Pacific Voyager | Kiritimati – Hawaii

Pacific Voyager | Kiritimati – Hawaii

April 18 – April 29 | $3950

Limited Availability
Only 9 Berths Available
This trip should have some amazing sailing! We’ll spend a few days exploring Kiritimati, the largest atoll in the world, before heading north for a fast sail through the ITCZ and the trades to Hawaii.  We regularly average between 180-220 miles a day on this run, which is a lot of fun. 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 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 All meals on board Sea Dragon are delicious and vegetarian, with the addition of fish if we catch any along the way. This is not a trip for the infirm or physically unfit – you MUST be able to climb a 20′ steel ladder up the Copra Pier in Kiritimati, have good balance, and be in reasonably good health. Please contact us with any health questions or if you answer “YES” to any of the questions on our health questionnaire prior to signing up for the trip! This trip is an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and IYT MOY Unlimited qualifying voyage – contact us to discuss! Ardent Training is offering a significant discount on the RYA Day Skipper Theory online course to anyone signed up for this trip. If you’re interested in taking the course, let us know when you sign up and we can give you the discount code!  
  • Cost: $3950
  • Date: April 18 – April 29, 2023
  • Start: At Anchor, Kiritimati Atoll, Kiribati
  • End: Ko Olina Marina, Oahu, Hawaii
  • Length: 12 days, 11 nights
  • Focus: Offshore Passagemaking | Swimming & Snorkeling | Tropical Island Exploration
Please explore the drop down menus at the bottom of the page for more details about this voyage.   COVID Protocol: While we can’t guarantee that our protocol will 100% prevent a COVID infection onboard, we are hopeful that with these constraints, it will seriously reduce the risk of the possibility of a serious COVID infection at sea, far from advanced medical care.  The Government of Kiribati has its own COVID-19 regulations, which you will need to comply with in order to enter Kiribati. We will keep you updated as far as we are able as the trip approaches.   In addition to meeting all government requirements, the COVID-19 protocol for the boat is as follows:   Everyone on board the vessel must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, including a booster shot if it has been more than 6 months since the final dose of your initial course of vaccination on the date you board the vessel. 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 or Rapid Antigen covid test at my own expense.  This test must be administered or proctored by a medical professional, and the result must be on official letterhead. 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 a negative pre-trip test result, a temperature of under 100.4 F, and a negative rapid test on the dock, 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 have a fever over 100.4F, test positive on either the pre-trip test or your pre-boarding rapid test, 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.     Sign up Now with only a $500 deposit!  It’s non refundable if you back out, but if we cancel or modify the trip we are happy to return your money or apply it to a different voyage.  Please review the Crew Contract for full details.  The remaining balance will be due February 17.

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 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.

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  Click on a heading below to learn more! Tentative Itinerary
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 2-3:  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 4:  Departure to Hawaii 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 5 – 10:  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 11:  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 12:  Departure Day After a night on the dock after passage, we’ll have a final breakfast together before you head off to the airport – you’ll be off the boat by 0900. 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.  
  What's Included
Contribution Includes: – 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 – Transportation from CXI to Sea Dragon Contribution does not include: – Transportation to and from Kiritimati and Hawaii – Transportation from the boat to Honolulu Airport – Additional nights spent ashore – Personal expenses while in port
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It’s hot in the Central Pacific – Take a look at our Tropical packing list.
  Travel Details
You will join the boat in in Kiritimati around 1700 on the first day.    You will depart the boat in Honolulu at 0900 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 (FJ823) a week to Kiritimati (CXI) – it departs Hawaii the morning of April 18 and lands on Kiritimati that afternoon –  April 18 (Hawaii), April 19 (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.
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