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Majuro to Aur via Arno, Marshall Islands

Majuro to Aur via Arno, Marshall Islands

Trip Ports of Call Dates Days
143 Majuro Dec 30 - Jan 9, 2015 10
On our first voyage around the world our time in the Marshalls made it to the very tippy top of the top of the list for wave kiting. Strong steady winds that come in 8 to 10 day cycles with no slacking even at night; combined with the entire Pacific ocean fetch that allows regular winter swells from the Artic; and the absolute void of other recreational boats make this a prime spot for wave and lagoon kiting. But the Marshalls are a lot more. The best, most intact pristine reefs we found in 13 years of sailing were also found in the Marshalls which made for absolutely stunning underwater forays. The atolls that have not sold out to mega commercial fishing interests (Taiwan, Korea, Japan) have some of the healthiest tuna populations we ever saw.

For some images and stories from the last time around, check out "Legends at the Abyss"

The downside? Long distances between atolls; meager provisions on Majuro (the outer islands have only coconuts); some uncomfortable anchorages; some tricky launches; considerable risk of violent squalls. We recommend the Marshall legs for those members who really are seeking some epic adventure but also everything that goes along with it. This is one of the hardest places we operate and it's just impossible to guarantee conditions. Logistically it doesn't get much more difficult.

This trip begins and ends in Majuro- a dry dirty place that is typical of poor ports the world over. From Majuro we make a short crossing to nearby Arno Atoll, a stunning place with several fantastic wave options and some very good anchorages. Depending on weather and swell we'll then head north to Aur atoll and possibly Maloelap Atoll, where we have only briefly explored in the past. Both have solid wave potential, miles of lagoon options, both- like the rest of the Marshalls, completely clean unencumbered wind.

Inbound and outbound airport is Majuro (MAJ), which is serviced directly from Honolulu by United Airlines.

This trip has one cabin available to non-members of the Quest. Please email if you are interested for details.

Pluses
  • Fishing
  • Great lagoon kiting
  • Underwater scenery
  • WAVES
  • Wild and Remote
  • Wind
Minuses
  • Lack of provisions
  • Little early for wind?
  • Rolly Anchorages
  • Start and end port
Conditions
Air82.4 F
Water82.1 F
Mean Avg Wind11.6 ESE
Miles170

Reservations
ReservedReserved
ReservedAvailable
Cabin 3 - Luis De La Vega - Guests: Guest
Cabin 1 - Victoria Johnson - Guests: Guest
Cabin 4 - Available


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