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 We 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.
This trip is an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and IYT MOY Unlimited qualifying voyage – contact us to discuss.
Day 1: Arrival On Board the boat
You’ll join us at Ko’Olina Marina in Oahu between 1500 and 1700 to move on board. You’ll have the opportunity to find your bunk and get settled in. We’ll all gather together for our first dinner on board and afterwards your professional crew will take you through general life on board and safety procedures. You’ll be fitted for your lifejacket and if you didn’t bring any with you, foul weather gear. You’ll have the rest of the evening free to do what you please, whether reading a book or taking a walk along the shore to give your legs a nice stretch before going to sea.
Day 2: Departure from Green to Big Blue
After breakfast, we’ll drop lines and head out to sea. As we set our sails and point south, the backdrop of green mountainsides will slowly fade and give way to a 360-degree endless horizon. We’ll settle into our watch schedule and routine for our 1000NM sail.
Day 3 – 6: Underway Offshore
We’ll have some nice fast sailing on our way to the central pacific atoll of Palmyra. Fingers crossed we’ll be visited by dolphins, whales and endless sea birds. The warm tropical sailing will be quite the treat!
Day 7: Atoll Arrival
Welcome to Palmyra! We’ll make our way through the reef and anchor in the lagoon on this gorgeous atoll. Keep an eye out for all types of life from manta rays to sharks to dolphins. We’ll meet the refuge staff and get an orientation to this very special location. There’s nothing like dinner on deck at anchor in a remote location such as this.
Day 8: Another World Exploration
We’ll take full advantage of our surroundings over the two days on location. Exploration is the name of the game. We’ll work closely with the scientists and staff on Palmyra and hopefully we can explore ashore as well as getting a chance to snorkel on some of the most spectacular reefs around.
Day 9: Back to Sea
After a special visit to a place you can only get to by sea, we’ll pick anchor and head out of the lagoon when the light is favorable. We’ll set sail once again and point our bow to Kiritimati as we settle in for an upwind sail to our final destination.
Day 10-11: Underway to Kiritimati
We’ll sail upwind across the beautiful blue waters of the central Pacific. You’ll get to put the skills you learned on the trip south to the test as we work our way to Kiritimati.
Day 12: Arrival in Kiritimati
Today we arrive at our second atoll. We’ll anchor outside of the lagoon by the cargo pier and get cleared through customs and immigration once more. We’ll enjoy a relaxing day, swimming off the stern or going ashore to explore, before having a peaceful dinner on board for our last group dinner.
Day 13: Departure Day
After breakfast, it will be time to disembark the boat and take the final dinghy trip ashore at 1200.
PriceUSD $2400 (Early Bird Price)
– 19 nights accommodation on board
– All meals, snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear
What's Not included
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 Duration13 days
Start LocationOahu, HI, USA
End LocationKiritimati Atoll, Kiribati
Average Group Size11
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.
Transportation to and from the boat is at the individuals expense.
This Trip is Suitable For
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.
Dates & Availability
- 19 Jun 2019 – 01 Jul 2019
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.
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