Seamester: Bali to South Africa - 80 Days

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Sailing aboard our 112-foot schooner S/Y Vela is a unique chance already, but to traverse from Bali across the Southern Indian Ocean to Cape Town via Christmas Island and Mauritius is a lifetime opportunity!

This voyage is no mere vacation: it offers a full list of academics, allowing students to study and earn 12 college credits during this magical trip. Additionally, this voyage will develop your blue-water sailing skills, train you for SCUBA diving, and grant you access to different cultures. Sail training certifications for this voyage are issued through International Yacht Training, the only global regulator for professional yachting certifications. Additionally, students have the opportunity to obtain a Master of Yachts 200 Ton based on this and other previous experience and on their aptitude.

  • Become A Certified Scuba Diver.
  • Learn To Sail.
  • Earn 12 College Credits.
  • Cross the Indian Ocean.

Sea|mester Voyages Filling Fast

With limited space aboard each vessel, each trip typically fills up within three months of the start date. Click the link below to see our updated availability on all of our 2020 voyages.


Seamester Scholarships & Financial Aid

Seamester offers a number of Financial Aid and Scholarship options available for those looking toward funding to make their experience possible.

$500 - $10,000

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Yes, I recommend this program

A totally unique and EPIC experience

I was one of Argo's maiden voyage shipmates in the summer of 2006 when she launched in Thailand! Even though it was about 13 years ago, I still have very vivid memories of many different experiences on board.

It was an unforgettable experience completing night watches with my watch team, seeing pods of hundreds of dolphins riding our bow wake, navigating under the stars at night, watching the incredible sunrises... life at sea really teaches you a unique lesson of living in the moment. If you have any doubts, know that you grow so much by doing something you are unfamiliar with... and you'll also come home with some crazy stories!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
It's worth the risk. You grow so much when you do things you are unfamiliar with. You won't regret it.
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