Crociere Aranui

Aranui è una nave mista passeggeri/merci ed offre una crociera informale per viaggiatori alla ricerca di paesaggi unici ed esperienze autentiche.

Il principale itinerario di Aranui si concentra tra Tahiti e le spettacolari isole montuose delle Marchesi, passando per alcuni atolli delle Tuamotu.
Alle Marchesi vengono visitate le 5 isole principali: Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa,Hiva, Ua Huka.

Occasionalmente, vengono inoltre proposti itinerari che toccano le isole della Società, le Australi, le Gambier fino a raggiungere Pitcairn e le isole Cook.
Almeno una partenza al mese, diverse tipologie di sistemazione e itinerari tra cui scegliere.

Caratteristiche della nave:
Lunghezza: 126 metri / Larghezza: 22 metri
Velocità di crociera: 15 nodi  /  Portata passeggeri: 230
Imbarcazione conforme ai requisiti delle norme internazionali SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) e dotata di equipaggiamenti di sicurezza.

Caratteristiche delle cabine
* con o senza balcone;
* cuccette singole sul ponte ristorante,

A bordo
* Equipaggio composto principalmente da nativi delle isole Marchesi
* Piccola boutique, due bar, sala video
* Servizio di lavanderia
* Piscina e solarium

ITINERARI DELLE CROCIERE

CROCIERA ALLA SCOPERTA DELLE MARCHESI

Giorno 1: MARTEDI – Partenza da Papeete (Tahiti)
Parti da Papeete la mattina, accoglienza a bordo dall’equipaggio e salpa verso l’atollo di Fakarava nell’arcipelago delle Tuamotu.

Giorno 2: MERCOLEDI – Fakarava
Designata come Riserva della Biosfera dall’UNESCO per la conservazione di specie rare e il secondo atollo più grande della Polinesia francese, Fakarava è rimasta praticamente intatta. Dalla sua splendida laguna e dalle scintillanti spiagge di sabbia bianca al suo ricco ecosistema, ospita uccelli, piante e vita marina unici. Avrai tempo per scoprire il piccolo villaggio di Rotoava, la chiesa costruita in corallo e le arti e i mestieri locali. È possibile noleggiare biciclette se si desidera avventurarsi al vecchio faro in aeroporto o godersi una giornata di relax, nuotando e facendo snorkeling tra i colorati pesci tropicali.

Giorno 3: GIOVEDI – In mare
Ci sono molti modi per trascorrere una giornata in mare su Aranui 5: immergersi nella cultura polinesiana con i seminari sulla tessitura, la danza, la cucina, l’annodamento di un pareo, il suonare l’ukulele, la lingua e persino il ‘tatau’ o rilassarsi sul ponte, in uno dei bar, assistere a una conferenza, curiosare nella boutique, allenarsi in palestra, farsi coccolare nella spa polinesiana di Aranui, fare un tuffo in piscina o semplicemente ammirare il mare.
All’arrivo nelle acque delle Marchesi, dovrai anticipare i tuoi orologi di mezz’ora per via del fuso locale.

Giorno 4: VENERDI – Hiva Oa (Puamau) – Tahuata (Vaitahu)
Al mattino escursione in fuoristrada a Puamau, per visitare il più importante sito archeologico locale di tiki nella Polinesia francese.
Le guide ti mostreranno le misteriose rovine di Mea’e Iipona e condivideranno storie di queste statue e di un’antica civiltà.
Nel pomeriggio, visiterai l’imponente chiesa di Tahuata, costruita dal Vaticano e decorata con bellissimi intagli e una vetrata con la croce marchesiana. Sebbene sia la più piccola delle isole Marchesi abitate, è storicamente una delle più ricche. Tahuata ha vissuto tutto: è stata la prima isola dell’arcipelago ad essere scoperta dagli esploratori spagnoli, che aprirono il fuoco su una folla di curiosi isolani nel 1595, vide l’arrivo dei missionari nel 1797 e poi divenne il primo insediamento francese nelle Marchesi nel 1842.
La gente del posto scolpisce squisiti tiki, creature marine, braccialetti, collane e altro da ossa di cavallo e mucca, ossa fossili, zanne e guscio di elmo rosa.

Giorno 5: SABATO – Hiva Oa (Atuona) – Tahuata (Kokuu)
Atuona, villaggio principale di Hiva Oa e secondo più grande delle Marchesi, un tempo era la capitale di questo arcipelago. Ampie vedute del porto possono essere viste dopo una passeggiata su per la collina fino al cimitero dove sono sepolti Paul Gauguin e Jacques Brel. Esplora il Museo Gauguin, una replica della sua “Casa del piacere”, e il Museo Brel, che mostra il suo aereo JoJo, spesso utilizzato per le emergenze mediche. Dopo pranzo a bordo, goditi un pomeriggio pigro su una bellissima spiaggia di sabbia bianca o fai un tuffo rinfrescante nell’Oceano Pacifico.

Giorno 6: DOMENICA – Fatu Hiva (Omoa – Hanavave)
Fatu Hiva è l’isola più rigogliosa e remota dell’arcipelago ed è anche un centro di artigianato marchesiano. Nel villaggio di Omoa, le donne faranno vedere come producono la tapa, prima martellando la corteccia di gelso, banyan o dell’albero del pane su un tronco, poi essiccato e dipinto con disegni tradizionali.
Seguirà una dimostrazione del kumuhei: un bouquet usato dalle donne locali per profumare i loro capelli. L’adiacente centro artigianale offre tapa, intagli, pareo tinti a mano e alcuni dei migliori oli di cocco monoi di queste isole. Dopo la visita del villaggio, i passeggeri attivi possono scegliere di fare un’escursione di 16 km da Omoa a Hanavave, che offre viste spettacolari di alte scogliere. Un pranzo al sacco sarà servito in vetta. I non escursionisti navigheranno sull’Aranui fino alla Baia delle Vergini di Hanavave, considerata una delle baie più belle del mondo. Si scenderà a terra per la visita del borgo, punto di incontro con chi ha optato per l’escursione.

Giorno 7: LUNEDI – Nuku Hiva (Taiohae – Hatiheu – Taipivai)
Quest’isola è il centro amministrativo delle Marchesi. Il villaggio di Taiohae si estende lungo la spiaggia, che è come un magnifico anfiteatro creato eruzioni vulcaniche e dominato da alte scogliere solcate da cascate. Nel piccolo villaggio ci sono tutti i servizi e le residenze governative, l’ospedale, la banca e le scuole. Un grazioso centro artigianale si trova sulla strada della spiaggia. La tua avventura a Nuku Hiva includerà un tour della Cattedrale di Notre Dame, famosa per le sue opere in pietra e le sculture in legno. A Hatiheu, visiterai il sito archeologico noto come Tohua Kamuihei, dove un tempo si svolgevano le feste pubbliche. Qui vedrai le paepae, immense piattaforme di pietra su cui sono state costruite le case e enormi massi scolpiti con enigmatici petroglifi. Sotto un gigantesco albero di banyan, goditi un’esibizione di canti e danze tradizionali, inclusa la “Danza del maiale”, che ha avuto origine a Nuku Hiva. A pranzo, prova un tradizionale “Umu”, una specialità marchigiana dove il cibo viene cucinato in un forno sotterraneo.

Giorno 8: MARTEDI – Ua Huka (Vaipae’e – Hane – Hokatu)
Quest’isola, la meno abitata delle Marchesi, è in gran parte arida e ospita cavalli selvaggi, capre e maiali. È anche un rifugio per due uccelli endemici: il pati’oti’o e il pihiti, che si trovano solo qui. Al mattino presto, l’Aranui eseguirà una virata da punto a punto di 180 gradi nella stretta baia di Vaipaee. Con solo metri di scarto su entrambi i lati, è un’abile manovra intrapresa dal capitano e dall’equipaggio da non perdere! Dal molo, viaggia in fuoristrada fino al villaggio di Hane. Lungo la strada, ti fermerai ad esplorare il Giardino Botanico, il centro culturale Te Tumu, che ospita un piccolo museo con squisite repliche di manufatti marchesi, e un museo dei petroglifi e studi di intagliatori del legno locali nel villaggio di pescatori di Hokatu. Ad Hane, dove verrà servito un pranzo marchesiano, visita il Museo della Marina e nel pomeriggio fai un’escursione per vedere i tiki di tufo rosso che si affacciano sulla baia.

Giorno 9: MERCOLEDI – Ua Pou (Hakahau)
La leggenda si riferisce a Ua Pou come ai “pilastri dell’arcipelago” ed è spesso chiamata “L’isola della cattedrale”. Questi nomi diventano chiari quando la nave attracca alla baia di Hakahau circondata da 12 cime di basalto che si elevano fino a 1100 metri. Ogni isola ha la sua atmosfera speciale e quella di Ua Pou è fatta di mistero e magia. Vedrai sicuramente volti dall’aspetto familiare dato che molti dei membri dell’equipaggio provengono da qui. I mattinieri energici possono salire sulla collina fino alla Croce per una vista mozzafiato sulle valli e sul villaggio sottostante. Il centro degli artigiani si trova a pochi passi dalla città e propone opere con l’esclusiva pietra floreale, oltre ad una varietà di intagli e vestiti per bambini. Prima di gustare un pranzo marchesiano, assisti a un eccellente spettacolo di danza, tra cui la danza degli uccelli, una tradizionale esibizione di Ua Pou.

Giorno 10: GIOVEDI – In mare
Goditi una giornata in mare rilassandoti a bordo piscina o partecipando a una delle lezioni e attività proposte dalle guide.

Giorno 11: VENERDI – Rangiroa (Otohu)
Rangiroa o “cielo immenso” è il più grande atollo della Polinesia francese e il secondo più grande del mondo. L’apparentemente infinita laguna blu attrae subacquei per fare snorkeling, immersioni o attraversare la pass nuotando circondati da pesci di ogni dimensione, colore e forma. Rangiroa è famosa per le sue maestose mante. È anche rinomata per le perle dalle splendide sfumature e raffinati gioielli prodotti dagli artigiani locali con le conchiglie. Mentre sei a Rangiroa, avrai l’opportunità di goderti la magnifica laguna con un tour in barca con fondo di vetro o nuotare, fare snorkeling o immersioni. Puoi anche visitare uno dei migliori allevamenti di perle nelle Tuamotu per conoscere queste rare gemme e vedere come vengono prodotte.

Giorno 12: SABATO – Bora Bora (Vaitape)
La più conosciuta delle Isole della Società, Bora Bora ospita una splendida laguna in una miriade di sfumature di blu e verde, sullo sfondo suggestivo del Monte Otemanu. Quest’isola paradisiaca è circondata da motu (piccoli isolotti) e da un anello di spiagge bianche orlate da palme. Base avanzata durante la seconda guerra mondiale, un tour dell’isola visita le postazioni dei cannoni. Oppure puoi goderti una giornata in spiaggia su un motu privato mentre l’equipaggio prepara un delizioso pranzo al sacco con specialità tahitiane. Nel pomeriggio, avrai tempo libero. Puoi anche scegliere tra una varietà di escursioni facoltative con supplemento, come un giro dell’isola in barca o in autobus, o uno dei più popolari tour di avvistamento squali e razze.

Giorno 13: DOMENICA – Ritorno a Tahiti (Papeete)
Questa è la fine del viaggio. È ora di dire Nānā! (Arrivederci) ai compagni di viaggio, allo staff polinesiano e alle guide Aranui.


CROCIERA ALLE ISOLE AUSTRALI

Day 1

SATURDAY – Departure from Tahiti (Papeete)

You will embark on the Aranui 5 in the morning, receive a warm welcome from our crew and begin the long journey to the Austral Islands.

Day 2

SUNDAY – At sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the ship’s pool or participate in one of our lectures or an activity organised by our guides.

Day 3

MONDAY – Rurutu, Austral Islands

One of the largest raised atolls in French Polynesia, the island formation of Rurutu is not what one expects to see in the South Pacific. Basalt and limestone cliffs are dotted with caves where the islanders once lived, as well as a volcanic interior with a lush tropical jungle, and white sand beaches with beautiful bays, all create a stunning sight. The island’s fertile soil and cooler climate are ideal for growing cabbage, lettuce and potatoes as well as coffee and taro. Archaeological digs have uncovered habitation sites, council platforms and marae temples in the village of Vitaria, showing man’s presence around 900 A.D. Rurutu is known throughout Polynesia for the quality of its woven products, including magnificent hats, bags and baskets, or mats from pandanus leaves and other natural materials. From August to October each year, humpback whales can be seen and heard in Rurutu, where they come south to mate and give birth.

Day 4

TUESDAY – Tubuai, Austral Islands

Tubuai is the largest island of the archipelago and is the administrative and economic capital of the Australs. The huge lagoon, nearly twice as large as the island itself, offers 33 sq. mi. (85 km²) of pure aquatic fun. The mild climate also makes these islands ideal for farming. The first explorers were struck by the island’s beauty. Toward the end of the 19th Century, explorers Wallis and Cook took a liking to the lush vegetation and crystal-clear water of the island. However, the area did not look appropriate for good anchorage given the large barrier reef around the coast. This disadvantage turned into an incredible advantage in the eyes of the famous mutineers of the HMS Bounty.

Day 5

WEDNESDAY – At sea

Enjoy a day at sea to relax by the pool and participate in one of the lectures or activities offered by our guides.

Day 6

THURSDAY – Rapa, Austral Islands

As you approach Rapa, only accessible by sea, the Captain may announce: “Welcome to Rapa. Next stop Antarctica”. As the southernmost inhabited island of French Polynesia, this crescent shaped land mass — with a fjord-like coastline deeply indented by 12 bays —is as remote as it gets. Rapa-Iti, or “small Rapa” as the island is also called, has a strong cultural connection to Easter Island, known as Rapa-Nui or big Rapa to the Polynesians. Legend tells of the settlement of Rapa-Nui by the people of Rapa-Iti. Once home to fierce warriors who lived in fortified settlements built on terraces among volcanic peaks, the islanders now live off farming and fishing. During our visit, you will be greeted by the unique dances of Rapa. You may choose one of two different hikes offered. The first goes from the village of Area around the stunning bay to the main village of Ahurei and the second ends at the ruins of an old mountaintop fort. A traditional lunch will be served on shore.

Day 7

FRIDAY – Rapa, Austral Islands

Among the other activities on offer during our one and a half day stopover in Rapa, you will visit Ahurei, the main village of the island, explore ancient fortresses, visit an agricultural production centre, discover local arts and crafts, meet the inhabitants of this isolated island, and share a ma’a over a wood fire in the village.

Day 8

SATURDAY – Raivavae, Austral Islands

Raivavae’s white sand beaches, large emerald lagoon and 28 motus encircling the lush green main island, have earned it the title of the “Bora Bora of the Austral Islands”. Giant stone tikis, including an unusual smiling tiki, resembling those in the Marquesas and on Easter Island, wood sculptures, an open-air marae temple and Polynesian canoes are some of the archaeological elements you will discover during a circle island tour. If you wish, you can relax on one of the motus and swim in the crystal-clear lagoon. An excursion by speed boat is available. A beach barbecue featuring local dishes will be served for lunch.

Day 9

SUNDAY – At sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the ship’s pool or participate in one of our lectures or an activity organised by our guides.

Day 10

MONDAY – Return to Tahiti (Papeete) at 7.00 pm

This is the end of our journey. We will arrive in Papeete around 7.00 pm. It’s time to say Nānā! (Goodbye) to your travel companions, to the Polynesian staff and Aranui guides.


CROCIERA ISOLE COOK E AUSTRALI

Day 1

SATURDAY – Departure from Tahiti (Papeete)

You will embark on the Aranui 5 in the morning, receive a warm welcome from our crew and begin the long journey to the Cook Islands.

Day 2

SUNDAY – At sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the ship’s pool or participate in one of our lectures or an activity organised by our guides.

Day 3

MONDAY – Aitukati, Cook Islands

Another paradise island in the South Pacific, Aitutaki has it all: gorgeous white sand beaches and a stunning turquoise lagoon surrounded by motus on the barrier reef. Though considered an atoll, it has a significant large area of high land on the north side, providing sweeping views across the lagoon. According to legend, the island was settled by Ru, who sailed from Raiatea in the Society Islands in search of new lands and many Aitutakians believe they are descended from this seafaring warrior. Aitutakians are known for their charm, easy going attitude and warm hospitality. Whether relaxing on the beach, snorkelling the crystal-clear lagoon in search of colourful tropical fish and corals, or discovering remnants of an ancient past, Aitutaki offers the best of both worlds.

Day 4

TUESDAY – Rarotonga, Cook Islands

The largest and most populous island, Rarotonga is the hub of the Cook Islands, with its chief town, Avarua, as its capital. Settled by Polynesians from French Polynesia around the 9th century, the bond with Tahiti and her islands has always remained strong. Today, as modern Pacific people, the high-spirited Cook Islanders are a cosmopolitan blend of Western influence and ancient Polynesian heritage. Many important archaeological sites can be found here, such as Arai Te Tonga, the most sacred marae in Rarotonga, and nearby, the Ara Metua, a thousand-year-old interior road, paved with basalt or coral slabs, that once circled the island and about two-thirds still exist. Highland Paradise, sometimes known as “the lost village”, is a cultural centre consisting of old and faithfully rebuilt traditional structures where re-enactments and cultural demonstrations take place.

Day 5

WEDNESDAY – Rurutu, Austral Islands

One of the largest raised atolls in French Polynesia, the island formation of Rurutu is not what one expects to see in the South Pacific. Basalt and limestone cliffs are dotted with caves where the islanders once lived, as well as a volcanic interior with a lush tropical jungle, and sand beaches with beautiful bays, all create a stunning sight. The island’s fertile soil and cooler climate are ideal for growing cabbage, lettuce and potatoes as well as coffee and taro. Archaeological digs have uncovered habitation sites, council platforms and marae temples in the village of Vitaria, showing man’s presence around 900 A.D. Rurutu is known throughout Polynesia for the quality of its woven products, including magnificent hats, bags and baskets, or mats from pandanus leaves and other natural materials. From August to October each year, humpback whales can be seen and heard in Rurutu, where they come south to mate and give birth. As Aranui 5 will be here in September, this should be a feast for your eyes and ears.

Day 6

THURSDAY – At sea

Enjoy a day at sea to relax by the pool and participate in one of the lectures or activities offered by our guides.

Day 7

FRIDAY – Rapa, Austral Islands

As you approach Rapa, only accessible by sea, the Captain may announce: “Welcome to Rapa. Next stop Antarctica”. As the southernmost inhabited island of French Polynesia, this crescent shaped land mass — with a fjord-like coastline deeply indented by 12 bays —is as remote as it gets. Rapa-Iti, or “small Rapa” as the island is also called, has a strong cultural connection to Easter Island, known as Rapa-Nui or big Rapa to the Polynesians. Legend tells of the settlement of Rapa-Nui by the people of Rapa-Iti. Once home to fierce warriors who lived in fortified settlements built on terraces among volcanic peaks, the islanders now live off farming and fishing. During our visit, you will be greeted by the unique dances of Rapa. You may choose one of two different hikes offered. The first goes from the village of Area around the stunning bay to the main village of Ahurei and the second ends at the ruins of an old mountaintop fort. A traditional lunch will be served on shore.

Day 8

SATURDAY – Rapa, Austral Islands

Among the other activities on offer during our one and a half day stopover in Rapa, you will visit Ahurei, the main village of the island, explore ancient fortresses, visit an agricultural production centre, discover local arts and crafts, meet the inhabitants of this isolated island, and share a ma’a over a wood fire in the village.

Day 9

SUNDAY – Raivavae, Austral Islands

Raivavae’s white sand beaches, large emerald lagoon and 28 motus encircling the lush green main island, have earned it the title of the “Bora Bora of the Austral Islands”. Giant stone tikis, including an unusual smiling tiki, resembling those in the Marquesas and on Easter Island, wood sculptures, an open-air marae temple and Polynesian canoes are some of the archaeological elements you will discover during a circle island tour. If you wish, you can relax on one of the motus and swim in the crystal-clear lagoon. An excursion by speed boat is available. A beach barbecue featuring local dishes will be served for lunch.

Day 10

MONDAY – At sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the ship’s pool or participate in one of our lectures or an activity organised by our guides.

Day 11

TUESDAY – Anaa, Tuamotu

A small atoll with less than 500 inhabitants, Anaa wrote its way into the history books as the birthplace of Tahiti’s royal family — the Pomare Dynasty. These days it’s best known for its luminous jade lagoon with green clouds above from the sun rays reflecting off the water and picturesque motus with no less than eleven little islands scattered around the atoll. Be introduced to local craftsmanship and challenge your family or friends to the traditional javelin throw.

Day 12

WEDNESDAY – At sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the ship’s pool or participate in one of our lectures or an activity organised by our guides.

Day 13

THURSDAY – Return to Tahiti (Papeete)

This is the end of our journey. It’s time to say Nānā! (Goodbye) to your travel companions, to the Polynesian staff and Aranui guides.


CROCIERA ISOLE DELLA SOCIETÀ E COOK

Day 1

SATURDAY – Departure from Tahiti (Papeete)

You will embark on the Aranui in the morning, receive a warm welcome from our crew and sail to Society islands.

Day 2

SUNDAY – Huahine, Society Islands

Only a 15-minute flight from Bora Bora, yet worlds apart, Huahine represents old Polynesia. Less visited than its glitzy neighbor to the East, this lush tropical Garden of Eden and its people have maintained the warmth and simplicity Polynesians are known for, mostly unaffected by the modern world. Huahine is actually two islands, connected by a small bridge. In the north, Huahine Nui, or big Huahine, is where the main village of Fare is located. Several marae, a small museum exhibiting objects and remnants from digs, stone fish traps, an ancestral method referred to as “lazy fishing”, and sacred blue-eyed eels can be found here. In the south, Huahine Iti, or small Huahine, though a little more rugged, offers a postcard image of gorgeous white sand beaches and a lagoon in varying shades of blues and greens at the tip of the island.

Day 3

MONDAY – Raiatea, Society Islands

Within the Polynesian triangle, Raiatea, or Havai’i as it was originally know, is considered the cradle of Polynesian civilization. As the first island to be populated by these seafaring people, this is where all migration to the three points, New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island, began. Taputapuatea, a 1,000 year-old large marae complex, or open air temple, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is regarded as the religious and spiritual center of all of Eastern Polynesia. From here, navigators and sailors would venture out to settle new lands. Appropriately, Raiatea, with its main town of Uturoa, is the base for most yacht charter companies. Mount Temehani, the island’s most sacred mountain, is home to the tiare apetahi, a flower found nowhere else in the world, which only blooms at dawn.

Day 4

TUESDAY – Maupiti, Society Islands

The tiny island of Maupiti sits 25 miles to the west of Bora Bora. The main island, only about four square miles, is surrounded by a shallow lagoon with translucent waters and several long and smaller motus that make up the barrier reef. Secluded, Maupiti offers a more authentic and traditional view of Polynesian life. Rich in archeological sites, marae, petroglyphs and graves dating from around 850 A.D. can be found on the island. A hike up to the peak of Mount Teurafaatiu offers an unforgettable panoramic view of the lagoon below and Bora Bora in the distance.

Day 5

WEDNESDAY – At sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the boat’s pool, to participate in one of our conferences or activities organized by our guides.

Day 6

THURSDAY – Aitukati, Cook Islands

Another paradise island in the South Pacific, Aitutaki has it all: gorgeous white sand beaches and a stunning turquoise lagoon surrounded by motus on the barrier reef. Though considered an atoll, it has a significant large area of high land on the north side, providing sweeping views across the lagoon. According to legend, the island was settled by Ru, who sailed from Raiatea in the Society Islands in search of new lands and many Aitutakians believe they are descended from this seafaring warrior. Today, they are known for their charm, easy going attitude and hospitality. Whether relaxing on the beach, snorkeling the crystal-clear lagoon in search of colorful tropical fish and corals, or discovering remnants of an ancient past, Aitutaki offers the best of both worlds.

Day 7

FRIDAY – Atiu, Cook Islands

Home to approximately 400 warrior people, there are few untouched places left in the world like Atiu. Over 8 million years old, Atiu, the 3rd largest island of the Cook Islands is one big adventure playground, ancient and unspoiled. Rich in culture and history, Atiu is an eco-lovers paradise.There are numerous limestone caves dotted around the island, which are continually being carved out by the interaction of fresh and salt water. Life is pretty much the same as it was some 25 years ago and offers therefore a really genuine insight into island living.

Day 8

SATURDAY – Rarotonga, Cook Islands

The largest and most populous, Rarotonga is the hub of the Cook Islands, with its chief town, Avarua, as its capital. Settled by Polynesians from French Polynesia around the 9th century, the bond with Tahiti and her islands has always remained strong. Today, as modern Pacific people, the high spirited Cook Islanders are a cosmopolitan blend of Western influence and ancient Polynesian heritage. Many important archeological sites can be found here, such as Arai Te Tonga, the most sacred marae in Rarotonga, and nearby, the Ara Metua, a thousandyear-old interior road, paved with basalt or coral slabs, that once circled the island and of which, about two thirds still exists. Highland Paradise, sometimes known as “the lost village” is now a cultural center consisting of old and faithfully rebuilt traditional structures, offering guided tours of the once large settlement site, and re-enactments and cultural demonstrations.

Day 9

SUNDAY – At sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the boat’s pool, to participate in one of our conferences or activities organized by our guides.

Day 10

MONDAY – Bora Bora, Society Islands

Bora Bora. A name that evokes visions of paradise on Earth. A playground known throughout the world. For two days, Aranui 5 will be anchored across from the village of Vaitape, where you will have ample time to discover how and why the island has earned its much-deserved reputation. You will discover the Pearl of the Pacific after a picnic on the paradisiac Motu Tapu.

Day 11

TUESDAY – Return to Tahiti (Papeete)

This is the end of our journey. It’s time to say Nānā! (Goodbye) to your travel companions, to the Polynesian staff and Aranui guides.


CROCIERA ISOLE DELLA SOCIETÀ

Day 1

SATURDAY – Departure from Tahiti (Papeete)

You will embark on the Aranui in the morning, receive a warm welcome from our crew and sail to Moorea island.

Day 2

SUNDAY – Moorea, Society Islands

Moorea, or the “Yellow Lizard” in Tahitian, is a perennial favourite for many visitors to French Polynesia. Located less than 20km from Tahiti, or a 30-minute ferry ride, its proximity to downtown Papeete makes it convenient to access without living in the frenetic environment of the Capital. It is ideal for the locals who travel to town in the morning for work and return to Moorea’s slower pace of life at the end of the day. With no streetlights and only a handful of stop signs, once the sun sets, the island goes dark, illuminated only by the lights of homes and hotels. Visually, the island is stunning. The two nearly symmetrical bays on the north side, Cook’s and Opunohu Bay, with a large mountain ridge as a backdrop, are equally as impressive from the sea as they are from atop the Belvedere, a lookout point on Mount Rotui. Land and water activities abound on Moorea, giving you the opportunity to do as much or as little as you want during your visit.

Day 3

MONDAY – Raiatea, Society Islands

Within the Polynesian triangle, Raiatea, or Havai’i as it was originally known, is considered the cradle of Polynesian civilisation. As the first island to be populated by seafaring Polynesians, this is where all migration to New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island began. Taputapuatea, a 1,000-year-old large marae complex, or open-air temple, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and regarded as the religious and spiritual centre of Eastern Polynesia. From here, navigators and sailors would venture out to settle new lands. Appropriately, Raiatea, with its main town of Uturoa, is the base for many yacht charter companies. Mount Temehani, the island’s most sacred mountain, is home to the tiare apetahi, a flower found nowhere else in the world, which only blooms at dawn.

Day 4

TUESDAY – Maupiti, Society Islands

The tiny island of Maupiti sits 40 kilometres to the west of Bora Bora. The main island, only about 11 square kilometres, is surrounded by a shallow lagoon with translucent waters and several long and smaller motus that make up the barrier reef. Secluded from the world, Maupiti offers a more authentic and traditional view of Polynesian life. Archaeological sites such as marae, petroglyphs and graves dating from around 850 A.D. can be found across the island. A hike up to the peak of Mount Teurafaatiu offers an unforgettable panoramic view of the lagoon below and Bora Bora in the distance.

Day 5

WEDNESDAY – Bora Bora, Society Islands

Bora Bora. A name that evokes visions of paradise on Earth. A playground known throughout the world. For two days, Aranui 5 will be anchored across from the village of Vaitape, where you will have ample time to discover how and why the island has earned its much-deserved reputation. You will begin your journey into the Pearl of the Pacific with a picnic on the private island paradise of Motu Tapu.

Day 6

THURSDAY – Huahine, Society Islands

Only a 15-minute flight from Bora Bora, yet worlds apart, Huahine represents old Polynesia. Less visited than its glitzy neighbour to the East, this tropical Garden of Eden and its people have maintained the warmth and simplicity Polynesians are known for, mostly unaffected by the modern world. Huahine is actually two islands, connected by a small bridge. In the north, Huahine Nui, or big Huahine, is where the main village of Fare is located. Several marae and a small museum exhibiting objects and remnants from digs including stone fish traps, an ancestral method referred to as “lazy fishing”, and sacred blue-eyed eels can be found here. In the south, Huahine Iti, or small Huahine, though a little more rugged, offers a postcard image of gorgeous white sand beaches and a lagoon in varying shades of blues and greens at the tip of the island.

Day 7

FRIDAY – Return to Tahiti (Papeete)

This is the end of our journey. It’s time to say Nānā! (Goodbye) to your travel companions, to the Polynesian staff and Aranui guides.


CROCIERA A PITCAIRN E ISOLE GAMBIER

Day 1

SATURDAY – Departure from Tahiti (Papeete)

You will embark on the Aranui between 7:00 and 9:00 am. You will be warmly welcomed by our Polynesian staff and settle in on the ship before the big trip to Anaa.

Day 2

SUNDAY – Anaa, Tuamotu

A small atoll with less than 500 inhabitants, Anaa wrote its way into the history books as the birthplace of Tahiti’s royal family — the Pomare Dynasty. These days it’s best known for its luminous jade lagoon with green clouds above from the sun rays reflecting off the water and picturesque motus with no less than eleven little islands scattered around the atoll. Most of the population is involved in copra or fishing, leading to the island’s landmark sustainable fishing programme. Guests can explore the village of Tukuhora and try traditional javelin throwing and handicrafts. Look out for ‘feo’, giant fossilized blocks of coral which are characteristic of the atoll. The shallow clear lagoon is ideal for fly fishing, an optional activity offered in Anaa.

Day 3

MONDAY – Amanu, Tuamotu

Located 900km east of Tahiti, Amanu is an idyllic atoll with palm-fringed crystal-clear lagoons and a charming island village. During a visit to Ikitake, guests can see local handicrafts and explore the village’s old lighthouse, church and the 19th century building with walls made of coral stones that doubles as the town hall and a shelter during cyclones. Under a century-old tree known as “tau”, a buffet of local specialties will be served and a group of local singers and musicians will perform.

Day 4

TUESDAY – At Sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the boat’s pool, to participate in one of our conferences or activities organized by our guides.

Day 5

WEDNESDAY – Mangareva, Gambier

Mangareva is the largest island in the Gambier and its main village, Rikitea, is the chief town of the archipelago. The island has a large lagoon with striking blue and green hues and is also famous for its Tahitian black pearls, which are cultivated in the pristine waters around the island. Once the cradle of Catholicism in Polynesia, a visit to the renovated St Michael’s Catholic Church, where the altar is inlaid with iridescent mother-of-pearl shell, is a must.

Day 6

THURSDAY – Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands

More than 200 years after the Bounty arrived, Aranui 5 will call at Pitcairn. The tale of the mutiny of His Majesty’s Armed Vessel Bounty is one of the best known in history. After the master’s Mate Fletcher Christian cast adrift Commander Lieutenant William Bligh in the ship’s boat, the mutineers sailed the Bounty back to Tahiti then onwards to the Austral Islands, eventually seeking refuge on an uninhabited island, secure from the outside world. Pitcairn. As part of their crew, they took with them six Polynesian men and twelve women, the beginnings of the current Pitcairn community. Upon their arrival on January 17, 1790, the crew found Pitcairn to be an inaccessible and uninhabited place with fertile and warm conditions. After removing their possessions and lugging everything up the aptly named Hill Of Difficulty, the Bounty was run ashore and set alight so that no trace of her would remain visible from the sea. A village was established on the lower plateau, situated above Bounty Bay, where the village of Adamstown still stands. Although he lived in this isolated sanctuary only a few years, Fletcher Christian is fondly remembered as the founder and first leader of modern-day Pitcairn.

Day 7

FRIDAY – Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands

Home to just 50 people, Pitcairn is one of the most isolated islands in the world. During their visit, guests can immerse themselves in the living history and culture of the island, walking in the footsteps of the Bounty settlers from the landing at Bounty Bay to Adamstown; meeting the descendants of the mutineers at the curio market; visiting the grave of the last surviving mutineer John Adams; learning about an earlier Polynesian civilisation and viewing artefacts from the Bounty at the Museum.

Day 8

SATURDAY – Aukena, Gambier

Aukena is home to pristine lagoons perfect for black pearl farming, idyllic beaches and the first church constructed out of stone in all of French Polynesia – Saint-Raphaël Church was built in 1839. Guests can visit a pearl farm, do some sightseeing, and enjoy a barbeque on a white sand beach.

Day 9

SUNDAY – At Sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the boat’s pool, to participate in one of our conferences or activities organized by our guides.

Day 10

MONDAY – Hikueru, Tuamotu

Located in the Central Tuamotu Archipelago, Hikueru was once a large natural pearl oyster reserve. A cyclone in 1903 caused considerable damage to the atoll, which Jack London described in great detail in his South Sea Tales. The first pearl farm to produce high quality Tahitian pearls was established here in the 1960s. Today, the population relies on the production of copra. Following a tasting of local fruits, guests will visit the village and a church built of coral, including an explanation of the island’s legends by its inhabitants. A beach barbecue will be served for lunch with time to swim and snorkel.

Day 11

TUESDAY – At Sea

Enjoy this day at sea to relax by the boat’s pool, to participate in one of our conferences or activities organized by our guides

Day 12

WEDNESDAY – Back to Tahiti (Papeete)

This is the end of our journey. It’s time to say Nānā! (Goodbye) to your travel companions, to the Polynesian staff and Aranui guides.

Condizioni Crociere Aranui

Condizioni di prenotazione:
Al momento della prenotazione è necessario versare un deposito del 25% del valore della crociera e fornire copia dei passaporti.
Il saldo della crociera deve pervenire almeno 90 giorni prima della partenza.

Penali di annullamento e modifica:

Dopo la prenotazione: 150€ per persona più le spese di prenotazione e assicurazione
Da 90 a 60 giorni prima della partenza: penale del 25% del totale.
Tra 60 e 45 giorni prima della partenza: penale pari ad 1/3 del totale.
Tra 44 e 30 giorni dalla partenza: penale pari a 2/3 del totale.
A meno di 30 giorni dalla partenza: penale del 100% della quota.