Trevor Burridge is delivering a Jeanneau 45 (Sunkiss) from Kudat in Borneo to Port Moresby in PNG.
This yacht has been set up and maintained for distance cruising. Trevor expects to leave Kudat around mid-April and take around 2 months to get to PNG. Trevor has previously completed 2/3 of this passage.
Beginning in Kudat – hugging the coast and traveling during the day south east to the Sabah coast continuing to island hop through to Sandakan. Clearing customs in at Sandakan, but staying in Sabah through Darvil Bay and Semporna before heading across the Celebes Sea and clearing into Bitung/Menado on the top of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
From there the yacht will head to Morotai, then Halmahera and Wayag in the Rajah Ampat (this is a very cool place to visit). Then onto Sorong where the yacht will refuel and reprovision. From Sorong it will be north around the “Bird’s Head” into and across the top of Cenderawasih Bay (top of west Papua) then working east along the coast into Jayapura.
Jayapura is the last port in Indonesia so clearing customs will happen here and will clear into PNG at Vanimo (about 40M east of Jayapura). From Vanimo the intention is to go north-east into the Ninigo Island group, further east to the Hermits, the Admiralty Islands (Manus) then onto New Hanover and Kavieng. From Kavieng down the west coast of New Ireland and Rabaul, then a reach with developing SE Trades to the Trobriands, then Samarai Strait and finally west to Port Moresby.
Costs are covered on the boat.
If you can’t join for the entire trip, the following segments will work for “fly in fly out”:
Kudat to Semporna (10 Days)
Sandakan to Menado
Sandakan to Sorong (16 Days)
Sorong to Jayapura (12 Days)
Jayapura to Kavieng/Rabaul
Jayapura to Port Moresby (20 Days)
Australian Residents need to obtain a visa in advance to enter PNG. Visa on arrival works for Malaysia and Indonesia.
For more information please contact Trevor on 0425 702 290
(Google Rajah Ampat and it will have you dreaming of this trip for hours!)