Hopping Hemispheres | Tahiti – Hawaii
June 9 – June 30 | $4950
Join us in beautiful Tahiti for the sailing voyage of a lifetime! We’ll start in the blue waters of Papeete’s lagoon and sail north across the equator. This should be a very fast sail – a reach in in the trades, with warm water splashing aboard and frigates and boobies overhead.
About a week after leaving Tahiti we’ll cross the Equator, and Neptune will board the vessel to transform the crew into a hardened team of Shellbacks.
We have three possible options for island exploration on this trip, depending on travel restrictions. All of them are pretty special.
Option 1: Palmyra!
In this version of the voyage, we stop at Palmyra for a few days before continuing on to Hawaii. A visit to Palmyra is dependent on both the issuance of a permit from Fish & Wildlife and there being a ranger on island – due to the combination of already unpredictable travel and COVID, this may or may not happen. If we do get to go to Palmyra, it is highly likely we won’t be able to interact with any of the station staff, but we’ll get to spend a few days exploring the lagoon and doing some of the most epic snorkeling we’ve ever experienced.
In 2019 we were the first ecotourism visit to Palmyra since it became a National Wildlife Refuge, and it was extraordinary! We have never been on such a beautiful and healthy reef. Almost anywhere else you go will be spoiled for you after this visit. This is really something special, and the only way to visit is by sea. Palmyra was a US naval base in World War II, the sight of several failed copra plantations, and and the destination of many adventurers and dreamers up through the 90s. Since then, Palmyra has been jointly managed by the Nature Conservancy and US Fish & Wildlife service, who are doing an amazing job maintaining it as a research station and restoring native Pacific atoll ecosystems to the island.
Option 2: Moorea!
If we can’t go to Palmyra, we’ll sail across to Moorea from Tahiti instead. This is a short daysail, and we’ll then spend a few days exploring this breathtaking island – Anna and Maggie were lucky enough to spend almost a month here in 2020, and can’t wait to go back. It will give us a great chance to combine snorkeling, hiking, and even some sail training before we set off for Hawaii.
Option 3: Kiritimati and the Line Islands!
This is the least likely option, as we now don’t expect Kiribati to re-open before the end of June. However, if it does it would be an awesome experience. Kiritimati is the largest atoll in the world, and is very remote – normally there is only one flight a week, and for the past year it has been under total lockdown. Huge manta rays cruise the anchorage off the copra pier, and ashore the wind blows through the palms. This is life on a tropical island.
- Cost: $4950
- Date: June 9 – June 30, 2021
- Start: Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
- End: Ko’Olina Marina, Oahu, Hawaii
- Length: 21 days, 20 nights
- Focus: Offshore Passagemaking | Swimming & Snorkelling | Tropical Island Exploration
Travel Restrictions Update:
Palmyra: Fish and Wildlife do not plan to have any staff on Palmyra in the month of May, but may be there in June.
Tahiti: The Government of Tahiti has announced they intend to re-open May 1.
Kiritimati: Air Fiji will not be flying to Kiritimati until at least July 1, but maybe they’ll let boats in sooner?
Reserve your spot now with only a $500 deposit! This deposit is non-refundable per our crew contract. However, it is transferable or refundable in the event that we are forced to cancel this voyage or significantly alter the itinerary (date or location change). Due to the uncertainty of travel restrictions, the balance will not be due until May 9.
Click on a heading below to learn more!Tentative Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Sea Dragon
You’ll join us at the dock in Tahiti after 1500 to move on board. You’ll have the opportunity to find your bunk and get settled in. Because of flight schedules, we won’t have any training planned, just a chance for everyone to get to know each other.
Day 2: Exploring Tahiti
This is your chance to explore Tahiti – snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing, diving, or just having a croissant and Coffee! We’ll spend the day enjoying all that French Polynesia has to offer.
Day 3: Training & Departure
After Breakfast, we’ll clear customs out of French Polynesia and your professional crew will go over safety drills and sail training on board. After learning to sail Sea Dragon, we’ll have a bit more time to enjoy Tahiti before a final dinner in Paradise.
Day 4-11: Underway Offshore
After breakfast, we’ll drop lines and head out to sea. As we set our sails and point north, the towering spires of Moorea and Tahiti will slowly fade and give way to a 360-degree endless horizon. We’ll settle into our watch schedule and routine for our 1200NM sail.
We’ll have some nice fast sailing on our way to the central pacific atoll of Kiritimati. Fingers crossed we’ll be visited by dolphins, whales and endless sea birds. The warm tropical sailing will be quite the treat!
Day 12: 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 – manta rays, melon-headed whales, sharks, and 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 13: Another World Exploration
We’ll take full advantage of our surroundings over the three days on location. Exploration is the name of the game. We’ll work closely with the scientists and staff on Palmyra to minimize our impact on this special place as we explore ashore, paddle board in the lagoon, and get a chance to snorkel on some of the most spectacular reefs in the world. Nights at anchor.
Day 14: Back to Sea
After a 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 toward Hawaii as we settle in for an upwind sail to our final destination.
Day 15 – 19: Underway to Hawaii
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 North to the test as we work our way to Oahu.
Day 20: Arrival
Welcome to Oahu! We’ll close the coast and make our way into Ko’Olina on Oahu’s west coast. We’ll clear customs and immigration, then have a wonderful last dinner out. Lilikoi Mai Tai’s anyone?
Day 21: Departure Day
After breakfast, it will be time to disembark Sea Dragon and take the final dinghy trip ashore at 1200. You’ll spend this night in a hotel onshore on Kiritimati so you can make it to the airport for the early morning flight to Hawaii the next day. We highly recommend spending the night at Timei’s Lagoon View Motel. He will arrange transport for you to the airport for the early flight to Hawaii the next day, and he and his family are wonderful hosts. We’ve had several groups of guests stay with Timei and every time have had rave reviews.
– 11 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals (vegetarian), snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear
– Mask, snorkel, fins
– Use of Inflatable Paddle Boards
Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Tahiti and Kiritimati
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
You will join the boat in Papeete after 1500 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 14 Hawaii time, but June 15 local time. You will spend the night of June 15/14 (local/Hawaii) ashore in Kiritimati at a hotel before flying out the next morning. We can help connect you with Timei at the Lagoon View Motel if you would like to stay there – we highly recommend it.
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is about a 30 minute drive from Ko’Olina. Fiji Airways has one flight a week (FJ822) from Kiritimati (CXI) to Honolulu (HNL) – it departs Kiritimati the morning of June 10 (local), June 9 (Hawaii).
All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from Kiribati and French Polynesia. Please ensure that you have any necessary visas for Kiribati before joining the vessel in Papeete. 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, or contact us directly to discuss.
Anna and Maggie met as Skipper and First Mate on a 74ft science expedition yacht, sailing from the UK to Tahiti researching ocean plastic pollution.
Anna, born in 1990 was taught to sail in the Cadet fleet in Poole harbour, UK, by her grandfather at the age of 6. From a competitive dinghy racing background, she became an RYA Yachtmaster instructor and has worked full time in the industry for 14 years; teaching a range of ages in all aspects of watersports.
Alongside her professional sailing career, Anna also gained a BA in Architecture from Brighton University. However, having grown up on a farm in the south-west of England, living and working outdoors, she chose to pursue a passion for the outdoors and adventure.
Anna has worked in most areas of the industry from race Captain on luxury yachts in the Maxi Worlds, to teaching and managing an RYA Training Centre. She has sailed over 75,000nm in the Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean and Caribbean. She loves being offshore and has competed in many ocean crossing races with teams of novice crew which she thoroughly enjoys. She first sailed Seadragon in 2017 across the Atlantic and then again across the Pacific in 2018.
Maggie, born in 1992 grew up in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. She started racing sabots from the age of 5, then progressed to pacers and lasers later in her youth. She coached her school sailing team which is where she developed a passion for teaching sailing. Maggie completed a Bachelors degree in Business Public Relations but chose a career offshore with an undying passion for ocean sailing.
Maggie started her career as a teenager, working in her family business which ran adventure sailing charters. Every school break, when she wasn’t competing in dinghy regattas, she spent her time working on a traditional square rigger, classic schooner and ex americas racing cup racing yacht. In 2013 she sailed to Antarctica and rounded Cape horn and fell in love with ocean sailing.
In 2017 Maggie left Australia to travel and continue sailing. She worked in the Mediterranean on a range of luxury yachts between 28 and 92m. She has sailed over 30,000nm all over the world in the Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic and Southern Oceans.
When they are not sailing, they enjoy travelling by land in their yellow camper-van which they converted themselves. They also love to dive and are currently learning to kite-surf.
Anna is an Ocean Yachtmaster with commercial endorsement, an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, a PADI Open Water Diver, and holds her STCW endorsed Proficiency in Medical Care at Sea. Maggie is an MCA Master of Yachts < 200 tons, MCA Officer of the Watch to 500 tons, Australian Master Class 5, and holds a certificate in Advanced First Aid & CPR.
Mareike was born in Germany in 1992 and has been sailing full time since 2017. After graduating from university with a BA in Translation Studies, she decided to work on sailing boats rather than at a desk. Joining Anne-Margaretha in the Netherlands, she set off for a circumnavigation of South America, including trips to Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. The following winter, she went to Maritime College in Enkhuizen (NL) to gain her Officer of the Watch certificate for sailing vessels up to 500GT. A season in Scotland and a summer expedition to the Arctic as a sail trainer on Ocean Spirit of Moray have given her additional teaching experience.
When she is not sailing, Mareike enjoys hiking and nature photography. She has walked long distance trails such as the O-Trek in Patagonia and the West Highland Way in Scotland. Always on the lookout for a new adventure, she will be joining Sea Dragon in Tahiti.