SOUTH PACIFIC

The sailing season in the South Pacific is well defined, with the weather usually fairly benign in the eastern part of this vast ocean. For sailors arriving from the east, the most critical decision concerns the timing of one’s arrival in the first tropical island group. Most boats transit the Panama Canal before the onset of the hurricane season in the Caribbean (June to November), with the most transits occurring in February and March. This is also the time when boats sailing from Mexico and Central America should start leaving for the South Pacific. Those who plan to sail in one season all the way to Australia or to the Torres Strait north of it need to reach the Marquesas not later than April to be able to cover the considerable distances ahead of them in only five months.

OVERVIEW

Those with more time on their hands may decide not to sail the usual route from the Galápagos to the Marquesas but to make a detour to Easter Island and arrive in French Polynesia by that route.

From Tahiti, in French Polynesia’s Society Islands, the classic trade-wind route continues to the Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Australia, with countless worthwhile diversions en route.

THINGS TO DO

With such an array of islands all offering their on individual beauties to be discovered you are spoilt for choice from beaches to the coral reefs of Samoa and Fiji.

Tahiti has been a favorite landfall for mariners ever since its discovery by the outside world. For sailors the temptations have proved irresistible, and this fascination with the symbol of the South Seas continues to this day.

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