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French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands


DURATION:13 Days/ 12 NightsREGION:Australia, New Zealand & PacificSHIP:Aranui 5

Since 1954 Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime has been providing a pivotal link to the outside world for the people of the Marquesas Islands. In these remote islands, Aranui 5's arrival is always met with great enthusiasm as copra, citrus fruit, fish and barrels of Noni are loaded and destined for Papeete and 

beyond. The new Aranui 5, launched in late 2015, continues to offer adventure voyaging at its best, with full amenities, seafaring stability, warm hospitality and a lifetime of unforgettable memories. Get off the beaten track to explore remote islands, along with icons including magical Bora Bora.


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Ship Details

Aranui 5

Aranui 5

Operated by: Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime

Aranui 5 is a new custom-built, dual-purpose passenger/freighter that sails from Tahiti to the Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands in French Polynesia on a 14 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 3 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.

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, 4WD 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

Ask about the 10% Senior's Discount on selected cruises.

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.

Single travellers are able to request sole use of staterooms at a 50% single surcharge.


French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands