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  Aranui 3 (Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime)

Aranui 3 | Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime
The mixed passenger/cargo ship Aranui 3, in the Fakarava lagoon (Tuamotus).
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Aranui 3 | Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime
Aranui 3, in harbour of Haka Hau, island of Ua Pu
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The Aranui 3 is a mixed passenger and cargo vessel that operates between Tahiti and the Marquesas islands of Polynesia. The remote Marquesas islands depend on the Aranui 3 to bring supplies and pick up their produce of copra, dried coconut and fruit. The ship is owned by Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime (CPTM), and the crew are mainly Polynesian.

the Aranui 3 sails between Papeete in Tahiti and the Marquesas. There are six inhabited islands in the Marquesas group including Fatu Hiva. The island of Nuku Hiva, has a stunning bay in a volcanic amphitheatre with imposing cliff faces and tumbling waterfalls. It also visits the islands of Rangiroa and Fakarava in the Tuamotu Islands. This ship gives passengers the opportunity to see some of the most remote and most beautiful islands of the South Pacific on a working freighter.

The Aranui 3 was built in Romania in 2002 as a freighter and passenger ship.

The ship has a restaurant and two bars.

Recreation facilities include two lounges, pool, library, boutique and sunbathing space. Guests can enjoy Polynesian music and dancing in the bar-lounge.

Accommodation includes 10 suites (most have balcony), 12 large outside cabins, 63 standard outside cabins. The suites and cabins have private facilities. There is also dormitory accommodation available with shared facilities.

Ship Summary
Operator:Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime
Built by:Retec, Romania
Date Completed:2002
Gross Tonnage:3800
Length:118 m
Width:18 m