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logo.jpg (51572 bytes)  The Route

The Circumnavigation as Planned

The circumnavigation route was planned to transit the Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean, Coral Sea, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean.  It called for landfall on six continents, all except Antarctica.

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Generally speaking, we followed the plan -- although there were many small detours and deviations along the way.

The Route as Completed

Summary

We sailed from Florida through the Caribbean Sea, then through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia; then from Bora Bora to Tonga via the Cook Islands.  From Tonga, we crossed to the North Island of New Zealand and then, via Fiji and Vanuatu, to Australia (where we cruised as far south as Sydney and as far north as Darwin).  From Australia, we sailed north through Indonesia to Singapore; through the Malacca Straits to Malaysia and Thailand; across the Indian Ocean to the Maldives; and through the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea, making landfall in Eritrea and Egypt.  After transit of the Suez Canal, we crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Turkey, then cruised Greece and Croatia before heading west to Italy, the Balearic Islands, Spain, and Gibraltar.  We began our Atlantic crossing in the Canary Islands and made landfall -- after changing course to avoid a late-season tropical storm -- in Trinidad, where we crossed our track to complete the circumnavigation.

As to timing, we could have completed the trip comfortably in about three and a half years.  Because we stayed an extra year in New Zealand and an extra year in Sydney, Australia, we stretched it to five and a half.  (And I wouldn't trade that extra time for anything!)  We know many people who have circumnavigated in two years, so we know it can be done.  But in our view 3-4 years is about right as a good planning minimum.

Details of the route follow.

THE CARIBBEAN SEA

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Florida southeast through Bahamas to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. (actual beginning and endpoint of circumnavigation)

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Cruise U.S.V.I. and B.V.I.

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St. Thomas south to Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago for hurricane season

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Cruise St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and back to Trinidad for annual maintenance

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Trinidad west to Panama, via Margarita Island, Venezuela, Bonaire, and Aruba

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West through the Panama Canal, from Colon to Balboa

THE PACIFIC OCEAN, Coral Sea, Tasman Sea, Arafura Sea

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Panama west to Galapagos (not shown on map)

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Galapagos west to Marquesas, French Polynesia (not shown on map)

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Marquesas west through Tuamotus to Society Islands (Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora)

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Bora Bora west to Palmerston Atoll, Cook Islands

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Cook Islands west to Vava'u, Tonga

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Vava'u south to Tongatapu, Tonga, via the Ha'apai Group

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Tongatapu south to New Zealand

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Cruise and land-travel New Zealand

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New Zealand north to Lautoka, Fiji

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Cruise western Fiji (Viti Levu, Mamanuca Group, Yasawa Islands)

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Fiji Islands west to Vanuatu

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Vanuatu west to Cairnes, Australia (Great Barrier Reef)

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Cairnes, Australia, south to the Whitsunday Islands, Australia

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 Whitsunday Islands south to Hervey Bay (Fraser Island), Australia

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Hervey Bay south to the Gold Coast, via the Great Sandy Strait, Australia

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Southport (Gold Coast) south to Sydney, Australia

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Explore Sydney Harbour and environs, including land travel to interior

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Sydney back north to Fraser Island

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Fraser Island to Cairns

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Cairns to Cape York, via Great Barrier Reef islands

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Cape York west to Darwin

INDIAN OCEAN, Timor Sea, Java Sea, Andaman Sea, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Gulf of Suez

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Darwin to Bali, Indonesia

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Bali to Batam, Indonesia

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Batam to Port DIckson, Malaysia, via Singapore Strait

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Port Dickson to Langkawi, Malaysia, via Malacca Strait

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Langkawi to Phuket, Thailand

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Cruise west coast of Thailand

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Thailand to Maldive Islands

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Maldive Islands to Eritrea, via Gulf of Aden and southern Red Sea

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Eritrea to Egypt (northern Red Sea)

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Transit Gulf of Suez

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Transit Suez Canal

Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, Adriatic Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, Balearic Sea, Alboran Sea

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Port Said, Egypt, to Marmaris, Turkey

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Cruise Turkish coast

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Cruise Greek Islands

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Transit Corinth Canal; cruise Ionian Sea

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Cruise Croatia

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Around the "boot" and through the Straits of Messina

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Cruise Italian west coast

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Italy to Mallorca via Strait of Bonifacio

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Cruise Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentera

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Formentera to Gibraltar

Atlantic Ocean

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Gibraltar to Canary Islands

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Cross Atlantic Ocean, from La Gomera to Trinidad via tradewind route

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Trinidad to Florida via the Mona Passage

 

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Gibraltar & Spain

Balearic Islands

Croatia

Greece

Turkey

Egypt

Eritrea

Indian Ocean

Thailand

Indonesia & Malaysia

Bali

North Australia

Sydney

Sydney and South Australia

Australia East Coast

Vanuatu

Fiji

New Zealand 4

Australia by Tandem Bicycle

New Zealand 3

New Zealand 2

New Zealand Xmas

New Zealand 1

South Pacific

French Polynesia

Pacific Crossing

Galapagos

Panama Canal

ABC Islands

Trinidad & Venezuela

Grenadines

Trinidad

Tobago

Grenada

USVI & Grenada

Florida & BVI

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