PITCAIRN & GAMBIER – In the footsteps of the Bounty rebels

Discovering the most beautiful and intact islands of French Polynesia

PITCAIRN & GAMBIER – In the footsteps of the Bounty rebels

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Ideal duration : 12 days –
11 nights

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This unique cruise will head south of Polynesia to Pitcairn Island via the Gambier Islands. Following in the footsteps of the famous Rebels of the Bounty, the Aranui 5 will help you discover the most beautiful and intact islands in the region across three Polynesian archipelagos.

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  • Discover the story of the Bounty rebels
  • The intact and sublime islands of Polynesia
  • Sailing between rocks and translucent waters
  • Exchange with locals around local activities
Voyage Pitcairn & Gambier Polynésie vacances séjour Bounty

Day 1 : Departure from Tahiti (Papeete)

Welcome to Tahiti and have a good trip to Polynesia ! 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 the ideal place for fly fishing, an optional activity offered during this trip to Polynesia.

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 Islands

The Gambier Islands 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, at sea in a rowboat, his second in command, Fletcher Christian and the mutineers returned to Tahiti and then headed towards 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 called, aptly, the Hill of Difficulty, the Bounty was pulled ashore and the rebels set it on fire so that no trace of the ship was left. is not 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 the founder and first ruler of modern-day Pitcairn Island.

Voyage Pitcairn & Gambier Polynésie vacances séjour Bounty
Voyage Pitcairn & Gambier Polynésie vacances séjour Bounty

Day 7 : Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands

Inhabited by only around fifty inhabitants, Pitcairn Island is one of the most isolated islands in the world. During the visit, passengers will be able to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the island, walk in the footsteps of the Bounty settlers, from their disembarkation at Bounty Bay to their settlement in Adamstown; they will be able to meet descendants of the rebels at the curiosities market, visit the grave of the last surviving mutineer, John Adams, discover the Polynesian civilization of yesteryear and see objects that were on board 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 your trip to Polynesia. It’s time to say Nānā ! (goodbye) to your traveling companions, the Polynesian staff and the Aranui guides.

Voyage Pitcairn & Gambier Polynésie vacances séjour Bounty

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