|Blue Planet Odyssey Route Map
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The following routes and schedules are provisional and only meant as general guidelines. The starting dates and individual ports (where not specified) will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. Places and dates in square brackets are either provisional, may not be visited or denote a suggested detour.
Because of safety concerns, logistical or political considerations, some countries or stopover ports on the proposed route may have to be avoided and the route and schedule amended accordingly. The decision has now been made not to sail through the North Indian Ocean in view of current political uncertainty and instability in that whole region. The route will be amended to reach the Atlantic Ocean by way of the Cape of Good Hope. The organisers will endeavour to keep such changes to the minimum and give reasonable amount of notice of any changes.
The Blue Planet Odyssey is sailing around the world along two main routes:
- Southern route
This is the main route of the Blue Planet Odyssey, sailing through the Panama Canal and into the South Pacific and SE Asia before returning to the Caribbean.
- Northern route
This is a more challenging route which includes the Northwest Passage (in both the 2014 and 2015 starts) and a winter crossing of the North Pacific.
Alternative routes and detours
There will be several alternative routes or detours along this main route of the Blue Planet Odyssey. Some will call at endangered islands that are off the main route and because of their location can only accommodate a small number of boats and visitors, while other detours will give participants the option of visiting more remote destinations.
In consultation with the Blue Planet Odyssey participants, the 2015-16 route has been amended in order to allow longer in Vanuatu, Australia and Indonesia. The schedule can be found below.
Some of the legs either starting from a port or anchorage with limited capacity, or finishing in such a location, will be run as a pursuit, with the boats starting on their own and not in a group.
In all attractive cruising grounds along the route, participants will be able to explore the area on their own.
At the end of a cruising leg the fleet will meet at a designated port and will continue together to the next destination.
Atlantic Ocean (2014-15)
|12 July 2014||London* – Lanzarote (Canary Islands)|
|16 November 2014||Lanzarote* – Martinique
(sailed as part of the Atlantic Odyssey)
|January – March 2015||Key West*/Martinique* – Montego Bay (Jamaica) – Porvenir (San Blas Islands) – San Blas cruising leg – – Shelter Bay Marina (Panama) – Transit Panama Canal|
* Primary starting locations
Pacific Ocean (2015)
|Feb- March 2015||Pursuit to Baquerizo Moreno (Galapagos) – Baquerizo Moreno stopover – Transit Baquerizo Moreno-Puerto Ayora|
|10 March||Puerto Ayora – Atuona (Hiva Oa island, Marquesas)|
|25 March – 1 May||Cruise Marquesas and Tuamotu Islands|
|4 May||Papeete (Tahiti) rendezvous|
|9-23 May||Cruise Society Islands (Moorea – Huahine – Raiatea – Tahaa – Bora Bora)|
|24 May||Bora Bora rendez-vous|
|27 May||Bora Bora to Vava’u (Tonga)|
|[Bora Bora – Maupiti and Suwarrow (Cook Islands), if sailing conditions permit, before continuing on to Vava’u]|
|18 June||Vava’u rendezvous|
|18 June to 17 July||Cruise Vava’u|
|10 July||Vava’u – Funafuti (Tuvalu)|
|[some yachts may stopover in Apia, Western Samoa, Pago Pago, American Samoa and Tokelau en route to Tuvalu]|
|27 July – 2 August||Cruise Tuvalu
(Funafuti – Nanumea)
|3 August||Nanumea to Sola (Vanuatu)|
|8 to 24 August||Cruise Northern Vanuatu|
|25 August||Santo (Vanuatu) – Mackay (Australia)|
|3 – 28 September||in Mackay (leave boat to visit other parts of Australia)|
|Mackay – Thursday Island [pursuit]
Cruise Great Barrier Reef
|Thursday Island (Torres Strait) – Tual (Indonesia) [pursuit]|
* Primary starting locations
[ ] optional alternative route
Indian Ocean (2015-16)
|14 October||Tual (Indonesia) rendezvous|
|15 October – 30 November 2015||Cruise Indonesia
(Tual – Bau Bau – Selayar – Komodo – Medana Bay, Lombok – Kumai – Manggar, Belitung)
|1 December||Nongsa Marina, Bintan Island (Indonesia) rendezvous|
|December 2015 to March 2016||Cruise SE Asia|
|28 March 2016||Sabang (Pulau We) rendezvous
Cruise Western Sumatra
The safety issue in the North Indian Ocean continues to be a matter of concern and the organisers wish to ensure the safety of the Blue Planet Odyssey fleet. Therefore a decision has been made not to sail through the north Indian Ocean in view of current political uncertainty and instability in that whole region.
South Indian Ocean & South Atlantic Ocean (2016-17)
|19 May 2016||Padang (West Sumatra, Indonesia) – Cocos Keeling pursuit|
|1 June 2016||Cocos Keeling – Rodrigues pursuit|
|15 June 2016||Rodrigues – Port Louis (Mauritius) pursuit
Port Louis layover
|30 August 2016||Mauritius – St Pierre (La Réunion) pursuit|
|5 September 2016||La Réunion – Durban (South Africa)|
|20 Sept. – 4 Nov. 2016||Durban – Cape Town (South Africa)
Cruise South Africa
|5 November 2016||Cape Town (South Africa) – St Helena|
|20 November 2016||St Helena – Fernando de Noronha (Brazil) optional stop
Cruise NE Brazil
|18 December 2016||Marina Jacaré (Cabedelo, Brazil) rendezvous|
|3 January 2017||Jacaré – Bridgetown (Barbados)|
The Northern route is described here.