Leg 7

Fiji, Vanuatu, Mackay (Australia)

8 July 2020 – 1 August 2020

We start in Port Denerau in Fiji before rendezvousing with the fleet in nearby Musket Cove for some WARC social events. We will also take time to explore the idyllic Mamaucas and Yasawa islands in outer Fiji. We then set sail for Tanna in Vanuatu, 450nm and a 3 day sail away.

Vanuatu is a highlight in the itinerary, a remote and rugged Pacific Island, with a surrounding archipelago consisting of around 83 islands. These exotic islands are a mixture of tribal communities still practicing their ancient cultures, with a 1000 spoken languages in a country of only 250,000 citizens.

In Tanna, we will hike and get close to the magma-filled active volcano, Mount Yasur and interact with the local villagers at a welcoming ceremony. We will then have a relaxed cruise though the archipelago making the most of the excellent snorkelling in the freshwater Blue Holes surrounded by rainforests, and explore ancient caves and extinct volcanoes. We then meet up with the WARC fleet in Port Vila, an amazing multicultural town on the island of Efate.

Efate is an island with lots to explore: lush rainforests, deserted beaches, tropical waterfalls and some unique World War II wreck dives. Efate also has an excellent culinary reputation due to its diverse ethnic makeup of French, Pacific, Chinese and Vietnamese cultures.

We then depart Port Vila and set sail for Mackay, 1150nm away, located on the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef. The sail should take about a week and after meeting up with the other WARC boats, this leg ends here.