• Hiking to the ‘Cross’ on the ‘Cathedral island’ of Ua Pou, with its 12 mighty basalt summits rising up to 3,745 feet.
• Visiting artist Paul Gauguin’s former home, grave and replica of his ‘House of Pleasure’ on Hiva Oa
• Seeing craftspeople at work and watching sunset in the UNESCO World Heritage Bay of Virgins on Fatu Hiva, the most lush and distant of the islands visited on the voyage
• Discovering the stories of conquistadores, missionaries and French settlers who shaped the history of Tahuata, the smallest inhabited island
Aranui 5 accommodates 230 guests in 103 comfortable suites, staterooms and dormitory-style rooms, some with balconies.
An onboard programme of insightful talks about life in the Marquesas takes place in the two spacious lounges, and there are also four bars – including the panoramic Skybar for relaxation.
Meals are served in the dining room, where after the three-course dinners, the Aranui band performs. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, fitness room and boutique.
A 13-day voyage on board Aranui 5 costs from Euros 4,088 per person (including accommodation in a standard cabin, based on two sharing), all meals (incl. wine with meals) and scheduled excursions. For further information, visit www.aranui.com