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Five Ways To Cruise Tahiti

Five Ways To Cruise Tahiti

We feel it’s only fair to warn you … in this article we’re talking about five wonderful, glorious ways to cruise Tahiti.  Sun-kissed, white-sand beaches, palm trees, impossibly clear water, spectacularly beautiful islands and atolls, majestic mountains and plunging ravines, waterfalls, warm and welcoming people, culture and traditions … there’s a reason why people describe Tahiti as heaven on earth!  Let’s look at five different ways to cruise these incredible islands. 

(Note:  For each of these options we have special flexible booking options - see below)

Aranui 5

Cruising Tahiti's Marquesas Islands with the Aranui 5 is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!  Different from traditional cruising, the Aranui 5 is a working freighter - the lifeline for the people living on the remote Marquesas Islands as the freighter delivers essential supplies.  Everything from fresh goods to cars and building supplies arrives via Aranui 5 and watching the unloading operation by the dexterous crew is fascinating!

Aranui Cruises began solely as a freighter service, adding passenger accommodation in 1984 with Aranui I.   As demand for more passenger berths increased, the ships have been replaced and now the Aranui 5 combines the freighter requirements with comfortable passenger accommodations, restaurant, bars, swimming pool and more.  You get to experience the magic of cruising Tahiti's spectacular isles as well as experiencing the freighter in action. 

The ship is eagerly awaited by the locals who will greet you and welcome you ashore.  The children are likely to take your hand and the women will delight in showing you their crafts.  You can learn about the ancient traditions of tattooing, the history of famous writers and artists who called the Marquesas home, or enjoy the guided walks.  Shore excursions are included throughout the cruise, if you wish to participate.  

The Marquesas Islands are so remote that you won’t be overrun with other tourists.  There’s plenty to explore, incredible landscapes that will have you reaching for your camera, walks, waterfalls and more.  On the other hand, you might like to just sit back, relax and watch the incredible crew in action as they unload the freight.  However you decide to enjoy the Marquesas, this is one trip that will stand out from the rest.

Special Offer:  For bookings mad on the Aranui 5 before 30 March 2021 for 2022, Ultimate Cruising is offering a no cancellation fee policy right up to when final payment is due (120 days prior to departure).  Ask us for full details!


Wind Spirit

Feel the warm Tahitian breeze in your hair as you set sail amidst Tahiti’s intoxicating vista of islands bathing in the remnants of another sun-kissed, perfect day.  Delight in the romance of sailing as you meander through the islands of Moorea, Taha’a, Raiatea, Huahine and the spellbinding Bora Bora.  When you imagine luxuriating in the tropical beauty of Tahiti, cruising on-board the Wind Spirit is exactly this and more.

Elegant, sophisticated yet surprisingly down-to-earth, Wind Spirit takes you on a voyage amid some of Tahiti’s most picturesque islands.  Ducking into coves and secluded beaches whilst treating you to an experience second to none, Wind Spirit is truly decadent, making it feel like your own private yacht. 

The Wind Spirit takes just 148 guests and with 101 crew, you’ll enjoy unsurpassed service.   There is a choice of two restaurants and expansive deck space so you have enough space to enjoy other guests’ company, yet never feel crowded and you can always find a quiet spot up on deck to enjoy your surroundings.

Your voyage includes all meals and non-alcoholic beverages on board.   Shore excursions are not included in the price but most can be pre-booked before you go.

This is a truly magical way to experience Tahiti! 

Special Offer:  For bookings on cruises up to 31 December 2021, you can cancel your cruise up to 15 days prior and receive a Future Cruise Credit in the amount of cruise fare cancellation fees assessed on the booking at the time of cancellation. The Future Cruise Credit must be used within 24 months of issuance on another Windstar departure. 

Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to sail Tahiti’s shallow waters, The Gauguin is an icon of Tahiti cruising.  Small enough to access areas the larger ships can’t get to, yet big enough to offer you three restaurants, pool, bars, nightly entertainment, casino, beauty spa, boutique and more.

The crew are friendly and professional and waiting to make your cruise exceptional.  Your voyage will entail decadent days relaxing on board, enjoying the water sports available at the specially designed water sports platform, indulging in the exquisite cuisine and dancing the night away.  Life on-board The Gauguin is all about enjoying yourself!

Accommodations are spacious and offer spectacular oceanviews.  Approximately 70 percent of staterooms and suites have balconies – perfect for enjoying peaceful moments or savouring the gorgeous Tahitian sunsets.

Your voyage includes all meals (including room service), complimentary beverages including select wines and spirits, beers and soft drinks, selected water sports and on-board gratuities. 

 The Gauguin offers 7 and 10 night voyages within Tahiti, cruising the Society and Tuamotu Islands.  If you prefer to venture further afield, options are also available to include The Marquesas,the Cook Islands, Fiji, Melanesia and Indonesia.

Special Offer:  Sail With Confidence -book any cruise departing January 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021, and you’ll enjoy:

Reduced deposit: Pay only 10% of the total cruise price to reserve your space.

Delayed final payment: Your final payment is not due until 30 days before the departure date of your cruise.

Penalty-free cancellation: Postpone or cancel your voyage up to 30 days before the departure date of your cruise and receive either a credit voucher* toward a future cruise or a full refund—no questions asked!

* Credit voucher is for the total amount paid (excluding airfare and hotel penatlies) and is redeemable against any new booking made within 24 months of the initial departure date.


There is something so decadently delectable about sailing Tahiti’s beautiful waters.  Soaking up the sun, diving into crystal clear waters, listening to the ukulele and feeling your soul unwind, relax and rejuvenate.  And cruising Tahiti aboard one of Ponant’s luxurious ships makes it just that much delicious!

Gorgeously appointed staterooms, beautiful public areas, superb crew, gourmet meals and included beverages make cruising Tahiti with Ponant one of life’s true pleasures.  Sailing under the French flag is also rather appropriate when cruising French Polynesia!

Typically Ponant offers just a handful of Tahiti cruises each year, often as part of repositioning the ship from one part of the world to another.  Itineraries will often be slightly different to the normal round trip voyages and offer destinations such as the Austral Islands or combine Tahiti with Easter Island or perhaps a one way voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii.

Special Offer: Booking with Serenity -

So that you can book with confidence this year, for 2021 cruises departing prior to 31 October 2021 and booked after 9th March 2020:

1. You only pay a 10% deposit of the cruise fare to confirm your reservation, and the final balance will be due 30 days before departure.

2. Cancel up to 30 days before departure and receive a refund or transfer full amount to a future booking once without a fee.*


While we’re talking about luxury, let’s not forget Silversea!  Beautiful ships, five-star luxury, butler service, sensational dining … need we go on?  Silversea knows how to pamper guests from the time they step foot onboard until they wave farewell.

You won’t find round trip, solely Tahiti cruises within the Silversea portfolio.  Silversea calls into Tahiti within repositioning cruises too but this makes for some incredible voyages.  Fiji to Tahiti (via Niue, Cook Islands and more), Papeete to Valparaiso (via the Gambier Islands, Pitcairn Island and Easter Island) and in reverse four months later. 


These itineraries are fantastic for those wanting to experience Tahiti but also some of the wider South Pacific and destinations that a bit off the beaten track.

Special Offer:  Cruise with Confidence -Effective 6 October, you will be able to cancel your cruise up to 30 days prior to departure for all voyages until 31 December, 2021, without penalties when selecting a Future Cruise Credit. Applicable for all bookings made prior to 30 November 2020.  Ask us for full details.

Whichever way you decide to cruise Tahiti, it will be an incredibe experience.  Feel free to give our Ultimate Cruising experts a call to request brochures, ask for a quote or to run through the options.