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
- 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.
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: www.travel.state.gov/visa.