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Cargo Ship to Marquesas Islands

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A May 2005 trip to Marquesas Islands by RSchoettger

Hanavave, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Photo, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia More Photos
Quote: The Marquesas Islands are noted for being the most remote islands in the world. This isolation has left this paradise in a state of what we all envision the South Pacific to be: beautiful, peaceful, friendly locals, and incredible natural wonders. The best way to see them: cargo ship!

Cargo Ship to Marquesas Islands

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Hanavave, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Photo, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
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Virtually unheard of, who thinks of going to the Marquesas Islands? How do you get there? Where do you stay? Thankfully, these questions are still hard to answer. That is why the Marquesas are what they are, a true South Pacific paradise. No commercialism, crowds, or anything that spoils many destinations. To experience the wonderful way of life and stunning scenery, the only way to see these islands is on the cargo ship Aranui 3. Although traditional cruise lines are beginning to stop at two ports, the Aranui 3 drops anchor at 19, all unique and wonderful. Every 3 weeks, the Aranui 3 departs Tahiti with cargo and usually around 100 to 120 passengers for a 16-day cruise. After ...Read More

Aranui 3

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The Aranui 3 Photo, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
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The Aranui 3's primary goal is the delivery and pick-up of cargo between Papeete, Tahiti and six major islands of the Marquesas. It was fascinating to see what was shipped, including many vehicles, boats, and large, refrigerated crates. They have even been known to deliver planes! The cargo is just not one way, as the Marquesas Islands also ship back copra and nani-fruit, for which the locals are paid well. The company decided many years ago to start including passengers and now are able to support in excess of 150, although they average under 120. This ship has been on the seas for about 2.5 years and is in great shape. The ship was quite comfortable, but certainly not yo...Read More

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Marquesas Works of Art - Tattoo

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Vaitahu, Tahuata, Marquesas Islands Photo, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
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Prior to leaving on the Aranui 3 for the Marquesas Islands, we had no idea of what to purchase, except for maybe wood carvings, tapa's, and other items. My wife and I travel so much, and it is becoming more and more difficult to find unique collectables. We always want to buy something special to remember our trips and planned to spend some bucks to buy from a gifted wood carver in Taiohae, Nuku Hiva (which we did anyway!). I gave little attention to tattoos, as I definitely shied away from this practice, being as conservative as I am. As the trip moved forward, talking with the crew and seeing the true history behind tattoos in the South Pacific, I became quickly interested. The Marquesas ...Read More
Omoa, Fatu Hiva from Aranui 3 Photo, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
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Fatu Hiva: Being the most remote and southern island in the Marquesas Islands, the only way to get here is on the Aranui 3, unless you own a yacht. It is not an island you want to miss, as the locals are so friendly and the landscape so dramatic. This comma-shaped island is only 3.5 miles wide and 9 miles long and formed by two extinct volcanoes. Approximately750 people live on the island in only two towns on the island’s west end. Omoa: After sailing from Hiva Oa overnight, we arose the next morning anchored several meters off shore near the township of Omoa, Fatu Hiva. Using the whaleboats, Omoa was one of the roughest trips to shore, as the coast was rough and the get-off point is locat...Read More

Anaho Bay Serenity

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Aranui 3 at Anaho Bay Photo, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
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After we have visited all six Marquesas Islands aboard the Aranui 3, we came upon a Sunday of true rest and bliss at Anaho Bay, Nuku Hiva. Although the "main" island in the Marquesas, this spot is almost unreachable other than by sea. Located on the northeastern shore of the island, the location has no roads or other access other than a hiking trail, which is not easy to do. In a wonderful gesture of preservation, the mayor of a neighboring town, Hatiheu, has requested that this area remain pristine as God intended. Our visit started with a beautiful sunrise while we were within the enclosed bay completely protected from the ocean. After breakfast, all passengers and crew went ashore via the...Read More

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RSchoettger

RSchoettger
San Diego, California