11 June 2020 – 2 July 2020
This leg is more focused on island-hopping, staying in idyllic anchorages and exploring the Vava’u Islands of Tonga. The islands are quite diverse, some have white sand beaches and tropical forest, whilst others have dramatic sea cliffs and caves.
We then head to Fiji which is made up of two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, where we will encounter some of the friendliest and most welcoming people. There is so much to explore and do in these islands from indulging in its rich history and culture, to enjoying the world-class water sports of surfing, kiteboarding, kayaking and diving.
One of the special aspects about this leg is being allowed to enter Fiji through the Lau Group of islands. Up to just a few years ago, these remote islands in the archipelago were restricted to visitors with only a special permit. The WARC organisers have made arrangements with the Fiji government to allow the fleet to enter the Lau Group from Vanua Balavu, thus giving us the privilege to explore a rarely travelled area in the world, even by local Fijians.
Exploring this area will expose us to a unique interaction with the locals, whose traditional way of life has hardly changed over the generations. Along the way, we can enjoy some stunning anchorage bays, dive with sharks and take in the golden sunsets at the ‘magic hour’ of the day.