About a three hour flight from the Society Islands and the Tuamotu Atolls, the Marquesas, or Henua Enata meaning “Land of Men”, are seemingly lost at the end of the earth. Even now, some of the islands are virtually untouched since the era of European exploration. Their isolation has created an immense pride among the people and a fascinating culture. The language is unique to Tahiti, as the lilting Marquesan dialect is traced directly to the ancient Polynesian tongue of Maohi. Natural wonders abound as 1000-foot waterfalls cascade down sheer volcanic cliffs, and towering mountains disappear into the clouds. A Polynesian legend tells that the gods created the Marquesas Islands to be the roof of French Polynesia. On the Aranui’ voyages, we take travelers to the heart of Polynesian culture and traditions, to islands that have remained untouched and where time seems to have stopped. It is the journey of a lifetime.


  • Meet/greet and transfer to your hotel with early check-in on arrival
  • 2 nights in a Mountain View Room at the Tahiti Nui Hotel in Papeete
  • Transfer from hotel to the cruise ship terminal
  • 12 nights in a Regular Stateroom
  • Services of expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities
  • Group transfers during the cruise
  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Shore excursions, these include meals, a picnic lunch or a meal at a local restaurant will be provided
  • Tours of villages and archaeological sites and snorkeling
  • Landing fees and port taxes
  • Transfer from the cruise ship terminal to your hotel

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After collecting your luggage, you will be transferred to your hotel for your overnight accommodation
Accommodation: Tahiti Nui Hotel (or similar)


This morning you’ll be transferred to the cruise ship terminal for the 9am sailing of the Aranui. After completing check-in procedures you can explore the ship before a safety briefing and lunch. (L/D)
Accommodation for 12 nights: Regular Stateroom


The Aranui will reach the small oval-shaped atoll of Fakarava in the morning. Be ready for your first immersion in the infinitely blue waters that make the Tuamotu atolls so special. After a short stroll through the village, enjoy the deliciously warm waters of the lagoon. For lunch, delight in a wonderful beach picnic, swim, snorkel and live the Robinson Crusoe life. (B/L/D)

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