World ARC 2020 Joining Instructions

Leg 4: Marquesas to Tahiti, 31st March–26th April 2020

Joining Instructions:
Skyelark will be anchored in Taaoa Bay, Hiva Oa. If you can’t find the boat, please call Dan on 0044 7876 643206 or WhatsApp works well.

Non EU citizens entering French Polynesia will need a bond exemption which can be obtained through World ARC for $107 US approx. Leaving Hiva Oa, flights go through Tahiti 4 times a week. If accommodation is required, we recommend the Hiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge.

For leaving Tahiti, the airport Faa’a International Airport (PTT or NTAA) is 3 km from downtown Papeete. There are regular international flights with air New Zealand, Air France, LAN and others.

Passage Plan:
Join date is 31st March from 1200 onwards.

We set sail the next day and spend time cruising the Marquesas archipelago. There are mainly day sails between the islands, with the occasional overnight passage. We then sail onto the Tuamotus (500nm approx) and explore 2 or 3 of these atolls before a 250 mile sail to Moorea. From there we finish our cruise in Papeete, Tahiti arriving in plenty of time for exploring before the end of the leg on 26th April.

Please plan on leaving the boat by 1200. We can assist with recommendations for local accommodation if required.

Kit List:
We will provide top & bottom sheets, pillows & cases. We do not provide towels.

You need to bring:

  • Light weight waterproofs for the odd tropical downpour
  • Small torch (flashlight) - head torches are recommended, red light useful for night time
  • Personal music player/a couple of books/kindle
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses & sun hat
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Mosquito spray
  • Light warm weather clothing to include sun 'cover ups'
  • Any personal medication
  • Camera and charger
  • Mask and Snorkel (and fins if required)
  • Personal water bottle
  • Personal insurance – we recommend Topsail:

We recommend bringing:

  • Sailing gloves if required
  • Earplugs
  • Small backpack for walks ashore
  • Trainers/hiking sandals – we recommend Keen or Teva
  • A small waterproof bag for dinghy trips can be useful
  • Lonely Planet or similar guide book covering areas we will be visiting

It's hot in the day and cools a little at night, so for the day time light weight cover ups are ideal. In the evening if you’re susceptible to cold and if it’s breezy a light weight sweater can be useful.

As with any sailing trip you probably don’t need as much as you think and your luggage should fit into a large soft bag - no suitcases please!

The Marquesas, Tuamotus and Tahiti accept Central Pacific Francs (CPF).

Please let us know in advance:

  • Flight details
  • Medical issues
  • Dietary requirements