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9th April 2023 to 22nd April 2023

New Zealand to the Kermadec Islands to Minerva Reefs to Fiji Ocean Expedition

From £5140 per person

Deposit 20%. Balance due 12wks before embarkation
A true adventurers expedition from Opua, New Zealand to Raoul Island in the Kermadec Island Group, the Minerva Reefs and finally onto Fiji.
Clear
Suited to
Singles, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Intermediate. Some sailing experience required
Nights onboard
12
Vessel type
Expedition yacht
Vessel length
72 foot
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single Bunk
Insurance Required
Yes

A true adventurers expedition from Opua, New Zealand to Raoul Island in the Kermadec Island Group, the Minerva Reefs and finally onto Fiji.

12 Nights: 9 - 22 April 2023

Price: AUD$8,750 / £5,140*

*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.

Leaving Opua, New Zealand and traveling to Raoul Island in the Kermadec Island Group, the Minerva Reefs, and finally Fiji is an expedition for adventurers. The Kermadec Islands are uninhabited and the northernmost outpost of New Zealand. We leave Opua in the Bay of Islands and travel 540 nautical miles northeast to reach them. Since the 10th century, these islands have been used as stopovers.

We’ll anchor and go ashore to explore, Raoul Island* before setting off on for the next stop 330nm 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 do some snorkelling before continuing on the final 420nm leg to to the Vuda Marina, Fiji.

You can travel to Opua via Whangarei or Keri Keri Airports on or before the 9th of April 2023. 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 officially assemble on the 10th of April onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 11th April 2023, when we will clear Customs and then depart Opua and sail northeast towards The Kermadec’s for an overnight stop* to go ashore. 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, relax and snorkel. 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 9th of April, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore, but check with me first. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Fiji and depart out of Nadi Airport on or after 23rd April 2023.

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.

Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility incase of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore either side of trip: AirBNB, Booking.com, Wotif & HomeAway.

Silver Fern is in ‘Unlimited’ Survey under Maritime New Zealand. Silver Fern is the only sailing yacht in the <24m category approved to operate internationally as a New Zealand flagged vessel. This was achieved through extensive investment in upgrades and safety equipment, safety systems and operating procedures, that ensures Silver Fern operates at the highest levels of international safety.

Keri Keri Airports

Nadi Airport

Leaving Opua, New Zealand and traveling to Raoul Island in the Kermadec Island Group, the Minerva Reefs, and finally Fiji is an expedition for adventurers. The Kermadec Islands are uninhabited and the northernmost outpost of New Zealand. We leave Opua in the Bay of Islands and travel 540 nautical miles northeast to reach them. Since the 10th century, these islands have been used as stopovers.

We’ll anchor and go ashore to explore, Raoul Island* before setting off on for the next stop 330nm 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 do some snorkelling before continuing on the final 420nm leg to to the Vuda Marina, Fiji.

You can travel to Opua via Whangarei or Keri Keri Airports on or before the 9th of April 2023. 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 officially assemble on the 10th of April onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 11th April 2023, when we will clear Customs and then depart Opua and sail northeast towards The Kermadec’s for an overnight stop* to go ashore. 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, relax and snorkel. 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 9th of April, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore, but check with me first. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Fiji and depart out of Nadi Airport on or after 23rd April 2023.