The mere mention of the French Polynesia is enough to inspire dreams of turquoise waters and adventure. Cruising the South Pacific is a fantastic way to get a taste of the French Polynesia and for those island lovers, why stick to one when you can explore several in a single holiday?

About the French Polynesia

Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the French Polynesia comprises of 5 archipelagos, namely; the Society Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago also known to be the largest chain of atolls in the world, with a length of about 1,570 km, the Marquesas Islands, the Gambier Islands and the Austral Islands. A total of 121 geographically distributed islands and atolls cover an area of more than 3,500 km2 and are partially independent French foreign collectivities. The French Polynesia has a tropical climate and the temperature is around 26° C all year round. The currency in this region is the Pacific Franc; 1 euro (€) = 119.81 pacific franc (XPF) and 1 USD ($) = 113.70 pacific franc (XPF).

Cruising the scattered islands of the South Pacific is a sight to behold. Dotted like exquisite gems across the ocean, these French territories remain among the most unspoiled places on the planet. Lush, primeval rainforest flowing to shimmering shores with powder-soft sand, an array of unique flora and fauna, a cruise to the French Polynesia promises a tapestry of cultures, cuisines and traditions.

Tahiti is the main island of the French Polynesia with its highest point being, Mont Orohena 2,241m. It is also the most populous island, hosting 69% of the population of French Polynesia and its capital, Papeete. Known for its dramatic tree-lined cliffs leading down to perfect black sand beaches, Tahiti is the most popular cruise destination of the French Polynesia. It also acts as the gateway for cruisers travelling to the Society Islands and the other islands. All visitors must land at Faa’a International Airport, which is the central and jumping-off point for Tahiti Cruise embarkations.

Cruising the French Polynesia on board the Aranui 5

Embark on a polynesia cruise on-board the Aranui 5. More than just a cruise ship, the Aranui offers an immersive experience in the French Polynesia through a 12 days itinerary, sailing from Tahiti to the Marquesas Islands, stopping over the Tuamotus and the Society Islands. Christened in December 2015, the Aranui 5 has been meticulously designed to accommodate 254 passengers with 30 spacious cabins, 40 standard cabins and sleeping quarters for 24 passengers. For more than 35 years, Aranui Cruises has been introducing the fascinating Marquesas Islands to cruisers on the “voyage of a lifetime”.

While cruising the islands of French Polynesia, you will also have the opportunity to learn about the ancient history of the area. The Aranui cruises will take you to the most remote part of the French Polynesia, small villages living far from civilization with welcoming people and a beautifully vibrant culture. Visit the ruins of ancient stone temples – called Marae – and learn about the past Polynesian civilizations that gave birth to some of the cultures you can still experience on the islands today.

Enjoy the turquoise lagoons and lingering sunsets with a Tahitian maitai in hand. From a stunning mountain hike to feeding the massive, sacred eels of Huahine, you will experience a one-in a lifetime adventure in the Polynesian islands by the Aranui Cruises. Our team, mainly locals of the Polynesian islands, will provide all your meals and guided tours and will welcome you like family. They have been with us for many years and will happily introduce you to their ancient culture.