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Travel and Stays in the Marquesas Islands: A Unique Adventure
Travel and Stays in the Marquesas Islands: A Unique Adventure

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Cruise & Travel : "Paradise calling"
Feb/March 2024, Cruise & Travel (UK) The journalist Jeannine Williamson published an article relating her cruise aboard the Aranui 5 to the remote Austral islands, home to singing islanders and exotic birds.
Get lost : "The passage to paradise"
Get lost (AU) Roberto Serrini goes in search of an authentically exotic paradise aboard the Aranui 5.
Aranui's ship in the Marquesas Islands
Travel and Stays in the Marquesas Islands: A Unique Adventure
Travel Weekly : "Into the blue"
November, 2023, Travel Weekly (UK) the journalist Jeannine Williamson published an article in Travel Weekly about her cruise to the Austral islands aboard the Aranui Cruises.
National Geographic Traveller : "Nine exciting new itineraries for 2024"
November, 2023, National Geographic Traveller (UK) National Geographic reccomends the Aranui Cruises and its voyage to the Austral Islands as a first choice trip in its top 9 exciting new itineraries for 2024, by Jeannine Williamson.
Why choose the Austral Islands?
The Aranui included in Matador’s Guide to Cruising the World
The Matador's Guide published an article about the best cruises in the World. The Aranui is listed alongside other brilliant cruises to the Poles, in Iceland, in the Galapagos etc.
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Conde Nast Traveler: "Aranui V offers a cruise like few others in the world"
Journalist Scott Laird, of the Conde Nast Traveler, describes his experience of travelling aboard the Aranui as "Offering a laid back, thoroughly Polynesian voyage where passengers and crew freely mingle throughout the experience".
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Why take a cruise: 10 reasons to escape with the Aranui
The 10 essential things to do in Papeete
The village of Atuona, cradle of the culture of the Marquesas Islands
The village of Atuona, cradle of the culture of the Marquesas Islands
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The Polynesian Tiki, a significant cultural symbol
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Tips for Your Marquesas Islands Cruise by Chantal Cooke
April 7, 2023, Passion for fresh ideas (UK) Passion for fresh ideas published an article about Tip, the rat detecting dog in Ua Huka, by Chantal Cooke.
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Gaydio: "Some of the remotest islands on earth – visiting the Marquesas aboard the Aranui5"
April 2023, Gaydio (UK) Gaydio published an article about the Aranui and the Marquesas islands, by Chantal Cooke.
Irish Times: "A cruise of a lifetime on a cargo ship where the maitre d’ doubles up as the ship’s tattooist"
April 1, 2023, Irish Times (UK) The journalist Gemma Tipton is talking about her cruise experience in the Marquesas Islands on board the Aranui 5.
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What memories to bring back from your stay in Polynesia?
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The Epoch Times: "Searching the Pacific for the Mutiny on the Bounty"
March 5, 2023, The Epoch Times (US) The journalist Tim Johnson joined us on the Pitcairn cruise aboard Aranui 5 in February 2023. You can read all about his fascinating voyage, in the footsteps of the Bounty mutineers.
Discover Rangiroa, a hidden gem of French Polynesia
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THE I NEWSPAPER: "The crate beyond"
February 4, 2023, The I Newspaper (UK) Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler, joined us on a cruise about Aranui 5 in December 2022. You can read all about his adventures, including his search for ancient tikis.
How much does a cruise cost: everything you need to know
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Bora Bora : The most Iconic Island in Polynesia
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Adventure cruise: Discover the most beautiful islands of French Polynesia
Fakarava: a Polynesian island paradise
Raiatea: the beautiful Polynesian island
Los Angeles Daily News: "A journey to the Marquesas will immerse you in island spirits"
August 23, 2022, Los Angeles Daily News (USA) Los Angeles Daily News published an article about Aranui's cruise to the Marquesas, by Norma Meyer
Travel + Leisure: "Special Delivery"
July 24, 2022, Travel+Leisure (USA) Travel + Leisure published an article about the Aranui, "a ship that has a sense of homecoming", by Maggie Shipstead
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The Island of Fatu Hiva: The unknown paradise
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Nuku Hiva - the largest island in the Marquesas
Travel Pulse: "Untapped French Polynesia: The Austral Islands"
May 1, 2022, Travel Pulse (USA) The journalist Scott Laird is talking about his cruise experience in the Austral Islands on board the Aranui 5.
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What is the best time to visit French Polynesia?
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Moorea : one of the most beautiful islands of French Polynesia
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Discover the Marquesas Islands Arts Festival on a special cruise aboard Aranui 5 
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Māori tattoo : History and origins of an ancestral Polynesian art
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AFAR: "A First-Timer’s Guide to the Marquesas Islands"
February 4, 2022, AFAR (USA) Readers will come to understand these 12 islands largely off-the-traveler-radar, what to expect, do, how to get to the Marquesas and more.
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From Tahiti to the Pitcairn Islands a cruise that makes people talk
See Aranui 5 on new UK TV travel series ‘Martin Clunes: Islands of the Pacific’
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Wander Woman : "Aranui 5: The world’s most unusual cruise ship sailing the world’s most exotic itineraries"
January 21, 2020, Wander Woman (Canada) The journalist published an article about the cruise experience on board the Aranui 5 in the South Pacific.
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Polynesian canoes, an ancestral art
many islands in the Pacific, navigation is set up as art - in particular via its "going" a ”with a characteristic profile and intended for different uses (travel, fishing or sport)…
The Conde Nast Traveler : "As More Ports Ban Mega Cruise Ships, What Is the Future of the Largest Vessels?"
November 1, 2021, The Conde Nast Traveler (USA) The journalist published an article about ports banning mega cruise ships mentionning the Aranui 5 as an exception, as it embarks fewer than 350 passengers.
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Everything you need to know about French Polynesia and its islands
r side of the world, French Polynesia opens its arms to you: in total, 118 islands sheltered from mass tourism, nearly 4,000 km away from the first land ... And to allow you to discover them under the best conditions, embark on the Aranui, a mixed cargo ship that supplies the locals, while ensuring optimal comfort for an exceptional cruise in French Polynesia.
Cruise to the Austral Islands: all you need to know about the most secret archipelago of French Polynesia
Among the 5 archipelagoes, the one of the Austral Islands is located 600 km south of the Polynesian capital, Tahiti. Why not explore them on a cruise to the Austral Islands in 2022 with Aranui?
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The Knot : "Your Complete Guide to a Tahiti Honeymoon"
August 16, 2021, The Knot (USA) The journalist suggests a complete guide to a Tahiti honeymoon, recommending newlyweds to visit the Marquesas islands and check out the Aranui 5.
Pitcairn Islands: all about the Bounty mutiny
Aboard the Aranui, in the heart of a cruise in French Polynesia, relive the adventures of the Bounty rebels, by approaching the mythical Pitcairn Island. This islet, one and a half miles long and one mile wide, is steeped in history and is still home to the descendants of the sailors of the famous ship, an object of fascination for decades...
Los Angeles Times : "Half-cruise, half-cargo ships provide authenticity in place of cocktails and casinos"
January 30, 2017, Los Angeles Times (USA) The journalist describes the itinerary of the Aranui which offers a daydreamer’s voyage to the dazzling shores of paradise.
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National Geographic : "21 Best Cruises in the World"
March 23, 2017, National Geographic (USA) The journalist describes the Aranui cruise in the Marquesas islands as one of the Best Cruises in the World.
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Le Parisien Week-end : "In the Marquesas Islands, with Brel and Gauguin"
March 30, 2018, Le Parisien Week-end (France) The journalist talks about the Marquesas archipelago and its fourteen paradise islands, which can be admired when you embark in Papeete, on the Aranui 5, for 1,500 kilometers of cruising.
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Choice : "Polynesian paradise"
July 2018, Choice (UK) The journalist describes the itinerary and life on board the Aranui 5, and how he enjoyed stunning sunrises, welcoming smiles, traditional dancers.
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VSD: "Exquisite Marquesas"
September 2018, VSD (France). The Aranui 5 and the Marquesas Islands are featured in an article in "VSD" written by Erik Sampers. talks about the half-delivery cargo ship, half-cruise ship that links Tahiti to the Marquesas archipelago, offering passengers an original immersive experience in Polynesian culture.
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Discover James Cook, the explorer of the Pacific!
A cruise in French Polynesia is an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of James Cook, the greatest navigator in Europe. During his three major expeditions, commissioned by the Admiralty, he made a major contribution to the knowledge of the Pacific.
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Les Echos: "The Marquesas, ultimate Polynesia"
May 27, 2018, Les Echos (France) In May, 2018, Les Echos published an article on Marquesas Islands, written by Anne Marie Gélinet. The journalist describes the itinerary of the Aranui, which provides year-round supplies to the most isolated archipelago in French Polynesia and one of the best preserved too.
Le Figaro: "Aranui, ultimate stopovers in the South Pacific"
May 2, 2021, Le Figaro (France) The journalist recounts his experience on the Aranui, discovering a Polynesia that we never see, with Pitcairn as a highlight.
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Le Monde : "Cargo of life"
29 January 2021, Le Monde (France). The Aranui cruises are presented in an article in "Le Monde" written by François Bostnavaron. The journalist talks about his experience on board the Aranui 5 and tells about his exceptional trip to the Marquesas Islands.
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Le Point: "A cargo named Desire"
February 22, 2018, Le Point (France) In February, 2018, Le Point published an article dedicated to the Aranui, written by André Trentin. For the journalist, the Aranui offers one of the best ways to explore the Marquesas Islands and describes his experience in this travelogue.
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Géo: "The Marquesas dream"
February, 2018, Géo (France) Géo published an article on Marquesas Islands, written by Aline Maume. The journalist describes the Marquesas archipelago and mentions the cruises of the Aranui, which serves these remote and enchanting islands.
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Polynesia cruise: all about the black pearls of Tahiti
Polynesian mythology speaks of black pearls as the first shards of light given by the Creator to Tāne, a deity who presided over the ten levels of the sacred heavens. Tāne made them into stars before sending them to Ruahatu, the god of the oceans, to illuminate his universe.
Trip Savvy : “I Hitched a Ride On a Cargo Ship to Scuba Dive in Remote South Pacific Islands”
June 09, 2021, Trip Savvy (USA). The Aranui has been featured in an article by Trip Savvy, written by Suzie Dundas. The journalist talks about her experience on board the Aranui and how she enjoyed scuba diving in French Polynesia, which she definitely considers as some of the best she’s ever done.
Matador Network : “8 dreamy experiences in French Polynesia, from paddling a va'a to diving with eagle ray”
June 22, 2021, Matador Network (USA). The Aranui has been featured in an article by Matador Network, written by the journalist Suzie Dundas. Taking the Aranui to discover the Marquesas, the most remote archipelago in the country is on the journalist's top 8 dreamy experiences in French Polynesia.
The Smithsonian Magazine: “This Polynesian Cruise Ship has a resident tatoo artist”
January 6, 2021, Smithsonian Magazine (USA). The journalist Flora Mendez presents Eddy Tata, who provides passengers on the Aranui with Polynesian-style tattoos based on their life stories.
Moorea Tahiti
Polynesia Cruise: focus on our stopovers in the Society Islands
An essential element of a cruise in French Polynesia, the Society Islands owe their name to the Royal Society of London, which financed the first voyage of Captain Cook in 1769. There are two of them, the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands, which can be visited on a dedicated 7-day cruise with Aranui.
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The art of Polynesian weaving to discover during a cruise in Tahiti
Among the ancestral traditions to discover during your Tahiti cruise, the art of Polynesian weaving is materialized today through magnificent hats, baskets, ornaments, and other various objects, such as the pē'ue, a carpet of different sizes, made by Polynesian women...
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Marquesas Islands Cruise: Meet the Polynesian tikis of Hiva Oa
Hop aboard Aranui 5 and sail 1,500 km northeast of Tahiti, for a cruise to the Marquesas Islands: composed of 12 islands, of which only 6 are inhabited, you will discover a land of stories and legends, as incredible as they are inspiring.
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Cruise to the Marquesas Islands: in the footsteps of the artists
For two centuries the Marquesas have served as a refuge for writers, artists, explorers and adventurers. Beyond the fine sand of the beaches of Bora-Bora, a cruise to the Marquesas Islands offers a cultural immersion into the lives of Jacques Brel and Paul Gauguin.
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Aranui 5: a cargo and cruise ship for an adventure cruise in the Marquesas
Your cruise in the Marquesas Islands will have an exceptional flavour aboard this passenger/cargo ship, custom-built for your comfort. The Aranui experience is unique and is offered by Polynesians eager to show you their islands, marked by ancient traditions and authenticity.
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Singing and dancing: Two Polynesian traditions to discover on a cruise to the Marquesas Islands!
During a cruise to the Marquesas Islands aboard Aranui 5, dive in to the heart of Polynesian traditions and take an intimate and authentic journey to explore the richness of the ancestral culture, in its still preserved spaces. Discover the songs and dances, enhanced and organised every year by the "Marquesas Arts Festival"!
Le Mana: Discover the Polynesian way of life on a cruise in the Marquesas Islands
Mana is a "higher force prevalent in nature, inhabiting certain beings and certain things, to which it confers the power to dominate others by their great physical power, their almost supernatural gifts, both sacred and magical and which can be transmitted to another member of the clan". A concept strongly present on our ship Aranui 5, during cruises in the Marquesas Islands.
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Learn about the ancient art of tattooing with Aranui Cruises in Polynesia!
Beyond a simple ornament, the Polynesian tattoo is one of the most beautiful riches of Polynesian culture. Today recognised all over the world, it fascinates and arouses curiosity. Step on board Aranui 5 for a cruise in French Polynesia, and discover an ancestral art, with an indelible memory that is considered among the most beautiful of its kind.