Explore remote atolls on this extraordinary expedition sailing trip from Kiritimati to Hawaii via Tabuaeran
This trip offers some really amazing sailing, averaging over 180 miles a day. Depart Kiritimati and sail through the ITCZ to Tabuaeran (Fanning), a remote atoll of Kiribati. If you’ve read Liz Clark’s “The Voyage of Swell,” then you’ve already spent some time here in your imagination – come and see it in person!
Squalls and unsettled weather abound, but the region rewards careful boat handling with beautiful sunsets, rainbows, and the satisfaction of sailing fast in tough conditions. After a few days exploring this spectacular remote atoll, we’ll depart for almost 1000 miles close reaching through the trades.
It’ll be fast, furious, and fun sailing until the green mountains of Oahu heave over the horizon to windward. 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 before they’re gone.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Fast, furious, fun sailing!
- Keep an eye out for all types of life from manta rays to sharks to dolphins
- Snorkel over some of the best reefs in the world
This trip is an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and IYT MOY Unlimited qualifying voyage.
Day 1: Arrival on board the boat
Welcome to Kiritimati! You’ll fly in and be collected from the airport and brought to the pier where Sea Dragon will be anchored. We’ll pick you up by dinghy and take you out to the boat. You’ll have time to find your bunk and get settled in before a general life on board and safety briefing from your Captain and Mate. You’ll be fitted with your own lifejacket and if you didn’t bring foul weather gear with you, assigned a set. We’ll spend the night on anchor.
Day 2: Kiritimati Exploration
Today is the day to get a feel for the island you’ve just flown into! We’ll walk, we’ll swim, we’ll cook and go for a short day sail to familiarise everyone with the boat before heading off the next day. Nothing like a sunset meal on anchor in a place like this!
Day 3: Departure to Tabuaeran
After your first restful night on board, it will be time to get the boat ready to sail. After a hearty breakfast and clearing customs and immigration, we’ll pick anchor and set our sails. We’ll fall into watches and settle in for our first night at sea under the gorgeous stars of the equatorial pacific.
Day 4: Atoll Arrival
Welcome to Tabuaeran! 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! After clearing customs and immigration we’ll settle in after our passage and go for a nice swim. There’s nothing like dinner on deck at anchor in a remote location such as this.
Day 5 – 6: Another World Exploration
We’ll take full advantage of our surroundings over the two days on location! Exploration is the name of the game. A long walk on white sandy beaches, a snorkel over some of the best reefs in the world and a visit with the local community. Another two nights on anchor in the lagoon.
Day 7: 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 Oahu as we settle in for our second passage.
Day 8 – 12: Underway Offshore
We’ll have some nice fast sailing on our way to the lush volcanic Hawaiian Island chain. Fingers crossed we’ll be visited by dolphins, whales and endless sea birds. The warm tropical sailing will be quite the treat!
Day 13: Arrival in Oahu
Spotting Oahu on the horizon will happen a lot further out from land than when coming into Tabuaeran! We’ll keep our eyes peeled, and only the one with the eagle’s eye will be lucky enough to call “Land Ho!”. Slowly, the island will get bigger and more detailed, until it’s time to drop sails outside the channel for Ko Olina Marina and head in to find our berth. While we wait to get cleared through customs and immigration we’ll tidy the boat.
Day 14: Departure Day
After a nice sleep on the dock after passage, we’ll have a big group breakfast and wait to finish clearing through customs and immigration. Once the paper work is done, it will be time to disembark the boat at 1500. We’ll all say so long, but not goodbye and you’ll find yourself free to explore the tropical and volcanic Hawaiian Island chain as you wish.
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 Duration14 days
Start LocationKiritimati Atoll, Kiribati
End LocationOahu, Hawaii, USA
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 in Kiritimati around 1700 on the first day. You will depart the boat in Honolulu at 1500 on the last day. Kiritimati is on the same time zone as Hawaii, but 1 day ahead, so you will be joining the vessel on June 2 Hawaii time, but June 3 local time.
Fiji Airways has one flight a week to and from Kiritimati (CXI) – it lands on Kiritimati in the afternoon of June 2(Hawaii), June 3 (local). We can help organize ground transportation to the vessel from the airport – all travel must be pre-arranged, as there are no scheduled buses or taxis on the island. Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is about a 30 minute drive from Ko’Olina.
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 note that many nationalities which can enter the US by air on the ESTA visa waiver program need a B1/B2 visa to enter by sea. If you are NOT from the USA, Canada, or Bermuda, you will likely need to get a B1/B2. An ESTA is NOT acceptable for entry to Hawaii on board Sea Dragon. Please ensure you have the appropriate paperwork completed before joining the vessel, or you will not be allowed to board.
Dates & Availability
- 02 Jul 2019 – 15 Jul 2019
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