Indian ocean adventures – a sailing opportunity for nomadic travellers

Karaka, sailing adventure, sailing crew, looking for crew, nomadic adventures, join the crew, volunteer crew, aboard, on board

We are looking for a motivated crew

Looking for a crew! Ahoy – We are a co-op ship and we’re open again for applications for our 2020/21 trip. We are currently in Madagascar. We’ll start around March/April to explore the western Indian Ocean, Madagascar, Mayotte, Comores, Tanzania, Kenya and Seychelles. The general idea at this stage is to spend most of the year 2020 in the area before rounding the Cape of Good Hope in late 2020 and continue on into the Atlantic for 2021.

We do not have a set schedule nor a set itinerary, what we have is a nice ship to share and a beautiful area of the world to explore.

Sailing crew – Conditions

We are not looking for hitchhikers, the idea is to share the ship with motivated long term crew and form a community. Sailing experience is not a must, what is more important is a good attitude, a willingness to become part of a team and a deep craving for an alternative, nomadic, sea gipsy lifestyle. We particularly appreciate well rounded, independent, world-savvy individuals with open plans, who are as comfortable with tools as with musical instruments and who also have a mean to sustain themselves financially while on the move.

Anyone interested should have a good long look at our website, where we’ve posted most of the relevant info, including the application process and our email address (see contact details below).

What type of host are you?
What are you looking for help with?
What’s the mission of your community?

We’re a sailing ship co-op. The crew is usually composed of a healthy mix of nomadic wanderers and non-conforming individuals but anybody is welcome, regardless of nationality, age, gender, worldview, background, or financial status. Attitude is what matters. This is more than just a cheap sailing opportunity, this is a chance to experience what being a feral sea gipsy on a nice ship is all about.

In an effort to share, learn and grow, we are looking for a crew and accept anybody motivated to join with an open mind, a willingness to become part of the team and a deep craving for this lifestyle. The boat is operated as a non-profit cooperative. We run on limited funds from crew contribution.

Karaka, sailing adventure, sailing crew, looking for crew, nomadic adventures, join the crew, volunteer crew, aboard, on board, voluntouring, voluntourism

How many volunteers could you host?

More than two

When would you need volunteers?

Year-long, depending on the trips.

How many hours and days of help per day?

Others (please see in the general info section).

Note about the volunteer work and other expectations

This is not a work exchange offer per se, there is little actual work involved. We require all to:

  • help run the ship,
  • keep it reasonably clean and in decent shape,
  • but mostly to enjoy themselves.

Please refer to our website for more details (see contact details section below, not the comment section).

Are accommodation and food included?

Yes, but a contribution fee is required.

What type of accommodation can you provide?

Boat accommodation

Diet – nutrition information

We eat a lot of seafood we catch ourselves, we avoid taking vegans and vegetarians who would be excluded from the common meals.

Crew fees – transparency

As a member of an egalitarian cooperative, every crew member sailing onboard the ship needs to contribute.

Karaka, sailing adventure, sailing crew, looking for crew, nomadic adventures, join the crew, volunteer crew, aboard, on board, voluntouring, voluntourismThe ship needs funds, skills and labour to continue sailing. Since most new crew members are strangers we never met before, we cannot assume they will be able to contribute skills and labour, and so for the sake of simplicity and to ensure we have enough funds, we require a financial contribution of 125 Euros a week per person, which doesnโ€™t include the food. This financial contribution is used for the running of the ship exclusively, Tom and Emma, as owners and permanent crew, are not making any profit out of it and are actually covering their own share. It covers all the costs associated with running Karaka, including port fees, marinas, fuel and such as well as upkeep. It doesnโ€™t cover each crew memberโ€™s personal share of the food kitty nor does it cover each crew member visa costs and personal expenses such as booze, internet, insurances, etc.

VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters?

No, we cannot help with Visa but we can offer assistance

Looking for a crew: benefits

Ah! The crew benefits in so many ways I’m not even sure where to start… This is about exploring nice parts of the world on a cool sailboat with a bunch of like-minded people, in a non-commercial way. It’s an amazing experience and there is a lot to do and learn… Please check our website for more info on the whole thing.

What to do in the free time

Same check the website for details, see contact details, (not the comment section).


English, French.


The western Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and the east coast of Africa, and all the islands in between.

How to get to your site

Depends, we move a lot.

Is there internet access?

No, we don’t have WIFI


All the contact details are on our website:
We also have a FB page: ketchkaraka

Hostname: Karaka
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Author: Voluntouring staff

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