On October 31, 1999, Jesse Martin became the youngest person ever to sail around the globe solo, non-stop and unassisted. He was just 18 years old when he completed his mammoth 328-day journey. Twenty five thousand people lined the shores of Melbourne's Sandringham to welcome him home.
Jesse's next big dream began in March 2002. He and four friends left on a world attempt aboard a 16.5 metre timber ketch. The journey had all the makings of a wonderful adventure, sailing the world for three years. Sadly, crew problems, a landing on a reef and being caught by the outgoing tide brought the journey to an early end.
Jesse's book Kijana The Real Story is a warts-and-all account of what really happened the adventures and euphoria, disappointments and heartache, fights and friendships.
These days, Jesse and his business partner Mark McPherson run sailing expeditions around the remote islands of Papua New Guinea aboard Imajica, an 11.5 metre catamaran based on the Polynesian-style outrigger canoes. The schooner has two gaff rigged wing sails and is perfect for the tropics. Ample deck space provides stable sailing and of course, lots of lounging. Most nights it's pleasant enough to sleep on deck.
Cabin space is for sleeping and storage, with two double bunks, one single bunk, navigation area, galley and toilet/laundry, all below decks.
Tours run from eight to 12 days and are tailored around guests' requirements. They cater for the adventure traveller, with a maximum of four guests at any one time.
While all trips are crewed, most passengers love to join in a pre-shopping trip to the markets to stock up on fresh coconuts, bananas, large crabs and other delicious food. Other delicacies are caught or bought or picked along the way.
Villagers on small islands are always happy to have uninvited visitors drop in and love receiving gifts such as pencils and books. It's a lovely idea to pack some especially.
Papua New Guinea has some decent surf breaks and fishing is very rewarding.
PNG also has some of the finest diving in the world. If you want to do that, prepare with a PADI open water dive certificate before you leave. Live Adrenalin classes are run over three consecutive days or two weekends in Sydney or on the Gold Coast.
Papua New Guinea to Australia's north.
Imajica Experience seven-night trips start at $2600 per person. Accommodation, meals and use of fishing and diving gear are included. Jesse and Mark take turn to skipper trips.
Live Adrenalin PADI open water dive certificates cost $445 per person to complete.
Air Niugini has return flights to Kavieng.
- Brisbane, $1255
- Sydney, $1390
- Darwin, $1650
- Melbourne, $1660
- Adelaide, $1695
- Perth, $1955
There is a maximum stay of 14 days. Conditions apply. Prices quoted are correct at February 22, 2007.
The Imajica Experience
24 Hillview Crescent
Ph: (07) 4053 7764
Ph: 1300 791 793
Papua New Guinea Tourism
Pacific MMI Building, Level 5
Ph: 61 (0)2 9414 9022
Fax: 61 (0) 2 9012 0478
Ph: (02) 9417 6556 (ext 1001)
Mob: 0407 774 022
Ph: 02 9290 1544