Join a world-class expedition sailing vessel as it sails the North Pacific and through the heart of what everyone has been talking about, the North Pacific Gyre or 'garbage patch'.
This trip has a little bit of everything – warm & fast sailing in the tradewinds leaving Hawaii, the chance for some spectacular mid-ocean swimming under the Pacific High mid-trip, then mixing it up with weak frontal systems approaching the coast of Canada and maybe even some fog coming down the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We’ll go right through the heart of the garbage patch, giving everyone aboard a chance to see it for themselves.
On this voyage, we will conduct a number of Manta Trawls for micro-plastic pollution for educational purposes, and may also be collecting data for Marine Debris Tracker.
Why We Love This Adventure
- See the much talked about 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch'
- Enjoy fun, fast sailing in warm waters
- Conduct Manta Trawls for micro-plastic pollution for educational purposes
This trip is an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and IYT MOY Unlimited qualifying voyage – contact us to discuss!
Day 1: Arrival on Sea Dragon
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 begin to get settled in before we all gather together for our first dinner on board. After dinner, your professional crew will take you through general life on board and safety procedures. You’ll be fitted with your own lifejacket and if you didn’t bring any with you, assigned foul weather gear. You’ll have the rest of the evening free to just relax or explore around the resort and marina.
Day 2: Hawaiian Island Day Sail
Today you’ll get to know your home for the next few weeks. After breakfast, we’ll head out for a day sail where we’ll practice safety procedures, get familiar with the deck layout and sail Sea Dragon for the first time. The backdrop of the lush volcanic islands of Hawaii will be quite the sight! We’ll be back on the dock in the afternoon and have some free time to go for a swim or just enjoy the area.
Day 3: Departure for Big Blue
After breakfast, we’ll clear out of US customs and immigration, cast off the lines and head out to sea. We’ll set the sails just as we did the day before, only this time we’ll be on our way to Canada! We’ll fall into our watch schedule and have our first night under the stars at sea.
Day 4 – 19: Offshore Sailing
We will all find our rhythm to life at sea and the days will fade in and out upon big blue. No two days, sunrises, sunsets or watches will be the same. Hopefully we’ll spot some good sea life, including dolphins, whales, albatross and boobies. As we adjust our sails along the way, things that seemed so foreign in the beginning will quickly become second nature and the miles will fall behind as we continue north.
Day 20: Estimated Arrival in Victoria
After more than two weeks at sea, we’ll arrive at Victoria Harbor. The Strait of Juan de Fuca will welcome us from the sea and at once our senses will be re-introduced to attributes of land. We’ll come alongside the dock in and while we wait to get cleared through customs and immigration we’ll tidy Sea Dragon. After we’re cleared it will be time for a nice cold beverage, a nice walk on terra firma and a group dinner on shore to celebrate our arrival!
Day 21: Departure Day
After a fun night out, it will be time to disembark Sea Dragon at 0900. We’ll all say so long, but not goodbye and you’ll find yourself free to explore beautiful Victoria.
PriceUS $3200 (Early Bird Price)
– 19 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– 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 Duration21 days
Start LocationOahu, HI, USA
End LocationVictoria, BC
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 Ko’Olina between 1500-1700 on the first day. You will depart the boat in Victoria at 0900 on the last day. If we have a fast passage and arrive earlier, you are welcome to stay aboard until the last schedule day of the trip if you wish.
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is about a 30 minute drive from Ko’Olina. There are numerous ferries from Victoria to Seattle, Vancouver, and Tsawassen. You can also travel via seaplane to Vancouver, or fly Air Canada out of Victoria International Airport, YYJ, which is about a 20 minute drive north of the city.
All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from the USA and Canada. Please note that if you are not a US or Canadian citizen, you will likely need to complete a Canadian ETA prior to travelling. Please ensure you have the appropriate paperwork completed before joining the vessel, or you will not be allowed to board.
Dates & Availability
- 20 Jul 2019 – 09 Aug 2019
This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.
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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