Aranui 5<br>13 Night Cruise, Saturday Departure<br>Papeete Return 2

Aranui 5
13 Night Cruise, Saturday Departure
Papeete Return 2

Ship: Aranui 5
Cruise Line: Aranui Cruises
Duration: 13 Nights
Ports: Papeete, Takapoto, Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Tahuata, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Ua Huka, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Papeete
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Papeete
Airport gateway (Departure) : Papeete


Day 1 Depart from Port of Papeete, Tahiti (10am)
Day 2 Tuamotu Archipelago – Takapoto
Day 3 At Sea, crossing from Tuamoto to Marquesas
Day 4 Nuku Hiva (Taiohae-Hatiheu- Taipivai)
Day 5 Ua Pou (Hakahau- Hakahetau)
Day 6 Tahuata (Vaitahu) & Hiva Oa (Atuona)
Day 7 Fatu Hiva (Omoa-Hanavave)
Day 8 Hiva Oa (Puamau)
Day 9 Ua Huka (Vaipaee / Hane)
Day 10 Nuku Hiva (Taiohae) & Ua Pou (Hakahau)
Day 11 At Sea, crossing from Marquesas to Tuamoto
Day 12 Rangiroa - Tumamotu Archipelago
Day 13 Bora Bora - Leeward Group of the Society Islands
Day 14 Arrive at Port of Papeete, Tahiti (9am)

CTPM reserves the right to alter or curtail the itinerary or the ports of call as deemed necessary due to technical, meteorological reasons or freight constraints.



* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected


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A look beyond its bustling waterfront will reveal the island paradise French artist Paul Gauguin came to explore and embrace. The island’s lush interior is a canvas of deep green valleys, 7,000 feet-high peaks and cascading waterfalls. On the south shore lies the Gauguin Museum at Mataiea while at Tautira on the north coast, other famous names like Captain Cook and Robert Louis Stevenson came to call. Back in Papeete, visit the restored ancient temple of Arahurahu Marae or shop for cultured black pearls.

Country - French Polynesia
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Distance from port to Airport - 5kms
Currency - Pacific Francs (XPF)

Places of Interest

Point Venus, Gauguin Museum, Tahara Hill and Matavai Bay



Takapoto, Tua-poto or Oura, is an atoll in the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia, it has a length of 10 square kilometres and a width of 6.7 kilometres, and the nearest land is Takaroa Atoll which located 10 kilometres to the northeast.



85 km²
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Tuamotu-Gambier Islands, Tuamotus
French Polynesia
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Nuku Hiva

Ua Pou


Tahuata is part of the Marquesas Islands.

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Places of Interest

Hiva Oa

Hiva ʻOa is the second largest island in the Marquesas Islands, and the largest island of the southern group. Its name means “long ridgepole” in South Marquesan. The island is likely so named because of its long central ridge. Atuona, on the south side of the island was formerly the seat of government for all of the Marquesas Islands, but has been replaced by Nuku Hiva's Tai o Hae, leaving it as the regional seat of government for only the southern Marquesas

Country - French Polynesia
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Currency - Pacific Francs (XPF)

Places of Interest 

Gauguin Museum

Fatu Hiva

Fatu Hiva, sometimes Fatu Iva (formerly Isla Magdalena in Spanish) is the southernmost of the Marquesas Islands. With Motu Nao as its closest neighbor, it is also the most isolated of the inhabited islands. It has a spectacular and dizzy making relief covered in luxurious plant growth especially in the northwest corner of the island around the spectacular Virgins Bay at Hanavave, with baroque basalt columns.

Country - French Polynesia
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Ua Huka

The storage area of the great house of the gods, Ua Huka has an austere appearance due to prevalent drought. Its relief is less elevated than its neighbors and includes plateaus and almost deserted zones where the summit reaches 855 meters.

The island has more horses than human beings and herds of goats also run rampant. Its great interest for tourists lies in the restoration of its many archaeological sites, the display of pieces and remains in the museum and the preservation of plant life in the only French-Polynesian arboretum.

Country - French Polynesia
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Currency - Pacific Francs (XPF) 

Places of Interest

Archaeological Museum


Bora Bora

No name captures the imagination of paradise as well as the French Polynesian island nation of Bora Bora. Majestic mountains sculpted by ancient volcanoes, a shimmering lagoon and a barrier reef dotted with tiny motu or islets welcome visitors to perhaps the most stunning island in the South Pacific, and generations of travelers — including novelist James Michener — regarded Bora Bora as an earthly paradise. Approximately, a mere 4,600 people live a seemingly idyllic lifestyle in the main villages of Vaitape, Anau and Faanui.

Country - French Polynesia
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Distance from port to Airport - 5kms
Currency - Pacific Francs (XPF)

Places of Interest
Vaitape, Mareas, Beaches and Lagoons



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Aranui Cruises

Aranui Cruises

Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime, also known as C.P.T.M, is a third generation maritime company which operates the Aranui, a passenger/freighter vessel in French Polynesia.  Founded in 1954 by the patriarch of the Wong family from Tahiti, first as Wing Man Hing and subsequently as C.P.T.M., its ships have been plying the waters of French Polynesia for over six decades.  Originally, it serviced the Tuamotu and Gambier Archipelagos, supplying and conducting trade between these islands and Tahiti.

In 1978, the commercial line to the Marquesas Islands was added to its shipping route, and in 1984, the Aranui I was converted to accommodate passengers, creating Aranui Cruises. At the time of its first sailing and for many years after, the Aranui was the only ship to bring tourists to the Marquesas, putting them on the map and creating an interest in this little-known archipelago. 

Over the past thirty years, it has helped revitalize the long forgotten Marquesan culture and contribute to the local economy by introducing these islands to nearly 45,000 international passengers, thereby establishing itself as the premier and most in-depth cruise to the Marquesas. 

With a knowledgeable and expert Polynesian crew, many of whom have been with the company for over thirty years, this soft adventure and cultural experience truly represents the journey of a lifetime.  The advent of the Aranui 5, setting sail in December of 2015, will once again redefine cruising in French Polynesia. 

The name "Aranui" means "The Great Highway" in Maori, another great Polynesian culture. The first Aranui was purchased from a New Zealand ship owner in 1959. CPTM kept her original name, because it suited her. Serving as a link between the remote Marquesas and the rest of the world, she truly was a "Great Highway" on which cargo and passengers traveled. The original Aranui was too small to meet the needs of the islands as trade increased. CPTM therefore retired her, and purchased a new vessel, which was also named the Aranui.

The second Aranui was originally built as a freighter for the Baltic trades, with unusually thick hull plates because of floating ice often found in that area. She was modified in Germany in 1990. After only a few years in service, it too was getting too small again to meet the islands growing trade needs as well as the increase in passenger travel. CPTM decided this time to built a new vessel in 2000, which was named the Aranui III.

The Aranui III was built in Romania as a freighter and passenger vessel. Because of the number of passengers the vessel can carry, she was reclassifed as a passenger vessel. Thus, meeting the strict requirements of international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations and many safety features including life boats and lifte rafts and fire safety systems. The vessel is French registry, and crewed primarily by Marquesans. They are extremely skillfull and very hospitable. It is often their custom to give an impromptu concert in the evenings, both for their own and our passengers pleasure. 


Ship info

Aranui 5

The New Ship In French Polynesia

Explore the enchanting Marquesas Islands aboard the latest incarnation of Aranui Cruises famed ships. Setting sail in the Winter of 2015, the new Aranui 5 represents the crowning jewel of a 30-year long pursuit of the ultimate passenger freighter.
Redesigned and custom built with passenger comfort in mind, you will embark on a voyage of discovery following the paths of Paul Gauguin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thor Heyerdahl and Jacques Brel. Aranui Cruises’ Polynesian staff and crew will welcome you to these exotic, captivating islands they call home.

The Aranui 5 continues Aranui Cruises 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, you can retreat to the balcony in a suite or deluxe stateroom. 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.

Aranui 3 will sail through 2015 voyages, and Aranui 5 will be sailing in 2016 voyages.


Aranui 5 is a new custom-built, dual-purpose passenger/freighter that sails from Tahiti to the Marquesas, Tuamotu, and the 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.

With 8 different guest decks, the interior decor reflects the Polynesian heritage of her owners and crew.  The ship features a restaurant where all the meals onboard are served in a casual setting; 2 lounges; 2 conference rooms, where guest lecturers will offer presentations on various topics related to the Marquesas; 4 bars, including the Sky Bar with sweeping panoramic views; an outdoor pool; a boutique; a massage room and a gym.

Passenger accommodations range from Premium exterior staterooms, more than 90 percent with a private balcony; to Standard exterior staterooms with a picture window or porthole; to Class C, shared dormitory style cabins with occupancy for 4 or 8. Aranui 5’s registry is France and thus sails under French pavilion.  As such, she operates under the strictest building and safety guidelines, including the requirements of international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations and the French Coast Guard (CCS).


Vessel particulars:

• Length: 126 m. Breadth: 22 m. Draught: 5,20 m. Dead weight: 3 200 tons
• Cruising speed: 15 knots
• Propellers: 2
• Capacity: 254 passengers – 103 cabins



• 1 dining room
• 2 spacious lounges & 2 conference rooms
• 4 bars including 1 panoramic bar (Skybar)
• 1 fitness room
• 1 outside swimming pool
• 1 shop
• 1 massage room
• 2 lifts

Accommodation & Capacity:

Suite + balcony
30 in total
Dimension = 18 m2 to 41 m2 | 194 ft2 to 441 ft2
Balcony Dimension = 4 m2 
• Capacity = (2) or (3) adults

2 in total
Dimensions = 18 m2 to 41 m2 | 194 ft2 to 441 ft2
• Capacity = (2) or (3) adults

Deluxe stateroom + balcony
31 in total
Dimensions = 13 m2 to 19 m2 | 140 ft2 to 205 ft2 
Balcony Dimension = 4m2
Capacity = (2) people

Stateroom + porthole
40 in total

1 king / 2 twins
32 in total
Dimensions = 11 m2 | 118 ft2 
Capacity = 2 people  

Single stateroom
2 in total
Dimensions = 9.5 m2 | 102 ft
Capacity = (1) person only

4 twin bed stateroom
6 in total
Dimensions = 16.5 m2 | 178 ft2
Capacity = (4) people

4 bed dormitory + portholes
4 in total
Dimensions = 12.5 m2 | 135 ft2
Capacity = (4) people

8 bed dormitory + portholes
1 in total
Dimensions = 26.5 m2 | 285 ft2 
Capacity = (8) people 


Aranui Cruises recommends informal, comfortable, easily washable clothing for your trip. They suggest that you pack the following items:

• shorts jeans or slacks
• T-shirts
• bathing suit
• rain poncho or waterproof coat
• sweatshirt or light sweater for the evenings
• A washer and dryer are on board the vessel, but no dry cleaning is available.
• Comfortable shoes are a must

For women, the native "pareo", made of light, colourful fabric, can be worn in a number of styles. It is ideal for both casual and festive occasions. Pareos are available in Tahiti and also aboard the vessel in the ship's boutique. must, particularly for shore excursions, which can entail walking over coral reefs. Tennis shoes or sports sandals are recommended.

You should also bring personal toiletries although the ship's boutique has a selection of sundries. Be sure to bring along any medication you may require, both prescription and non-prescription. Some products common at home may not be available in Tahiti or the Marquesas, so if you have a particular preference, bring an adequate supply for the trip. They recommend that you use soft-sided luggage. This way, you can store your clothes in the closet and drawers, and store your luggage away during the trip.

Shore Visit

Ship to Shore Transport

Due to reef formations, lack of docking facilities, or wind and sea conditions at many ports in French Polynesia, it is frequently necessary to use a small craft or tender to transport passengers between ship and shore.

Shore Excursions

Visits ashore are limited to the time required by port authorities and cargo operators. The time in port may range from a few hours to a day or more. Excursions are available at some ports of call, at no cost to passengers. These include meals, tours of villages and archaeological sites and snorkeling.

At some ports, other activities are available, including scuba diving and para-sailing. However, these activities are not included in the price of passage. Although Aranui Cruises will be happy to advise you of the operators who offer such activities, they accept no responsibility for their operation.



All meals are included in the price of the voyage. Meals are served in the Aranui's dining room in an informal setting. Depending on the number of passengers, there will be on or two seatings. There is buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner menus will vary depending on what fresh ingredients are available. Complimentary wine is provided at both lunch and dinner.

For shore excursions, they will provide either a picnic lunch or a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

You will need to advise your travel agent at the time of making your booking if you need a special, medically prescribed diet.


What you can expect, weather wise.

The weather in the area is generally divided between the dry season, from March to October, and the wet season, from September to February. You can expect some rain even in the dry season, so they recommend you bring a poncho or other rain gear for shore excursions. Temperatures during both seasons will average in the 80's during the day, and 60's-70's in the evening. Temperatures are given in Fahrenheit.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation insurance. Your travel agent will be able to advise you on this.

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