300 euro for the week, including all meals on board
Costs are for: food and board, plus the boat and all that comes with it. This goes towards daily living costs, mooring fees, custom
fees, boat fuel, running maintenance costs and equipment and preparations. You can use some of our equipment on fishing
equipment, dive gear, etc. Bring your instruments too if you play, and bring surfboards, kites, fishing stuff, there's room for a lot of
gear on deck! 'Ontong Java' also has a good selection of books (sailing stories and theory, novels and non-fiction), movies music and
a CD and mini disc player. Bring your i-Pods too; we have cables to connect to our stereo. And of course, the cost includes what is
priceless, the experience of sailing around some of the world's most beautiful islands, only accessible by private yacht.
Not included -
- Flight tickets
- transfer costs between airport and yacht
- any transport costs outside the yacht
- visas / entry permits
- alcohol - bring your own at the duty free!
- Restaurant / bar expenses
- activities outside the yacht (eg. diving, admission charges for events etc.)
Boats and the cruising life are obviously very expensive. To get to do this takes many years of hard work labouring on the boat, plus
all our time and money. We want to be able to share our lifestyle with other adventurous, like minded individuals, and we try to keep
the costs to participate relatively low. In this way I hope to make it affordable for as many people as possible. It is a non-profit
initiative, the costs are reflective of the high costs of maintaining a sailing yacht, and all the trip costs goes either into the trip itself or
into the upkeep of the boat.
If you want to join me for either of these trips, email to email@example.com
I have infrequent email access, but will reply as soon as we can.
Spaces are limited, so be quick!!
Firstly, you don't need to have any previous sailing experience to come on this trip. I will teach you everything you need to learn, and
you can learn as little or as much as you like. To get the most out of the experience, I like to encourage people to take an active role
in all aspects of the lifestyle - from sail handling, anchoring and navigating, to catching and preparing fish and baking bread in the
The most important qualities that I am looking for in people are those who are adventurous, fun-loving, and above all, easy-going.
When you step on the boat you are entering another reality; a completely different lifestyle full of challenges, possibilities and new
experiences. You need to be able to adapt and have an open attitude towards new people and situations and to really enjoy life! And
in return we can promise you the adventure of a lifetime!
Lifting anchor, hoisting the sails, watching dolphins and turtles
swim past, exploring deserted islands, caves and waterfalls,
meeting with village chiefs, playing guitar with the locals,
swimming, snorkelling, surfing, kite surfing, hiking, parties and
BBQ on the beach, line fishing, spear fishing, having the time
to relax, to read, to let your imagination wander as the sun
sets - this is all part of life aboard 'Ontong Java” consists of.
Cruising life is a healthy, active and simple life. It can also be
exhausting and frustrating at times - some days you'll find
yourself battling fierce headwinds or violent squalls, and the
weather won't always allow you to go where you want. This is
all part of the challenge of sailing, and adds to the adventure.
Your morning bath is a refreshing dive straight from your bunk into the warm tropical waters, full of stunning marine life. The food you
eat is fresh from the local gardens; pineapples, papayas, bananas, yams, sweet potatoes, coconuts; or your own catch of the day,
supplemented from the ships stores, rice, pasta, etc. We make bread or cakes, a couple of times a week, and there may be
opportunities to sample the local food on shore and to have BBQ on the beach. Our days tend to start early, but there is often a
chance for an afternoon siesta! If you like to sleep till late afternoon... just do it.
Sailing days are every few days - we like to hang out in a place awhile before moving on. After breakfast you've pulled up the anchor,
hoisted the sails and set the course, with the smell of coffee rising up the companionway. Once sailing, you relax into the groove of
the sea; with a book on the fore peak, lounging in the sun listen to music, or steering a course to the next island. Some sails are
longer than others, and may involve night passages, taking watches as the moon rises. It is a magical feeling to be at the helm at
night with only the stars for company.
Arriving after an exhilarating passage to a quiet, tropical anchorage is one of the most satisfying things in the world. The boat stops
moving, the sails come down, the anchor rattles to the ground. A new shore to explore waits. Some go to shore, some go for a
snorkel or a swim or to fish, others simply relax. After a good days sailing, watching the sun go down over a tranquil lagoon, it is time
for dinner, good company and an enjoyable evening. You'll sleep soundly to awaken for another day in paradise.
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