We start in Port Denerau in Fiji before rendezvousing with the fleet in nearby Musket Cove for some WARC social events. We will also take time to explore the idyllic Mamaucas and Yasawa islands in outer Fiji. We then set sail for Tanna in Vanuatu, 450nm and a 3 day sail away.
Vanuatu is a highlight in the itinerary, a remote and rugged Pacific Island, with a surrounding archipelago consisting of around 83 islands. These exotic islands are a mixture of tribal communities still practicing their ancient cultures, with a 1000 spoken languages in a country of only 250,000 citizens.
In Tanna, we will hike and get close to the magma-filled active volcano, Mount Yasur and interact with the local villagers at a welcoming ceremony. We will then have a relaxed cruise though the archipelago making the most of the excellent snorkelling in the freshwater Blue Holes surrounded by rainforests, and explore ancient caves and extinct volcanoes. We then meet up with the WARC fleet in Port Vila, an amazing multicultural town on the island of Efate.
Efate is an island with lots to explore: lush rainforests, deserted beaches, tropical waterfalls and some unique World War II wreck dives. Efate also has an excellent culinary reputation due to its diverse ethnic makeup of French, Pacific, Chinese and Vietnamese cultures.
We then depart Port Vila and set sail for Mackay, 1150nm away, located on the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef. The sail should take about a week and after meeting up with the other WARC boats, this leg ends here.
Palm fringed beaches, coral reef rich in marine life, a friendly population and luxe resorts and hotels all contribute to making Fiji a popular destination. Located in the South Pacific the archipelago consists of some 333 Islands which are perfect for island hoping. You will find turquoise waters, peaceful sandy beaches and moving inland explore markets, rainforests, and rivers.
Roughly 80 Islands cover some 1,300km in the South Pacific, Vanuatu is a scuba-divers dream destination with coral reefs, underwater caverns, and wrecks such as the WWII-era troopship SS President Coolidge all awaiting the intrepid diver. Ashore deserted beaches, remote and rugged landscapes, an active volcano with its magna filled crater and the tourist resorts and restaurants of Port Vila await.
Situated in Queensland on Australia’s East coast the Mackay region of Australia has much to offer the visitor; secluded islands with golden sand beaches and the Great Barrier Reef await offshore. Mackay itself is surrounded by lush Sub-tropical rainforests and the fertile Pioneer Valley. The historic town of Mackay itself is well worth exploring with excellent restaurants, beautiful parks magnificent 1920s Art Deco buildings, and a vibrant arts scene, Mackay has something for everyone.