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MAUPITI, AUSTRAL & TUAMOTU ISLANDS - 2021

From Saturday, September 4 2021 to Thursday, September 16 2021

13 days / 12 nights

Maupiti, Austral & Tuamotu Islands


Discovered in the 18th century, the Austral Islands are located 600 km south of Tahiti.  Breathtaking landscapes, sheer mountains, valleys, these islands are renowned for their agricultural and artisanal activities, their caves sheltering ancient burials and whale watching.

Day 1

SATURDAY – Departure from Tahiti (Papeete)

You will be warmly welcomed by our Polynesian staff and will take your bearings on the boat before the great journey to Maupiti. 

Day 2

SUNDAY – Maupiti, Society Islands

Tenders to the dock of Vaiea. Visit to the sacred temple site « marae Vaehau and the birth place of the twins ». Picnic and barbecue on Motu Tiapaa. Swimming and snorkeling.

Day 3

MONDAY – At sea

Enjoy a day at sea to relax by the pool and participate in one of the lectures or activities offered by our guides.

Day 4

TUESDAY – Rimatara, Austral Islands

The Aranui is adrift – tenders to the dock. Welcome with a walk through purification smoke (ancient tradition of Rimatara’s inhabitants). Although Rimatara is the smallest of the Austral Islands, it charms the visitors with its hidden treasures. In the hollow of this circular island, one has the impression that time has stopped. Departure for a circle island tour by bus and visit to the villages of Amaru, Anapoto and Matuaura. Visit of handicraft centers. In Rimatara, the main occupation of the inhabitants, apart from agriculture, is basket weaving and especially the preparation of fara pae’ore leaves (a variety of pandanus without thorns) which are used to make cloth.

Day 5

WEDNESDAY – Rurutu (Moerai-Auti-Avera), Austral Islands

Rurutu, one of the two largest raised atolls in French Polynesia, is unique because of its geological structure which is surprising as one does not expect to discover such landscapes in the South Pacific. Basalt and limestone cliffs dotted with caves where islanders once lived, a volcanic interior with lush tropical jungle, white sand beaches and beautiful bays offer breathtaking views. The Aranui is adrift – tenders to the pier of Moerai. Welcome in the village of Moerai. Visit of the Mitterand cave, the handicraft center with weaving demonstrations. Local coffee for sale. Visit to the Royal House, well known for the confection of local patchwork quilts, the « tifaifai », followed by a demonstration of “stone lifting” (traditional custom).
Circle island tour by « truck », starting from the Northern or Southern coast. In the North, visit to the « cave Mitterand », the marae in Vitaria’s village. In the South, swimming at Naairoa’s beach, taro plantation visit with explanation about the cultivation system, old houses made of lime stone.

Day 6

THURSDAY – Tubuai (Mataura), Austral Islands

Tenders to the small dock at Town Hall with welcome and music. Handicraft at the Town Hall of Mataura with weaving demonstrations (hats and baskets made of pandanus leaves…), necklace making, « hue » (gourd) for sale, etc. – Scuba diving with « La Bonne Bouteille » (optional activity). Free time in the village (Post Office, Bank…) Visit of « Fort Georges », « marae » with a « kava ceremony» (dances and songs…) and a wood carver in the village of Tamatoa. Scuba diving with « La Bonne Bouteille » (optional activity).

Day 7

FRIDAY – Raivavae (Mahanatoa-Rairua-Vaiurua-Anatonu), Austral Islands

Known as the “Bora Bora of the Austral Islands,” Raivavae’s white sand beaches, huge emerald lagoon, and 28 motus surrounding the lush main island have earned it this distinction. Giant stone tikis resembling those of the Marquesas and Easter Island, including an unusually smiling tiki, wooden carvings, an open-air sacred temple, and Polynesian pirogues are just some of the archaeological features you’ll discover on an island tour.

Tenders to the beach of Mahanatoa with flowery welcome. Departure by bus for a circle island tour to visit a smiling “tiki” in Rairua’s village. Food tasting with local music. Handicraft, woven hats and baskets made of pandanus leaves. Meeting on the beach of Mahanatoa for a typical buffet from Raivavae. Optional activities : – Motu « pool » excursion with swimming and snorkeling.

Day 8

SATURDAY – Rapa (Haurei), Austral Islands

The Aranui is tied up at the pier of Rapa in the village of Haurei. Welcome with music and flowers « lei ». Located in the extreme south of the Austral archipelago, this crescent-shaped island with its coastline cut by 12 very deep bays reminiscent of Nordic fjords is one of the most isolated and least populated in French Polynesia. Rapa-Iti – or “Little Rapa” as the island is known here – has a strong cultural link with Easter Island, known as Rapa-Nui or Big Island by the Polynesians. Legend has it that Rapa-Nui was first settled by the people of Rapa-Iti. Once home to fierce warriors who lived in fortified villages built on terraces among the volcanic peaks, the island’s inhabitants now live by farming and fishing.Truck shuttle from the pier to the Cultural Center. Visit to the Cultural Center with handicraft. Free time in the village of Haurei. Visit to the “pa” (fort) for good hikers, very steep hill. Truck shuttle between the Cultural Center and the pier (for those who want to go back on board).

Day 9

SUNDAY – Rapa (Haurei), Austral Islands

The Aranui is at the pier in the village of Haurei-Rapa.
« Truck » to morning Church service.

Day 10

MONDAY – At sea

Enjoy a day at sea to relax by the pool and participate in one of the lectures or activities offered by our guides.

Day 11

TUESDAY – Anaa, Tuamotu Islands

The Aranui is adrift in Anaa. Tenders to the small dock of Tukuhora. A small atoll with less than 500 inhabitants, Anaa wrote its way into the history books as the birthplace of Tahiti’s royal family — the Pomare Dynasty. These days it’s best known for its luminous jade lagoon with green clouds above from the sun rays reflecting off the water and picturesque motus with no less than eleven little islands scattered around the atoll. Be introduced to local craftsmanship and challenge your family or friends to the traditional javelin throw. Walk for a visit to the village.Visit to Anaa Pito, a whole in the lagon (optional activity) Polynesian Feast on board.

Day 12

WEDNESDAY – Anaa, Tuamotu Islands

The Aranui is adrift. Welcome on the small dock, then 10 min. walk to the beach across the guesthouse “Toku Kaiga”. Departure from the beach for the optional activities. Departure by bus for the visit to Te Vai Ora (small eels with blue eyes). The bus will be going back and forth from the beach. Buffet « Maa Paumotu », a traditional meal.

Day 13

THURSDAY – Return to Tahiti (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 6.00 AM.

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.

12 591 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.

9 937 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.

9 519 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.

9 101 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.

8 725 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.

8 725 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.

8 255 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.

9 999 999 999 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.

6 384 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.

6 071 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.

8 846 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.

6 384 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.

4 064 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.

4 064 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 optional activities can be booked onboard, at an additional cost.

JOSIANE TEAMOTUAITAU (PhD in Civilization)

Josiane Teamotuaitau is Tahitian; her family comes from Ra’iatea, but she grew up in Tahiti. After high school, she left for France where she studied foreign languages. She spent 10 years there before coming back to Tahiti; she taught English at Tai’arapu Senior High School for 20 years and then decided to retire from National Education to have more time for her family and research. As she’s always been deeply interested in the history of her country, in 1994 she undertook research in ethnology and history. Now a PhD in Humanities she still teaches at the University of French Polynesia and writes on the history of Tahiti. In 2016, her book dedicated to the history of Tahiti and entitled Fa’ati’a mai ia Tai’arapu, Grandeur et déclin des Teva i tai’ was published. She is the current Vice-President of the Société des Études Océaniennes (Oceania Studies Society) that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017, and is also involved in various cultural projects such as traditional sailing as President of Fa’afaite, Tahiti Voyaging Society.