This is the classic trade wind, 3000nm downwind Pacific Ocean leg. The passage should take around 18 days and during that time you will settle into the different pace and routine of life at sea.
After weeks of seeing endless horizon, our first sighting of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas will no doubt be similar to how Paul Gauguin saw it when he first arrived in the Marquesas in 1891 - a dramatic mix of lush jungle, sea-battered coastal cliffs and towering volcanic peaks.
It is as if time has stood still in these Pacific Islands - ‘a paradise where one can indulge your senses in the exotic surroundings to reveal the islands as a carefree and tropical Garden of Eden, untainted by civilisation.’
You will have time to explore the natural wonders or relax and rejuvenate after our ocean passage, both in Hiva Oa and finally in Nuku Hiva, where this leg of the journey ends.
Renowned as a truly iconic tourist destination with stunning beaches which are ranked amongst the best in the world, the Islands also feature some of the world’s most unique and endemic wildlife, marine animals, flora, and fauna. The Islands offer a veritable playground for the adventurous, from trekking through the spectacular scenery of the National park, to snorkelling, scuba-diving, Kayaking, and swimming in crystal clear blue seas.
Forming one of the most remote island groups in the world, the Marquesas’ archipelago is a group of twelve volcanic islands in French Polynesia in the central South Pacific Ocean of which only six are inhabited. A dramatic landscape of high cliffs and mountains, waterfalls, lush rainforests, black sandy beaches, and secluded bays. A wonderful biodiversity of marine life exists in the surrounding seas and divers are rewarded with an abundance of sea life unique to the area, swim amongst manta rays, eagle rays, sharks of various species and sizes, jackfish, tuna, dolphins and swordfish.