Embark on a voyage like no other
For more than 30 years, Aranui has been offering discerning travelers the adventure of a lifetime across the South Pacific and in 2019, the voyage is heading south to remote Pitcairn Island. Following in the footsteps of the famed Bounty mutineers, Aranui 5 is offering a special cruise to Pitcairn via some of the most beautiful and untouched islands across three Tahitian archipelagoes.
ESCAPE THE CROWDS
For an adventure you won’t find in the average guide book, embark on a voyage across the South Pacific for Pitcairn Island.
Located in the dazzling blue waters between Tahiti and Easter Island, this tiny, far-flung island is thousands of miles from the nearest continent. Pitcairn is so isolated it’s only accessible by sea and with all the modern conveniences of a new freighter, Aranui 5 offers a stylish and comfortable new way to visit the island. Part of Britain’s smallest territory, Pitcairn is home to a population of just 50 people – the descendants of Pitcairn’s first European settlers, the HMS Bounty mutineers, and their accompanying band of Polynesians. Visitors to the isolated isle at the edge of the world mingle with these local families, gaining a unique insight into the island’s culture and storied history. If you’re looking for an adventure that redefines what it means to get off the beaten tourist trail, this is the remote paradise you’ve been searching for.
ENJOY A DAY ON PITCAIRN
VISIT THE GRAVE OF MUTINEER JOHN ADAMS
HAND FEED THE ISLAND’S ONLY GALAPAGOS TORTOISE
BROWSE PITCAIRN’S LOCAL CURIO AND CRAFT MARKET
SEE THE BOUNTY CANNON AT PITCAIRN ISLAND MUSEUM
WALK TO CHRISTIAN’S CAVE, WHERE FLETCHER CHRISTIAN WATCHED FOR PASSING SHIPS
MEET THE DESCENDANTS OF THE BOUNTY MUTINEERS AND THEIR POLYNESIAN CONSORTS
FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MUTINEERS
The tale of the mutiny of His Majesty’s Armed Vessel Bounty is one of the best known in history.
After the Master’s Mate Fletcher Christian cast adrift Commander Lieutenant William Bligh in the ship’s boat, the mutineers sailed the Bounty back to Tahiti then onwards to the Austral Islands, eventually seeking refuge on an uninhabited island, secure from the outside world. Pitcairn.
As part of their crew, they took with them six Polynesian men and twelve women, the beginnings of the current Pitcairn community.
Upon their arrival on January 17, 1790, the crew found Pitcairn to be an inaccessible and uninhabited place with fertile and warm conditions.
After removing their possessions and lugging everything up the aptly named Hill Of Difficulty, the Bounty was run ashore and set alight so that no trace of her would remain visible from the sea. A village was established on the lower plateau, situated above Bounty Bay, where the village of Adamstown still stands.
Although he lived in his isolated sanctuary only a few years, Fletcher Christian is fondly remembered as the founder and first leader of Pitcairn.
Special Pitcairn Itinerary
Voyage 5 – April 11, 2020
Boarding Time: 7:00 am to 9:00 am – Arrival in Tahiti at about 5:00 pm
Day 1 – Papeete
SATURDAY – Departure from Papeete at 10 am, Tahiti
Day 2 – ANAA (Tuamotu Archipelago)
Try your hand at traditional javelin throwing and handicrafts. Anaa is also home to a sustainable fishing program.
DAY 3 – AMANU (Tuamotu Archipelago)
Enjoy this idyllic atoll with palm-fringed crystal-clear lagoons and a village visit to see local handicrafts.
DAY 4 – AT SEA
Sailing to the Gambier.
DAY 5 – MANGAREVA (Rikitea), Gambier Archipelago
The Gambiers were the cradle of Catholicism in Polynesia; visit the renovated St Michael’s catholic church where the altar is inlaid with the iridescent mother-of-pearl shell.
DAY 6 – ADAMSTOWN (Pitcairn Island)
Walk in the footsteps of the Bounty settlers from the landing at Bounty Bay to Adamstown and Christian’s Cave. Meet the descendants of the mutineers at the curio market, visit the grave of the last surviving mutineer John Adams, learn about an earlier Polynesian civilization and view artifacts from the Bounty at the Museum.
DAY 7 – Bounty Bay, Pitcairn Island
DAY 8 – AUKENA, Gambier Archipelago
Home to pristine lagoons that are perfect for black pearls, visit a pearl farm, do some sightseeing and enjoy a beach barbeque.
DAY 9 – AT SEA
DAY 10 – RAPA, Austral Archipelago
Visit a cave and agricultural centre and enjoy arts and crafts and a barbeque in the village.
DAY 11 – Rapa, Australes Archipelago
DAY 12 – RAIVAVAE, Australes Archipelago
After being welcomed by villagers, explore archaeological sites on an island circle tour before a swim at the beach.
DAY 13 – Papeete
THURSDAY – Arrival at Papeete, Tahiti around 5:00 pm.
Itineraries may be modified for the technical, meteorological reason or freight constraints.