bay and the maneuver is really impressive. On the dry land of Ua Huka, visit the small museum that offers exquisite replicas of Marquisian art and our guides will immerse you in this ancient civilization. Return to your 4×4 to explore the island, stopping for stunning views of the Pacific, visit the arboretum born of the passion of the former mayor of the island, before reaching the beautiful village of Hane. Lunch will be served at a local family restaurant. Of course, Ua Huka will be another opportunity to discover craft products. Wooden sculptures, as well as engraved coconut shells, are some of the island’s specialties. After lunch, return on board and make sure you are on deck as the Aranui will sail all along the coast of Ua Huka for more magnificent views.

Day 6

THURSDAY – UA POU (Hakahau)

From the outside decks, you can admire the unique mountain arrows in UA POU. While the crew unloads supplies, cement, sugar, and loads bags of coprah (dried coconut) and fruit, explore the picturesque village of Hakahau and its church with a hand-carved wooden platform. Meet the island’s talented sculptors and artists, climb to the Cross for stunning views of the mountains, lush valleys and the main village. Another delicious Marquisian lunch will be served: breadfruit, a Marquisian staple with curated goat (a specialty of the Marquesas Islands), raw fish marinated in lemon juice and coconut milk, taro and red bananas. Enjoy an excellent dance performance, including the traditional bird dance at UA POU center.

Day 7

FRIDAY – HIVA OA (Atuona) – TAHUATA (Koku’u)

The Aranui will arrive in Hiva Oa in the morning, where you will have plenty of time to explore Atuona, the second largest village in the Marquesas. This is where Paul Gauguin lived and created part of his work. You can visit the colonial store where he bought his bread, as well as a replica of his sad and famous “house of pleasure” and the Museum. Walking up the hill to the cemetery, you’ll have a stunning view of the Harbour. Beneath a huge frangipani tree is a tombstone with the simple words: Paul Gauguin 1903. Nearby is the tomb of another famous European who was also seduced by Hiva Oa: Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, who died in 1978. Lunch on board for all passengers and the Aranui sets sail to Koku’u beach with swimming at the beach and snorkeling. It is possible to scuba dive.

Day 8

SATURDAY – HIVA OA (Puamau) – TAHUATA (Vaitahu)

In Puamau, traveling by 4×4 to the most incredible archaeological site for the “tiki” (old religious stone sculptures) . Once you reach Mea’e Iipona, our knowledgeable guides will tell you the stories of these statues haunting ancient times. Surrounded by beautifully lush gardens, the site is overwhelming and has many of what Polynesians call the “mana” (spiritual power). Only a small part of the site has been restored and most of them are still buried under trees and massive rocks. After lunch on board, the Aranui will sail to Tahuata, where you can enjoy the afternoon in the small village of Vaitahu. In the afternoon in Vaitahu, the Aranui will anchor in the small bay of Tahuata. On this leaf-shaped island, the air is thick with the scent of the Tahitian tiare and frangipania. In 1595, Spanish explorers landed in the village of Vaitahu and opened the fire on a crowd of curious islanders, killing about 200 people. Tahuata was also the site of the first French colony in the Marquesas in 1842. The large church built by the Vatican, is decorated with beautiful Marquisian sculptures and a magnificent stained glass window. Tahuata is famous for its exquisite bone and helmet shell sculptures. There will be a lot to choose from in the village.

Day 9

SUNDAY – FATU HIVA (Omoa, Hanavave)

It is the lushest and furthest island of the Marquesas. The only access is by sea, as there is no airport on Fatu Hiva. It is also the island of the “tapa” and you will discover everything about this traditional fabric. In the quiet village of Omoa, you will see women beating the murier, Banyan or bread fruit tree bark on log. The bark is then dried and used as a canvas where the inhabitants will paint ancient conceptions of the Marquesas. Fatu Hiva is also known for its hand-painted “pareo” and “monoi” coconut oil infused with flowers from “Tahiti tiara”, vanilla or Santal wood. You will meet qualified sculptors in the large craft centre. This will be another great opportunity to buy souvenirs from the Marquesas. Before lunch, the Aranui will sail across the island to Hanavave Bay, also known as the “Bay of the Virgins.” Sports passengers can choose to walk. On this unforgettable 15-kilometre hike, you can enjoy stunning views of the towering cliffs and views. For hikers, a picnic will be served at the top of the mountain (difficulty scale 9/10). To end a brilliant day, the sunset in Hanavave Bay is a moment of pure happiness.

Day 10

MONDAY – AT SEA

A day to relax by the pool on deck 7 or in the comfort of our air-conditioned lounge . Or why not just enjoy the view of the South Pacific Ocean as we sail to the fascinating Tuamotu Islands. Lectures and activities will be offered throughout the day. Before going to bed, set your hour back by 30 minutes, back to Tahiti time.

Day 11

TUESDAY – RANGIROA (May-Oct. 2021) or MAKATEA (Jan-April & Nov-Dec. 2021)

Program in Rangiroa: From the Open decks, observe our approach and our arrival in the largest atoll of French Polynesia and the second largest in the world. You can see playful dolphins greeting the Ship as we enter the Tiputa Pass, one of Rangiroa’s passes. The glass-bottom boat and scuba diving trips are available (registration is required and additional fees apply). Scuba diving is ranked here as one of the best in the world (certified divers only). If you decide not to visit, enjoy the white sand beach of Rangiroa and the translucent lagoon. The local “mamas” will have an excellent display of shell necklaces, chains and key rings, other small souvenirs for sale on the beach. The Aranui will depart at lunchtime and sail to Bora Bora.

Program in Makatea: An elevated atoll or exonerated atoll is a type of atoll or coral island where all or part of the earth is composed of an ancient coral reef that has emerged. The term makatea refers to a type of raised atoll with the remains of the ancient volcanic island at its center. This term is also used to specifically refer to coral escarpments found in all types of raised atolls. Makatea is also the name of a coral island located in the Tuamotu Archipelago (French Polynesia), where a phosphate deposit was mined from 1917. Aranui offers this opportunity to visit the remains of Makatea, phosphate mining, cross the island on foot or by car, visit caves, picnic under the cliffs or on the beach. Also a tasting of Kaveu (coconut crab) will be prepared by the inhabitants of Makatea. The Aranui will follow the makatea coast before sailing to Bora Bora.

Day 12

WEDNESDAY – BORA BORA (Vaitape)

Arriving in Bora Bora’s world-famous lagoon of opalescent blues and greens; you will be greeted by the majestic “Mount Otemanu”, the highest peak on the island. In this perfect island paradise, you can enjoy a day at the beach and another picnic on a private Motu surrounded by crystal clear waters. You can also choose from optional activities, a variety of excursions at an additional cost: scuba diving, tour of the island by boat and bus, swimming with sharks and rays! Bora Bora was an American military outpost during World War II and remnants of war such as cannons and bunkers can be seen on the circuit. Departure for Papeete at 5:00pm.

Day 13

THURSDAY – RETURN TO PAPEETE 

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. Arrival around 7:00 a.m. on Papeete.

Choose your base fare :

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE

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.

Plan Cabin located on Sky Deck - 9.

10 982 USD
Price per person

ROYAL SUITE

Area : 240 sq. ft. (22 sq.m)

Capacity : 2 to 3 adults

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.

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

8 673 USD
Price per person

ROYAL SUITE WITH OBSTRUCTED VIEW

Area : 240 sq. ft. (22 sq.m)

Capacity : 2 to 3 adults

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.

Plan Cabin located on Boat Deck - 5.

8 307 USD
Price per person

PREMIUM SUITE

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.

Plan Cabin located on Pool Deck - 7, Veranda Deck - 6.

7 941 USD
Price per person

JUNIOR SUITE WITH BALCONY

Area : 160 sq.ft (15 sq.m)

Capacity : 2 adults

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.

Plan Cabin located on Pool Deck - 7.

7 617 USD
Price per person

JUNIOR SUITE WITHOUT BALCONY

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.

Plan Cabin located on Veranda Deck - 6.

7 617 USD
Price per person

SUPERIOR DELUXE

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.

Plan Cabin located on Sky Deck - 9, Sun Deck - 8.

7 210 USD
Price per person

DELUXE

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.

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

6 677 USD
Price per person

DOUBLE STATEROOM

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.

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

5 580 USD
Price per person

DOUBLE STATEROOM WITH OBSTRUCTED VIEW

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.

Plan Cabin located on Boat Deck - 5.

5 308 USD
Price per person

SINGLE STATEROOM

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.

Plan Cabin located on Lower Deck - 2.

7 715 USD
Price per person

QUADRUPLE STATEROOM

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.

Plan Cabin located on Lower Deck - 2.

5 580 USD
Price per person

DORMITORY - CLASS C - 4 BEDS

Area : 140 sq.ft (13 sq.m)

Capacity : 4 persons

Dormitory style accommodation, this category offers 140 sq. ft. (13 sq.m) of shared interior space with two lower and two upper berths, one bathroom with shower and hair dryer. This category may be co-ed.

Plan Cabin located on Upper Deck - 4.

3 573 USD
Price per person

DORMITORY - CLASS C - 8 BEDS

Area : 285 sq.ft (27 sq.m)

Capacity : 8 persons

Dormitory style accommodation, this category offers 285 sq. ft. (27 sq.m) of shared interior space with four lower and four upper berths, a sitting area, two bathrooms with shower and hair dryer. This category may be co-ed.

Plan Cabin located on Upper Deck - 4.

3 573 USD
Price per person

What's included

RATES INCLUDE

Cruise transportation and related taxes (tourist tax, port tax, fuel, TDC), shipboard accommodation, 3 meals per day, a bottle of wine to share among 4 passengers for scheduled onboard meals, lunches in local restaurants, planned guided shore excursions to remote villages and archaeological sites, cultural dance shows, lecturers onsite and onboard.  Rates are per adult, in double or single occupancy. These fares are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change; with or without notice.

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

Shipboard purchases, liquor, gratuities, port taxes other than those specifically provided for, and other personal items. Rates quoted at the time of printing are based on current costs and are subject to change up to and including the date of sailing.

SCHEDULE & EXTRA COST PROVISION

If, due to weather or other uncontrollable reasons, you are required to spend one or more additional nights, you will be responsible for your own hotel and meal costs. In addition, because the primary function of vessels in the service of Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime is to carry freight, the departure dates, ports of call, and duration of cruises may be subject to variation both prior to departure and en route. Freighter passengers should have a flexible time schedule and anticipate the foregoing possibilities. While we do everything possible to inform and assist our clients, neither CPTM nor its agents will assume additional expenses, hotel or meal costs associated with delays or changes in itinerary and schedules.

ITINERARY CHANGES

Routes and activities are indicative and can be modified according to weather conditions or availability. CPTM pledges to make every effort to operate all cruises as advertised. CPTM reserves the right to alter or curtail the itinerary, or substitute sightseeing, ports of call or conveyances as deemed necessary.

Speakers

Guest lecturers who specialise in the Marquesas and other fields related to French Polynesia such as history, culture, art or archaeology, will share their knowledge and insights as part of a series of onboard lectures throughout the year. Lectures are held in conference rooms.

Optional excursions

At every port, guests can enjoy an array of included excursions.  For a bit more adventure, there are plenty of optional activities to choose from. The following can be booked onboard and at an additional cost.

FISHING

Due to its remote location in the South Pacific, the Marquesas have an abundance of marine life, making these islands a fisherman’s paradise. Mokai Nui 2, a four-person boat, offers deep sea fishing outings with a seasoned crew at four different ports. Tuna, wahoo and bonita are some of the types of fish that can be found here. Experience the thrill of catching your dinner, which our chef will turn into a delicious dish for you and your friends.

DIVING

Some of the best diving in the world can be found in French Polynesia. The three distinct topographies offer a different experience, with diving available on five islands. While Fakarava, Rangiroa and Hiva Oa are available to advanced certified divers only, all levels are welcome in Tahuata and Bora Bora. From sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles and whales, depending on the island and time of year, to an abundance of colourful tropical fish and coral, French Polynesia is a diver’s playground.

GLASS BOTTOM BOAT

For those who don’t dive or snorkel, enjoy the extraordinary underwater world of Rangiroa’s blue lagoon on a glass bottom boat tour. You will discover the colourful coral, tropical fish, sharks, rays and turtles that call the atoll home without getting wet.

RAY & SHARK FEEDING

During the quintessential Bora Bora lagoon excursion you will get up close and personal with the island’s abundant marine creatures. Snorkel with colourful reef fish in a coral garden, stand hip-high in Bora Bora’s famed blue lagoon while sting rays play in the surrounding water and dive into the azure ocean with friendly reef or lemon sharks.

ISLAND TOUR BY TRUCK

To take in the dazzling shades of Bora Bora’s lagoon from land, you can board a truck and travel around the picturesque island for the chance to enjoy panoramic views, visit beautiful Matira Beach, grab a refreshment at the beachfront bar and learn about arts and crafts during a visit to a handicraft centre, which also offers the chance to buy some souvenirs.

ISLAND TOUR BY CANOE

For the chance to see the entire island of Bora Bora, you can board a motorised outrigger canoe for a few hours, stopping to snorkel with tropical fish in a coral garden, swim with sharks, taste local fruits on a motu and get up close and personal with sting rays in the lagoon, before disembarking on Aranui’s private island — Motu Tapu — to join fellow guests for a complimentary picnic lunch. The Captain offers commentary on Bora Bora’s culture, legends, history and geography in between stops.