Okeanos Marshall Islands is part of the Okeanos Foundation’s Pan-Pacific vaka network and located in Majuro, RMI.

The Okeanos Walap “Okeanos Marshall Islands” began operating in RMI in July 2017 on invitation of the president as one of the first ventures to assist implementing sustainable sea transportation efforts. Since then Okeanos Marshall Islands is assisting RMI’s sea transportation system to sustain livelihood in the Outer Island communities.

OMI has trained more than a dozen Marshallese crew to be open ocean sailors while providing much needed passenger, cargo, health and food transport services to outer island communities including Mili, Aur, Arno, Ailuk, Enewatak, Bikini, Maloelap, Alinglaplap, Ebeye, Jaluit, Wotje, Ebon, Kili, Jabon, and Rongelap.

Our Walap (Vaka Motu) is environmentally friendly, fused with known best practices on Pacific Islands‘ traditional knowledge and modern designs and running purely on green energies (wind, solar and coconut oil).

For the future we imagine to constantly grow the fleet of canoes and have one canoe for each atoll to service the Outer Islands to continuously improve the livelihood of all communities.

Okeanos mission:

Empower Pacific Island people to implement traditionally based sustainable sea transportation to ensure independence, cultural revival and ocean stewardship.

The Vaka Motu supports Marshall Islands goals for regular, reliable and safe sea transportation between the islands while at the same time empowering people and communities, reviving traditional seafaring and navigation skills and creating jobs and business opportunities.

With its vaka operations, Okeanos meets 10 out of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Okeanos Marshall Islands is part of the Okeanos Foundation Pan-Pacific Network

Our team




Watch Captain


Crew Member


Operations Coordi-
nator and Captain


Crew Member


Crew Member


Crew Member

Latest news

  • The climate crisis will sweep away my country if the world doesn’t keep its promises
    Now is a time for courage. It will take sacrifices from everyone for us all to survive, the president of the Marshall Islands writes My country joined the United Nations nearly 30 years ago, in September 1991. But unless my fellow member states take action, we may also be forced ... read more
  • COM-FSM and Okeanos Traditional Navigation Training Program started
    On 1 July 2020 the first Traditional Navigation Training Program offered by the College of Micronesia (COM-FSM) in collaboration with Okeanos Foundation started at the FSM-FMI campus in Yap, Micronesia. A diverse group of 11 students are excited to learn all about Traditional Navigation and practice good seamanship! The highly ... read more
  • Pacific tourism must go green post covid19- SPTO
    The future of tourism in the ‘blue’ Pacific must be green, according to the head of South Pacific Tourism, Chris Cocker. Pacific economies are reeling from the impact of around US$1.9 billion in losses from Covid-19 border shutdowns. Chris Cocker said the industry has had a wake-up call on the ... read more
  • Covid-19: Pacific summary
    More Covid-19 cases have been announced in the Pacific, with several countries increasing restrictions as the virus hits the region. Confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Pacific Hawaii now has 90 Covid-19 cases. Guam confirmed five more cases of Covid-19 overnight bringing the US territory’s official total to 37, including one ... read more
  • Storms brewing: Pacific outlook for 2020
    As a new decade dawns much of the Pacific is grappling with major upheavals from climate and health crises to political disruption and self-determination struggles. RNZ Pacific’s Jamie Tahana and Johnny Blades look at the state of play across the region’s countries and territories and what’s on the cards for ... read more
  • ‘Our existence is at stake’: Students on islands being swallowed by rising seas join global climate strike
    As young people across the planet march on cities to demand action, those in territories already suffering the dire impact of environmental catastrophe add their voices to calls for urgent action It is a South Pacific nation that is among those facing the most immediate existential threat from climate change. ... read more