Bali is loved by many for it's great surf, beautiful hospitality and inspiring spirituality. The I AM WATER team has been visiting this wonderful island for many years and we are excited to share our highlights with you! Just off the east coast of Bali lies wonderful Nusa Lembongan, Cenengan & Penida Islands. These islands offer the perfect combination of calm water, accessible depth and beautiful corals for your introduction to freediving, combined with morning yoga and delicious Indonesian food you will soon be discovering greater depths in yourself and the ocean. Here we are also close to the famous Manta Point dive spot to practice your skills. This trip is ideal for beginners who want an easy intro into freediving, as well as more experienced freedivers who want to work on more depth - as we always have two instructors on location, we can cater to all needs.
We chose this destination, because: we love the Balinese connection to nature and holistic living.
Nusa Penida is a wonderful MANTA RAY destination as one can find these wonderful birds of the sea all year round. With a maximum depth of ten meters the famous Manta Point can offer over ten mantas on one dive! The cleaning stations around Manta Point makes for perfect freediving conditions to observe the mantas visiting their underwater spa.
The CORAL REEFS around Indonesia are famous for diversity and vibrance. With a longer breath-hold you get to scour the colourful corals for smaller inhabitants and eco-systems.
(Days will alternate between depth training and freediving with manta rays and along coral reefs.)
Freediving is an age-old practice of exploring the ocean on one breath. With its roots in subsistence living off the sea, freediving has become a competitive sport with disciplines, competitions and records and moreover, one of the biggest expanding water-sports in the world.
In contrast to scuba, freediving is the most natural way of being underwater, enabling you to get much closer to the animals – particularly the bigger ones – while having the least ecosystem impact. Furthermore, it is more athletic than scuba and allows you to move faster and more freely (in all directions). Learning from a good instructor, the art of freediving is simple and is a tool to explore your body’s (aquatic) ability, the physiology of the human body underwater with the impressive mammalian dive response we share with whales, dolphins and seals.
At I AM WATER Ocean Travel, we teach a conservative slow progression approach where you will explore your limitations and capabilities under the expert eye of top certified freediving instructors. Each day will start or end with a yoga session to prepare your lungs and body for deep breaths and time underwater, learning to control your breathing and to slow your heart-rate. You will be offered breath-hold training on land, in water as well as deep diving sessions along a rope to prepare you for meeting the animals. As world-class freedivers we will inspire you to explore your own depths!
At the end of your vacation, we will have covered all the theory and training needed for the Pure Apnea Level 1 Freediving Certification. If you are interested in becoming certified and have met all practical requirements during training, we conclude with an exam on the last night.
Joining us on one of our Signature Trips does not require more than a general interest in the ocean and its creatures, basic swimming abilities and good health. It is open to all ages and fitness levels (medical questionnaires will be required).
For further information please check our Freediving FAQ's.
At I AM WATER we love taking you off the beaten track and even though Bali is a known destination for many, we have found a couple of favourite spots above and below that are not as busy as other parts of this beloved island. On Nusa Ceningan we will be staying in small Bungalows right on the clifftop listening to the waves crashing onto the reef at night. With it's proximity to the Manta Point and a diversity of reefs, ending our week here is the cherry on the top of a perfect Bali time. If you are wanting to stay on longer or come earlier to Bali, we are more than happy to recommend some of our favourite locations both on the main island and the surrounding islands.