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Join Orca Yoga for this interesting yoga retreat. Interestingly, there are some clear crossovers between yoga and scuba diving. Yoga teaches awareness of the sound and sensation of the breath. During diving, such an awareness can produce more controlled and efficient breathing patterns. This can make you feel more relaxed, improve buoyancy, and extend your dive time. Yoga also heightens the senses, allowing you to absorb the full wonder of each dive without becoming distracted.
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During this retreat, you will be staying in Rawa Island Resort with the option of shared double room. This beachfront resort features 77 rooms, each individually designed to blend in with the natural landscape. Modern furnishings provide guests with the comforts of home. All rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, hot water, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and cable television. Tea and coffee making facilities are available at the restaurant and bar. Bath towels and linens are also provided.
The diving is wonderful! For starters, there is a beautiful hard coral reef, the only reef in the area with full coral coverage. This runs the whole length of the west side of the island, where everything is located on the east side consists of sea cliffs. This means you can dive from the dive center in the far north to the main boat jetty in the far south. What's more, on both ends the reef finishes in spectacular coral gardens, all can be explored!
As Orca Yoga is the only diving center on the island, the whole reef is just for you! The diving is very easy with shallow depths that allow for long dives and encourage heavy coral growth. The current is mostly mild with occasional surges at the tidal peaks, making it suitable for both beginners and advanced divers. Apart from the coral itself there is a great diversity of wildlife, including an abundance of fish and occasional treats like turtles, sharks and sea snakes.
Orca Yoga also like to spend a small portion of the dive time exploring the sandy sea floor where some great macro life and unusual critters can be found such as pipefish, nudibranch, bristle worms, cuttlefish, sea potatoes, and more.
Finally, there is a very own small wreck. It is very close to the island and makes a super jetty dive! The wooden beams of the main jetty resembles the structure of a wreck and act as a sanctuary to a huge variety of marine life, such as flat heads, rays, flounders, and big schools of trevally, batfish, and silversides.
Depending on experience levels and the amount of elapsed time since each diver's last dive, it may be necessary for some of the group to complete a short refresher course. PADI advises this after six months. If you have not been diving for some time, it is strongly recommended for you to complete a refresher before fun diving.
This will ensure that you remember the most important aspects of diving and will be more comfortable in the water, enabling you to enjoy your dives even more. The refresher consists of a little bit of theory revision, some skills practice including buoyancy, and anything you would like to go over. This refresher course can be completed in the swimming pool in Singapore or in Rawa Island itself where it would be a short skills practice and short dive combined.
This is an example schedule and is subject to change. You will also be able to indulge in a one-time aromatherapy massage session.
Vinyasa Yoga School Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Yoga Alliance UK (Vinyasa Yoga)
Emma is a Vinyasa and Prenatal yoga instructor with a focus on flowing full body awareness. She did her yoga training in Rishikesh in 2016 followed by her pregnancy and womb yoga teacher training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli in 2017. Her classes draw upon classical Hatha, Tantra, and Vinyasa influences while keeping the class fun, nourishing, and uplifting.
This retreat will take place in Rawa Island, Malaysia. Situated within the archipelago of the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park, Rawa Island is accessible twenty minutes by speedboat from Mersing, Johor. Rawa Island is a small privately owned island. There are no paved roads or vehicles, other than golf carts on the island. You can easily get around by foot. You will have all your meals at Rawa Island Resort as there are no other restaurants but these are both good quality and good value.
During this retreat, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with twice daily fresh detox juices and also unlimited herbal teas and water. Vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary requirements can be made upon request.
Rawa Island Resort is an idyllic Malaysian tropical island resort looking to help you unwind from the stress and strain of modern life. Feel the grains of white, sun-baked sand between your toes as you stroll along the beach. Take a dip in the warm waters of the South China Sea, enjoy the green scenery, and snorkel along the natural coral reef just meters from the shore. Or you can simply relax as you watch the sun disappear lazily over the orange horizon.
Please book your flight to arrive at Senai International Airport (JHB). From there, you have to make your way to the Mersing jetty.
There are various bus companies who organize bus routes from Singapore to Mersing.
Rawa Island is accessible by a speedboat ride from Mersing, Johor. The journey will take around 20 to 25 minutes but can take a little longer in wavy weather. Rawa's office in Mersing is conveniently located next to the ferry dock, but you will need to allow adequate time to check in. Please ensure you check with Orca Yoga if you are unsure which boat crossing you are booked on to.
If you take a taxi, the journey is about two hours and 30 minutes. Please note, the traffic can vary wildly, so it is recommended for you to travel early in the morning or at least, outside busy times. You will also need to allow time for crossing the border into Malaysia especially over weekends and public holidays.
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