Aranui 5 Cook and Austral Islands



Join us on a fantastic voyage with Aranui Cruises from Papeete to the Cook Islands and French Polynesia's Austral Islands. 

Although the Aranui 5 usually operates as a freighter transporting goods between the remote Tahitian Islands, every so often Aranui Cruises will add an extra sailing into the schedule where they leave the freight behind and concentrate purely on their passenger service.  

Departing in September 2021, the Aranui 5 set sail for beautiful Aitutaki.  What a way to begin your cruise!  Turquoise waters, stretches of white sand, palm trees, vibrant fish life … it really is a paradise!  Honeymooners love it here for the sheer beauty, relaxed pace and pure serenity.

A stop in Rarotonga will give you the opportunity to explore this favourite South Pacific hotspot.  It takes just 45 minutes to drive around the island at 40km/hour but it manages to pack in a lot into a small space.  Beautiful white sandy beaches lined with palm trees, markets, bush walks, glass bottom boat tours, fishing, fantastic restaurants and a spot of shopping. 

Then it’s off to the Austral Islands.  Lying to the south of Tahiti, the Austral Islands don’t enjoy the same tourist numbers as other island groups like the Tuamotu or the Society Islands, but that just adds to their charm.  Untouched and off-the-beaten-track, this island group will no doubt appeal to those who loved The Marquesas. 

Beautiful white sand, intense blue lagoons, sheer mountains dropping to deep valleys and high plains, the Austral Islands are quite spectacular.  You’ll find cliffs and caves where legends abound, old burial grounds, archaeological remnants dating back to pre-European times, vibrant and colourful villages and friendly communities who love to welcome visitors.  

This is a fantastic cruise for those who love a down-to-earth atmosphere on board, with friendly crew and comfortable accommodations. 

Your Ship


Aranui 5 is a new custom-built, dual-purpose passenger/freighter that sails from Tahiti to the Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands in French Polynesia on a 14 day all-inclusive cruise. Designed to offer all of the comforts of a cruise liner, while operating as a supply ship, Aranui 5 is classified as a small vessel, accommodating approximately 254 passengers and 103 cabins.

With 8 different guest decks, the interior decor reflects the Polynesian heritage of her owners and crew.  The ship features a restaurant where all the meals onboard are served in a casual setting; 2 lounges; 2 conference rooms, where guest lecturers will offer presentations on various topics related to the Marquesas; 4 bars, including the Sky Bar with sweeping panoramic views; an outdoor pool; a boutique; a massage room and a gym.

Package Inclusions

Your 17 night fly/stay/cruise price includes: 

  • Economy class airfares from SYD/MEL/BNE to Papeete return
  • Transfer from Papeete Airport to hotel
  • 3 nights accommodation at Manava Suite Resort including continental breakfast daily
  • Transfer from hotel to port
  • 12 night cruise aboard Aranui Cruises' Aranui 5
  • All meals on-board
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • Shore excursions
  • Transfer from port to hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation post-cruise at Manava Suites Resort including continental breakfast daily
  • Transfer from hotel to airport

 Pricing & Departure Date

 Departure Date from Australia:  02 September 2021

All prices are subject to availability.  Last cabins available!


Ocean View Stateroom $11,899 $21,349
Deluxe Stateroom Sold Out Sold Out
Superior Deluxe $13,969 $25,439
Premium Suite $14,869 $27,229
Royal Suite $15,899 $29,289
Class C - Multishare   $10,469

Cruise Category
  • Freighter
  • Purpose Built
  • Soft Adventure
  • Meals + Wine
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
  • Solo Traveller Friendly

Trip itinerary

Fly Australia/NZ to Papeete
Transfer to hotel
Embark Aranui 5
At Sea
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Rurutu, Austral
At Sea
Rapa, Austral

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.