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Opua To The Kermadecs Islands To Minerva Reefs To Fiji

From £4695 per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12wks before embarkation
A thrilling 14-day ocean expedition from New Zealand to Fiji. Experience the untouched beauty of the Kermadec Islands and the mesmerizing Minerva Reefs on this unforgettable sailing adventure.
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Singles, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Intermediate. Some sailing experience required
Nights onboard
13
Vessel type
Expedition Yacht
Vessel length
72ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Shared double and twin bunks

Sail from New Zealand to Fiji on an ocean expedition through the Kermadec Islands and the Minerva Reefs, exploring secluded atolls and pristine waters.

13 nights: 22 June - 5 July 2024 or 12 - 25 July 2024 

Price: From AUD$ 8,750 / £4,695 per person

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

Join in an ocean expedition from Opua, New Zealand to Raoul Island in the Kermadec Island Group, the Minerva Reefs and finally onto Fiji, a true adventurers expedition. We depart Opua in the Bay of Islands and head 540nm northeast to the Kermadec Islands. The islands are uninhabited and the northernmost outpost of New Zealand. They have been used as stopover points since as early as the 10th century.

We’ll anchor and go ashore to explore, Raoul Island before setting off for the next stop 330-nautical-mile further north to anchor for a stopover at the stunning Minerva Reefs. These two submerged atolls have been the subject of many shipwrecks over the centuries with some still visible inside of the reefs. We’ll anchor inside the reefs and go on a night time hunt for fresh crayfish before continuing on the final 420-nautical-mile leg to to the Vuda Marina, Fiji.

ITINERARY (12 – 25 July 2024)

You can travel to Opua via Whangarei or Keri Keri Airports on or before the 12th of July 2024. When you arrive we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew welcome dinner. Our crew will reassemble on the 13th of July and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) late on the 13th or early on the 14th of July 2024. We will clear Customs and then depart Opua and sail northeast towards the southern end of The Kermadec’s. From there we will head north to Raoul Island for an overnight stop* to go ashore if safety permits. When we depart Raoul Island we’ll sail past the other islands in the group, before setting a northerly course for the Minerva Reefs. We’ll aim to visit both of the Minerva Reefs, where we’ll anchor in the lagoons, explore the reef at low tide and relax. The final 420nm leg is to the Vuda Marina, in Vuda Point Fiji.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive in Opua, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 12th of July, you will need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Fiji and depart out of Nadi Airport on or after the 25th of July 2024.

 

ITINERARY (22 June – 5 July 2024)

You can travel to Opua via Whangarei or Keri Keri Airports on or before the 22nd of June 2024. When you arrive we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew welcome dinner. Our crew will reassemble on the 23rd of June and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) late on the 23rd or early on the 24th of June 2024. We will clear Customs and then depart Opua and sail northeast towards the southern end of The Kermadec’s. From there we will head north to Raoul Island for an overnight stop* to go ashore if safety permits. When we depart Raoul Island we’ll sail past the other islands in the group, before setting a northerly course for the Minerva Reefs. We’ll aim to visit both of the Minerva Reefs, where we’ll anchor in the lagoons, explore the reef at low tide and relax. The final 420nm leg is to the Vuda Marina, in Vuda Point Fiji.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive in Opua, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 22nd of June, you will need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Fiji and depart out of Nadi Airport on or after the 5th of July 2024.

Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, crew meals in Opua and in Fiji, accommodation onboard, your Ocean Sailing Expeditions crew shirt, marina fees, the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether. Your bedding, a pillow and towel is also included along with suncream.

*The stopover and shore visit at Raoul Island is subject to Department of Conservation approval based on the volcanic risk rating at the time. Safety is always the first priority when assessing risk to the crew and vessel.

Your crew package excludes; accommodation ashore, flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports, alcohol, toiletries, clothing and wet weather gear. You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent at least 1 month prior.

It’s always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore on either side of the trip:  AirBNBBooking.comWotif &  HomeAway.

HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE ONBOARD

  • Hoisting, trimming and reefing both upwind (main, genoas, and jibs) and downwind sails (poled out headsails, spinnakers, gennakers and code 0’s (subject to weather).

  • Acting as watch captain (day and night), helming, navigating, checking weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls.

  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating best route to destination.

  • Navigating, hazard identification, entering waypoints and calculating updated ETA’s.

  • Routine checks of bilges, engine, electrical systems, sails and hardware for preventative maintenance.

  • Watch roster planning, matching responsibility to experience, crew management and communication.

  • Familiarisation of all safety procedures, sail planning, storm preparation planning and abandon ship procedures.

  • Training in the use of PDF’s (Personal Flotation Devices), PLB’s (Personal Locator Beacons), safety tethers, dan buoy’s, storm drogue, liferaft and any other equipment required to ensure you remain safe in all conditions.

  • Advice on how to take responsibility for managing clothing, hydration, sleep and nutrition to maintain your health and well being aboard.

  • Planning our arrival and route to safe harbour including timing with daylight (if required), weather factors, navigational hazards, communications/customs and sail/motor arrival plan.

  • Multi-day, offshore passage making 24/7 on a significant Category 1 offshore passage.

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and then either drive to Opua or fly from Auckland to Whangarei or Keri Keri to drive a shorter distance from there.

Nadi Airport, Fiji

ITINERARY (12 – 25 July 2024)

You can travel to Opua via Whangarei or Keri Keri Airports on or before the 12th of July 2024. When you arrive we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew welcome dinner. Our crew will reassemble on the 13th of July and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) late on the 13th or early on the 14th of July 2024. We will clear Customs and then depart Opua and sail northeast towards the southern end of The Kermadec’s. From there we will head north to Raoul Island for an overnight stop* to go ashore if safety permits. When we depart Raoul Island we’ll sail past the other islands in the group, before setting a northerly course for the Minerva Reefs. We’ll aim to visit both of the Minerva Reefs, where we’ll anchor in the lagoons, explore the reef at low tide and relax. The final 420nm leg is to the Vuda Marina, in Vuda Point Fiji.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive in Opua, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 12th of July, you will need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Fiji and depart out of Nadi Airport on or after the 25th of July 2024.

 

ITINERARY (22 June – 5 July 2024)

You can travel to Opua via Whangarei or Keri Keri Airports on or before the 22nd of June 2024. When you arrive we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew welcome dinner. Our crew will reassemble on the 23rd of June and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) late on the 23rd or early on the 24th of June 2024. We will clear Customs and then depart Opua and sail northeast towards the southern end of The Kermadec’s. From there we will head north to Raoul Island for an overnight stop* to go ashore if safety permits. When we depart Raoul Island we’ll sail past the other islands in the group, before setting a northerly course for the Minerva Reefs. We’ll aim to visit both of the Minerva Reefs, where we’ll anchor in the lagoons, explore the reef at low tide and relax. The final 420nm leg is to the Vuda Marina, in Vuda Point Fiji.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive in Opua, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 22nd of June, you will need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Fiji and depart out of Nadi Airport on or after the 5th of July 2024.