I have done that one twice.
2008 we left Panama City in beginning of march. 2013 we left in beginning of may due boat repairs
. Got to Bundaberg/Brisbane in middle of october. You can stretch that a month if you would like. Expect rougher weather
if heading down to Sydney
instead of Bundaberg/Brisbane.
Leave as early as possible. January or February. It gives you more time in the south pacific
Most cruisers seem to visit Galapagos
. Expensive now, About 800 dollar for two people to check in. It´s a nice place and shorten the long passage
instead of going directly to French Polynesia
. I have been to the island Santa Cruz
both times. First time it was very hard to get permission to stop at Isabella. Now you could choose to stop there. Not as many restaurants and other facilities as Santa Cruz
. You can choose to go on organized trips to the other islands. It is possible to get a little bit more expensive cruising permit
which allows you to stop at three islands (I think it was about 300 dollar more).
Next stop 3000nm later. Marquesas
. the island Fatu Hiva is a very beautiful place, all cruisers say! Spend a couple of weeks here, at least!
Another 450-500nm. Tuamotus! Lots of atolls to choose among. Fakarava is loved by many. Amazing snorkling and diving
. Spend a month at least in Tuamotus
About 200-250nm to Tahiti
. Good to provision. If you are there at the festival, Heiva. (middle of july) you can spend some time there. A week is good.
Within 20-150nm you can sail to Moorea, Raiatea, Bora Bora
, etc. Depnding if you like it or not. Spend 3-6 weeks.
Next, north or south Cook Islands
. Either more remote
and less people in the north (Suwarrow where only the park rangers live). In the south Aitutaki. Nice looking island with friendly people (well, all people in south pacific
are friendly). Rent a scooter and drive around the island. Spend a week here. More tranquile than Rarotonga they say.
next. Don't really remember but about 350nm. Very much loved by cruisers. Visit caves, chasms. Rugged island. About a week.
Next is Vavau, Tonga
. 200nm. Lots of small islands. Good snorkeling. Spend 2-4 weeks. Don't forget to send your ETA to Fiji
, otherwise fined.
Next is Fiji
, 500nm. I prefer the eastern part. Spend two months here. Labour is very cheap
. Cheap haul out
at Vuda Point marina. Need new upholstery? Pefect place or need some varnish
job done? 3-5 dollar/hour.
Next is Vanuatu
, about 500nm. Visit the active Vulcano. I have not but all people who done it loved it. Time? at least 1-2 weeks.
Next is New Caledonia
, 250nm. Sail to Isle de pins. Time? 2-3 weeks. Don't forget to send an email
about your ETA. Fines if not done.
Next is Australia
, about 850 to Brisbane