Wednesday 2 October 2013

Aranui Adds Bora Bora For First Time in 2014

Credit: Lionel Gouverneur
Tahiti’s freighter cruise line, Aranui, will make its first scheduled calls to Bora Bora next year including a special Christmas visit.

Aranui is best known for its 14-day cruise adventures to French Polynesia’s mysterious Marquesas and the pristine Tuamotus but will also add two visits to Bora Bora’s famed blue lagoon during April and December 2014, with fares from $8799* per person twin share.

Aranui’s Regional Representative Australia New Zealand Laurent Wong said Bora Bora would be a highlight for passengers booking the special cruises.

“We visited Bora Bora for the first time during Aranui 3’s 10th birthday celebrations earlier this year and after seeing how much our passengers enjoyed it, we realised we needed to call more regularly,” Mr Wong said.

“We pride ourselves on showing off some of the most beautiful parts of French Polynesia and by including Bora Bora, our passengers get the opportunity to see three very different archipelagoes (Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands).

“We chose December 25 for one of the visits because we couldn’t think of anything more exciting than waking up on Bora Bora’s picture perfect blue lagoon on Christmas Day – it’s the ultimate Christmas treat!”

The special Bora Bora visits on April 17 and December 25 will include a picnic lunch on a secluded beach with optional activities ranging from an island tour to a lagoon excursion, manta ray experience and a helicopter ride.

Ultimate Cruising has all-inclusive packages priced from $8799* per person twin share for a standard cabin on Aranui’s April 5 and December 13, 2014 departures. Each cruise will feature a call to Bora Bora, included shore excursions at 16 ports, all main meals, complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, return economy airfares from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne with Air Tahiti Nui, four nights pre and post accommodation at Manava Suite Tahiti with breakfast, taxes and all transfers in Tahiti plus to and from home within 35km of the airport.

Aranui 3 accommodates around 200 passengers in air-conditioned cabins including suites with private balconies and deluxe and standard twin rooms.

The freighter line dispenses a lifeline of food, fuel and other staples to the remote ports in the Marquesas and Tuamotus while passengers disembark and explore lush Garden of Eden landscapes on a range of complimentary excursions including hikes and 4WD tours.

Throughout the journey, guests enjoy the comforts of a cruise ship from a spacious sundeck to a freshwater swimming pool, a gym and a library.

To book contact Ultimate Cruising on 1300 485 846 or visit

For more information on Aranui visit

*Subject to availability, conditions apply. Prices are per person based on twin-share. Single occupancy attracts a 50 per cent single supplement surcharge.

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