Transpac AdventureAustralia, Tahiti, Transpacific Crossing
Transpacific Sailing Adventure
Sailing from Tahiti to Australia is known as one of the world's most amazing trade wind sails; yachtsmen the world over call it "The Coconut Run."
The voyage begins when you cast off your stern line from the dock in Papeete. 4000 nautical miles and 6 - 12 credits later, the voyage ends as you tuck your bow behind the Great Barrier Reef into the protected waters of Queensland, Australia.
In between, you get to hoist and lower the sails of a beautiful schooner, anchor in secluded lagoons, catch fish straight from the Pacific Ocean, anchor off the reefs of Raratonga, climb and hike with natives of the Tonga Archipelago and participate in a Kava ceremony with the chief of a Fijian village. Are we missing something here? Not likely - but YOU will be missing something to tell your grandkids someday if you don't sign up early enough to be among those fortunate enough to remember every day along the way.
Voyage Blog Entry...
*These blogs are from Sea|mester and AQ voyages that have completed similar passages and visited the same places our students will travel on the AQ Transpac*
Happy Independence Day!
Author: Rebecca Pelofsky
Location: Bora Bora
Today was one that many of us had highly anticipated and it did not disappoint! We woke up quite early to head into town for French Independence day. The events began with a parade in which it seemed the entire town took part in.
Hundreds of people marched down the streets of Bora Bora and filed in to a stadium where we sat and watched a variety of groups line up from the local break dancing group to the staff of the grocery store. After the parade, there were dancing competitions and to our amusement a fruit-carrying contest in which one contestant actually tripped over the finish line. For the rest of the afternoon we explored shops, bought souvenirs for families, and ourselves and indulged in some delicious yet expensive French food when we returned to the boat quite full stomached. We enjoyed some down time in the water and pursued the ever-pressing quest to bronze glory. After achieving a minimum of two levels on the bronze-meter, we settled down and cooked, and ate a delicious dinner of grilled chicken. After dinner we were treated to juice and Oreos to put an end to our fabulous seventh day in French Polynesia. As we go to bed sleepy-eyed and bronzed, we look forward to yet another exciting day filled with diving and fun.