2017 Aranui 5 Saturday Departures Itinerary – includes Bora Bora
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Aranui Day 1 – Papeete, Tahiti
You will depart in the morning and set sail for your exciting adventure aboard the Aranui 5.
Aranui Day 2 – Tuamotu Archipelago – Takapoto
Takapoto is one of the many atolls in the Tuamotu Islands. The beach and crystal clear water is a popular spot for people of all levels to participate in snorkeling and swimming to watch schools of brightly colored fish in the lagoon. There will also be demonstrations on the black pearls harvested on this island.
The entire morning will be spent on the island. Later in the day, we take off for the Marquesas.
Aranui Day 3 – At Sea in the South Pacific
You can relax in the pool, read a book on one of the sun decks, or just enjoy views of the peaceful South Pacific ocean.
The Polynesian crew will treat you as their welcomed guests, happy to talk about where they are from and introduce you to their rich culture. Many evenings the crew will sing and strum on their ukuleles, songs and rhythms from their home islands.Aranui Day 4 – Nuku Hiva
The Aranui sails into Taiohae’s Bay, an incredible volcanic amphitheatre filled with towering cliffs and covered in waterfalls. As the Aranui unloads it’s cargo, you are free to explore Taiohae, the small Administrative capital of the Marquesas Islands
Aranui Day 5 – The Marquesas Archipelago – Ua Pou
From the Aranui deck, you will see the soaring mountain peaks of Ua Pou. When the Aranui stops in port, villagers greet it as the crew unloads supplies. The Aranui brings supplies to the small islands with everything from cement and sugar to loads of traditional copra (dried coconut meat). In the small town of Hakahau you can explore its ancient church with a hand-carved wooden dais. You will also have the opportunity to meet talented woodcarvers and take a hike up a breathtaking mountain for a view of the distant cloud-covered hills.
At Rosalie’s Restaurant, you will experience your first true Marquesan lunch: breadfruit (a marquesan staple food) along with barbecued rock lobster, curried goat, taro, poisson cru (raw fish soaked in coconut milk and marinated in lime juice), and sweet red bananas.
Aranui Day 6 – Ua Huka
Ua Huka is small but beautiful island. On day 10 we will see a presentation of island dancing from a group of locals, visit a market where the islanders sell there drums and handicrafts and then visit a mountain view point with a stunning view of the island.
Aranui Day 7 – Tahuata & Hiva Oa
This little town only a few years ago, was opened up to the rest of the island when it received access via a small road. As a result the first cars in this village only appeared around that time. It is a very traditional village that has kept its friendly traditions and old way of life. Later in there day you will have time to get off the Aranui and explore Atuona, the second largest village in the Marquesas. This is where Paul Gauguin lived died and did some of his best works of art.Aranui Day 8 – Fatu Hiva
Because Fatu Hiva does not even have an airport, it is the most remote and adventurous island on the Aranui’s cruise itinerary. In Fatu Hiva you will get the option to take a 4 hour hike through the lush tropical mountains or to explore one of the most remote villages in the Marquesas Islands!Aranui Day 9 – Hiva Oa
You may have the option to walk or rent a jeep to visit an archeological site wher you will receive a 30 minute lecture on this site and people who made it.
Aranui Day 10 – Nuka Hiva/Ua Pou
On day 11 we have a chance to visit the archaeology Tohua (ancient Marquesian gathering place) where we learn about the ancient uses of this site. Also we will have the opportunity to see some traditional Marquesian dancing and real petroglyphs.
Aranui Day 11 – Out On The Ocean
You will get the opportunity to enjoy views of the ocean, swim in the pool or a variety of other Aranui facilities.
Aranui Day 12 – Tuamotu Archipelago – Rangiroa
One of the best snorkeling stops in the Marquesas is Rangiroa. We will have an opportunity to picnic on the beach then snorkel the translucent waters exploring the vibrant coral and fish that live here.
Aranui Day 13 – Society Archipelago – Bora Bora
A breathtaking blue lagoon with its iconic mountain towering in the middle, Bora Bora is famous for its small villages and aquatic activities. Stop for a visit on a private island or take a lagoon tour to see manta rays, sting rays, schools of fish or the world war 2 cannons perched on the mountainsides. You may choose to disembark this afternoon if you would like to extend your stay in Bora Bora before returning home.
Aranui Day 14 – Tahiti
Arrive around 9:30am in Papeete, Tahiti when you will disembark from the Aranui 3 and say goodbye to an adventure of a lifetime.
For more details on the trip itinerary visit the Aranui blog page!