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Pitcairn Island & French Polynesia


DURATION:11 Days/ 10 NightsREGION:Australia, New Zealand & PacificSHIP:Aranui 5

For an adventure you won’t find in the average guide book, embark on an 11-day voyage of discovery across the South Pacific for Pitcairn Island. En route, visit some of Polynesia's most scenic islands, including the Tuamotu and Gambier Islands. Located in the dazzling blue waters between Tahiti and Easter Island, tiny Pitcairn is thousands of kilometres from the nearest continent. Pitcairn is so isolated it’s only accessible by sea and the new Aranui 5 offers a stylish and comfortable new way to visit the 

island. Part of Britain’s smallest territory, Pitcairn is home to a population of just 50 people – the descendants of Pitcairn’s first European settlers, the HMS Bounty mutineers, and their accompanying band of Polynesians. Visitors to the isolated isle at the edge of the world mingle with these local families, gaining a unique insight into the island’s culture and storied history. If you’re looking for an adventure that redefines what it means to get off the beaten tourist trail, this is the remote paradise you’ve been searching for. 


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Ship Details

Aranui 5

Aranui 5

Operated by: Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime

Aranui 5 is a unique, custom-built, dual-purpose passenger/freighter that sails from Tahiti to the Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands in French Polynesia on a 12-day all-inclusive cruise. Designed to offer all of the comforts of a cruise liner, while operating as a supply ship, Aranui 5 is classified as a small vessel, accommodating approximately 254 passengers and 103 cabins.

Redesigned and custom built with passenger comfort in mind, you will embark the Aranui 5 on a voyage of discovery following the paths of Paul Gauguin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thor Heyerdahl and Jacques Brel. The Polynesian staff and crew will welcome you to these exotic, captivating islands they call home.

The Aranui 5 continues a relaxed, friendly tradition with space to meet new friends in the bars and lounge or while relaxing on the deck or by the pool, as the islands seem to float by. If you are looking for privacy or romance, retreat to your balcony in suites and deluxe staterooms. Watch the infinite colours of the sunset play in the sky and sea as another day draws to a close in the South Pacific.

After a three-course dinner, let the lively Aranui Band introduce you to Polynesian rhythms and teach you to swivel your hips to the infectious beat of the Tamure or the Tahitian Waltz.

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Key Facts

French Polynesian
413 Feet / 126 Metres
78 Feet
15 Knots
Passenger Decks
French Polynesia (France)
Room Grades

Your cruise price includes:

  • Accommodation in selected room grade aboard Aranui 5
  • All meals including glass of wine at lunch and dinner onboard
  • All port charges/taxes
  • Shore excursions to remote villages, archaeological sites with lecturers on site, dance shows, hiking, picnics, restaurants, 4x4 sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is introducing a global sulphur cap in 2020, requiring all ships to use fuel with a sulphur content of no more than 0.50% m/m (mass by mass). In line with this regulation, Aranui Cruises will switch to low-sulphur fuel from January 1, 2020. To help cover the cost and transition, a surcharge of AUD$190 per person is included in our published fares.


Your cruise price does not include:

  • Flights and pre- and post- cruise accommodations
  • Alcoholic and premium non alcoholic beverages onboard 
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended - ask us for a quote today)
  • Items of a personal nature (ie communications and laundry expenses)
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Please note: This cruise is sold in AUD

Book your 2024 Pitcairn Island cruise before 30 November 2023 and Second Traveller SAVES 50% or No Single Supplement! New bookings only, not combinable with any other discount. Enquire for full details.


A twin share stateroom is priced from A$13,038/NZ$14,352 for two guests, a saving of around $4,000. 

The Itinerary is a guide only and subject to change without notice subject to weather or sea conditions or any other event affecting the operation of the vessel.

By completing this booking request you acknowledge that you have read and accept both Expedition Cruise Specialists' and Aranui Cruises' terms and conditions.

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Pitcairn Island & French Polynesia