Aranui offering new five-day Tuamoto islands sailing

New roundtrip cruise roundtrip from Tahiti in April 2023

Makatea Beach | Credit: Lionel Gouverneur (supplied)

Aranui Cruises has released details of its first “short cruise” – a new five-day roundtrip voyage from Tahiti to Tuamotu islands onboard Aranui 5.

Departing Papeete on 28 April 2023, the short cruise will offer port calls to Makatea, Mataiva and Anaa, as well as some scenic cruising around Tahiti at the start and end of the voyage.

“This is an unusual itinerary in that most short cruises in French Polynesia focus on the Society Islands,” said Laurent Wong, Regional Representative Australia New Zealand for Aranui Cruises.

Makatea Island | Credit: Lionel Gourverneur (supplied)

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“We created this new itinerary with post-pandemic travellers in mind, with the short duration on a small ship perfect for easing back into cruising and the unique itinerary offering something different for those wanting to delve deeper into a destination and seek out new adventures now they’re free to travel again.

“While the Society Islands will always be a sought-after destination, we think the Tuamotus are the up-and-coming stars of French Polynesia and are excited to offer the first cruise that is solely visiting this archipelago and the only one that features these three idyllic, isolated islands,” Wong said.

Aranui 5 at Anaa | Credit: Lionel Gourverneur

Aranui Cruises’ 125-metre mixed freight* and passenger vessel Aranui 5 features a restaurant, conference rooms, lounges, a library, a boutique, a swimming pool, a gym, a spa, three bars including the popular Sky bar and the first tattoo studio at sea. With local crew, cuisine and culture, Aranui 5 offers an authentic way to explore French Polynesia.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Aranui Cruises has confirmed to LATTE that plans for a dedicated cruise ship, flagged in 2019 as Aranui 6, have been put on ice due to the COVID pandemic.

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*Subject to availability, conditions apply. No freight will be delivered on this cruise.

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