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 the imagination of writers and artists from Paul Gauguin and Robert Louis Stevenson to Pierre Loti and Herman Melville.
When the Wong family first launched the cargo freighter in 1960, as a lifeline hauling supplies to the Tuamotu-Gambier Islands, it essentially opened these islands up to the resources of the outside world. This coming April 25, Aranui Cruises] will celebrate the anniversary of bringing cruise passengers along for the ride with a special sailing, which will include a special dinner show and firework-display, as well as commemorative giveaways.
The Aranui 3 sails 800 miles north of Tahiti to some of most spectacular and remote islands in the world. “For 30 years, Aranui has been offering discerning travelers the adventure of a lifetime across three French Polynesian archipelagos – the Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands – and with transport, meals, accommodation and tours all included, it’s still one of the best value ways to see Tahiti,” said Jules Wong, marketing director for Aranui Cruises.
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