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Mentigi Bay offers you a free diver course and yoga retreat designed for those with little or no experience in the ocean. The course will enable you to feel safe and comfortable when free diving to depths of up to 20 meters. During this retreat, you will have enough time for relaxation, swimming, snorkeling, and exploring the beach. Enjoy yoga sessions while enjoying the beautiful scenery and discover your depth in breathtaking Mentigi Bay!
During this retreat, you will be staying at Mentigi Bay Dome Village located on the hillside of Lombok, Mentigi Bay Dome Villas offers an inspiring tropical getaway with far-reaching views of the sea, Gili Islands and Bali Island.
They feature unique architecture with Mediterranean touches and a private beach access. Each unit includes a personal safe, seating area and a flat-screen TV with CD and DVD player, and private infinity pool.
All rooms in Mentigi Bay have been built in the earth friendly, energy efficient shape of “golden eggs”. This concepts of “cosmic eggs” existed in nearly every ancient culture and the form's immanent creative power aligns with the spirit of Mentigi Bay.
The Sanskrit term for it is brahmanda (brahm means “cosmos”, anda means “egg”). The Upanishads elaborate the cosmic egg floating around in the emptiness of the universe for a while, and then broke into two halves, which formed heaven and earth.
The nature of water is that effective movement in water is fluid movement, something which every yogi or body worker aspires to. With free diving the focus is precisely on this type of fluid movement, to move like water through water. Free diving is the most natural and serene way to explore the depths of the oceans with minimal impact.
It is also the ultimate way to free yourself and spend more time enjoying the beauty and silence of the underwater world. Yoga and free diving have many similarities and benefits to each other: mental clarity and thoracic flexibility, as well as emotional well-being. Both key concepts incorporate balance and harmony between the mind and the exterior world.
Although this might sound difficult to achieve in a few days, you will be surprised what an experienced team of free diving instructors can do for you. The unique breathing techniques together with the effective structure of the course program in the classroom and water sessions creates a fun educative environment and a successful free diving experience.
The free diver course runs for two days and is divided into two academic lessons and two water sessions. During the academic classroom session the instructors will interact with the students using videos, and different breathing exercises which will help to improve confidence, knowledge, and techniques prior to the afternoon’s water session.
During the water sessions, they have a normal ratio of two students for one instructor, with an absolute maximum of three students for one instructor; which allows for greater personalized attention and tuition.
The instructors will be with the students at all times while underwater regardless of depth, thus increasing student confidence and safety. At the completion of the free diver course, students will receive certification (Apnea Total) as well as private online access to the free diver course materials, so that you can maintain your free diving knowledge.
Freediving intermediate training and programs are also available on request.
The late afternoons and evening are free time and can be spend relaxing on the beach or pool or excursions to Sengiggi area.
Mentigi Bay overlooks Bali and the Gilis from the north west shore of Lombok. Bali and Lombok are the gemstones of the archipelago with sandy beaches, volcanoes, rice terraces, and beautiful dive sites.
Lombok is less developed and is considered to be a hidden beauty, even though the island boasts so many natural superlatives, vast stretches of sandy coral beaches, the highest volcano of the Indonesian archipelago and rainforests.
Lombok is just a two-hour boat ride or 20 minutes by air away from the sometimes overcrowded Bali. Lombok is also reached direct from any major European or Asian city arriving at its newly opened international airport.
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Breakfast is served in the shared dining area. Guests may order lunch and dinner through room service, or request for grocery deliveries and prepare their own meals in the shared kitchen.
Apart from enjoying the private beach and swimming, snorkeling, horse riding, and hill trekking there is much to do in Mentigi Bay. One of the main attractions in Indonesia are the three Gilis, the enchanted coral islands that sit northwest of Lombok's shore in the Lombok Strait.
Gili Air, the more settled island, Gili Meno, the serene and quiet hideaway, and the cool Gili Trawangan with an international reputation of becoming the new Ibiza, with sleek laidback hippie-chique restaurants and bars and a very special atmosphere. The Gilis are an exquisite diving and snorkeling destination with lots to see in the crystal clear waters including a Japanese wreck, sharks, turtles, and huge manta rays. The Gilis are just a ten minute boat ride away on a speedboat.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).