I'm anticipating heading south from Hawaii
in the spring, and slowly working my way to New Zealand
by November, via the Marquesas
, Tuamotus, Tahiti
, etc. I've heard mixed reports on how best to go about procuring cruising permits for the various countries I may visit along the way.
Some say apply for cruising permits months in advance via mail, and some say to just wait and apply when you clear customs
at each port of call. I'd like to keep my schedule completely open and free from obligatory timeframes. It seems like applying for cruising permits in advance may restrict me to certain dates and locations determined ahead of time.
Does anyone have any experience with these issues? How do I go about making sure that I am completely legal
, but still able to maintain flexibility and spontenaety?
Additionally, what can I expect to pay for a cruising permit/customs fees
in your average south pacific