Hopping Hemispheres | Tahiti – Kiritimati
June 2 – June 14 | $2950
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 to the Line Islands. This should be a very fast sail – a reach in in the trades, with warm water splashing aboard and frigates and boobies overhead.
Just before arriving at Kiritimati we’ll cross the equator, and Neptune will board the vessel to transform the crew into a hardened team of Shellbacks.
Then we’ll arrive on the largest atoll in the world, Kiritimati (Christmas), where Manta rays cruise through the anchorage and the palms blow gently in the equatorial winds.
- Cost: $2950
- Date: June 2 – June 14, 2021
- Start: Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
- End: At Anchor, Kiritimati Atoll, Kiribati
- Length: 13 days, 12 nights
- Focus: Offshore Passagemaking | Swimming & Snorkelling | Tropical Island Exploration
Don’t want to fly home from Kiritimati? We have a limited number of combo berths available: Continue to Hawaii and save $1250 off the cost of this trip! Total cost for the two voyages is $3200+$2950 – $1250 = $4950.
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 due to COVID-19.
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 Christmas Island! 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. Spend the night on anchor.
Day 13: 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.