THE ARANUI 5 WELCOMES WORLD RENOWNED FRENCH CHEF, JEAN SOULARD

The Aranui 5 (www.aranui.com) welcomes internationally acclaimed Chef Jean Soulard on voyage 3, sailing Feb. 16, 2017. While on board, Soulard will provide cooking demonstrations of his cookbook recipes as well as speak about the Quebecois gastronomy. A native of La Vendée, France, Soulard grew up with culinary inspiration all around him as his grandparents […]

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Swimming with friendly Sharks

Alastair Swan Photography, French Polynesian Islands from Alastair Swan on Vimeo. We were surprised and amazed at the variety of different experiences that unfolded with each visit to a different island. I have attempted to capture the flavour of these experiences in my short video. The climax of the trip just had to be swimming […]

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2011 Marquesas Festival of Arts

Memories from the 2011 Marquesas Festival of Arts. This beautiful gathering is intense and brings together the population from all the Marquesas Islands but also our cousins from Easter Island. Celebrated every 4 years, the next one will take place in Hiva Oa in December 2015. The Aranui's itinerary has been slightly modified to allow […]

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The Aranui Experience Turns 30

On Nov. 22, 1984, some 30 years ago, the freighter Aranui began taking on passengers for its 14-day circuit out of Papeete to the northern Tahitian archipelagos of French Polynesia. The Aranui 3, the third incarnation of the ship, still runs its far-ranging 14-day circuit of a far ranging region of islands that has captured […]

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Boutique Cruising

Sixty years ago, the Wong family of Chinese merchant traders began cargo-shipping supplies between Tahiti’s capital, Pape’ete, and the remote castaway islands of the archipelago collectively known as French Polynesia. Occasionally the freighter, Aranui 1, offered passage to Tahitians who slept on the main cargo deck under the stars and took shelter under tarpaulins during the heat of the days. Thirty years on, in […]

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The World’s Best Adventure Cruises

SAN MATEO, CA (Feb. 5, 2014) – The once in a lifetime 14-day voyage through French Polynesia aboard the “Freighter to Paradise,” passenger-cargo ship Aranui 3 (www.aranui.com), has been named one of “The World’s Best Adventure Cruises” by Men’s Journal. Founded in 1992, Men’s Journal is the ultimate source and go-to guide for adventure seeking, […]

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