Reasons to Visit
Tahitian culture is more in evidence now that ever before and not just in the sophisticated dances and performance art but in the revival of symbolic tattoo art through which Polynesians use the dark strong colours to assert their ma'ohi identity.
Rangiroa was described by Jacques Cousteau as the richest aquarium on the planet matched only by the other great Tuamotu lagoons on Tikehau, Manihi and Fakarava; now one of UNESCO's most valued biospheres.
The islands of French Polynesia have long been a melting pot of migrant peoples who have made the most of the ecology and geology of this region of the South Pacific to create sophisticated cultures.
For most people an overwater bungalow set in a turquoise lagoon is the essence of French Polynesia and the reason to travel thousands of kilomtres round the world for the ultimate romantic holiday.
One of the most successful uses of light is visible in the pearl industry in which French Polynesia has become a world leader. The most sought after pearls are from the farms on Taha'a an in the Tuamotus and you may even get a chance to see the incredibly rare black pearls.
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New Zealand & the South Pacific
The Aranui is a working freight vessel serving the remote islands, but incorporates a cruise area which has been designed specifically with passengers' comfort in mind, at the same time retaining a remarkably friendly and professional atmosphere.
Your Aranui experience begins in Papeete, Tahiti, and will carry you to the lush, jagged volcanic islands of the Marquesas, French Polynesia's most spectacular island chain.
Your days will be filled with adventure as the 15 day voyage takes you to two ports of call in the Tuamotu Islands and fifteen in the Marquesas. Every day, whether at sea or when the Aranui arrives at one of the remote villages that she serves, will bring you fresh and exciting new experiences.
On-board facilities include a swimming pool, gym, library, bars, lounges and dining room, as well as tasteful, spacious suites. Equipment is available for fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving, and the spirited crew will share the music of the islands with you. Standard berths feature private facilities, while deluxe cabins offer the added luxury of a queen-sized bed and en suite facilities with bathtub. For those seeking something a bit special, there are also ten suites with balconies.
On board, time passes quickly. There are two charming bars, two lounges and a full programme of activities. You'll learn about Marquesian history, culture and art from the guest lecturers, and the crew will teach you to weave hats, wear national dress and dance the tamure.
The most popular of all the islands of French Polynesia and famed in history as the ‘Island of Love’, Tahiti is at once stunningly beautiful and gloriously relaxed.
26 miles away in Moorea
152 miles away in Taha'a
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