PITCAIRN & GAMBIER – In the footsteps of the Bounty mutineers

Discover the region’s most beautiful and unspoiled islands

PITCAIRN & GAMBIER – In the footsteps of the Bounty mutineers

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Ideal duration : 12 days –
11 nights

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This unique cruise heads south to Pitcairn Island via the Gambier Islands. Following in the footsteps of the famous Mutineers of the Bounty, the Aranui 5 will take you to the region’s most beautiful and unspoiled islands across three Polynesian archipelagos.

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  • Discover the story of the mutineers
  • Unspoilt, sublime islands
  • Sailing between rocks and translucent waters
  • Exchange with locals around local activities

Day 1: Departure from Tahiti (Papeete)

Boarding on the Aranui between 7:00 and 9:00 am. You’ll be warmly welcomed by our Polynesian staff and get your bearings on the boat before the long journey to Anaa.

Day 2: Anaa, Tuamotu

A small atoll with fewer than 500 inhabitants, Anaa has gone down in history books as the birthplace of Tahiti’s royal family, the Pomare dynasty. Today, Anaa is best known for its jade lagoon and picturesque motus, with no less than 11 small islands scattered around the atoll. Most of the population is involved in copra oil production or fishing, which has led to the development of the island’s sustainable fishing program. Passengers can visit the village of Tukuhora, try their hand at traditional javelin throwing and discover local crafts. Beware of the “feo”, the gigantic fossilized blocks of coral that are characteristic of the atoll. The lagoon is ideal for fly-fishing, an optional activity offered at Anaa.

Day 3: Amanu, Tuamotu

Located over 900 km east of Tahiti, Amanu is an idyllic atoll with translucent lagoons lined with coconut palms and a charming island village. After a few steps you’ll arrive at Ikitake, where you’ll be greeted by a dance show featuring some of the children. During your visit, you’ll discover local crafts, including shellwork, and admire the village’s traditional old lighthouse, the old and new Saint-Paul church, a large fish park and a 19th-century building with coral walls that serves not only as the town hall but also as a cyclone shelter. A buffet of local specialities is served under a century-old tree known as a “tau”.

Day 4: At sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the boat’s pool, or take part in one of our lectures or activities organized by our guides.

Day 5: Mangareva, Gambier

The Gambiers are the cradle of Catholicism in Polynesia. Visit St. Michael’s Catholic Church, whose altar is inlaid with an iridescent mother-of-pearl shell. Mangareva is the largest of the Gambier Islands and its main village, Rikitea, is the archipelago’s capital. The island boasts a huge blue-green lagoon, renowned for its black pearls.

Day 6: Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands

The story of the mutiny on Her Majesty’s ship Bounty is one of the best-known in history. After abandoning the captain of the Bounty, William Bligh, his second-in-command, Fletcher Christian and the mutineers in a longboat at sea, they returned to Tahiti, then headed for the Austral Islands to take refuge on an uninhabited island, protected from the outside world. Pitcairn. The skeleton crew was joined by six Polynesian men and twelve Polynesian women, who would become the descendants of today’s Pitcairn community. Arriving at Pitcairn on January 17, 1790, the crew discovered that Pitcairn was an inaccessible, uninhabited place, with a warm climate and fertile soil. After taking possession of the island and carrying everything with difficulty to the top of the hill aptly named Difficulty Hill, the Bounty was pulled ashore and the mutineers set fire to it so that no trace of the ship would be visible from the sea. A village was built on the lower plateau above Bounty Bay, where the village of Adamstown still stands. Although he lived in this isolated sanctuary for only a few years, Fletcher Christian is considered Pitcairn Island’s founder and first modern-day leader.

Day 7: Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands

Home to just 50 inhabitants, Pitcairn is one of the world’s most isolated islands. During the tour, passengers can immerse themselves in the history and culture of the island, following in the footsteps of the Bounty colonists from their landing in Bounty Bay to their settlement in Adamstown; they can meet descendants of the mutineers at the curiosity market, visit the grave of the last surviving mutineer, John Adams, learn about Polynesian civilization of yesteryear and view artifacts from the Bounty in the museum.

Day 8: Aukena, Gambier

Land of pristine lagoons perfect for black pearl farming, visit a pearl farm, go sightseeing and enjoy a barbecue on the beach. Aukena is a land of pristine lagoons, perfect for black pearl farming; it’s home to idyllic beaches and the first stone church in French Polynesia – St Raphael’s was built in 1839. A barbecue will be organized on a white sandy beach.

Day 9: At sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the boat’s pool, or take part in one of our lectures or activities organized by our guides.

Day 10: Hikueru, Tuamotu

Hikueru was once a great natural reserve of pearl oysters, but the cyclone of 1903 wreaked considerable havoc, which Jack London recounted in detail in “South Sea Tales”. Today, the population depends on copra production. After a tasting of local fruits, passengers visit the village and a church built of coral. The island’s legends will be explained to them by the locals. A beach barbecue will be organized for lunch, followed by time for swimming and snorkeling.

Day 11: At sea

Take advantage of this day at sea to relax by the boat’s pool, or take part in one of our lectures or activities organized by our guides.

Day 12: Return to Tahiti (Papeete)

This is the end of our trip. It’s time to say N?n? to your fellow passengers, the Polynesian staff and the Aranui guides.

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