12 Night Cruise sailing from Papeete roundtrip aboard Aranui 5.
Board the Ship in Papeete and cruise around the Tahitian Islands calling into spectacular and remote Islands of Marquesas onboard Aranui 5.
Highlights of this cruise:
Tahiti is the largest of the Polynesian islands with its population most concentrated in Papeete which is a major shipping crossroad located on Tahiti's northwest corner.
Shopping-lovers will enjoy Papeete's chic shops, busy municipal market, waterfront area and lively mix of French, Polynesian, and Chinese cultures. Its suburbs sprawl up the mountains overlooking the city for miles along the coast in both directions.
The interior of the island offers splendid and unforgettable opportunities for hiking or safari 4x4 excursions, with impressive waterfalls, archeological sites, grottos and more.
Nuku Hiva is the largest island in the French Polynesian Marquises archipelago. It is best known for its 550 metre Ahuii waterfall in the Hakaui Valley and was also the site for Survivor: Marquesas, the fourth installment of the popular CBS reality television show in the US.
Its beauty from the sea or high above the island is truly breathtaking. The surrounding coastline differs from the steep, but regular coastline of the west, to the indented deep bays of the north, which lead to deep valleys of the interior. There are fewer bays on the south side of the island.
The island’s inhabitants live in Taiohae, Taipivai, Hatiheu, Aakapa, Pua Houmi, Anaho and Hakaui. Taiohae is the administrative, economic, educational and health center of the Marquises Islands. Taiohae bay is a vast amphitheatre, the remains of a vocanic crater. The valley is rich in stone Tiki gods, ritual sites and carvings. The island offers great diving.
Fatu Hiva is the southernmost of the Marquesas Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. With Motu Nao as its closest neighbor, it is also the most isolated of the inhabited islands. The island’s inhabitants live in the villages of Omoa and Hanavave, which are separated by 5 kilometres of sea.
Fatu Hiva is a spectacularly beautiful island with green jungle, soaring volcanic spires, narrow ravines and deep gorges. The village of Hanavave is located on the Bay of Virgins, claimed as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Other attractions include the narrow path which winds over the mountains between the Omoa and Hanavave, offering a challenging hike and panoramic views. The Catholic church in Omoa is a picturesque scene.
Ua Pou is the third largest of the Marquesas Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. It is located about 50 km south of Nuku Hiva, in the northern Marquesas.
It has imposing jagged cliffs rising from the sea. Four basalt pillars shaped like sugarloaves overlook the sheltered bay where Hakahau its main village is to be found. Hakahau boasts the first Marquesan church, built in 1859, and in Haakuti and Hakahetau villages there are small Catholic churches built on top of paepae platforms.
The island has a number of archaeological sites and is well-known for its wood carvings,tattoos, its musicians and dance artists.
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