The passenger-cargo ship Aranui 5

1 September 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

in Papeete © Saga70/cc-by-sa-4.0

in Papeete © Saga70/cc-by-sa-4.0

M/V Aranui 5 is a dual passenger/cargo vessel that entered service 12 December 2015 between Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. With a homeport of Papeete, French Polynesia, the Aranui 5 replaced the Aranui 3 which entered service in 2003. The Aranui 5, like its predecessor, is registered as a passenger ship under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), for international operation.   read more…

French Polynesia in the Pacific

16 November 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Tahiti - Papeete - Marina Taina © Remi Jouan/cc-by-sa-3.0

Tahiti – Papeete – Marina Taina © Remi Jouan/cc-by-sa-3.0

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of the French Republic; collectivité d’outre-mer de la République française (COM), sometimes unofficially referred to as an overseas country; pays d’outre-mer (POM). It is composed of 118 geographically dispersed islands and atolls stretching over an expanse of more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) in the South Pacific Ocean.   read more…

Bora Bora in the South Pacific

15 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Taka-0905

© Taka-0905

Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northwest of Pape’ete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 feet). Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. The major settlement, Vaitape, is on the western side of the main island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. Produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. According to a 2008 census, Bora Bora has a permanent population of 8,880. Today the island’s economy is driven almost solely by tourism. Over the last few years several resorts have been built on motu (small islands, from Tahitian) surrounding the lagoon. Thirty years ago, Hotel Bora Bora built the first over-the-water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon and today, over-water bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts. The quality of those bungalows ranges from comparably cheap, basic accommodations to very luxurious and expensive places to stay.   read more…

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