Marquesas CruiseCruise of Marquesas
Away from Bora Bora Bora and its surface bungalow lies Polynesia, one of the most secluded isles in the whole canyon. Situated almost 1000 leagues northeast of Tahiti, the Marquesas Isles, known by their people as the "Land of Men", are in awe. You' ll explore what Tahiti was like fifty years ago by exploring all 6 populated Marquesas Isles, as well as Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus and Bora Bora on the Society Isles on this 14-day cruise.
The Marquesas are rich in natural resources, from their inhabitants to their heritage, cultures and stunning landscapes. It is a gentle and culturally immersive venture into Polynesia.
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5 Aranui freighter trip to the Marquesas with fare
Aranui V will take travellers to the Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata and Ua Huka as well as Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Atolls. It is the most authentically way to explore the far away Marquesas Island. 2011 13-night cruise schedule: 2011-12-night cruise schedule:
Cruise to the Marquesas Island Islands on the Aranui3 - Marquesas Islands Message Board
It has to be admitted that we have never even known of the Aranui 3 before our trip to Borneo. We' ve had an amazing experience at Aranui 3 and will summarize our great experience for your information. When someone is considering to make this cruise, we recommend (for now) the following link:
We have been on a dozen different cruise liners, from large vessels from 3,000 (like the Carnivale Triumph in the Caribbean) to smaller cruise liners and everything in between. However I must say that the Aranui3 cruise to the Marquesas Islands is completely unparalleled for the reason mentioned below.
In our view, this number was the absolute PERFECT number and exactly the right mixture to get to know each other. Most of the airline's customers are French-speaking (which is what you can expect in Polynesia) from France, French-speaking Canadians (from Quebec) and Swiss-French. There were also people from America, the Netherlands, some really beautiful Swiss German and a young woman from Great Britain.
All of us got along very well and all of us were in agreement that the cruise on the Aranui3 was a very beautiful, one-of-a-kind and unforgettable one. Please be aware that if you like to travel with only 120-180 persons, I recommend you to rent the Aranui3 fas. New Aranui5 will carry over 300+ travellers, which in my view will "flood" and forever transform the smaller Marquesas isles!
It has been unfortunate for many of us who want these beautiful little islets to stay untouched - but that is the unfortunate side of it! It was a great pleasure for us that there were no official, textured seats at meals, as this allowed our guests to move around and meet different persons, which is a good opportunity to meet onboard.
The Aranui3 is a FREE cruise liner and not a specific one. It has no "specialized" baggage like a regular cruise liner, but uses its LOAD as such. A few were affected by sea sickness the first evening, but everyone soon gets used to it and the harsh sea only seems to have an impact outside the Marquesas Islands (crossing from and return to the islands when Tahiti).
In case of sea sickness we recommend that you take a package of "Quells" with you. All future travellers to the Aranui are advised to take all medicines (especially prescriptions) with them. Dining at Aranui 3 was totally delectable. This cruise is so special that the Aranui 3 also offers one "free" bottles of vine (per 2 passengers) per evening for supper.
The majority of the wines are red and white. If Aranui3 is "in the harbour" and visits the beautiful isles, the employees of Aranui3 organize big picnic and barbecue evenings (together with the locals), which are very pleasant; the employees of Aranui3 come from all over the atlantic.
Most of the employees came from Polynesia and were fluent in English. All of the cooks, cleaners and bartenders (especially my buddy Yoyo) smiled nicely and got out of the way to make the cruise more pleasant for everyone. It was our luck to have Joel (the boss of the catering staff) as our dinner service - he was an utter jewel!
Pretty Polish barmaids have also developed into wonderful and charming Polish dancing girls - the personnel is astonishing! There were also a number of dancing people ( "local dancers" from the islands) on the boat to maintain the people. Aranui3 also had specialty evenings, such as the Polyynesian Evening, where everyone had to get changed into Polyynesian clothes - tell your customers to buy a special outfit in the polyynesian look, as it is costly to buy in a store on you.
Polynesia was a great evening - a great refreshment bar and people were asked to chant a hymn about their "home". Mmmm, I think the French had no idea what we were chanting about, but we organized one of the Canadians to interpret a general "meaning" of the track before our show, and everyone seemed to be enjoying our interpretation (despite my doubtful talent as a singer!).
Aranui3 also had teachers from France, Germany and other countries who were ethnologists, historicists and experts in the fields of Polish civilization. The majority of them gave multilingual presentations (in French, Englisch and German) about the different isles and the histories and customs of their people.
In contrast to most cruise liners, the Aranui3 has the very interesting double function as a freighter. The double part offered its travellers a very interesting view of the importance of the Marquesas group in the distance! Aranui3 is the "lifeblood" of these lovely islets and provides them with urgently needed food every mont.
The Aranui3 is the only connection to some of these isles ( (where there is no airport) (with the exclusion of one or the other privately owned boat entering and leaving). In some of the isles, the locals even provided us with tasty regional fruit and gave us beautiful polyynesian dances (by men, woman and kids alike).
Aranui3 can load and unload most of the original loadings I have ever seen: all of living bovine animals, automobiles, steamrollers, lorries, agricultural implements, furnishings, a large selection of food, beverages and fruit - everything is possible! The encounter with the Marquesans was, in our view, one of the high points of this cruise.
Of all the isles of the island group, the Marquesansan are some of the most friendly and untouched individuals we have ever encountered around the globe, and I am sure they have greatly enriched the pleasure of this cruise; I first came to Tahiti in 1978 (on the way to Easter Island and South America).
When I was a kid, I used to love the Papeete markets, which had the best price for Polyynesian art and souvenir. Luckily we chose this date to make a "Circle Island Tour" through the hotel as we found out that it is less expensive to make the reservation than to rent a vehicle for the whole outing! We did, however, enjoy the visit to the later Paul Gaugin's Museums - this artists had close ties to the Marquesas, who interested us.
Tahiti Safari" 4x4 Tahiti Safari through the center and into the luxuriant, beautiful center of the Isle. Consequently, the streets (once entertained by the French) are now in a terrible state of decay. After the trip went across the center to the other side of Tahiti, but because the locals are no longer in charge of the streets, isolated peasants now "block" parts of the one and only inner street across the center and accessibility was limited on the other side of the isle.
With Tahiti Safari and its Sidney, the journey is amazing! The Marquesas Island would be at the top of my "Top 10" lists if someone asked me to name one of the most wonderful places in the world! If you are thinking of an ideal Polynesian paradise, the Marquesas Isles are the perfect place for postcards!
It has to be one of our favorite places in Polynesia! The most secluded and secluded of the Marquesas Isles, the bay of Virgins is a rugged and unbelievably scenic place with huge rugged hills, canyons, steep canyons, and luscious canyons. In Hanavave the natives served all this fruit and berry for us and we loved a marvellous performance of Polish dance by the natives men, woman andchild.
One of the most unforgettable moments of the cruise was the date we stayed on Fatu Hiva. I had so many marvelous cruise quests that I would not have enough spare minute to mention them all here. The price of all the island routes was inclusive, which is great..... nothing was up.