Fodor's Expert Review Aranui 3
If you'd like to see a number of the Marquesas islands, jump aboard the Aranui 3, a cargo boat that leaves Pape'ete for the outlying islands—Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, and Ua Huka, plus several others—about 16 times per year; the journey takes about 15 days. The boat holds a maximum of 200 passengers with varying degrees of accommodation, meals are served, and there's a nursery, swimming pool, library, and a restaurant-bar. Nights are spent on board and shore visits are half or whole days with a guide from the ship. Pape'ete, Tahiti, Windward Islands. 42–62–42. www.aranui.com.