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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