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Old 16-06-2018, 05:43   #1
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I plan to crew for a friend on a crossing to the Marquesas. Im not having much luck on my initial search for a return flight. Suggestions on return travel options?
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Old 16-06-2018, 06:17   #2
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Have the Captain figure it out? That's what ALL my crew did.

It's not expensive to cross an ocean because of the boat, it's the cost of the crew. All in all, my last crossing was probably $20k and I didn't pay anyone.

It does look like it's cheaper to book a round trip and not use the second leg than a one way.
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I plan to crew for a friend on a crossing to the Marquesas. Im not having much luck on my initial search for a return flight. Suggestions on return travel options?
i had crew that used the island ferry from hiva oa to tahiti,then flew from there
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Old 16-06-2018, 10:39   #4
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There are daily flights from the Marquesas to Tahiti and on some Marquesas islands multiple flights daily. The only airlines that flies this route is Air Tahiti. In both Nuka Hiva and Hiva Oa there are Air Tahiti offices where your crew can discuss options.

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I'd be surprised if the OP could not use the Air Tahiti website to find a flight (departure AUQ to PPT), maybe looking for a more economical but rare east bound crossing by yacht to Americas?.
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Belizesailor,

It probably depends on whether this is a business trip for you or a vacation. There are local steamers that visit the islands outlying Tahiti, but international flights only go to Papeete.

If time is unlimited, you might could catch a yacht to HI, then fly to make your way back to Belize. Pick your US port of departure according to the flight to Belize, and that would determine the carrier from HI to the mainland, unless you wanted to change flights in between. If time is limited, forget the yacht to HI.

[Jim and I sailed Bora Bora to HI to SF one year, because we had to go back to work. It is a lot of mileage to windward.]

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Old 16-06-2018, 16:21   #7
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Re: Marquesas Return Travel

If you enter Hiva Oa, our likely land fall, in most major online flight search engines,they do not connect the dots for you very well, so knowing I likely need to get to Tahiti first helps.

Im just crewing for a friend (yep, a real live actual friend who Ive know for years, unlike some of the common schemes between "friends" and "crew"). Im not getting paid to do this run and I plan to cover my own travel...just because I havent crossed the Pacific yet...what a concept! I wont be posting on YouTube or looking for Patron donations either...sailing just for the joy of it!

Time is not critical, but I expect my wife would like me to turn up at some point.

Thanks for all the input, will add that to my search efforts.
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Have the Captain figure it out? That's what ALL my crew did.

It's not expensive to cross an ocean because of the boat, it's the cost of the crew. All in all, my last crossing was probably $20k and I didn't pay anyone.

It does look like it's cheaper to book a round trip and not use the second leg than a one way.
No, just crewing for a friend so wont dump my travel planning on him too. He will have enough planning to do.


Yeah, prepping for a major crossing is spendy. His boat is already well equipped, but I figure he has got enough financial pain just prepping, so I will at least cover my return travel.
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Im not getting paid to do this run and I plan to cover my own travel...just because I havent crossed the Pacific yet...what a concept! I wont be posting on YouTube or looking for Patron donations either...sailing just for the joy of it!
Wow... no YouTube or Patreon??? Now that is refreshing!

Just going to go? What a novel concept in this new millennial world.

Cheers to you brother and have a great trip!!

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Wow... no YouTube or Patreon??? Now that is refreshing!

Just going to go? What a novel concept in this new millennial world.

Cheers to you brother and have a great trip!!

Yes, almost a novel concept these days....go sailing just for the adventure...no FaceBook, no YouTube, no Twitter, no buzz.

Im sure there are many who would be very baffled by that behavior.
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Re: Marquesas Return Travel

For a flight to Papeete from the Marquesas you could try this outfit that I only just discovered when booking a remote area flight this morning...

https://www.alternativeairlines.com/...-we-can-ticket

However I chose to go direct to the airline website.... about $US20 cheaper per head....

PS as stated above ^^^^ Air Tahiti is the airline you are looking for...
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For a flight to Papeete from the Marquesas you could try this outfit that I only just discovered when booking a remote area flight this morning...

https://www.alternativeairlines.com/...-we-can-ticket

However I chose to go direct to the airline website.... about $US20 cheaper per head....
Thanks.
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De nada... mas aqui..
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Ok. I'll will keep it on account. If we ever cross wakes you can put it in the pool for the next round. I'll buy the first.
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