Tahiti to Bali

5,870 Nautical Miles via French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Komodo

Sailing from Tahiti to Bali, 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, 5870 nautical miles and 12 credits later, the voyage ends as you tuck your bow into the protected waters of Bali. 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.

  • Days
  • Credits
  • Students
  • Term
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Jun 4 - Aug 22, 2021 - Aboard S/Y Argo
  • 80
  • 12 credits
  • 24
  • Summer
  • Limited
  • $19,770

Life Aboard

Sails Up Anchors Down

USF Accredited Academics

Certification Courses

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, 58700 nautical miles to Bali, 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.

orientation-onboard-sailboat-seamester

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*
Start Location End Location
Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) Bali (DPS)
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
Indonesia Komodo, Gili Islands, Bali
*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.

society-islands-semester-abroad-tahiti
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
society-islands-semester-abroad
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
travel-world-sailboat-abroad-seamester
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
study-abroad-south-pacific
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.

become-a-captain-in-college

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-study-abroad

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.

Seamester Study Abroad Gap Year Brochure

  • Get Our Online Viewbook

    Full of detailed information about our voyages, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime
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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
Komodo Dragon
Anchors Down – Komodo National Park, Indonesia
(3 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
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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
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
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, 58700 nautical miles to Bali, 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*
Start Location End Location
Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) Bali (DPS)
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
Indonesia Komodo, Gili Islands, Bali
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
orientation-onboard-sailboat-seamester

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.

society-islands-semester-abroad-tahiti
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
society-islands-semester-abroad
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
travel-world-sailboat-abroad-seamester
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
study-abroad-south-pacific
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.

Seamester Study Abroad Gap Year Brochure

  • Get Our Online Viewbook

    Full of detailed information about our voyages, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime
become-a-captain-in-college

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.

semester-abroad-fiji
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
Komodo Dragon
Anchors Down – Komodo National Park, Indonesia
(3 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
Shutterstock 259403699
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.

 

cultural-exchange-study-abroad

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

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?

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 for more information.

Meet our team

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 Bali.

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, and once you head further to the west you’ll likely sample Kava Root during a ceremony in Fiji.

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
Students come from all over the world, so coordinated travel is vital.

You can choose to book on your own, yet we suggest that you start by requesting a quote from one of our recommended travel partners as they will provide you with service on-beyond an online booking service or search engine.

This voyage is scheduled to:

  • Start in Papeete, Tahiti (airport code PPT)
  • End in Bali, Indonesia (airport code DPS)

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.

Recommended Travel Agents

a. TRC Travel Center

Leah Hernandez is our primary travel coordinator, and she works for a company called TRC Travel Center. Leah obtains great fares and provides close monitoring and assistance on travel days in case of flight difficulties. Leah will also maintain your flight details in the Student Portal on your behalf, ensuring their accuracy in the event of flight changes. Connect with Leah –
Phone: +1.281.528.7727 (9am – 5pm Central Time)
Email: leahctn68@hotmail.com

b. Global Marine Travel

An alternative is to contact Global Marine Travel (GMT) to request a quote for a “Marine Fare” ticket. Marine Fares may be cheaper or more expensive than a regular fare, but in most cases will be more flexible should you need to change your ticket and will include the provision for a larger number of checked bags. Do the research to figure out which ticket suits you best. Connect with GMT –
Phone: +1.954.761.9595 (24hrs)
Email: info@flygmt.com

When contacting GMT, you will need to reference the following:

  • Organizational Name: Global Expeditions Group
  • Vessel Name (select): Ocean Star, Argo or Vela
  • Vessel Registry: British Virgin Islands

c. Other Booking Options – Air Miles & Self Booking

We cannot be responsible for coordinating flights booked in this way, so please ensure that you are booking the correct itinerary (dates/destination) before purchasing a ticket online or through a source other than our recommended travel partners. If you have any questions regarding the date or time of arrival for your voyage, please call us to confirm any proposed flight itinerary before you book it. Once booked, you will be required to enter, then maintain accurate flight details in the relevant section of the Student Portal.

Travel Docs & Immunizations
Passports

Your passport’s expiration date is of utmost importance to the immigration officials in the countries we visit. Each government mandates a “minimum validity,” with many using a six-month rule, meaning that the visitor’s passport must remain valid for six (6) months AFTER the last day of travel in that country. A few nations have more lenient minimum validity rules, but since we typically visit multiple countries throughout the voyage, meeting the six-month standard is compulsory in most cases. If your passport expires sooner than six months after the final day of your program, we recommend that you talk to the passport office about their backlog and renewal timeframe. You may also contact our office to learn more about whether you would be able to travel on a passport that expires earlier than six months after your trip ends.

Visas

US Citizens: Those traveling on a US passport rarely need to apply for specific country visas in advance of the program. In certain circumstances, we are required to process a vessel cruising permit or visitation visa on your behalf before the trip. If this is the case, we’ll let you know in advance whether there are any steps that we need you to take.

Students traveling on non-U.S. passports: Aside from needing a valid US ESTA to transit through the United States (if applicable), students traveling on a Canadian or an EU passport rarely need to apply for any other specific country visas in advance of the program. Learn more about the ESTA requirements, and whether this applies to you here – https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/.

Citizens of Asian, African, and South American nations may need to apply for specific visas. Since we cannot apply for visas on your behalf, you must take the following steps as soon as you can.

  • Contact our office and request a definitive list of the countries we will visit on the voyage. Please do not rely on the sample itineraries listed on our website.
  • Verify visa requirements for your nationality by contacting the local embassy or consulate for these destination countries.
Immunizations

We know that each individual has unique medical considerations and understand that families have varying opinions on immunizations as a whole. While we are not physicians and cannot provide official or specific medical advice, we recommend that you talk with your healthcare provider to discuss the trip and check that all standard immunizations and boosters are up to date.

The CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website at www.cdc.gov contains an excellent section that focuses on Travelers’ Health. This is a useful resource as you consider which precautions you might want to take. When completing your research, bear in mind that your voyage is almost 100% coastal. Many of the CDC’s recommendations are specific to agricultural or rural areas or regions within the country which we do not visit.

Tuition
Sea|mester tuition includes 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:
  • Travel expenses from home to the program (flights, visas, ferry, taxi, baggage, taxes, etc.)
  • Required International SOS and MedAire membership & emergency evacuation insurance. (20-day voyages = $70 | 40-day voyages = $100 | 80 & 90-day voyages = $170) LEARN MORE >
  • Vaccinations (if required/selected)
  • PADI required course books and materials
  • Personal spending money
  • Travel & Tuition Protection insurance – LEARN MORE >
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 & Immunizations
  • Tuition
  • Voyage Itinerary
  • Students come from all over the world, so coordinated travel is vital.

    You can choose to book on your own, yet we suggest that you start by requesting a quote from one of our recommended travel partners as they will provide you with service on-beyond an online booking service or search engine.

    This voyage is scheduled to:

    • Start in Papeete, Tahiti (airport code PPT)
    • End in Bali, Indonesia (airport code DPS)

    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.

    Recommended Travel Agents

    a. TRC Travel Center

    Leah Hernandez is our primary travel coordinator, and she works for a company called TRC Travel Center. Leah obtains great fares and provides close monitoring and assistance on travel days in case of flight difficulties. Leah will also maintain your flight details in the Student Portal on your behalf, ensuring their accuracy in the event of flight changes. Connect with Leah –
    Phone: +1.281.528.7727 (9am – 5pm Central Time)
    Email: leahctn68@hotmail.com

    b. Global Marine Travel

    An alternative is to contact Global Marine Travel (GMT) to request a quote for a “Marine Fare” ticket. Marine Fares may be cheaper or more expensive than a regular fare, but in most cases will be more flexible should you need to change your ticket and will include the provision for a larger number of checked bags. Do the research to figure out which ticket suits you best. Connect with GMT –
    Phone: +1.954.761.9595 (24hrs)
    Email: info@flygmt.com

    When contacting GMT, you will need to reference the following:

    • Organizational Name: Global Expeditions Group
    • Vessel Name (select): Ocean Star, Argo or Vela
    • Vessel Registry: British Virgin Islands

    c. Other Booking Options – Air Miles & Self Booking

    We cannot be responsible for coordinating flights booked in this way, so please ensure that you are booking the correct itinerary (dates/destination) before purchasing a ticket online or through a source other than our recommended travel partners. If you have any questions regarding the date or time of arrival for your voyage, please call us to confirm any proposed flight itinerary before you book it. Once booked, you will be required to enter, then maintain accurate flight details in the relevant section of the Student Portal.

  • Passports

    Your passport’s expiration date is of utmost importance to the immigration officials in the countries we visit. Each government mandates a “minimum validity,” with many using a six-month rule, meaning that the visitor’s passport must remain valid for six (6) months AFTER the last day of travel in that country. A few nations have more lenient minimum validity rules, but since we typically visit multiple countries throughout the voyage, meeting the six-month standard is compulsory in most cases. If your passport expires sooner than six months after the final day of your program, we recommend that you talk to the passport office about their backlog and renewal timeframe. You may also contact our office to learn more about whether you would be able to travel on a passport that expires earlier than six months after your trip ends.

    Visas

    US Citizens: Those traveling on a US passport rarely need to apply for specific country visas in advance of the program. In certain circumstances, we are required to process a vessel cruising permit or visitation visa on your behalf before the trip. If this is the case, we’ll let you know in advance whether there are any steps that we need you to take.

    Students traveling on non-U.S. passports: Aside from needing a valid US ESTA to transit through the United States (if applicable), students traveling on a Canadian or an EU passport rarely need to apply for any other specific country visas in advance of the program. Learn more about the ESTA requirements, and whether this applies to you here – https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/.

    Citizens of Asian, African, and South American nations may need to apply for specific visas. Since we cannot apply for visas on your behalf, you must take the following steps as soon as you can.

    • Contact our office and request a definitive list of the countries we will visit on the voyage. Please do not rely on the sample itineraries listed on our website.
    • Verify visa requirements for your nationality by contacting the local embassy or consulate for these destination countries.
    Immunizations

    We know that each individual has unique medical considerations and understand that families have varying opinions on immunizations as a whole. While we are not physicians and cannot provide official or specific medical advice, we recommend that you talk with your healthcare provider to discuss the trip and check that all standard immunizations and boosters are up to date.

    The CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website at www.cdc.gov contains an excellent section that focuses on Travelers’ Health. This is a useful resource as you consider which precautions you might want to take. When completing your research, bear in mind that your voyage is almost 100% coastal. Many of the CDC’s recommendations are specific to agricultural or rural areas or regions within the country which we do not visit.

  • Sea|mester tuition includes 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:
    • Travel expenses from home to the program (flights, visas, ferry, taxi, baggage, taxes, etc.)
    • Required International SOS and MedAire membership & emergency evacuation insurance. (20-day voyages = $70 | 40-day voyages = $100 | 80 & 90-day voyages = $170) LEARN MORE >
    • Vaccinations (if required/selected)
    • PADI required course books and materials
    • Personal spending money
    • Travel & Tuition Protection insurance – LEARN MORE >
  • 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!