Pacific Explorer: Hawaii-Palmyra-Kiritimati

Duration: 13 days
From: £1,906.00

Join an expedition sailing vessel on a Pacific explorer voyage from Oahu to Kiritimati via Palmyra Atoll.

This trip is a blast – we’ll leave from Oahu for a few days of power reaching in the trades before negotiating the ITCZ, also known as the Doldrums! Squalls and unsettled weather abound, but the rewards for careful boat handling are beautiful sunsets, rainbows, and the satisfaction of sailing fast in tough conditions.

We’re planning to then stop at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, (within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument).  This stop is dependent upon the issuance of a permit, which we’re working with the US Fish & Wildlife Service to obtain.  We’ve sailed with a few scientists who have worked on Palmyra, and they have all told us that it is incredible.  If we can’t go to Palmyra, we’ll instead stop at Tabuaeran (Fanning), a gorgeous atoll in the nation of Kiribati.

We’ll end the trip with a quick overnight sail upwind to Kiritimati (Christmas) Island, with the largest land mass of any atoll in the world. If we’re lucky we’ll be greeted by the huge Manta Rays that cruise the anchorage off the copra pier.

We’re excited to be joined by Dr. Mary Looney on this expedition who will provide some insight into the science and ecology of the regions we will be visiting.

These islands are truly remote, and the best way to get to them is by sea. Come with us and explore some of the Central Pacific’s gems.


Why you'll love this adventure

  • Spot incredible sea life from dolphins, to manta rays to sharks
  • Sail a world-class expedition sailing yacht
  • Explore the gorgeous reefs and lagoons of the Pacific Palmyra Atoll.
Oahu, HI, USA
Kiritimati Atoll, Kiribati
Trip Duration
13 Days
Group Size
Private Departure
Expedition, Explorer, Mixed Activity, Sailing, Snorkelling, Water Sports
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller




19 June 2019


1 July 2019


This trip is an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and IYT MOY Unlimited qualifying voyage – contact us to discuss.

What's included

Contribution Includes:
– 19 nights accommodation on board
– All meals, snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear

Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Ensenada and Hawaii
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port

Trip notes

Accommodation is provided aboard the sailing vessel for the duration of the expedition. Accommodation prior to and post the sailing trip start and end date is at the individuals expense.

All meals, drinks and snacks are provided aboard the sailing vessel for the duration of the expedition. All meals, drinks and snacks consumed ashore during the expedition, are at the individuals expense.

Anyone over the age of 16 with no previous sailing experience necessary, only a passion for adventure.

You will join the boat in Ko’Olina between 1500-1700 on the first day.  You will depart the boat in Kiritimati at 1200 on the last day.  Kiritimati is on the same time zone as Hawaii, but 1 day ahead, so you will be departing the vessel on June 1 Hawaii time, but June 2 local time.

Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is about a 30 minute drive from Ko’Olina.  Fiji Airways has one flight a week to and from Kiritimati (CXI) – it departs Kiritimati the morning of June 3 (local), June 2 (Hawaii).  There are numerous guest houses on Kiritimati that can also arrange transportation to the airport for you – please contact us if you would like any recommendations.

All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from Kiribati and the USA. Please ensure that you have any necessary visas for Kiribati before joining the vessel in Hawaii.  Please ensure you have the appropriate paperwork completed before joining the vessel, or you will not be allowed to board.  

Tour operator

The operators of this floating marine conservation yacht are quite unique. They believe that the depth, complexity and sheer inertia of the threats to our oceans is significant but that practical solutions and the resources to implement them do still exist. The central challenge is our collective will to act, to care. They also believe that our ultimate success depends on a future generation of inspired conservationists.

True to their beliefs the team is passionate about involving everyday people in their mission. Their support of marine exploration, education and conservation work is specifically designed to create space for regular people to join the front line team.

Another World Adventures is proud to support these not-for-profit expeditions.

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