Traveling with Pacific Expeditions
Come travel with us on a sailing adventure in the Pacific Islands. Visit uninhabited islands, dive with sharks, sing with the locals… discover paradise
We have been taking people where they want to go in the Pacific since 1989. We would love to take you as well
You can charter us for a scientific expedition, or you could join one of our planned voyages to the remote islands and crystal clear waters of the central Pacific
Things you need to know when traveling with us:
As a rule of thumb, the longer the voyage - the more difficult and demanding it will be:
One-week voyages: These trips are straight forward, we act as a ferry getting you to the Tokelau Islands, and this only takes a couple of days at sea in each direction. Anyone who is reasonably mobile can join us on one of these voyages.
Two/Three-week expeditions: These are quite demanding - you will need to be in average/good physical health, as during these voyages, we will be many days away from the nearest civilisation. We rely on everyone pulling their weight, this builds camaraderie and teamwork - and adds greatly to your enjoyment of the voyage. If you are unsure about what level of fitness is required, then drop us a line, we can easily talk over your concerns.
Special situations: In special circumstances, we can deal with almost anyone, but you will need to give us prior notice, as we may need to prepare the boat and ourselves to the situation. After all - taking a physically disabled passenger (or group) to Kanton Atoll - why not !!!
We provide all meals. Breakfast is a help-yourself meal - we put out cereal and toast etc, you eat it. There is also tea, coffee and milo (a type of chocolate drink if you do not speak Kiwi English). If you would like filter coffee please bring this with you. Lunch ranges between pasta, salad, sandwiches etc. Dinner may be fresh fish (if we have put out a fishing line) or other healthy options according to sea conditions.
Our crew can cook, but if you are a wiz in the galley, and want to share your skill with us, we would be pleased of your help. If you have any special dietary requirements, let us know in advance of departure, there is not many supermarkets in mid-Pacific !
This is an adventure voyage and we rely on you letting us know what you would like to eat - with any luck it may be on board.
Limited fresh water
As on most boats we have a limited supply of fresh water. You can drink our main tank water supply, and we can make it hot for showers, but it's important that all crew and passengers respect the importance of being conservative with water use.
Some snacks provided
We provide some snack foods. But if you have an appetite for chocolate & chips we recommend you bring your own supply - we would not want you to suffer withdrawal symptoms !
Soda and alcohol are extra
Soda/pop and alcoholic drinks are not included in the price. However, you are welcome to bring your own. We keep drinks cool as needed.
Smoking is permitted onboard, but only on deck. We request that passengers extinguish their cigarettes and place them in the bin. We do not recommend feeding them to the fish and seabirds - thanks.
No age restrictions
There are no age restrictions onboard the S/V Southern Cross. Please talk to us about your specific needs for children or elderly passengers.
First aid and medication
We have a good first aid kit to deal with cuts, bruises and minor emergencies. If you have special medication, be sure to bring a good supply with you, in case we are delayed due to bad weather. And please let us know about your medical condition or any illness you suffer from, for example asthma, diabetes or bee sting allergies. It is important that we know about this so we can assist you if necessary. Also, avoid close contact with pointy finned, sharp teethed, underwater objects. Now for the good news! - no vaccinations are necessary in the central Pacific - which is also a malaria free zone.
Sea-sickness, sunscreen and insect repellent needed
Please make sure you have these items! Your enjoyment of the trip may depend on it. (We do carry a small supply of these items if you have forgotten yours).
Bedding and towels provided
We supply sheets, pillows, pillowcases and towels. And we have a clothes line to hangout all that drippy stuff.
Your personal space aboard
Our accommodations are a mix of cabins and dormitory style, thus there is only a limited amount of space, and nowhere to really get away from others: hence, it is important for everyone's comfort that personal belongings are kept tidy and there is respect for other peoples personal space. Should you need a break from human company, we may be able to put you ashore on an uninhabited island - we will provide you with a tent and pick you up in the morning (if we remember that is). Do not forget your insect repellent and have some decent coral reef walking shoes with you, such as sneakers or diving booties.
Pacific Islands culture
One of the highlights of any voyage is visiting local communities - This is usually on a casual basis and benefits both parties. Be flexible and make the most of every opportunity, eg visit the local school and tell the children where you are from, this is the best sort of geography lesson for them and you. Accommodation and food is rarely organized until the last moment - be happy with the adventure of it all.
We provide snorkeling and camping gear etc
We have aboard snorkeling gear to checkout the local coral reef; tents and sleeping mats for camping on uninhabited islands; and information on the islands, reefs and wildlife we will find on our journey.
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