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.
Oahu, HI, USA
Kiritimati Atoll, Kiribati
Expedition, Explorer, Mixed Activity, Sailing, Snorkelling, Water Sports
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller