Pacific Voyager | Kiritimati – Tabuaeran – Hawaii

Pacific Voyager | Kiritimati – Tabuaeran – Hawaii

July 2 – July 15 | $999

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This trip should have some amazing sailing! Last year we average over 180 miles a day with a damaged mainsail – with our new sails we’ll be a lot faster! We’ll 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.

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.

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

  • Cost: $999 – Last Minute Deal!
  • Date: July 2 – July 15, 2019
  • Start: At Anchor, Kiritimati Atoll, Kiribati
  • End: Ko’Olina Marina, Oahu, Hawaii
  • Length: 14 days, 13 nights
  • Focus: Offshore Passagemaking | Swimming & Snorkelling | Tropical Island Exploration

Sign up Now!  When you book, the $500 deposit is non-refundable.  Please read our crew contract before booking.

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Tentative Itinerary:

Kiritimati – Hawaii via Tabuaeran

Day 1: Arrival on Sea Dragon

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 familiarize everyone with Sea Dragon 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 Sea Dragon 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 Sea Dragon.

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 Sea Dragon 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. 


More Information:

Contribution Includes:
– 13 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– 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

Kit: Tropical


Travel Details:

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.  Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea:



Eric Loss and Shanley McEntee have been with Pangaea Exploration since 2012. They have extensive experience working with scientific and non-profit research groups and enjoy running educational adventures for school groups. Eric and Shanley have taken Sea Dragon through the Panama Canal, up the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago, and to the Baltic, the Caribbean, and West Africa.

Shanley, born in 1987, grew up surfing and swimming in the Pacific in Del Mar, California. Throughout her youth, she worked with the Surfrider Foundation to protect California’s coastlines. She has a BA in Environmental Policy and Marine Science from Western Washington University. Her love and curiosity for the sea also extends underwater, where she is a PADI Rescue Diver.

After college she learned to sail, combining her passion for science, the environment, and the sea by spending several months aboard Sea|Mester’s schooners Ocean Star and Argo. Soon after she earned her Ocean Yachtmaster license. Shanley is the medical officer onboard Sea Dragon while on expedition and, alongside Eric, runs and maintains her both on and off program.

Eric, born in 1985, grew up in Laguna Beach, California. During his youth, he sailed dinghies, raced CFJ’s, Larks, and C420’s, and taught sailing to children in Dana Point, California. As a member of the Sea Scouts, Eric gained experience sailing and repairing cruising sailboats, 80’ to 130’ schooners, ketches, and brigs, locally and on several ocean crossings. He also earned the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

After graduating from Bowdoin College, Eric became a PADI Divemaster while working for ActionQuest and Sea|Mester, developing his teaching skills as he progressed from running summer programs on 50’ yachts to skippering 88’ and 113’ schooners throughout the Eastern Caribbean and across the Atlantic. In 2011, Eric took a break from professional sailing to buy and refit Odyssey, an Islander 36, to attempt a non-stop solo circumnavigation. Eight months later, he returned to Los Angeles, having sailed past the Great Capes of the Southern Oceans and back up the Pacific to his home port.

When not aboard Sea Dragon, Eric and Shanley have sailed throughout the Caribbean, across the Atlantic, and to the Arctic Circle aboard their own Pouvreau 42 Cutter, Fleur Australe.




A soon-to-be graduate of Northeastern University, Sarah Tokos spent her childhood sailing, swimming, and kayaking in and around Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. While on her family’s 34-foot Ericson, she has experienced overnight sails, foul weather conditions, and a variety of necessary maintenance procedures–from ripped sails to emergency yahtzee dice recovery. When she’s not on a body of water (and even when she is), Sarah enjoys a good book and a strong pot of coffee. An advocate for outdoor adventures, she believes experiencing this beautiful world is the first step in appreciating and respecting its existence.








Being from landlocked Switzerland Meret had, at 18, never set foot on a sail boat. But this was about to change, she had agreed to join the TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition for 6 months. This trip from Trinidad & Tobago to Hawaii sealed both her love for the ocean and sailing. Therefore, she studied Conservation Biology and Ecology with a marine focus at the University of Exeter. Yet every break saw her going off on the next sailing adventure, where she would collect data for various research projects. Most focused on marine plastic pollution, an issue sailing had highlighted.

After completing the Northwest Passage with TOPtoTOP in 2016, she was fascinated by the rapidly changing Arctic environment. So, in 2018 she joined TS Blue Clipper as the on-board biologist doing presentations for guests on Arctic wildlife and ecosystems and helped organise a research expedition looking into the effects of microplastics on the Arctic waters of Svalbard.

Long term, combining science, sailing and outreach is her dream. Currently, she is finishing the analysis of the Arctic microplastic samples and will be going to Sweden to analyse samples from the Baltic. After two summers in the Arctic, she is very excited to be joining Sea Dragon this summer to sail in warmer waters.




Although a Texas native, Mary grew up camping, fishing, hiking, running, and exploring Tennessee where she developed a passion for science, the environment and its conservation. She earned her B.S. in Biology at Middle Tennessee State University where she began researching environmental impacts of coal production in eastern Tennessee. In this research, Mary discovered her true interests of studying and understanding the relationship between humans and their environments and how human actions effect the environment. 

Mary found herself in Texas studying environmental toxicology with regards to marine mammals and marine environments. Earning her Ph.D. involved developing methodologies and technologies to assess the toxic effects of common marine contaminants on marine mammal health. These methods employed non-lethal, minimally invasive sample collection from marine mammals and helped to paint a picture of marine mammal health in wild gray whale, beluga whale, and bottlenose dolphin populations. In her spare time, she spends as much time as possible outside and sharing her love for nature.

Mary joins Pangaea now to contribute her scientific background of environmental toxicology and marine health as well as to further explore her passion for understanding human impacts on the environment and how to develop scientifically-based conservation strategies.