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ARANUI POLYNESIAN VOYAGE

Embark on a voyage, where you are taken to the heart of Polynesian culture, to islands that have remained untouched and where time seems to have stopped.

Travel Style

Marine

Start

Papeete

Finish

Papeete

Trip Code

APV83

Countries

1

Number of countries visited

Days

14

Duration of the trip

Pace

3

Pace level 3: Average
$

Price

Inquire about a price

Itinerary

ARANUI POLYNESIAN VOYAGE
Trip Code: APV83

  • Overview

    About this Trip

    • Operator: Epik Escapes
    • Countries: French Polynesia
    • Style: Marine (Ocean Cruises)
    • Duration: 14 days
    • Pace: 3 (Average)
    • Price:  Inquire about a price
    • Ship: Aranui 5
    • Visit Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
    • 4X4 excursions in Taipivai Bay
    • Visit an archaeological site in Puamau
    • Visit various museums across the islands
    • Visit a working pearl farm in Rangiroa
  • Papeete

    Day 1

    Early morning departure from Papeete to Fakarava.

    Aranui 5
      Lunch and dinner.

  • Fakarava

    Day 2

    Morning arrival in Fakarava, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You will have time to discover the village of Rotoava and afterwards enjoy a swim in the lagoon. Optional excursions (additional cost) such as snorkeling, diving and bird watching are available.

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • At Sea

    Day 3

    Spend the day unwinding and relaxing on the deck or in the comfort of the air-conditioned lounge. You can also spend the day taking part in lectures on Marquesan culture or learning to dance like a true Tahitian.

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Nuku Hiva (Taipivai • Hatiheu • Taiohae)

    Day 4

    Upon anchoring in Taipivai Bay, you will be able to disembark to meet the awaiting 4X4's that will take you on a day's excursion. Visit the archaeological site of Mea'e Kamuihei, hike to the nearby Paeke site, see a performance of the traditional Maquesan Pig Dance, visit the museum in Hatiheu and the village of Taiohae.

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast and dinner onboard the ship. Lunch at the Chez Yvonne restaurant.

  • Ua Pou (Hakahau • Hakahetau)

    Day 5

    As the crew onloads supplies, you will explore the village of Hakahau. You can also meet the island's talented woodcarvers and artists as well as hike up the hill to the Cross for breathtaking views of the mountains, lush valleys and the main village.

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast and dinner onboard the ship. Lunch at Rosalie's Restaurant.

  • Hiva Oa (Puamau)

    Day 6

    In Puamau, travel by 4WD to an incredible archaeological site for "tikis" (ancient, human-like religious stone sculptures) outside of Easter Island. In the afternoon, relax on the ship or on the beach where you can take a refreshing dip in hte Pacific Ocean.

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Tahuata (Vaitahu) • Hiva Oa (Atuona)

    Day 7

    In Tahuata, visit the church built by the Vatican. In the late morning, the ship will depart for Hiva Oa (Atuona) and you will arrive in time for lunch. After lunch, you will have plenty of time to explore Atuona and for the more active person, take a hike to a scenic viewpoint (Scale of difficulty: 7/10).

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast and dinner onboard the ship. Lunch at Hoa Nui Restaurant.

  • Fatu Hiva (Omoa • Hanavave)

    Day 8

    Explore the tranquil village of Omoa where you will learn about "Tapa", a traditional cloth. You will also get to meet skilled woodcarvers at the handicraft centre. Before lunch, the ship will sail to the other side of the island to Hanavave Bay. Athletic passengers may choose to take the ten-mile hike to the other side of the island where you will take in breathtaking views of towering cliffs and majestic waterfalls (Scale of difficulty: 8/10).

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner. For hikers that choose to hike to Hanvave Bay, lunch will be served at the top of the mountain.

  • Ua Huka (Vaipaee • Hane • Hokatu)

    Day 9

    The Aranui will arrive in Ua Huka early in the morning. You will want to see how the ship enters and positions itself in this small bay. Here you can visit the museum of Vaipaee as well as the island onboard 4WD's. Lunch will be served in Hane and it's here that you can take horseback riding, an optional excursion (additional cost). After lunch, discover the fishing village of Kokatu or relax on the beach.

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast and dinner onboard the ship. Lunch at a local family restaurant in Hane.

  • Nuku Hiva (Taiohae) • Ua Pou (Hakahau)

    Day 10

    Today is the final day in the Marquesas Islands. Once the ship docks in the Bay of Taiohae, you can take a local shuttle or walk to the town centre. In the afternoon, the ship will sail to Ua Pou and dock in the village of Hakahau. Here you can go on a hike, stroll around the village or spend the afternoon at the beach.

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • At Sea

    Day 11

    Enjoy the day onboard the ship as it heads for Rangiroa.

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Rangiroa

    Day 12

    In Rangiroa, visit a working pearl farm and learn how Tahiti's famed jewel of the sea is produced. You can enjoy the day at the beach or partake in various optional excursions (additional cost) like snorkeling and scuba diving. The ship will set sail for Bora Bora in the afternoon.

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Bora Bora

    Day 13

    In Bora Bora, you can enjoy the day at the beach as well as go on a few optional excursions (additional cost) like a helicopter flight, 4WD off-road tour or shark and ray feeding.

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast and dinner. Picnic lunch on a private "motu" islet, surrounded by crystalline waters.

  • Papeete

    Day 14

    Early morning arrival in Papeete.

    Aranui 5
      Breakfast

  • What's Included

    Important Information

    • Welcome flower lei, assistance and luggage handling
    • Airport transfers in Tahiti
    • 2 nights in Tahiti (Pre and Post)
    • All meals and shore excursions
    • 14 days and 39 meals
    • Handling fees
    • All taxes except for the city tax

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