Aranui: Marquesas and Tuamotu
Credit: Alain Marcouli

One of the most spectacular places in the world, French Polynesia extends well beyond the well-known destinations of Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora to the less-visited Marquesas in the Tuamotu Archipelago. The best way to see these remote reaches – and the only way to manage it in less than a year – is aboard the passenger-cargo ship Aranui 3, which accommodates 200 passengers but usually carries far less. The freighter cruises the islands on 14-day itineraries that depart from Pape'ete on Tahiti and deliver groceries to the remote islands. Snorkeling, picnics, and village visits are included in the cruise price, but you’ll have to pay extra if you want a tattoo.