Tahiti to Australia

Aboard S/Y Argo

4,000 Nautical Miles via French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu

Sailing from Tahiti to Australia, known as “The Coconut Milk Run,” is one of the world’s most amazing trade wind sails. It begins when you cast off your stern line from the dock in Papeete and 80 days, 4000 nautical miles and 12 credits later, the voyage ends as you tuck your bow behind the Great Barrier Reef into the protected waters of Queensland, Australia. In between, you get to hoist and lower the sails of a beautiful schooner, anchor in secluded lagoons, catch fish straight from the Pacific Ocean, study the plankton with your resident Marine Biologists, anchor off the reefs of Raratonga, climb and hike with natives of the Tonga Archipelago and participate in a Kava ceremony with the chief of a Fijian village. Are we missing something here? Not likely – but YOU will be missing something to tell your grandkids someday if you don’t sign up early enough to be among those fortunate enough to remember every day along the way.

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Life Aboard

Sails Up Anchors Down

Academic Classes

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Activities

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

The Voyage

Your Adventure Starts Here
Welcome aboard!

This is it, the culmination of months of careful planning and eager anticipation – you have arrived in Tahiti. After flying into Fa’a’a airport and collecting your belongings from the baggage claim belt, you will take a short 15-minute taxi ride from the airport to Marina Taina, Argo’s temporary home. There her crew of 6 staff will be waiting to greet you with a friendly smile. With your dive gear stowed away in the Laz, and all bags unpacked, Argo will look shipshape and Bristol fashion, ready to embark on her next adventure.

The next 80 days will see you sail along the famous Coconut Milk Run, 4000 nautical miles to Australia, visiting some incredible locations and communities along the way, but for now take a deep breath, relax, call mom & dad and get yourself acquainted with the unfamiliar surroundings you’ll come to know as home sweet home.

Learning the Ropes
8-10 days

Early on day two, 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 four 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
French Polynesia Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahini, Tahaa, Bora Bora
Cook Islands Rarotonga
Tonga Islands Tonga
Fiji Islands Vanua Levu, Viti Levu
New Hebrides Vanuatu
Australia Townsville, Whitsunday Islands, Lizard Island, Cairns
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.

 

Play
Video
accredited-academics-seamester
A New Way to Learn
Academics

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.

Anchors Down – The Society Islands
(5-10 Days)

The countless islands of French Polynesia have been considered a mythic heaven-on-earth from the moment European explorers reached their shores in the era of tall ships. When you arrive, the infinite shades of blue in the lagoons and moss-green peaks can serve to reinforce this dream. The dolphins, rays, and sharks within the fringing reefs become commonplace as open water divers take their first breaths underwater and students with more experience refresh their memories on exploratory fun dives.

>Next stop: Bora Bora
The Society Islands (contd)
(5-10 Days)

It’s easy to lose yourself in this warm and windy place that seems to slow the pulse but there’s no time to waste between exploring towns on Tahaa, biking across Huahine, diving with Rays in Bora Bora, or meeting the people of Raiatea. You’ll also get to apply the material from your Oceanography and Marine Bio classes with visits to UC Berkley’s research lab and a day at the Hibiscus Turtle Rescue foundation. After two weeks it will be hard to say goodbye to these happy islands.

>Next stop: The Cook Islands
Cook Islands
(4-5 Days)

After 2 weeks in paradise and your first multi-day passage, you’ll arrive in the Cook Islands, coincidently another paradise. While Rarotonga does not disappoint those seeking remote beauty, the amenities of the island can be a refreshing taste of comfort and a chance to get back in touch with the outside world. You’ll have the chance to explore the island’s mountain formations, extensive cafe culture and have a much deserved night out before prepping for your longest sail yet.

>Next stop: Tonga
Tonga
(3-5 Days)

Passage life always leads to culture shock but this is especially true when you drop Argo’s anchor off the islands of Tonga. The natural, unpolished and unfailingly authentic cultural backdrop serves as a perfect reminder that there are no passengers onboard Argo and that although you are a visitor to each place you go, you are not a tourist. Between the distant islands of Vavau and Neifau, you’ll immerse yourself completely in Tonga’s rich heritage, customs, and rugged beauty.

>Next stop: Fiji
Play
Video
become-a-captain-in-college
Rite of Passage
Island Hopping

One unique aspect of this journey is that the passages get longer as you move towards your final destination. Polynesian society created some of the world’s most advanced and accurate navigation techniques. This unique corner of the world gave the local people enough natural indicators within their surroundings for them to cross oceans with nothing but a navigator’s skill and intuition. You will follow the trail blazed by these ancient sailors as you spend days at a time in the rhythm of watch teams.

While time seems to stop when you’re out of sight of land, the academic aspects of your journey do not. Classes connect with your daily life through practical application in everything you do. Make no mistake, as a Sea|mester student you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship go. 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 next port.

First Step to Becoming a Captain!
Academics

For those who have the prior requisite experience, a passion for sailing, and hope to work in the maritime industry, all our 80 & 90-day voyages aboard S/Y Argo offer the Professional Skipper and Crew Training course (PSCT).

Typically only 3 to 4 students will choose to take this course. Students have the opportunity to work towards their Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore License by completing the theory portion. Completing the theory portion which means passing a series of in-depth examinations covering subjects such as Meteorology, Navigation, Tides & Currents, and Collision Regulations.

Cultural Exchange
Connecting People with Places

In some ports of call, locals will hardly bat an eyelash when a white schooner with 31 souls drops anchor in their harbor. On the flip side, much of the South Pacific is out of the way and rarely visited. As a result, the farther you sail from civilization the more you’ll find the people to be welcoming, cheerful and unfailingly obliging.

Cultural exchange happens each time Argo sails within sight of land but you’ll have the chance to gain an intimate acquaintance with local customs on each island you visit. Whether it’s picking up a few words of Tongan from a local guide or spending an entire day with a village chief in Fiji, you’ll gain a lifetime’s worth of joy from the happy people of these happy islands.

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Anchors Down – Fiji
(2-4 Days)

Your first day in Fiji will show the remarkable contrast within the landscape and identities of the island. After checking into customs and spending half your day in the cafes and shops of Savusavu, you’ll be amazed to spend the evening outside a remote village without tourists, roads, or even electric lights. Not many people visit these remote corners of the archipelago so your 112 ft. home will be quite the sensation upon arrival. You and your crew will have the chance to fully immerse yourself in Fijian life in everything from international rugby games to church services with local elders.

>Next stop: Vanuatu
Vanuatu
(2-4 Days)

As you sail past the halfway point of your journey, it is easy to believe that you have seen everything the South Pacific has to offer. It’s easy to believe of course until you arrive in Vanuatu. The people here will welcome you and your crew in the same happy and laid back manner with which they approach every aspect of their lives. You’ll get caught up in the local customs through the ni-Van independence day celebration and explore the volcanic island through hiking, horseback riding, and zip lines.

>Next stop: Whitsunday Islands
Whitsunday Islands
(2-4 Days)

Sheltered naturally by the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands combine a steady breeze and flat water to form a sailor’s paradise. The hauntingly beautiful green hills are peppered with rocky cliffs leading to white sandy beaches and fiery coral reefs. These islands distinguish themselves from others you’ve seen with the white sandbars that flow like strokes of a paintbrush through the crystal indigo that separates the islands. The beaches are arguably some of the best anywhere in the world and the shipwrecks are the perfect place to complete your dive certifications and specialties.

>Next stop: Australia
Queensland, Australia
(1-3 Days Each)

Checking into customs for the last time can be a daunting reminder of how little time is left onboard but there’s no time to mope – a person could spend a lifetime exploring the east coast of Australia and still find surprises! Cairns acts as a gateway to adventure activities as extreme as bungee jumping and as relaxing as holding a baby koala. Feed kangaroos and crocs as you take in one last new place with the people you’ve become so close to.

>Next stop: Real Life
Play
Video
Seamester Scuba Diving
The World Between Islands
25-30 Dives

The islands of Oceania are considered a paradise by travelers from all over the world but it’s the world between the islands that often leave visitors most amazed. Over the course of the 80-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 barrier reef, or exploring a wreck at 100 ft. – 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 Dive Certification as well as the Advanced Open Water Dive 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.

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…

“For me, it has been a realization of the world that lies beyond my comfort of solid ground; an appreciation of things as small as flushing a toilet or an ice cold beverage for a meal. I have learned more about myself among 29 others venturing through the same experiences as me than in the years I spent both at home and in high school. Once again to my family and friends, the life I am living is not done justice through what has been written on the blog.”
Alex B.Neifau, Tonga
Day 78
By James. F

Last Excursion

Today was another classic Argo shore excursion day. Early wake up, quick packed breakfast and lunch, and then a long …

Read More
Day 69
By Kaitlyn. G

Wallabies!!

Today we woke up at 4:00 am to take a bus to Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park to watch the …

Read More
Day 63
By Margaret. D

Peanuts, Birds and Passionfruits

My day began with Watch Team 3 at 12AM for our 12-4AM watch. Watch Team 2 told us it might …

Read More
Day 61
By Carolyn. K

Reflections on Polynesia

Today we woke up at sea, another day closer to Australia. I am sure I am not the first one …

Read More
Day 59
By Charlotte. B

Last Day in Vanuatu

August 1st; 58 days past, 21 days to go, 8 days before Australia, and 1 last day in Vanuatu. Start …

Read More

Trip Logs

Welcome aboard!

This is it, the culmination of months of careful planning and eager anticipation – you have arrived in Tahiti. After flying into Fa’a’a airport and collecting your belongings from the baggage claim belt, you will take a short 15-minute taxi ride from the airport to Marina Taina, Argo’s temporary home. There her crew of 6 staff will be waiting to greet you with a friendly smile. With your dive gear stowed away in the Laz, and all bags unpacked, Argo will look shipshape and Bristol fashion, ready to embark on her next adventure.

The next 80 days will see you sail along the famous Coconut Milk Run, 4000 nautical miles to Australia, visiting some incredible locations and communities along the way, but for now take a deep breath, relax, call mom & dad and get yourself acquainted with the unfamiliar surroundings you’ll come to know as home sweet home.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
French Polynesia Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahini, Tahaa, Bora Bora
Cook Islands Rarotonga
Tonga Islands Tonga
Fiji Islands Vanua Levu, Viti Levu
New Hebrides Vanuatu
Australia Townsville, Whitsunday Islands, Lizard Island, Cairns
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.

 

Learning the Ropes
8-10 days

Early on day two, 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 four 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
accredited-academics-seamester
A New Way to Learn
Academics

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.

Anchors Down – The Society Islands
(5-10 Days)

The countless islands of French Polynesia have been considered a mythic heaven-on-earth from the moment European explorers reached their shores in the era of tall ships. When you arrive, the infinite shades of blue in the lagoons and moss-green peaks can serve to reinforce this dream. The dolphins, rays, and sharks within the fringing reefs become commonplace as open water divers take their first breaths underwater and students with more experience refresh their memories on exploratory fun dives.

>Next stop: Bora Bora
The Society Islands (contd)
(5-10 Days)

It’s easy to lose yourself in this warm and windy place that seems to slow the pulse but there’s no time to waste between exploring towns on Tahaa, biking across Huahine, diving with Rays in Bora Bora, or meeting the people of Raiatea. You’ll also get to apply the material from your Oceanography and Marine Bio classes with visits to UC Berkley’s research lab and a day at the Hibiscus Turtle Rescue foundation. After two weeks it will be hard to say goodbye to these happy islands.

>Next stop: The Cook Islands
Cook Islands
(4-5 Days)

After 2 weeks in paradise and your first multi-day passage, you’ll arrive in the Cook Islands, coincidently another paradise. While Rarotonga does not disappoint those seeking remote beauty, the amenities of the island can be a refreshing taste of comfort and a chance to get back in touch with the outside world. You’ll have the chance to explore the island’s mountain formations, extensive cafe culture and have a much deserved night out before prepping for your longest sail yet.

>Next stop: Tonga
Tonga
(3-5 Days)

Passage life always leads to culture shock but this is especially true when you drop Argo’s anchor off the islands of Tonga. The natural, unpolished and unfailingly authentic cultural backdrop serves as a perfect reminder that there are no passengers onboard Argo and that although you are a visitor to each place you go, you are not a tourist. Between the distant islands of Vavau and Neifau, you’ll immerse yourself completely in Tonga’s rich heritage, customs, and rugged beauty.

>Next stop: Fiji
Play
Video
become-a-captain-in-college
Rite of Passage
Island Hopping

One unique aspect of this journey is that the passages get longer as you move towards your final destination. Polynesian society created some of the world’s most advanced and accurate navigation techniques. This unique corner of the world gave the local people enough natural indicators within their surroundings for them to cross oceans with nothing but a navigator’s skill and intuition. You will follow the trail blazed by these ancient sailors as you spend days at a time in the rhythm of watch teams.

While time seems to stop when you’re out of sight of land, the academic aspects of your journey do not. Classes connect with your daily life through practical application in everything you do. Make no mistake, as a Sea|mester student you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship go. 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 next port.

  • Get Our Free Online Brochure

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

First Step to Becoming a Captain!
Academics

For those who have the prior requisite experience, a passion for sailing, and hope to work in the maritime industry, all our 80 & 90-day voyages aboard S/Y Argo offer the Professional Skipper and Crew Training course (PSCT).

Typically only 3 to 4 students will choose to take this course. Students have the opportunity to work towards their Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore License by completing the theory portion. Completing the theory portion which means passing a series of in-depth examinations covering subjects such as Meteorology, Navigation, Tides & Currents, and Collision Regulations.

Anchors Down – Fiji
(2-4 Days)

Your first day in Fiji will show the remarkable contrast within the landscape and identities of the island. After checking into customs and spending half your day in the cafes and shops of Savusavu, you’ll be amazed to spend the evening outside a remote village without tourists, roads, or even electric lights. Not many people visit these remote corners of the archipelago so your 112 ft. home will be quite the sensation upon arrival. You and your crew will have the chance to fully immerse yourself in Fijian life in everything from international rugby games to church services with local elders.

>Next stop: Vanuatu
Vanuatu
(2-4 Days)

As you sail past the halfway point of your journey, it is easy to believe that you have seen everything the South Pacific has to offer. It’s easy to believe of course until you arrive in Vanuatu. The people here will welcome you and your crew in the same happy and laid back manner with which they approach every aspect of their lives. You’ll get caught up in the local customs through the ni-Van independence day celebration and explore the volcanic island through hiking, horseback riding, and zip lines.

>Next stop: Whitsunday Islands
Whitsunday Islands
(2-4 Days)

Sheltered naturally by the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands combine a steady breeze and flat water to form a sailor’s paradise. The hauntingly beautiful green hills are peppered with rocky cliffs leading to white sandy beaches and fiery coral reefs. These islands distinguish themselves from others you’ve seen with the white sandbars that flow like strokes of a paintbrush through the crystal indigo that separates the islands. The beaches are arguably some of the best anywhere in the world and the shipwrecks are the perfect place to complete your dive certifications and specialties.

>Next stop: Australia
Queensland, Australia
(1-3 Days Each)

Checking into customs for the last time can be a daunting reminder of how little time is left onboard but there’s no time to mope – a person could spend a lifetime exploring the east coast of Australia and still find surprises! Cairns acts as a gateway to adventure activities as extreme as bungee jumping and as relaxing as holding a baby koala. Feed kangaroos and crocs as you take in one last new place with the people you’ve become so close to.

>Next stop: Real Life

Cultural Exchange
Connecting People with Places

In some ports of call, locals will hardly bat an eyelash when a white schooner with 31 souls drops anchor in their harbor. On the flip side, much of the South Pacific is out of the way and rarely visited. As a result, the farther you sail from civilization the more you’ll find the people to be welcoming, cheerful and unfailingly obliging.

Cultural exchange happens each time Argo sails within sight of land but you’ll have the chance to gain an intimate acquaintance with local customs on each island you visit. Whether it’s picking up a few words of Tongan from a local guide or spending an entire day with a village chief in Fiji, you’ll gain a lifetime’s worth of joy from the happy people of these happy islands.

Play
Video
Seamester Scuba Diving
The World Between Islands
25-30 Dives

The islands of Oceania are considered a paradise by travelers from all over the world but it’s the world between the islands that often leave visitors most amazed. Over the course of the 80-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 barrier reef, or exploring a wreck at 100 ft. – 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 Dive Certification as well as the Advanced Open Water Dive 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.

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…

“For me, it has been a realization of the world that lies beyond my comfort of solid ground; an appreciation of things as small as flushing a toilet or an ice cold beverage for a meal. I have learned more about myself among 29 others venturing through the same experiences as me than in the years I spent both at home and in high school. Once again to my family and friends, the life I am living is not done justice through what has been written on the blog.”
Alex B.Neifau, Tonga
Day 78
By James. F

Last Excursion

Today was another classic Argo shore excursion day. Early wake up, quick packed breakfast and lunch, and then a long …

Read More
Day 69
By Kaitlyn. G

Wallabies!!

Today we woke up at 4:00 am to take a bus to Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park to watch the …

Read More
Day 63
By Margaret. D

Peanuts, Birds and Passionfruits

My day began with Watch Team 3 at 12AM for our 12-4AM watch. Watch Team 2 told us it might …

Read More
Day 61
By Carolyn. K

Reflections on Polynesia

Today we woke up at sea, another day closer to Australia. I am sure I am not the first one …

Read More
Day 59
By Charlotte. B

Last Day in Vanuatu

August 1st; 58 days past, 21 days to go, 8 days before Australia, and 1 last day in Vanuatu. Start …

Read More

Trip Logs

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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

Need To Know

What is the main focus of this voyage?

This voyage is unique as we are offering ostensibly the same program yet with two separate start dates. This means that students can sign aboard for either an 80 or 66-day experience. Whichever voyage you choose, this program will offer an incredibly comprehensive experience in terms of the geographical area covered and both academic and vocational classes and certifications earned. During the 80-day program, 12 academic credits are offered through the University of South Florida for the Seamanship, Student Leadership, Oceanography 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. The academic schedule for the 66-day voyage will be slightly less, with 9 credits for the Seamanship, Student Leadership & Oceanography classes. 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 (About Us) for more information.

What's the weather like?

The weather in the South Pacific during this time of the year should be fantastic, turning slightly cooler as we head further west towards Australia.

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 Tahiti, students will get to sample some classic fare, such as Poisson cru. Once you head further to the west you’ll likely sample Kava Root during a ceremony in Fiji before throwing a few more shrimps on the barbie in Australia.

What's the typical age of the students?

Sea|mester students range in age from 18 through to about 22. Average age is right around 20, yet this can change from voyage to voyage. Give a call through to the office if you are interested in learning more about the student crew.

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.

The 80 & 66 Day voyages begin in the islands of French Polynesia and students for both voyages will initially fly into Papeete, Tahiti (airport code PPT).

  • 80 Day students will join the vessel right there on the island of Tahiti.
  • 66 Day students will fly into Tahiti and then connect via inter-island flight or ferry to the island of Raiatea (airport code RFP).

Both the 80 & 66 Day voyages will wrap up in Cairns, Australia (airport code CNS). Papeete and Cairns are both served by a number of US and South Pacific carriers from the west coast of the United States.

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
Skip the stress and plan ahead

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

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.

Insure Your Investment

Although optional, we highly recommend that you purchase insurance to protect your tuition payment against trip cancellation and interruption as well as make provision for emergency medical transportation services.

This coverage is suggested yet optional; about one half of our students purchase it. You are welcome to choose any travel insurance, yet we recommend that you start by looking at the plans provided by Travelex.

Travelex offers a number of standard plans. For this reason, you will need to visit their website so as to determine which plan best fits your needs, then complete the process online using their ‘Get a Quote’ wizard. Click on the link below to start your quote.
Learn More about Travelex

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.

    The 80 & 66 Day voyages begin in the islands of French Polynesia and students for both voyages will initially fly into Papeete, Tahiti (airport code PPT).

    • 80 Day students will join the vessel right there on the island of Tahiti.
    • 66 Day students will fly into Tahiti and then connect via inter-island flight or ferry to the island of Raiatea (airport code RFP).

    Both the 80 & 66 Day voyages will wrap up in Cairns, Australia (airport code CNS). Papeete and Cairns are both served by a number of US and South Pacific carriers from the west coast of the United States.

    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

  • Skip the stress and plan ahead

    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

    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.

    Insure Your Investment

    Although optional, we highly recommend that you purchase insurance to protect your tuition payment against trip cancellation and interruption as well as make provision for emergency medical transportation services.

    This coverage is suggested yet optional; about one half of our students purchase it. You are welcome to choose any travel insurance, yet we recommend that you start by looking at the plans provided by Travelex.

    Travelex offers a number of standard plans. For this reason, you will need to visit their website so as to determine which plan best fits your needs, then complete the process online using their ‘Get a Quote’ wizard. Click on the link below to start your quote.
    Learn More about Travelex

  • 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!

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