To Infinity and Beyond
This is an adventure that has been long time in the making for me. While on my round the world trip in 2011, with no fixed itinerary, I contemplated on going home with a boat. Though the plan didn’t pan out, I learned about the website Find-a-crew, a portal that connects boats with crews.
One year after I came home from my epic travel, I was in search for a new adventure. I thought crewing on a boat would be something new, so I went to the site to find a boat. I came across many boat profiles but Infinity Expedition boat stood out because it has a community feel to it.
Infinity Expedition Boat
The captain and his family, children included, actually live on the boat full time. Infinity Expedition boat has been circumnavigating the Pacific for about 10 years now visiting obscure places. They would take in individuals seeking sea adventure along the way as crew for shared cost. The boat is like a traveling hostel hosting an ever changing international crew. As it is also a dive center with instructors and dive masters on board, you can actually get certified while on it. Diving, free diving, surfing, and encounters with the locals at each destinations, I knew that I’m going to be on this boat.
They came to the Philippines in 2013, but I was not able to join them to sail to Palau, would’ve been great. I’ve since been following their travels online though, looking for the opportunity to join the crew.
Tonga and Fiji
The truth is, I’ve never thought much about visiting the Pacific Islands, not because of the lack of interest, but because I know it’s not easy and can be expensive. I’ve thought of swimming with the humpback whales in Tonga, but I’ve so many destinations on my bucket list.
But when Infinity Expedition Boat posted their itinerary this year that included Tonga during the season of humpback whales, I decided I’m going to be on it. And so began the long process of Tongan Visa application and flight search.
And after over 30 hours of flights and layovers, I am here. And I’m embarking on the boat tonight. :)
This blog is worth following. Awesome!
Hey everyone!! Wanderlass! what a great account of what is Infinity!!!!
For peeps to understand even better in a few images or video go to one of these links!! enjoy the infinity family!!!
fair winds to you all sisters and brothers
and my photos of antarctica
cool blog post (and cool blog anyways!) Enjoyed the time with you onboard, and diving together. You should join for the Vanuatu or Micronesia/Marshall trips, going to be epic diving!
I’m trying to be there, and just reading this blog about Micronesia and Marshalls is making super stoked! https://12shadesofwhite.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/infinity-expedition-review/
Hey wanderlass! I’d love to hear about your experience on Infinity! Maybe someday soon you will be able to return to it? *hint hint nudge nudge it would be awesome for you to return* Everybody onboard right now is very excited to see the new Antarctica movie as well! Not to mention the Northwest Passage!!!
Hi Wanderlass, hope you have an awesome time on Infinity, I have been twice, once in hot places and once in very cold places brrrrrr
https://12shadesofwhite.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/infinity-expedition-review/ was a sneak peak of my first time!
Hi Andy. Thanks for visiting my blog! I want to write about my amazing trip last year — I am too slow. I already read your blog post when I saw either Clem or Sage shared it on their fb profile. :D I want to go back to Infinity. I’m dying to watch the Antartica movie. :)
Hi Lillian, thanks for the super nice blog about Infinity Expedition…. can’t wait for you to come back…
I can’t wait to be back. I hope I can join the NW passage. I also plan to actually write something about when I was there… like the AMAZING NEW TONGA ISLAND :)
I found your blog via the TBS share thread and the timing of reading this post seems crazy — I’m spending (most of) my year in Australia and was just talking to my mom about trying to recreate my aunt’s trip to Tonga twenty years ago. There’s so little around the internet about travel in Tonga — and here you are! So excited to follow your trip and read all about the whale-watching :) This boat trip sounds like a crazy inspiring place to be!
Sorry that I did not see this post before. Infinity is definitely an experience of a lifetime. You should check out their website for future trips.