• Okeanos Crew Profile - Andy Langidrik of Okeanos Marshall Islands

    Okeanos Crew Profile - Andy Langidrik of Okeanos Marshall Islands

    Okeanos Marshall Islands crew member Andy Langidrik is a brave open ocean sailor from Ailanloplop atoll. He shares his intensive learning on the Vaka, professional sailing, and traditional navigation of reading the stars and waves. Andy also shares Marshall Islands' great love of the #VakaMotu and RMI residents' requests for more vakas to provide much needed sea transportation to outer islands and jobs as vaka operators.

  • Real Life Moanas: The All-Female Crew of Te Mana o Te Moana

    Real Life Moanas: The All-Female Crew of Te Mana o Te Moana

    The women of the Okeanos-sponsored Te Mana o Te Moana voyage made history as the first all-female crew to sail a traditionally-based #vakamoana. Tongan sailor Aunofo Havea captained the sail through the Tahitian islands aboard New Zealand canoe, Hinemoana - Hawaiki Rising Voyaging Trust. The women represented all corners of the Pacific: Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Aotearoa, Hawaii & more! Special thanks to the crews of Marumaru Atua - Cook Islands Voyaging Society, Samoa Voyaging Society, Faafaite - Tahiti Voyaging Society, The Uto ni Yalo, Te Toki Waka Hourua, & Te Matau a Māui Voyaging Trust for helping Okeanos bring gender equality to the Pacific.

  • Okeanos Crew Profile - India Tabellini

    Okeanos Crew Profile - India Tabellini

    Tahitian sailor India Tabellini has sailed on nearly every Okeanos vaka motu, sailing traditionally based canoes to the Marianas, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands & Pohnpei while helping train crew members along the way.

  • Okeanos Vanuatu Supports Sheperd Islands’ Agricultural Tourism

    Okeanos Vanuatu Supports Sheperd Islands’ Agricultural Tourism

    At the invitation of local chiefs, Okeanos Vanuatu makes weekly trips to Shepherds Islands, transporting local crops to be sold at market. Unlike cargo ships that service outer island groups months at a time, the Okeanos vaka motu relies on traditional Pacific knowledge while remaining fossil fuel-free.

  • Spider Web Fishing in the Solomon Islands

    Spider Web Fishing in the Solomon Islands

    This fascinating video shows how South Pacific islanders from the Solomon Islands archipelago use webs spun by a particular species of spider to catch a the needle fish! Source: BBC South Pacific

  • From Sand to Sea and back - Solomon Islands Sea Turtles

    From Sand to Sea and back - Solomon Islands Sea Turtles

    The Arnavon Islands in the Solomon Islands have long been an important nesting site for endangered sea turtles, but systematic hunting pushed local populations to the brink. Over the last two decades, however, local communities have banded together with The Nature Conservancy to protect the Arnavons and sea turtles.  To aid in the nesting process, monitors protect the turtles' nests from predation. When the eggs are ready to hatch, the monitors assist the newly hatched turtles in their journey to sea. The number of sea turtles nesting in the Arnavons has doubled in the last 20 years. 

  • Shark Shepherd Photoshoot

    Shark Shepherd Photoshoot

    Check out this awesome photoshoot taken underwater with sharks in Fiji! Fiji is known to ecotourists around the world for its world-class shark dives. As a photographer looking to create meaningful work, this was the perfect opportunity for Benjamin Von Wong to create a series of images that would promote their beauty while advocating for their protection. He wanted to create a series of images that would help break those stereotypes and show that it is possible for us to co-exist together in perfect harmony. For more information on Benjamin's work, check it out here! Photography: Von Wong Video editing: Adam Frimer - https://www.facebook.com/adamfrimer?f... Sound engineering: Andrew Kesler - http://andrewkesler.com Model: Amber Bourke - https://www.facebook.com/ambernerissa... Underwater video operator: Steve Hathaway - Young Oceans Explorers Drone operator: Joost Glaser - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_mR... Shark Expert: Thomas Vignaud Dive Team: Lydia Murray, Kris Mcbride, Rachel Young, Carlo Acosta Screenwriting: Yonatan Kanaskevich

  • Vaka Eiva 2015 Series - Junior Competition

    Vaka Eiva 2015 Series - Junior Competition

    Matson Vaka Eiva 2015 is the premier paddling event for the Cook Islands in this its special year of the nations 50th anniversary celebrations. With paddlers from all over the Pacific vying for the top prize, the Vaka Eiva festival is in it's 12th year! There's also a whole heap of action off the water – arts, food and cultural festivals make for an eye opening experience for both first time visitors and returning paddlers.  Video credit: Varo Media

  • Vaka Eiva 2015 Series - Relay Races

    Vaka Eiva 2015 Series - Relay Races

    Matson Vaka Eiva 2015 is the premier paddling event for the Cook Islands in this its special year of the nations 50th anniversary celebrations. With paddlers from all over the Pacific vying for the top prize, the Vaka Eiva festival is in it's 12th year! There's also a whole heap of action off the water – arts, food and cultural festivals make for an eye opening experience for both first time visitors and returning paddlers.  Video credit: Varo Media

  • Vaka Eiva 2015 Series - V6 Iron Races

    Vaka Eiva 2015 Series - V6 Iron Races

    Matson Vaka Eiva 2015 is the premier paddling event for the Cook Islands in this its special year of the nations 50th anniversary celebrations. With paddlers from all over the Pacific vying for the top prize, the Vaka Eiva festival is in it's 12th year! There's also a whole heap of action off the water – arts, food and cultural festivals make for an eye opening experience for both first time visitors and returning paddlers.  Video credit: Varo Media

  • Vaka arrival in Aitutaki

    Vaka arrival in Aitutaki

    On the 29th of May, five traditional Polynesian voyaging canoes arrived at Aitutaki from Rarotonga. Very strong winds and currents meant the canoes needed to be towed through the passage to the harbour where a crowd of Aitutakians were waiting to welcome the visitors with dance, song and of course kai. Makea Vakatini Ariki is a long time supporter of the Marumaru Atua - Cook Islands Voyaging Society and made the journey from Rarotonga.

  • Sail like our Ancestors (Vaka)

    Sail like our Ancestors (Vaka)

    ‘Vaka’ - voyaging the great seas, navigating by the stars and connecting our necklace of Pacific Islands. Our Polynesian tradition of vaka voyaging was the most sophisticated in the world –we were the masters of the biggest ocean mass on the planet. In recent years this ancient art has been revived through ‘Pacific Voyagers’ and the building of seven ‘Vaka Moana’ a fleet of ocean voyaging vaka from different islands. Their aim is to reconnect with the traditions of Pacific communities and the ocean, to spread the message of ocean protection Their mission is simple: “Use the wisdom of the ancestors, combined with modern science, to propel us into a more sustainable future, to help heal our injured ocean, to raise awareness, and to revive the cultural traditions of voyaging. We know that the health of the oceans reflects the health of the people. And when we truly acknowledge this insight, when we are aware of extensive threats to the ocean, and when we care about the future of our children, the only logical step is to create a new vision, a sustainable sail plan based on values of interconnectedness, respect and stewardship.”