Pacific Voyager | Kiritimati – Tabuaeran – Hawaii
Feb 22 – March 8 | $3450
This trip should have some amazing sailing! Last year we averaged over 180NM a day on a tight reach north to Hawaii. We’ll depart Kiritimati and sail through the ITCZ to Tabuaeran (Fanning), a remote atoll of Kiribati. 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.
Fanning is a remarkably remote place. Approximately 2000 people live on this tiny atoll, which is supplied by ship only a few times a year. There are charter flights to get here, but they are very unreliable and expensive. When we visited in 2019, there were 5 Australian tourists on the island, but they were the first to visit in about a month. The locals fish, farm, and enjoy life, sailing and racing traditional sailing canoes throughout the lagoon. With a bit longer of a visit, we’re excited to explore the lagoon and surrounding reefs with some snorkeling missions in our tenders.
After a few days exploring this spectacular remote atoll, we’ll depart for almost 1000NM of 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.
This trip is an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and IYT MOY Unlimited qualifying voyage – contact us to discuss!
- Cost: $3450
- Date: February 22 – March 8, 2022
- Start: At Anchor, Kiritimati Atoll, Kiribati
- End: Ko Olina Marina, Oahu, Hawaii
- Length: 14 days, 13 nights
- Focus: Offshore Passagemaking | Swimming & Snorkeling | Tropical Island Exploration
As of 9/24/2021, The government of Kiribati has announced they plan to open their border in January 2022, but have not announced what the requirements for entry will be. We may modify our COVID protocol to reflect any national entry requirements. If the border does not open, we will modify this voyage to a different itinerary, and we will be happy to refund you your full fee, or offer you a place on another voyage.
While we can’t guarantee that our protocol will 100% prevent a COVID infection onboard, we are hopeful that it will reduce the risk of a serious COVID-19 infection far from advanced medical care.
Everyone on board the vessel for this trip MUST provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose ocurring at least 15 days prior to boarding.
14 days before trip: I agree to take maximum precautions to minimize my risk of infection with COVID-19 by following CDC guidelines.
72 Hours Before Boarding: I agree to take a PCR covid test at my own expense. If a testing site is available that can provide results in less than 72 hours, I agree to get tested as close to the date and time of boarding as is consistent with receiving results before boarding.
Day of Arrival at boat: We will take your temperature and administer a rapid antigen test to you before you come in close contact with the rest of the crew. With proof of vaccination, proof of a negative PCR result, a temperature of under 100.4 F, and a negative rapid test, you will be able to board Sea Dragon. Once everyone is on board, we will fall into the normal routine for trip operations. We’ll become a “bubble” with no masks required on board. You’ll choose your bunk, we’ll have a group dinner on board and go through safety briefings for departure.
In the event that you do not provide proof of vaccination, test positive on either the PCR test or your pre-boarding rapid test, or have a fever, you will not be allowed aboard the vessel, and we will be happy to transfer your payment to a trip of your choosing at a later date.
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 or modify this voyage.
A journey on Sea Dragon is an extra-ordinary experience that can take you to so many places, physically, mentally and spiritually … I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
– Andrew N.
“It’s extremely rare to find people who care so deeply and are also patient and extremely knowledgeable and generous in teaching on many things. It was a trip of a lifetime and I am profoundly grateful!”
– Crescentia W.
Click on a heading below to learn more!Tentative Itinerary
Kiritimati – Hawaii via Tabuaeran
Day 1: Arrival on Sea Dragon
Welcome to Kiritimati! You’ll fly in and be met at the airport by the team from the Lagoon View Motel. They’ll drive you the 40 minutes across the atoll to the pier where Sea Dragon is 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. 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. There’s 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 up 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 relax after our passage and go for a swim. We’ll end the day with dinner on deck in this extraordinary location.
Day 5 – 6: Another World Exploration
We’ll take full advantage of our surroundings over the two days on location, and 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 up anchor and head out of the lagoon when the light is favorable. We’ll set sail once again and point our bow towards 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
We’ll spot Oahu on the horizon farther 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 night on the dock after passage, we’ll have a final breakfast together 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 say so long to each other but not goodbye. You’ll be free to explore the tropical and volcanic Hawaiian Island chain as you wish on your own.
– 13 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 Kiritimati and Hawaii
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
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. Because we may not be able to clear through customs and immigration until the morning of this trip, please do not book flights for earlier than 1800 on the 15th. 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 (FJ823) a week to Kiritimati (CXI) – it departs Hawaii the morning of June 15 and lands on Kiritimati that afternoon – June 15 (Hawaii), June 16 (local). We will 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 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, 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.