Tenth Anniversary of the Aranui's Inaugural Coyage to the South Pacific Marquesas Islands

When the Aranui departs from Tahiti, on 16 March 2013 for its 10th anniversary adventure cruise to the Marquesas, passengers can expect an atmosphere of celebration, as well as the prospect of a diversion from the normal itinerary to include the idyllic island of Bora Bora.

Online PR News – 06-February-2013 – Oxford, UK – When the Aranui departs from Papeete, Tahiti, on 16th March 2013 for its tenth anniversary adventure cruise to the Marquesas Islands, passengers can expect an atmosphere of celebration, as well as the prospect of a diversion from the normal itinerary to include the idyllic island of Bora Bora.

The Aranui is the only ship to sail the 2,200 mile round trip from Papeete to all six inhabited islands, making it a lifeline to the outside world for their people.

Says Jules Wong, President of Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime, which operates the Aranui 3: “We are proud to have transported more than 2400 passengers per annum on around 16 departures each year, as well as delivering everything from cement to brake pads, bulldozers to boats – and even a plane – to the islands!”

The special 14-night voyage to the most remote archipelago in the world follows in the wake of Prince William and Kate, as well as famous artist, Paul Gaugin, author of Moby Dick, Herman Melville, and Robert Louis Stevenson, all of whom were inspired by the beauty of French Polynesia.

Highlights range from the mountain spires of Ua Pou, described by Stevenson in 1880 as “volcanic needles like the pinnacles of some ornate church", to Me'ae Te Iipona in Puamau, one of the most significant ancient temples in the region, with the highest concentration of traditional tiki statues.

Passengers will have the opportunity to see rare black pearls being harvested from giant oysters in the Tuamotu islands, meet traditional artists throughout the Marquesas and transfer ashore on whale boats to take in the historic, cultural and scenic sights and enjoy breath-taking hikes to hidden jungle ruins.

A complementary anniversary picnic on a motu or small islet in Bora Bora, surrounded by a clear turquoise lagoon and coral reef, will see passengers of the Aranui savouring fresh tuna, baked yams and bananas, grilled fish and shrimp and coconut bread, all washed down with local beer.

The Aranui made its inaugural trip on 1 March 2003, and continues to offer travel in comfort. The cargo carrier-cum-passenger ship boasts 86 fully air-conditioned cabins as well as the capacity to carry more than 2000 tons of freight. Passengers enjoy comfortable lounges, a swimming pool and gym and a full programme of lectures on Marquesan history, culture and art.

Prices for 2013 start from Euros 3756 (£3125) per person sharing a standard twin bedded outside cabin with private facilities including all meals with wine, all land-based sightseeing excursions and taxes. However, during 2013, four departures on board the freighter-cum-passenger ship are being offered at a 10% discount: 23 February, 6 April, 8 June and, for seniors aged over 60 only, 31 August, bringing the starting price down to Euros 3344 (£2781) per person sharing a twin cabin.

Flights to/from Papeete, Tahiti are not included in these prices.

For further information about adventure cruises, visit www.aranui.com.