Off the Beaten Path

SY Vagabond wintering in the Canadian Arctic.


A useful page for cruisers wanting to explore outside the “milk run” and easily find articles by cruisers who have done just that, plus helpful links.

Here we feature articles by cruisers who have visited more remote parts of the world, useful links, books and much more.

From the hot, dry coast of West Africa, to the frozen coast of the High Arctic, isolated islands off Australia to the mystery of Saudi Arabia, these cruisers have gone alone but reaped the benefits.

Follow the accordians below.

If you are cruising off the beaten path and would like to share your stories with Noonsite, please get in touch with Sue at [email protected]


  • BRally Amazon

    In 2021, the first BRally Amazon took place, with the participation of 11 boats and 75 crewmembers. The total journey was a thousand miles, five... Read More

  • Remote Medical International

    Address: Seattle, West Coast, USA,

    Provide on-site and telecommunicated emergency medical services in far-flung regions of the world.... Read More

  • Sea Mercy (Fiji)

    Address: Port Denarau Marina, Viti Levu, Fiji,

    Headquartered in USA and with their operations base in Fiji, Sea Mercy is an humanitarian organizations with several project categories that welcome the skillsets that... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Adapting to Rising Sea Levels in the Marshall Islands


    The Marshall Islands is an indendent country near the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, slightly west of the International Date Line. It shares maritime boundaries... Read More

  • Anchoring in PNG – How we nearly lost our boat (twice)

    Jim and Katie Thomsen have sailed Tenaya over 50,000 miles during the past ten years, visiting 50 countries. Most times things have been easy and... Read More

  • Attainable Adventure Cruising

    A website for offshore cruising sailors who want to get off the beaten path. Read More

  • Floating Doctors

    An all-volunteer, non-profit medical relief team dedicated to reducing the present and future burden of disease in the developing world. Since May 2010 have voyaged... Read More

  • Health Precautions Worldwide

    It is expected that every cruising boat will carry a comprehensive medical kit to deal with a wide range of accidents and possible illnesses, as... Read More

  • High latitude sailing with wildlife photography

    [caption id="attachment_1091452" align="alignright" width="248"] Photo by Rick Tomlinson[/caption]

    Rick Tomlinson’s superb article/photographic tutorial for Yachting World on his cruise with Pelagic Australis in the Falklands published... Read More

  • How to sail to the Arctic

    [caption id="attachment_1091450" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Credit: KM Yachtbuilders[/caption]

    High latitude cruising: How to sail to the Arctic

    Sailing to the Arctic is on many a sailor's bucket... Read More

  • Medical Sailing Ministries (MSM)

    Medical Sailing Ministries (MSM) began in 2008 in response to the need for medical transport to remote villages in Vanuatu. MSM currently operates using the... Read More

  • Navigation Guide to Guinea-Bissau

    Africa west coast, south of Senegal
    Position: 11° 51.16′ N,15° 34.65′ W

    Kleanthis Anastasakis and Conceicao Gomes on SY Nala cruised the Bijangos archipelago of Guinea-Bissau in... Read More

  • Sailing Zephyros

    Sailing Zephyros - Two adults, two children, and two cats set sail to see the world and learn something together.

    Jon, Megan, Ronan & Daxton along... Read More

  • SY Sea Wind – Sailing Off the Beaten Track

    Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Gambia, Brazil, Chile, Antarctica. Lars and Susanne love to go where others don't on their 1979 Fantasi 37. Their journey can be... Read More

  • World Circumnavigation now Australia

    Jack and Jude have completed two circumnavigations of Australia after raising two children afloat while circumnavigating the world in a sixteen-year odyssey. Their website is... Read More


  • Rapa Nui (Easter Island): Nothing Short of Amazing!

    Date Published - January 20, 2023

    Canadian citizens Brent Crack and Mary Bevan, who are currently cruising through the Pacific on their catamaran, report that Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is the... Read More

  • Navigation when Cruising Off the Beaten Path

    Date Published - September 26, 2022

    Many cruisers say the real adventure begins when off the charts. But how do you ensure you know where you are and what's around... Read More

  • Marshall Islands: Life in a Time of COVID

    Date Published - July 20, 2022

    After engine problems forced a stopover in the Marshall Islands while crossing the Pacific, South African cruisers Dave and Glyn Jerling have had a lengthy... Read More

  • Canada, Vancouver Island: Cruising on the Wild Side

    Date Published - June 09, 2022

    This might be the perfect year for cruisers to head for the west coast of Vancouver Island and begin a sailing adventure on the... Read More

  • Australia: Finding Solitude in the Coral Sea

    Date Published - April 26, 2022

    Extending far beyond Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea is a favourite, remote cruising ground for Aussie sailors Jack and Jude Binder, with its... Read More

  • Antarctica: A Place of Exhilarating and Unforgettable Experiences

    Date Published - March 03, 2022

    US sailors Deb and Pete Rossin have been boating for over 50 years with around 40,000 nautical miles beneath their joint keels in the last... Read More

  • Australia: Remote Kimberley Coast Reef has Much to Offer

    Date Published - February 13, 2022

    Western Australia's Kimberley coast has so much to see and do, but it has it’s restrictions. When exploring this remote coastline, Jack and Jude... Read More

  • Brazil: An Amazing Amazon Adventure

    Date Published - January 21, 2022

    After crossing the Atlantic from South Africa to Paraiba in NE Brazil, cruisers Mark and Christine Templeman were offered an amazing opportunity to explore the... Read More

  • Australia, Daw Island: An Outpost of Nature

    Date Published - November 23, 2021

    Daw Island is an outpost of Nature, a lonely island at the very eastern end of the remote Recherche Archipelago and impossible to visit without... Read More

  • West Africa, Guinea Bisseau: An Unexplored Paradise

    Date Published - November 05, 2021

    Situated in West Africa, Guinea Bisseau is one of the few unexplored and little sailed paradises around the world. Greek sailor Anastasakis Kleanthis and... Read More

  • Canada, Nunavut: Wintering a Boat Above the Arctic Circle

    Date Published - October 17, 2021

    During the High Arctic Summer, Eric Brossier and partner France Pinczon du Sel host scientific expeditions aboard their polar yacht Vagabond. When winter approaches Vagabond... Read More

  • Australia: Shots Fired at Yacht in Isolated Anchorage

    Date Published - July 05, 2021

    The skipper of a yacht anchored in a remote part of the Northern Territory has reported being shot at from the shore by persons unknown.... Read More

  • Gambia: Skirting the Covid Chaos

    Date Published - February 12, 2021

    Having cruised extensively last year from South Africa to Europe, Kia Koropp and her family decided to forego an Atlantic Crossing to the Caribbean in... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Cruising Kindly 3 – How to Stay Healthy While Cruising

    Date Published - October 25, 2020

    Part 3 of Richard Chesher’s series of articles for INSIGHTS on Cruising Kindly. Part 1 in February focused on ways cruisers can be kind to... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Cruising Kindly 2 – Be Kind to the Local People

    Date Published - May 19, 2020

    Part 2 of Richard Chesher's series of articles for INSIGHTS on Cruising Kindly. Part 1 in February focused on ways cruisers can be kind to... Read More

  • Horn of Africa, Djibouti: Exploring the Gulf of Tadjourah and Ghoubet Al Khareb

    Date Published - November 06, 2019

    The majority of cruising boats use Djibouti simply as a convenient stopover port on their way through the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. SV... Read More

  • Western Indonesia: Cruising the Riau Islands

    Date Published - August 01, 2019

    Long-term cruisers in SE Asia, as well as long-term contributors to Noonsite, Sue and John Woods spent 2 months cruising the Southern Riau Islands in... Read More

  • NZ: Cruising the East Coast of Remote Stewart Island

    Date Published - May 03, 2019

    This is a report from Maryanne and Kyle Webb of SV Begonia details cruising suggestions and recommendations for yachts visiting Stewart Island, a remote island... Read More

  • NZ: Harsh Facts and Memorable Recollections of Fiordlands

    Date Published - May 03, 2019

    This is report from Maryanne and Kyle Webb of SV Begonia details cruising suggestions and recommendations for yachts visiting the Fiordlands in New Zealand’s South... Read More

  • Chile: Cruising the Channels in Patagonia

    Date Published - January 25, 2019

    Interesting report from Dan Stroud who is cruising the Channels in Patagonia and who had to divert to Ushuaia in Argentina.
    ... Read More

  • Unforgettable Pitcairn

    Date Published - January 11, 2019

    A hospitable country to visit and tips for those who choose to follow. ... Read More

  • Trading Goods in the South Pacific

    Date Published - May 25, 2016

    SY Adina found that trading was a great way to engage with the local people living on many of the islands in the South Pacific.... Read More

  • Comoros: The Little-Visited Country in the Indian Ocean

    Date Published - September 06, 2015

    A useful report from SV Totem on their experience clearing into this little-visited country.... Read More

  • Chagos: Cruiser Paradise Found

    Date Published - May 29, 2015

    A stop in Chagos represents some of the most privileged access in the world. It’s a UK overseas territory, managed by the BIOT—British Indian Ocean... Read More

  • Cuba: Cruising the Remote South Coast

    Date Published - April 16, 2015

    This remote coast of Cuba requires self-sufficienty with relatively long distances between secure anchorages, but in return you may not see another boat for days... Read More

  • Solomon Islands: Cruising during Cyclone Season

    Date Published - August 12, 2014

    Australians Darren & Peita Lack spent the 2013 Cyclone Season in the Solomons aboard their motor yacht Waverley (Oct 2013 - Apr 2014). This was... Read More

  • Russia: Norway to the Med via the Volga River

    Date Published - March 31, 2014

    In 2012 the Russian Prime Minister decreed that restrictions on entry of foreign vessels into Russia's inland waterways were to be eased. Now, those yachts... Read More

  • Cruising in the Eastern Gulf of Thailand.

    Date Published - March 02, 2014

    A report to encourage cruisers to explore this "Pearl of the Orient". A report from Karin and Tony Stubbs who have recently visited this little... Read More

  • Pacific Panama: Navigation notes for the Darien Region

    Date Published - November 13, 2013

    In October 2013, the Howarths did a short cruise in the Darien region of Pacific Panama on their yacht “Alba” – a Hallberg Rassy 42F... Read More

  • Red Sea: Cruising Southern Egypt and Sudan

    Date Published - October 17, 2013

    After taking part in the 2012/13 Vasco de Gama rally from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, SY Jigsaw and 5 other yachts took part... Read More

  • Federated States of Micronesia: Yap Outer Island Alternatives

    Date Published - February 18, 2013

    Chris and Des of SY Trigger outline some good options for outer island cruising.... Read More

  • Japan: The Inland Sea

    Date Published - November 02, 2011

    Our thanks to Nick and Jenny Coghlan of SY Bosun Bird ( for this detailed and informative report.

    These notes reflect a cruise from west to... Read More

  • Kiribati: Cruising Kiribati

    Date Published - September 07, 2011

    This report from long-term Noonsite Regional Editor Luc Callebaut & Jackie Lee on s/v Sloepmouche.... Read More

  • Vietnam: The Elusive Future Cruisers’ Paradise

    Date Published - May 17, 2010

    Single-hander Jack Van Ommen reports on a return to Vietnam with his boat.... Read More

  • Gambia: The Smiling West African Coast

    Date Published - May 26, 2009

    by Michele Cutler
    SY Irony London... Read More

  • Vanuatu: Amongst Used-to-be Cannibals

    Date Published - May 20, 2009

    Searching for somewhere off the beaten track - Malekula in the Vanuatu-archipelago.... Read More


  • Ocean Cruising Club Challenge Grant: Now Accepting Applications

    Date Published - August 15, 2019

    The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has established a Challenge Grant to encourage ambitious expeditions for environmental conservation or challenging oceangoing adventures and is now accepting... Read More

  • Panama, Guna Yala, Isla Surdub (Isla Mono): New Zealand Cruising Family Attacked and Father Fatally Injured

    Date Published - May 03, 2019

    (May 6, 2019) - On May 2, 2019, the MV Aqua Lobo was attacked by masked and armed robbers while anchored off La Isla Surdub... Read More

  • South Pacific, Beveridge Reef: British cruising family rescued from remote reef

    Date Published - August 28, 2017

    Beveridge Reef is a submerged atoll located in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Niue, approximately 130 miles (209 km) from Niue and 600 miles (966... Read More

  • Cruising Remote Western Australia: SOS Rock Mystery

    Date Published - June 15, 2017

    Warning from stranded cruiser when cruising this remote part of Australia - always carry an EPIRB or satellite phone at all times when going ashore.... Read More

  • PNG & Solomon Islands: Project to distribute donated school supplies to remote areas

    Date Published - December 08, 2015

    Graeme Ward has cruised these islands extensively. After seeing first-hand how little the children in these remote villages have, he has kick-started a small project... Read More

  • North Pacific, Kiribati: Cruise ship rescues sailors from yacht stranded on reef

    Date Published - April 16, 2015

    Two sailors are safe after their 37-foot sailing vessel sustained severe damage when it ran aground, stranding them on a small remote island near Malden... Read More


  • Antarctica: An Introductory Guide

    An introductory guide.
    For traveling to Antarctica or for learning about the White Continent: Geography, Geology, Glaciology, krill, furseals, whales, penguins, discoverings, Antarctic Treaty, environment, greenhouse... Read More

  • Antartica, Chile, Falkland Islands: Cape Horn and Antartic Waters

    This guide covers the spectacular cruising grounds around Cape Horn, including Chile, the Beagle Channel, the Falkland Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Including some of... Read More

  • Antartica, North America, Northern and Western Europe: Addicted to Adventure – Between rocks and cold places

    Battling Atlantic storms, losing a mast in Antarctica, sailing the Arctic, skiing across remote regions, climbing and sailing through the North West Passage.

    By Bob Shepton
    Publisher... Read More

  • Arctic, Antartic: The Polar Yacht Guide

    A group of experienced high latitude sailors including Andrew Wilkes (author of Arctic and Northern Waters), Alan Green, Victor Wejer and Skip Novak have written... Read More

  • Arctic, North Atlantic: Arctic and Northern Waters

    This handbook from the RCC Pilotage Foundation, covers the Northwest and Northeast Passages through the Arctic Ocean as well as Faroe, Iceland and Greenland. Incorporating... Read More

  • Argentina, Chile: Patagonia & Tierra Del Fuego Nautical Guide

    This pilot, now the 3rd edition, has been published in English by an Italian couple who have spent more than 11 years cruising in Patagonia... Read More

  • Argentina, Chile: Winter in Fireland – A Patagonian Sailing Adventure

    A must-read for all those cruisers thinking about venturing to this part of South America. Nicholas Coghlan and his wife Jenny sail their 27foot yacht,... Read More

  • Brazil, Falkland Islands: Brazil and Beyond

    Travel with the authors on a voyage in Badger along the Brazilian coast and then on to the Falkland Islands, including useful sketch charts of... Read More

  • Chile: Arica Desert to Tierra Del Fuego

    The fully revised fourth edition of this guide covers the coast from Arica in the north to Cape Horn in the south, including Isla de... Read More

  • Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, The Gambia: Cruising Guide to West Africa

    This guide covers the West African coast, off-lying islands and navigable rivers from Dakar in Senegal to Guinea-Bissau. In addition to the pilotage detail, it... Read More

  • Guinea-Bissau: Navigation Guide to West Africa and the Bissagos Islands

    A Cruising Guide to West Africa and the Bijangos Islands:

    Kleanthis and Conceicao sailed in the Bijangos archipelago of Guinea Bissau for 2 months in 2018... Read More

  • High Latitude Sailing: Self-sufficient sailing techniques for cold waters and winter seasons

    In recent years climate change has made these regions more accessible to small boats, and it is now possible to venture further afield in search... Read More

  • Madagascar: Gone with the Wind in Madagascar – A Cruise to an Indian Ocean Paradise

    Set sail with Avril and Don on ‘Gone With The Wind’ to discover the exquisite and little-known paradise of Madagascar, lying some 300 miles off... Read More

  • Norway: Sail to Svalbard

    Sail to Svalbard is the most comprehensive guide for everyone who dreams of sailing to Svalbard. It helps you prepare the boat and crew, guides... Read More

  • Romania, Ukraine: The Danube Delta

    This is the only up-to-date, detailed boating guide that covers the Danube Delta and it's channels in Romania and the Ukraine.

    The Delta is divided into... Read More

  • Russia: Sailing Through Russia – From The Arctic to the Black Sea

    This is the story of their journey down the inland waterways through Russia from Norway to the Black Sea in 2013. The first foreign-flagged boat... Read More

  • South Pacific Islands: Pacific Odyssey

    An interesting view of real-life on various remote Pacific Islands.

    By Gwenda Cornell Published by Adlard Coles Nautical (July 2012), ISBN 9781408173855, See review at

    See review... Read More

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