Hidden away in the far north-west of Bali lies one of its best kept secrets; Menjangan National Park. The national park's protected waters offer some of the best diving in Bali. Here is where we embark on a one of a kind adventure freediving mini-retreat.
The best environment to learn to freedive and improve your snorkelling skills is within the tranquility of nature. Everybody embodies new skills more effectively when feeling relaxed and calm.
This mini retreat is for anybody who wants to learn to freedive or advance their skills under the guidance of experienced instructors.
Mixing open water coaching sessions with adventure snorkelling, within and around Menjangan Island, is by far the best way to master your new freediving skills.
“ I had the pleasure of joining Above Below for their Menjangan mini-retreat.
I would highly recommend anyone wanting to explore this beautiful part of Bali to join the future retreats.
The conditions were great for freediving, the coaching was spot on, and there are plenty of beautiful reefs to explore.”
Kim - Advanced freediver from Sweden - March 2022
We teach various skills throughout the retreat to aid better freediving and healthier living.
Breath-training for apnea and improved health
Freedivers Pilates for full body conditioning
EFT for anxiety management
Mindful meditation for deeper relaxation and focus
During the retreat you can complete your beginner freediving course, taking your snorkelling to the next level. You only need to know how to swim.
The advanced freediver can take advantage of the vast knowledge of our Molchanov master instructors. We offer a wide range of freediving workshops and open water coaching, always catered to the needs of the group.
In the water we keep the number of students per instructor to a maximum of three, this extra detail means that you will receive more coaching time with the instructor.
The resort we will be staying at offers a level of luxury that makes the logistics of freedive training a breeze. All the diving trips are done by speedboat, which can easily accommodate up to 10 students. A winding path through green tropical gardens takes you from your accommodation to the pier in just a few minutes.
For our freedive line-training, we drift-dive from the boat where we have easy access to 60 meters depth right around the corner from the resort. There are no fishing platforms around here making it a safe and quiet spot to dive.
All you need is a sense of adventure and a desire to connect with nature.
Each day at the mini-retreat is slightly different, but here is an example of a day to look forward to:
Morning: breath-training and freedive coaching
Afternoon: relaxing in the thermal hot springs
Mid-afternoon: adventure snorkelling
Late afternoon: pre-dinner hot spring soaking or freediver Pilates
Evening: dinner and Q&A
Bed time: mimpi manis!
The 4* resort offers a little bit of well deserved luxury, and is the only resort built on top of restorative thermal hot springs! No need to spend time traveling to and from the public hot pools. There are three hot springs within the resort to choose from, and two large swimming pools by the ocean.
The lush grounds are spacious enough for beautiful walks, you may even bump into a monkey. The patio rooms are clean, modern and well-looked after. As well as the great-value standard Patio rooms, the resort also offers private villas with their very own natural hot tubs!
The resort restaurant sits by the ocean serving yummy food all day. Sunrises and sunsets are just spectacular with a view of the five volcanos of Java in the distance!
Level 1 Molchanov freedive course and certification*
Or advanced freedive coaching and workshops**
Low student to instructor ratio
Guided Pilates, breath-training & meditation classes
Access to Above Below online freediving and body-mind tutorials
Post retreat follow up coaching advise and planning
Discounts on future Above Below retreats
3 nights accommodation at a 4* resort
Tea/coffee and water in the room
Unlimited access to the thermal hot springs
All freediving equipment
Guided adventure snorkelling around Menjangan
All national park and boat fees
Lots of fun and relaxation, priceless!
*Certification only on completion of requirements, more coaching may be required.
**For students already completed level 1 and above.
*** Based on patio room 2 sharing, in low season.
Transport to and from the resort
Food & drink (except for breakfast)
Based on 2 people sharing includes breakfast
Low season $640 pp
High season* $680 pp
*High season starts 1st July - 31st Aug and 25th Dec - 5th January
Based on 2 people sharing includes breakfast & private hot tub
Low season $690 pp
High season* $730 pp
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