We did this twice, the first time when everyone was headed south from Fiji
we headed north through Samoa
, Kiribati, Tuvalu, and the Marshalls. Second time down from San Francisco
and straight along the small latitudes before ducking south into Vanuatu
As mentioned above, rotating storms have a hard time in the small latitudes, but even in their death throws they can be nasty, and there can be other weather
systems. On the other side of the coin, there can be a lack of wind
along the equator that makes sailing a challenge sometimes.
We found the people very friendly (and the second time through many that we had met the first time still knew who we were). As Atoll mentioned, these are some of the most remote
and least visited islands, supplies can be hit or miss, so make sure you have plenty of the basics. When you find an island that seems to have a good supply stock up in case the next one doesn't.