Every now and then an exceptional, not-to-be-missed opportunity presents itself.  This voyage  is a combination of Tahiti’s stunning Tuamoto and Gambier Islands with the rare opportunity to visit remote Pitcairn Island, home of just 50 people.  Departing from Papeete, you'll experience parts of Tahiti that are off the typical tourist beaten track.  Enjoy the spectacular scenery of lush islands, fringed with white sand beaches and enjoy the welcoming Tahitian hospitality.  Then it's off to Pitcairn Island, an intriguing community with an incredible history and absolutely fascinating lifestyle.  Pitcairn Island is only accessible by ship with supply ships visiting once a month and taking very limited passengers so this opportunity to visit with Aranui Cruises is very rare.

The Aranui 5 is custom built to combine delivering freight with cruise ship, however please note that this voyage does not involve delivering freight and is cruise only.  With pool, bars, restaurant and more, the Aranui 5 is a unique cruising experience where guests will get to know the friendly crew and see an amazing, remote part of the world.

Package Inclusions

  • Return economy class airfares from SYD/MEL/BNE to Papeete
  • Transfer from airport to hotel
  • 6 night pre/post accommodation in Tahiti at Manava Suite Resort including Continental breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to wharf
  • 11 night cruise onboard Aranui 5 
  • All meals onboard the Aranui 5
  • Shore excursions
  • Transfer from wharf to hotel
  • Transfer from hotel to airport
  • All pre-payable taxes

PLUS!  Ultimate Cruising guests also receive chauffeur driven luxury car transfers from your home to the airport return (within 35km)

Cruise Highlights

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Departure Dates & Pricing

Cruise departs Papeete on 10 September 2022 and 22 October 2022.

Prices start from A$12,999 per person share twin in Ocean View Stateroom.  Please see flyer for more details.

Cruise Category
  • Freighter
  • Purpose Built
  • Soft Adventure
  • All meals
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
  • Solo Traveller Friendly
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Trip itinerary

Anaa, Tuamotu
Amanu, Tuamotu
At Sea
Mangareva, Gambier
Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands
Aukena, Gambier
At Sea
Hikueru, Tuamotu
At Sea

Technical Details

  • Tonnage 3200
  • Built Date 2015
  • Capacity 256
  • Length 126M

Cruise Category

  • Freighter Style
  • Purpose Built Vessel

Aranui 5

Aranui Cruises' Aranui 5 is totally unique being designed and purpose-built as a mixed passenger and freighter cruise ship operating between Tahiti and the Marquesas. Elegantly appointed with a distinctly Tahitian decor, the Aranui 5 offers two lounges, four bars, conference rooms, swimming pool, massage room, gym and more, taking freighter cruising to a whole new level.