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Society Islands

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Sail the crystal waters of the South Pacific reef system
Highlights
  • Get your tans done in the stunning paradise of Bora Bora
  • Witness the beauty of unspoiled and virgin islands of Society
  • Swim in the pristine white beaches
  • Visit Taputapuatea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Places Visited
  • South Pacific
  • Tahiti
  • Bora Bora
  • French Polynesia
  • Huahine
  • Moorea
  • Oceania
  • Papeete
  • Polynesia
  • Raiatea
  • Society Islands
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Papeete, Tahiti | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will embark on the Aranui 5 in the morning, receive a warm welcome from the crew and sail to Moorea island.

Day 2: Moorea, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Moorea, or the “Yellow Lizard” in Tahitian, is a perennial favourite for many visitors to French Polynesia. Located less than 20km from Tahiti, or a 30 minute ferry ride, its proximity to downtown Papeete makes it convenient to access without living in the frenetic environment of the Capital. It is ideal for the locals who travel to town in the morning for work and return to Moorea’s slower pace of life at the end of the day. With no streetlights and only a handful of stop signs, once the sun sets, the island goes dark, illuminated only by the lights of homes and hotels. Visually, the island is stunning. The two nearly symmetrical bays on the north side, Cook’s and Opunohu Bay, with a large mountain ridge as a backdrop, are equally as impressive from the sea as they are from atop the Belvedere, a lookout point on Mount Rotui. Land and water activities abound on Moorea, giving you the opportunity to do as much or as little as you want during your visit.

Day 3: Raiatea, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Within the Polynesian triangle, Raiatea, or Havai’i as it was originally known, is considered the cradle of Polynesian civilisation. As the first island to be populated by seafaring Polynesians,, this is where all migration to New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island began. Taputapuatea, a 1,000-year-old large marae complex, or open air temple, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and regarded as the religious and spiritual centre of Eastern Polynesia. From here, navigators and sailors would venture out to settle new lands. Appropriately, Raiatea, with its main town of Uturoa, is the base for many yacht charter companies. Mount Temehani, the island’s most sacred mountain, is home to the tiare apetahi, a flower found nowhere else in the world, which only blooms at dawn.

Day 4: Maupiti, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The tiny island of Maupiti sits 40 kilometres to the west of Bora Bora. The main island, only about 11 square kilometres, is surrounded by a shallow lagoon with translucent waters and several long and smaller motus that make up the barrier reef. Secluded from the world, Maupiti offers a more authentic and traditional view of Polynesian life. Archeological sites such as marae, petroglyphs and graves dating from around 850 A.D. can be found across the island. A hike up to the peak of Mount Teurafaatiu offers an unforgettable panoramic view of the lagoon below and Bora Bora in the distance.

Day 5: Bora Bora, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bora Bora. A name that evokes visions of paradise on Earth. A playground known throughout the world. For two days, Aranui 5 will be anchored across from the village of Vaitape, where you will have ample time to discover how and why the island has earned its much-deserved reputation. You will begin your journey into the Pearl of the Pacific with a picnic on the private island paradise of Motu Tapu.

Day 6: Huahine, Society Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Only a 15-minute flight from Bora Bora, yet worlds apart, Huahine represents old Polynesia. Less visited than its glitzy neighbour to the East, this tropical Garden of Eden and its people have maintained the warmth and simplicity Polynesians are known for, mostly unaffected by the modern world. Huahine is actually two islands, connected by a small bridge. In the north, Huahine Nui, or big Huahine, is where the main village of Fare is located. Several marae and a small museum exhibiting objects and remnants from digs including stone fish traps, an ancestral method referred to as “lazy fishing”, and sacred blue-eyed eels can be found here. In the south, Huahine Iti, or small Huahine, though a little more rugged, offers a postcard image of gorgeous white sand beaches and a lagoon in varying shades of blues and greens at the tip of the island.

Day 7: Papeete, Tahiti | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark at Papeete, Tahiti with your fun-filled memories and beautiful tans.

Photo Gallery

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Ship/Hotel

Aranui 5

The Aranui 5
Aranui 5 Reception
Aranui 5 Veranda Bar

Dates & Prices

Per person starting at
$1,942
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Single Stateroom
100 sq. ft. (9 sq.m) of interior space with a porthole, a single bed, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer.
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Class C
Approx. 135 sq. ft. and 285 sq. ft. Dormitory style accommodations, with two lower and two upper berths or four lower and four upper berths, porthole, one or two private bathroom with shower, wardrobe, sitting area.
Regular Stateroom aboard the Aranui 5
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Regular Stateroom
Approx. 120 sq. ft. Exterior cabin with one double bed or two twin beds, one bathroom with a shower, desk, one flat screen TV, and safe.
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Regular Stateroom - Obstructed
120 sq. ft. (11 sq.m) of interior space and a picture window with an obstructed view, this exterior cabin offers either, a king size or two single beds, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer.
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Deluxe
Approx. 140 sq. ft. + 45 sq. ft. balcony. Exterior cabin with one double bed or two twin beds, one bathroom with a shower, make up table, desk, wardrobe, one flat screen TV, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.
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Superior Deluxe
Approx. 160 sq. ft. + 45 sq. ft. balcony. Exterior cabin with one double bed or two twin beds, one bathroom with a shower, make up table, desk, wardrobe, one flat screen TV, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.
Junior Suite aboard the Aranui 5
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Junior Suite
Approx. 200 sq. ft. Exterior cabin with a double bed or two twin beds, two windows that cannot be opened, one bathroom with a shower, make up table, desk, wardrobe, one flat screen TV, sofa bed, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.
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Premium Suite
Approx. 200 sq. ft. + 45 sq. ft. balcony. Exterior cabin with double bed or two twin beds, semi private day room with decorative screen and sofa bed, one bathroom with a shower, make up table, desk, wardrobe, flat screen TV, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.
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Royal Suite
Approx. 240 sq. ft + 100 sq. ft. balcony. Exterior cabin with a double bed or two twin beds, living room with sofa bed, semi-private bedroom with decorative screen, wardrobe, one bathroom with a shower, make up table, one flat screen TV, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.
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Royal Suite - Obstructed
240 sq. ft. (22 sq.m) of interior space and a 100 sq. ft. (9 sq.m) private corner balcony, this exterior cabin offers a bedroom with a king size bed or twin beds and a sitting room with a sofa bed, divided by a decorative filigree screen, a bathroom with shower and hair dryer, refrigerator and safe. In this category, the view of the windows is obstructed.
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Presidential Suite
Approx. 440 sq. ft + 130 sq. ft. balcony. Exterior cabin with a double bed or two twin beds, living room with sofa bed, mini bar, walk-in closet, two bathrooms with a shower, make up table, desk, two flat screen TV, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.

Notes

Cruise fare includes:
  • 6 nights accommodation in selected cabin type aboard the freighter/passenger ship Aranui 5
  • 3 meals with complimentary wine on board
  • Meals on shore are either picnics or at local restaurants
  • Guided tours

Cruise fare does not include:
  • Port, cruise and tourist taxes. Total will vary by departure and cabin type selected (please contact us for rate schedule)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Optional excursions such as scuba diving, fishing, horseback riding, and helicopter tours
  • Any airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities and personal expenses

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