Australia to Bali

Aboard S/Y Vela

3,500 Nautical Miles via Darwin, Raja Ampat, Palau, Komodo, Gili Islands, Bali

A water lover’s dream voyage! Whether new to the underwater world or an experienced diver, this is the ultimate summer adventure for you. Students will rendezvous with Sea|mester’s 112ft sailing vessel Vela, in Darwin, Australia to begin their voyage across the Timor Sea and into the Indonesian Archipelago finishing in Bali, some 3500 nautical miles later. During the voyage, Vela will be calling into some of the most pristine waters and spectacular scenery in the region with Raja Ampat, Palau, and Komodo all on the itinerary. This incredible voyage also includes an academic schedule of 9 college credits, issued through the University of South Florida, along with the opportunity to earn both PADI diving and International Yacht Training sailing credentials.

  • Days
  • Credits
  • Students
  • Term
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Jun 14 - Aug 22, 2020
  • 70
  • 9 credits
  • 24
  • Summer
  • Open
  • TBA

Life Aboard

Sails Up Anchors Down

Academic Classes

Certification Courses

Activities

  • Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
  • Educational & Cultural Tours
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Service
  • Personal Time

The Voyage

Your Adventure Starts Here
Welcome aboard!

Your journey begins in far-off Darwin, Australia. It won’t be hard to find our 112-ft schooner, S/Y Vela, tied alongside the dock or out at anchor with an eager crew of 6 staff waiting to greet you with a smile. After dropping your bags in your cabin, it’s time to take a breath, look around and realize that this beautiful schooner floating atop crystal clear Australian waters is now your home and classroom for the next 70 days as you embark on the voyage of a lifetime.

Learn To Sail College Abroad

Learning the Ropes
8-10 days

As you awake after your first full night’s sleep on board S/Y Vela, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first week to ten days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

Those new to scuba diving will spend quite a bit of time underwater working towards the PADI Open Water Certification. Those arriving with more experience will get reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a few refresher dives.

During the first week, you’ll also have your first lectures for each of the three college-level courses. While the structure of the syllabi might look familiar, you’ll quickly find that learning from the deck of a boat couldn’t be more different.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
Australia Darwin, Tiwi Islands*
Indonesia Raja Ampat
Micronesia Palau
Indonesia Komodo National Park, Gili Islands, Bali
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
Play Video
life-aboard-seamester
Typical Day…
There’s no such thing

The only thing that’s typical about a day with Sea|mester is that it’s going to be anything but typical! While living aboard you’ll be involved in every aspect of running the 112 ft. school ship S/Y Vela. Whether standing watch at 2 AM under a blanket of stars, monitoring the ship’s systems, or planning, provisioning and cooking the meals for your team, by the end of the experience you’ll feel the accomplishment of knowing that you played a big part in the success of the expedition.

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Anchors Down – Darwin & tiwi islands – Australia
(5 days)

Darwin, named after the famous English Naturalist and the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territories, will be Vela’s students’ first port of call. If time and permission from the Aboriginal Land Council allow, shipmates will visit the Tiwi Islands, rich with indigenous art and culture. After a few days of introductions and acclimatisation, you’ll cast off your lines, or weigh anchor, bound for Raja Ampat, some 1000 Nautical Miles off into the distance.

> Next stop: raja ampat
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Anchors Down – Raja Ampat, Indonesia
(9-10 days)

Raja Ampat or “The Four Kings” is without a doubt one of the jewels of the Indonesian Archipelago. Off the beaten track and rarely visited by tourists other than the occasional cruising yacht, the limestone karst spires remain a sight to behold. Our students will have an opportunity to submerge themselves into the company of the spectacular reef ecosystems. Imagine yourself waking up to an intriguing lecture on Indo-Pacific reef dynamics in the morning and then witnessing it first hand in the afternoon. You’re living “The Blue Planet” footage first hand here in Raja Ampat.

> Next stop: Palau, Micronesia
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Anchors Down – Palau, micronesia
(8-9 days)

A bucket list destination for every seasoned scuba diver and avid traveler, Vela’s shipmates have the opportunity of a lifetime to visit the pristine waters and culturally rich islands of Palau. A diver’s dream, you’ll be able to notch up some more bottom time whether exploring the vivid reefs, checking out the wrecks of WW2 bombers or assisting local Ocean Conservation NGO’s with underwater data collection. Students will also have the chance to visit the world-renowned Jelly Fish Lake in Koror State.

 

> Next stop: Komodo, indonesia
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scuba-semester-abroad
Exploring the Underwater Realm
25-30 Dives

Throughout this adventure aboard Vela, whether a novice or advanced, students will have the opportunity to sample some of the world’s best scuba diving. Over the course of the 70-day voyage, you’ll become an experienced diver, completing between 25 and 30 dives. However, the novelty of breathing underwater won’t disappear.

Whether working towards a new certification in 15 feet of water, researching on a fringing reef, or just exploring the wreck of an old WWII plane, you’ll gain a lifetime worth of stories from places few people get to see.

If you’re new to diving, you’ll earn the PADI Open Water Diver Certification as well as the Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. Depending on time, conditions and student interest, many groups also earn the PADI Rescue Diver certification. If you’re already an experienced diver, you can work all the way up to the professional Divemaster certification. If you feel that scuba diving is a passion, this is definitely the voyage to consider.

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Academics Aboard
9 USF Credits

Throughout the voyage, it’s easy to forget that this is College even though academics are an integral part of the experience. Our instructors schedule 3 or 4 lectures, discussions, or labs per class each week and each course includes quizzes, research projects, midterms, and finals.

Learning in an environment that combines academia with experience allows you to truly interact with your education. It brings academics to life, adding relevance and practical application to the material. Learning has never been this fun!

Komodo Dragon
Anchors Down – Komodo National Park, Indonesia
(5 days)

This island may be best known for the dragons that rule it without competition but it’s the saturated colors you’ll find exploring this place that will stick with you. Jade sloping hills fade seamlessly into the pink sands that lead to the red coral and endless indigo sea. As you become more comfortable with being underwater, the steep reefs and abundant wildlife of Komodo will continue to astonish on certification and fun dives. No visit would be complete without a visit to the fishing village of Kampung Komodo or a hike on the islands in search of dragons.

> Next stop: Gili Islands, Indonesia
Gili Beaches
Anchors Down – Gili Islands, Indonesia
(3 days)

No cars, no motorcycles, and no roads – the Gili islands are an increasingly world-renowned destination for those looking for the perfect island getaway. The shallow turquoise water over white sand is great for both beginner and advanced divers alike. Paradise is just a stepping stone between passages so soak it in with some time on shore and flips off the beam.

> Next stop: Bali, Indonesia
study-abroad-indonesia-college-student
Anchors Down – Bali, Indonesia
(6 Days)

The otherworldly nature of the Balinese landscape is mirrored and perhaps magnified by the heavily spiritual and joyful culture and customs of its people. You’ll be caught up in the whirlwind that is Balinese daily life by venturing into some of the island’s most iconic temples and participating in the spiritual fire dances performed island-wide. Bali is also a world-famous destination for surfers of all skill levels – you’ll take a lesson and have a chance to hang ten on the world famous Kuta Beach. It’s here, in Bali, that you will depart Vela’s company with a profound sense of achievement, lifelong friends, memories, shared experiences and maybe a couple of tears in your eyes.

 

Play Video
DCIM103GOPRO
Rite of Passage
Life and Rhythm on the Big Blue

It’s amazing to sail along the beautiful coastline of Australia and through the Gili Islands and reflect on what you’ve already accomplished, but once life at sea starts to become your new normal, after you’ve gone through your station drills, man overboard scenarios, fire drills etc. – it will be time to put your new skills to the test on this transoceanic passage. From here on out, the distances between ports become greater. You’ll cross the equator, and battle squalls as you learn to soak in passage life. Throughout your 70-day voyage, the longest passage can be up to 10 days long with the average passage being 2-5 days. Make no mistake, as a Sea|mester student you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship sail. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its intended destination.

Seamester Study Abroad Gap Year Brochure

  • Get Our Free Online Brochure

    Full of detailed information about our voyages, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime
Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“Day 90. Letting that number sink in took a while for everyone, but it is hard to believe that just three months ago we were assembling on the banks of Australia with optimism in our hearts. Tomorrow we would be spreading across the globe back home, to other countries, and to new adventures. Today however was another day aboard the beautiful sailing yacht that we called home. The shipmates spent the day packing, cleaning, preparing for the final dinner out as a crew, and the inevitable goodbyes that would follow. The final squeeze question for the crew was what person or event made a significant impact on your life this trip and to say any final goodbyes. For over an hour and one by one we each reminisced about how our lives might be different and the people that we will leave yet still hold so close to our hearts. Our dinner out as a crew was filled with good food and conversation. Emotions began to grow with the realization that soon people who we had spent every waking moment with for 90 days were about to be suddenly gone. After a few hours, or minutes, of sleep, we joined on deck for our first group leaving for the airport at 4 am. Tears filled eyes and hugs held together friends one last time as dinghy rides began shuttling people to shore. We will leave Argo changed, in some way in some manner. You’ll see some of your kids return different from when they left. It may be startling and it may be subtle, but I assure you that each and every one of us has been affected by the other and for that we have grown as a crew and as a family. Alas we depart from our journey, not fearful of change or depressed in sadness, but focused so intently for the moment life gives us the chance to do it again.”
Kyle H.
Welcome aboard!

Your journey begins in far-off Darwin, Australia. It won’t be hard to find our 112-ft schooner, S/Y Vela, tied alongside the dock or out at anchor with an eager crew of 6 staff waiting to greet you with a smile. After dropping your bags in your cabin, it’s time to take a breath, look around and realize that this beautiful schooner floating atop crystal clear Australian waters is now your home and classroom for the next 70 days as you embark on the voyage of a lifetime.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
Australia Darwin, Tiwi Islands*
Indonesia Raja Ampat
Micronesia Palau
Indonesia Komodo National Park, Gili Islands, Bali
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
Learn To Sail College Abroad

Learning the Ropes
8-10 days

As you awake after your first full night’s sleep on board S/Y Vela, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first week to ten days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

Those new to scuba diving will spend quite a bit of time underwater working towards the PADI Open Water Certification. Those arriving with more experience will get reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a few refresher dives.

During the first week, you’ll also have your first lectures for each of the three college-level courses. While the structure of the syllabi might look familiar, you’ll quickly find that learning from the deck of a boat couldn’t be more different.

Play Video
life-aboard-seamester
Typical Day…
There’s no such thing

The only thing that’s typical about a day with Sea|mester is that it’s going to be anything but typical! While living aboard you’ll be involved in every aspect of running the 112 ft. school ship S/Y Vela. Whether standing watch at 2 AM under a blanket of stars, monitoring the ship’s systems, or planning, provisioning and cooking the meals for your team, by the end of the experience you’ll feel the accomplishment of knowing that you played a big part in the success of the expedition.

IMG 0433
Anchors Down – Darwin & tiwi islands – Australia
(5 days)

Darwin, named after the famous English Naturalist and the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territories, will be Vela’s students’ first port of call. If time and permission from the Aboriginal Land Council allow, shipmates will visit the Tiwi Islands, rich with indigenous art and culture. After a few days of introductions and acclimatisation, you’ll cast off your lines, or weigh anchor, bound for Raja Ampat, some 1000 Nautical Miles off into the distance.

> Next stop: raja ampat
Shutterstock 636529283
Anchors Down – Raja Ampat, Indonesia
(9-10 days)

Raja Ampat or “The Four Kings” is without a doubt one of the jewels of the Indonesian Archipelago. Off the beaten track and rarely visited by tourists other than the occasional cruising yacht, the limestone karst spires remain a sight to behold. Our students will have an opportunity to submerge themselves into the company of the spectacular reef ecosystems. Imagine yourself waking up to an intriguing lecture on Indo-Pacific reef dynamics in the morning and then witnessing it first hand in the afternoon. You’re living “The Blue Planet” footage first hand here in Raja Ampat.

> Next stop: Palau, Micronesia
Shutterstock 259403699
Anchors Down – Palau, micronesia
(8-9 days)

A bucket list destination for every seasoned scuba diver and avid traveler, Vela’s shipmates have the opportunity of a lifetime to visit the pristine waters and culturally rich islands of Palau. A diver’s dream, you’ll be able to notch up some more bottom time whether exploring the vivid reefs, checking out the wrecks of WW2 bombers or assisting local Ocean Conservation NGO’s with underwater data collection. Students will also have the chance to visit the world-renowned Jelly Fish Lake in Koror State.

 

> Next stop: Komodo, indonesia
Play Video
scuba-semester-abroad
Exploring the Underwater Realm
25-30 Dives

Throughout this adventure aboard Vela, whether a novice or advanced, students will have the opportunity to sample some of the world’s best scuba diving. Over the course of the 70-day voyage, you’ll become an experienced diver, completing between 25 and 30 dives. However, the novelty of breathing underwater won’t disappear.

Whether working towards a new certification in 15 feet of water, researching on a fringing reef, or just exploring the wreck of an old WWII plane, you’ll gain a lifetime worth of stories from places few people get to see.

If you’re new to diving, you’ll earn the PADI Open Water Diver Certification as well as the Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. Depending on time, conditions and student interest, many groups also earn the PADI Rescue Diver certification. If you’re already an experienced diver, you can work all the way up to the professional Divemaster certification. If you feel that scuba diving is a passion, this is definitely the voyage to consider.

Play Video
accredited-academics-seamester
Academics Aboard
9 USF Credits

Throughout the voyage, it’s easy to forget that this is College even though academics are an integral part of the experience. Our instructors schedule 3 or 4 lectures, discussions, or labs per class each week and each course includes quizzes, research projects, midterms, and finals.

Learning in an environment that combines academia with experience allows you to truly interact with your education. It brings academics to life, adding relevance and practical application to the material. Learning has never been this fun!

Komodo Dragon
Anchors Down – Komodo National Park, Indonesia
(5 days)

This island may be best known for the dragons that rule it without competition but it’s the saturated colors you’ll find exploring this place that will stick with you. Jade sloping hills fade seamlessly into the pink sands that lead to the red coral and endless indigo sea. As you become more comfortable with being underwater, the steep reefs and abundant wildlife of Komodo will continue to astonish on certification and fun dives. No visit would be complete without a visit to the fishing village of Kampung Komodo or a hike on the islands in search of dragons.

> Next stop: Gili Islands, Indonesia
Gili Beaches
Anchors Down – Gili Islands, Indonesia
(3 days)

No cars, no motorcycles, and no roads – the Gili islands are an increasingly world-renowned destination for those looking for the perfect island getaway. The shallow turquoise water over white sand is great for both beginner and advanced divers alike. Paradise is just a stepping stone between passages so soak it in with some time on shore and flips off the beam.

> Next stop: Bali, Indonesia
study-abroad-indonesia-college-student
Anchors Down – Bali, Indonesia
(6 Days)

The otherworldly nature of the Balinese landscape is mirrored and perhaps magnified by the heavily spiritual and joyful culture and customs of its people. You’ll be caught up in the whirlwind that is Balinese daily life by venturing into some of the island’s most iconic temples and participating in the spiritual fire dances performed island-wide. Bali is also a world-famous destination for surfers of all skill levels – you’ll take a lesson and have a chance to hang ten on the world famous Kuta Beach. It’s here, in Bali, that you will depart Vela’s company with a profound sense of achievement, lifelong friends, memories, shared experiences and maybe a couple of tears in your eyes.

 

Play Video
DCIM103GOPRO
Rite of Passage
Life and Rhythm on the Big Blue

It’s amazing to sail along the beautiful coastline of Australia and through the Gili Islands and reflect on what you’ve already accomplished, but once life at sea starts to become your new normal, after you’ve gone through your station drills, man overboard scenarios, fire drills etc. – it will be time to put your new skills to the test on this transoceanic passage. From here on out, the distances between ports become greater. You’ll cross the equator, and battle squalls as you learn to soak in passage life. Throughout your 70-day voyage, the longest passage can be up to 10 days long with the average passage being 2-5 days. Make no mistake, as a Sea|mester student you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship sail. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its intended destination.

Seamester Study Abroad Gap Year Brochure

  • Get Our Free Online Brochure

    Full of detailed information about our voyages, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime
Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“Day 90. Letting that number sink in took a while for everyone, but it is hard to believe that just three months ago we were assembling on the banks of Australia with optimism in our hearts. Tomorrow we would be spreading across the globe back home, to other countries, and to new adventures. Today however was another day aboard the beautiful sailing yacht that we called home. The shipmates spent the day packing, cleaning, preparing for the final dinner out as a crew, and the inevitable goodbyes that would follow. The final squeeze question for the crew was what person or event made a significant impact on your life this trip and to say any final goodbyes. For over an hour and one by one we each reminisced about how our lives might be different and the people that we will leave yet still hold so close to our hearts. Our dinner out as a crew was filled with good food and conversation. Emotions began to grow with the realization that soon people who we had spent every waking moment with for 90 days were about to be suddenly gone. After a few hours, or minutes, of sleep, we joined on deck for our first group leaving for the airport at 4 am. Tears filled eyes and hugs held together friends one last time as dinghy rides began shuttling people to shore. We will leave Argo changed, in some way in some manner. You’ll see some of your kids return different from when they left. It may be startling and it may be subtle, but I assure you that each and every one of us has been affected by the other and for that we have grown as a crew and as a family. Alas we depart from our journey, not fearful of change or depressed in sadness, but focused so intently for the moment life gives us the chance to do it again.”
Kyle H.

Need More Information?

Vocational Certifications

Depending upon previous experience, students will have the opportunity to complete a number of the following certifications during their voyage.

  • Seamester is a PADI 5 Star Resort

    Scuba Certifications

    Open Water Diver
    Advanced Open Water Diver
    Rescue Diver
    Divemaster
    Learn more about scuba
     

  • Seamester is an International Yacht Training partner school

    Sailing Certifications

    International Crew
    VHF Operator
    Navigation Master
    Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore Theory
    Learn more about sailing

  • Seamester Safety Certifications

    Safety Certifications

    Emergency First Response - First Aid & CPR

Need To Know

What is the main focus of this voyage?

Our 70-day Global Sea|mester Voyages offer a comprehensive experience in terms of the geographical area covered and both academic and vocational classes and certifications earned. During the program, up to 9 academic credits are offered for the Seamanship, Student Leadership, and Marine Biology classes taught aboard. In addition, there are several vocational courses offered for those looking to further their professional development in the maritime industry. For more information on our classes, please visit our academics page.

What Experience Do I Need?

None at all. All you need is a great attitude and a willingness to fully participate in every aspect of the experience.

Who will be my staff?

Six professional staff members live aboard full-time. There will be the Skipper, the First and Second Mate and two Marine Biologists (who are typically scuba diving instructors) and a sixth staff member who could also be an EMT or someone with other special skills. Take a look through our team page for more information.

What's the weather like?

The weather in Northern Australia at the beginning of the trip should be fantastic with some warmer sailing conditions as we begin heading north into Indonesia. It is likely that we will see varying tropical weather conditions during our passages through Indonesia, including the occasional rain shower.

How do I communicate with home?

When we are ashore or close at anchor there will be plenty of opportunities to communicate with friends and family at home. That said, while aboard we have guidelines as to when it is appropriate to use your personal communications devices. The environment we strive to create relies heavily on each individual remaining focused on the group and our experience. Being tied to the modern world of “instant communications” can, in certain circumstances, be a hindrance to the personal and group processes aboard.

Cell Phones: Check with your provider before you go, but so long as you have a sim card, your cell phone will likely work in most global locations.

Internet: While our vessels are not wifi equipped, another way to communicate is by email, text, Facetime or Skype using shore side internet. The internet is often free or available to purchase in most of the locations that we visit.

What is the food like?

Both on the vessel and ashore, the answer is up to you. The vast majority of the meals during your trip are prepared and eaten aboard. For meals aboard, each person on the crew takes a turn as head chef to plan and cook the meals for an entire day with the help of another person acting as sous-chef. We all work to stay within a budget, with both students and staff responsible for stocking the vessels. We endeavor to accommodate everyone aboard while providing what any alumni will tell you, was a great dining adventure. During your free time ashore you will have the opportunity to eat more adventurously. With this voyage starting in Australia and moving through Indonesia, students will get to sample some unbelievably delicious traditional meals! Prepare your palate as the food has every opportunity to test your spice and heat toleration.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

This voyage will begin in Darwin, Australia (airport code DRW) and end in Bali, Indonesia (airport code DPS).

Arrival: Students flying from the US to join us in Darwin, Australia will find the airport served by major carriers from both the East and West coast.

Departure: Students will leave the program at any time during the final day out of Bali. Bali is served by a number of US carriers from their west coast hubs.

Booking Travel

When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

Travel Docs & Vaccinations
Travel Docs & Visas

Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

Vaccinations

Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

Tuition
Sea|mester tuition covers the following:
  • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
  • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
  • Full room and board
  • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
  • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs
  • Non-professional scuba instruction and certification costs

Not included in the Sea|mester tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

Travel Protection

We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 09-6257.

Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within 15 days (Travel Basic) or 21 days (Travel Select) from the time you make your initial trip deposit. However, the plan can be purchased any time prior to departure.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N

Voyage Itinerary

Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

  • Flights
  • Travel Docs & Vaccinations
  • Tuition
  • Voyage Itinerary
  • As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

    This voyage will begin in Darwin, Australia (airport code DRW) and end in Bali, Indonesia (airport code DPS).

    Arrival: Students flying from the US to join us in Darwin, Australia will find the airport served by major carriers from both the East and West coast.

    Departure: Students will leave the program at any time during the final day out of Bali. Bali is served by a number of US carriers from their west coast hubs.

    Booking Travel

    When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

    For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

  • Travel Docs & Visas

    Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

    Vaccinations

    Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

  • Sea|mester tuition covers the following:
    • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
    • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
    • Full room and board
    • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
    • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs
    • Non-professional scuba instruction and certification costs

    Not included in the Sea|mester tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

    Travel Protection

    We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

    For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 09-6257.

    Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within 15 days (Travel Basic) or 21 days (Travel Select) from the time you make your initial trip deposit. However, the plan can be purchased any time prior to departure.

    The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N

  • Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

    For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

    With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!