Tonga to Fiji

Leg 11


On this leg, we will get to continue to explore the beauty of the South Pacific whilst delving into the issues of plastic pollution. Starting in the Kingdom of Tonga we will join a local environmental group to explore the issues this island nation faces.  In 2009, eXXpedition co-founder and Director, Emily Penn spent 6 months living here organising a community clean-up. It will be interesting to see how the plastic use and waste management has changed over the last decade. We will then set sail the 500 nautical miles to the islands of Fiji.  Whilst at sea, our onboard expert will facilitate scientific data collection and discussion around this environmental issue allowing all on board to have a deeper insight into the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans, and on us. After four days at sea, we will arrive into beautiful Fiji, a nation of over 300 main islands, of which 106 are permanently inhabited and steeped in culture. The two main islands comprise of 45% of the landmass of Fiji and are mountainous in nature, providing a dramatic sight as we head towards shore. It is reported that Fiji uses an alarming number of plastic bags, between 50 and 60 million per year and therefore it will be an important role for us to step ashore and share our story to raise the awareness and stimulate action.   

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Leg Itinerary

  • Day 1: Leg 11 guest crew arrive.
    Vava'u, Tonga
  • EVENT: Waste survey and clean-up.
    Vava'u, Tonga
  • Day 2: Planned departure towards Fiji
    Vava'u, Tonga
  • Sailing, science, talks and adventures at sea!
  • Day 7: Planned arrival into Suva, Fiji.
    Suva, Fiji
  • EVENT: Outreach Talk - Stories of science, sailing and solutions!
    Suva, Fiji
  • Day 8: Leg 11 guest crew depart.
    Suva, Fiji