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Crossing the Pacific
March - November 2009
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As we head across the Pacific Ocean, it's hard to imagine the expanse of water we'll travel. Here are some Pacific Ocean Facts:
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the five world's oceans and covers twice as much space as any other ocean, and more space than all the
    continents put together.
  • Its name is derived from the Latin name Mare Pacificum, "peaceful sea", bestowed upon it by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.
  • It extends from the Arctic in the north to Antarctica in the south, bounded by Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east.
  • At 169.2 million square kilometres (65.3 million square miles) in area, this largest division of the World Ocean – and, in turn, the
    hydrosphere covers about 46% of the Earth's water surface and about 32% of its total surface area, making it larger than all of the
    Earth's land area combined.
  • The equator subdivides it into the North Pacific Ocean and South Pacific Ocean.
  • The Mariana Trench in the western North Pacific is the deepest point in the Pacific and in the world, reaching a depth of 10,911 metres
    (35,798 ft)
We left Club Nautico Reloncavi on 12 February and took our time relaxing and exploring the delights of Chiloe before heading out into the Pacific.

Here's the itinerary as of  February 2009 (subject to change on a whim!). Double click to visit these Pacific islands with us.

                 *
Juan Fernandez Islands                                    
                 *
Easter Island                                                     
                 *Pitcairn Island                                                    
                 *French Polynesia including:                                
                   Iles Gambiers, Tuamotus, Societies                       
                   (Tahiti, Bora Bora) & the Leewards
                  *
Cook Islands

                 
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20,000 of 30,000 existing species of
fish are found in the South Pacific and
it's estimated that half the fish remaining
on the planet swim in this ocean.
Click here to see Birds of the South Pacific
The crew recommends...
  • Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going
    Where Captain Cook Has
    Gone Before by Tony Horwitz
  • The Happy Isles of Oceania:
    Paddling the Pacific by Paul
    Theroux
  • Captain James Cook - A
    Biography by Richard Alexander
    Hough
  • Longitude by Dava Sobel
*Suwarrow Atoll
*Niue
*Tonga  
*New Zealand
*Fiji
*Vanuatu
*Chesterfield Reef