Tiaki, one reason to visit Latitude 38's PPJ page is that you can apply to "join" thier PPJ group, which may well mean you can avoid the cost of a bond when arriving anywhere in French Polynesia
. You don't need to 'be' anywhere specific at any point in time to be included in this group; it's just a courtesy extended by the Pape'ete-based yacht club after some years of loose affiliation with the L38's PPJ coverage. This arrangement worked beautifully for the 2009 PPJ group and a multi-day rally between several of the Society islands was added by the YC, along with games, parties and 'extras', at no charge to the rally participants who chose to attend. Seems like a shame to miss it...
Also, suggest you download Mr. John's FP guide (the price
is right for your budget
<g>) which I find at:
And to keep the boat from getting broken (which can be very expensive), you should read Mr. John's discussion (another small guide) of the Dangerous Middle (essentially, an area from the Cooks to Tonga). That's at:
FYI I'm accessing both these files from within the Yahoo PPJ Group. If these files aren't made available to you simply by clicking on the links above, then you can go to the PPJ group at Yahoo, join it, and then they will be. You'll find that group at:
pacificpuddlejump : Pacific PuddleJump
Lots of very useful info in those messages & files for someone with your plans.
Best wishes for some good sailing...