The Aranui III features 85 cabins. Many of the ships amenities are ones found on smaller cruise ships such as air-conditioned cabins, bar, lounge, video room, library, gym and a sun deck with swimming pool. You will travel in the company of like-minded adventure seekers from all corners of the world. Embark on the island of Tahiti with ports of call on Takapoto, Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Tahuata, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Ua Huka and Rangiroa. These distinctive isles are quite different from Tahiti and her Society Islands sisters.
Visit the Marquesas Islands, which have no protective barrier reefs, so the surf breaks on shore. You will certainly notice this feature when the time comes for your first landfall. You will go ashore in a large longboat, expertly piloted through the surf by the crew. These islands often appear uninhabited from the ship, as most villages are located in inland valleys, each separated from the other by steep mountain ridges. On each island, you will see bays as lovely as any in the South Pacific yet infinitely wilder than those in the Society chain. The Bay of Virgins and the Bay of Traitors will truly take your breath away. And, Hakaui Bay on Nuku Hiva may be the loveliest of them all.
Included in your passage and adding to the spirit of adventure are guided excursions on several of the islands. You will visit villages few foreigners ever see, where artisans practice the ancient crafts of wood and stone carving. Challenging hikes up into the valleys reveal fascinating artifacts of the old Marquesan culture, such as giant tikis and stone temples. You will return from these trips tired and thoroughly exhilarated by the sights you have seen. Optional swimming parties and shorter, less demanding walks are also offered.
About the Ship
Aranui III 13 Nights 2008 Sailing Schedule (pricing & dates subject to change)
* Inquiry regarding promotional special 15% discount
$4800+ $480 (tax) per person
A Cabin $4400+ $310 (tax) per person
A Cabin $3675+ $290 (tax) per person
C $2075 + $250 (tax) per person
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