Cruise on board the custom-built Aranui 5 to the beautiful Marquesas Islands! With just 250 passengers, enjoy personalised service, quality cuisine and shore excursions, then watch the crew in action as they deliver essential supplies to remote island communities.
The operator of mixed passenger-freighter vessel Aranui 5, Aranui Cruises is the world’s only soft adventure cruise provider to sail the Marquesas Islands, providing a regular passenger-cargo voyage between Tahiti’s three northern archipelagoes.
Guests can tick off nine French Polynesian islands on the two-week itinerary which includes the remote and culturally rich Marquesas Islands, the stunning Tuamotu atolls of Rangiroa and Fakarava, and Bora Bora with its dazzling blue lagoon.
During visits to the far-flung Marquesas Islands guests have the chance to walk in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, Herman Melville and Paul Gauguin while exploring the rugged, volcanic islands of Nuka Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva and Hiva Oa.
While Aranui 5 guests spend most of their time ashore exploring Tahitian islands, when they are on board they can sunbathe, swim in the pool or enjoy exotic tropical drinks on deck. During special Polynesian themed nights, a barbecue is served on the pool deck. Complimentary French wine is served during three-course meals in the ship’s casual restaurant.
Most of the Aranui crew are locals, so guests are immersed in the Polynesian culture from the moment they board. When they’re not ashore exploring, guests are on board learning how to weave, dance, wrap a pareo, play the ukulele, and even draw their own ‘tatau’, a tradition which originated in the Marquesas.
While the ship dispenses food, fuel and other staples to remote ports, guests enjoy excursions including hikes, 4WD tours, visits to archaeological sites and a picnic on a private island in Bora Bora.
For more information call 0800 485 846 or go to Ultimate Cruising
Our prize is for two and includes flights and a 12-night cruise in February next year.
* Depart Auckland for Papeete 12 February 2019 economy class with Air Tahiti Nui
* Three nights at the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
* 12-night cruise on Aranui 5 in an Ocean View Stateroom
* One night at the Manava Suite Resort upon return
* Return flights Papeete to Auckland economy class with Air Tahiti Nui
* All ship and hotel transfers in Tahiti.
Entries close October 31,2018.
1.The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or be transferred to another person(s).
2.The departure and return dates cannot be altered by the prize winner.
3.The prize is offered on a twin share basis and is limited to a maximum of two people. However, it is permissible for sole use of the cabin.
4.The prize cannot be taken by an employee of any organisation involved in supplying components of the prize or in the promotion of the give-away.
5.The prize winner must have a current passport with a validity at least six months beyond the date of their return from the cruise.
6.The prize winner must show proof of a valid travel insurance policy before the travel documents will be released. Failure to do so will result in the prize being withdrawn.
7.The prize winner must provide full details, including passport numbers and validity dates, of the person(s) travelling, within one month of being notified that they are the prize winner.
8.Any additional request, if granted at the sole discretion of the promotion organisers, will be at the prize winner's expense.
Reported for our AA Directions Winter 2018 issue