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Old 19-05-2011, 09:07   #1
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Pacific Crossing

I am in panama on the Caribbean side and planning to cross the pacific to Micronesia
Possible stop in Galapagos but know entry can be expensive (700 dollars us?)
Then Marquesas
Onward to Micronesia
Question: Allowing a 7 day stop over in both or either of the above islands
When would be the earliest to exit the canal and have the longest period before the threat of Typhoon (Lots of guesswork I know but do your best, thanks) Perhaps a good idea to get to Marquesas first and stay for longer than 7 days ?

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Re: Pacific Crossing

Not really an answer to your question maybe....Tropical storms occur in Micronesia year-round regardless of what folklore and others say. Therefore you don't really need to schedule transiting the area, but just be aware. Staying well S of the 10th parallel helps avoid the worst of them.

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Old 19-05-2011, 11:11   #3
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Re: Pacific Crossing

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Possible stop in Galapagos but know entry can be expensive (700 dollars us?)
Thats not right. Galapagos Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on St Cristobal is one of the most unmissable places in the world.
the entry stuff is a slight hassel and costs about $120
diesel fuel is cheapest in the world if you buy at the gas station out of town - take a taxi, dont tell the 'agent'
Take a colour photo copy of your passports as they doa neat little rip-off with that one.

Day tours swimming with sealions $40 includes a National Parks guide, another $40 day tour takes you to see the tortises etc.

Whatever you do just don't miss Galapagos!
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Re: Pacific Crossing

Southern Hemisphere cyclone season can be considered to start in December.

In June 2009, we spent $270 to check in/out of Wreck Bay, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos. The break down was $100 for the agent (required by Ecuadorian Law), $135 for check-in paper work and $35 for check out. For that we were allowed to stay 21 days in Wreck Bay. It can be well over $700 if you want to take your yacht to more then one island. For that you need an 'autografo', a special permit. With and Autografo you can go to three islands (big woop).

It was totally worth the $270 for Wreck Bay, we saw some really cool stuff and would do it again.
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MarkJ is right, Galapagos is "one of the most unmissable places in the world".
We did get an Autografo and anchored on 3 of the islands. Our costs were - Check-in & Agent $270, Autografo $300 and National Park Fee $100 each. Here's more information about our costs: Home Page
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We really need an update on the costs from someone who has been there in the last few months--I talked to a boat in Hilo this month which had just come from the Galapagos, and I'm pretty sure they said that they spent over $800 on checking in and permits.

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