Aranui 3 cruise ship to accommodate surfers participating in the 2024 Olympic Games

   August 6, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

An innovative and picturesque lodging solution has been revealed for surfers participating in the 2024 Olympic Games in Tahiti, French Polynesia.

The world-famous Teahupo'o wave, renowned for its awe-inspiring swells and demanding waters, will serve as the stage for these exceptional athletes. To complement this extraordinary setting, surfers from various countries will find their home away from home on the 2002-built cruise ship Aranui 3.

The cargo and cruise ship is owned and operated by Aranui Cruises and will be stationed in Vairao Bay, providing surfers with easy access to the waves and ensuring they are close to the competition venue.

Acting as the designated Olympic village for surfers and sports delegations, MS Aranui 3 will offer accommodations. However, participants also have the option to choose alternative lodgings at their own expense. Initially, organizers considered a hotel near Teahupo'o, but repair timelines proved challenging. Opting for the cruise ship solution emerged as the most viable option, satisfying the Paris-2024 specifications, which require accommodation within a 45-minute radius of the competition site.

To address environmental concerns, the organizing committee (Cojo) has initiated a study and will implement measures to minimize any potential carbon footprint associated with the cruise ship accommodation, as confirmed by Minister Temarii.

The surfing events are scheduled to take place from July 27th to 30th, 2024, featuring 24 male and female surfers representing 18 to 20 countries. Depending on the swell conditions, the competition window may extend until August 5th. Among the participants, local Polynesian surfers Vahine Fierro and Kauli Vaast, who are well-versed in mastering the challenges of the Teahupo'o wave, will be defending French chances alongside Johanne Defay from Reunion.