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The village of Atuona, cradle of the culture of the Marquesas Islands

The village of Atuona, cradle of the culture of the Marquesas Islands

Explore Atuona, a hidden gem in the heart of Hiva Oa. This unique village, a living museum, preserves and perpetuates the rich Marquesan culture. Here, the “paepae”, traditional dry-stone houses, are a living testimony to the craft expertise of the Marquesans of the past, and the ancient art of tatau (tattooing) is still very much …

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The Polynesian Tiki, a significant cultural symbol

Polynesia, a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, is known for its rich culture and tradition. One of Polynesia’s iconic cultural symbols is the tiki, a sculpture or statue found in many different styles on the various Polynesian islands. The tiki has a long and interesting history and still plays an important role in …

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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…

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.