Discover the fascinating history, culture and scenic beauty of Tahiti’s remote Marquesas Islands with the working freighter, Aranui 5.  This ruggedly beautiful archipelago has inspired many artists including Paul Gauguin and they remain uncommercialised and naturally stunning. 


The 12 night voyage begins in Papeete, heading for the Marquesas Islands and returning via Bora Bora.  There are three different itineraries, depending on which day you depart Papeete but each itinerary takes in the same ports, just in a slightly different order.


On this incredible voyage, you’ll venture where other tourists don’t.  Leaving the masses behind, you’ll discover the culture and traditions in the heart of Polynesia, where time seems to have stopped and the islands have remained untouched.  You’ll visit local villages and learn about life on isolated islands where the Aranui 5 is their link to the outside world.  You’ll learn ancient legends, the meaning behind the intricate tattoos and the ornate carvings.  This is a mesmerising part of French Polynesia beyond the perfect white beaches and turquoise lagoons. 


The 12 day cruise is a unique voyage where you can experience life on-board a working freighter as the crew deliver essential supplies to isolated villages.  Watching the dexterity of the crew as they unload food, electrical goods and even cars is simply fascinating! 


Whilst the Aranui 5 is a freighter, the Aranui 5 has been purpose-built for this destination and provides plenty of passenger space and spacious and comfortable accommodations.  With two lounges, four bars, conference rooms, swimming pool, massage room, gym and more, the Aranui 5 takes freighter cruising to a whole new level.


Let the magic of the Marquesas captivate you - this truly is a cruise of a lifetime!


Your Aranui 5 Tahiti cruise package suits those looking for soft adventure and is fully inclusive of:

  • return economy class airfares ex Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch to Papeete
  • transfer from Papeete airport to accommodation
  • pre/post cruise accommodation
  • transfer from accommodation to wharf
  • 12 night Aranui 5 freighter cruise ex Papeete
  • all meals on board including glass of wine with lunch and dinner
  • shore excursions throughout

Package prices starting from NZD$9899*  per person share twin

No Cancellation fees* If you cancel your trip within ninety days from the date of paying the deposit to cancel and receive a full refund of any monies paid. This offer is available until withdrawn and applys only to 2021.

  * Conditions Apply


The SENIORS SPECIALS (Voyage 10 - 2019) offer a $600pp discount ($1,200 per Twin Share/$600 per Single) on the Ocean View Stateroom cabin price. The discount does not apply to the cruise taxes, nor airfare, accommodation or transfer costs. The Seniors Special discount applies to those 60 years and over only. Please contact us for non-Seniors pricing or pricing on other cabin types. 


Additional pre/post nights may be required in Tahiti so depending on your voyage, your package may be 16 or 17 nights.  The above special is based on the 17 night package.  Please refer to the following:


Tuesday sailings - 16 night package - 12 night cruise plus 4 nights pre/post accommodation

Thursday sailings - 17 night package - 12 night cruise plus 5 nights pre/post accommodation



Voyage 1 - 7 January Pitcairn Island

Voyage 8 - 6 May Society and Tuamotu Islands

Voyage 15 - 2 September Cook & Austral Islands


2022 Sailing Schedule

Click here to see the 2022 Sailing Schedule and contact us for best pricing.

Should you wish to extend your stay and add a stop in Moorea or one of the other islands, we are most happy to assist.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

It is essential to book well in advance for this cruise as with limited capacity, the voyages sell out months in advance.       



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Cruise Category
  • Freighter
  • Purpose Built
  • Soft Adventure
  • Meals + Wine
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
  • Solo Traveller Friendly
Bonus Offer

Includes complimentary chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from your nearest international airport (within 35 km)

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Trip itinerary

NZ- Papeete
Arrive Papeete (crossing dateline)
At leisure
At leisure
Embark Aranui 5
Tuamoto Archipelago - Takapoto
At Sea
Nuku Hiva
Ua Pou
Fatu Hiva

Technical Details

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

Cruise Category

  • Freighter Style
  • Purpose Built Vessel
  • Soft Adventures

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.


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