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4 Days Freediving and Yoga Retreat in Lombok, Indonesia

  • Mentigi Bay Dome Village, Jl. Raya Senggigi, Pemenang, Lombok Utara, Nusa Tenggara Bar, Indonesia

Overview

Diving and Yoga Retreat in Indonesia

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!

Highlights

  • Yoga sessions
  • Pranayamas with application to free diving
  • Daily diving lessons with qualified instructors
  • Introduction to free diving and the different disciplines
  • Diving certification upon completion of the course
  • Daily light and healthy breakfast
  • 3 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Freediving

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.

Retreat itinerary

The late afternoons and evening are free time and can be spend relaxing on the beach or pool or excursions to Sengiggi area.

Day 1

  • Arrival in Mentigi Bay (midday / afternoon)
  • Fresh coconut welcome drink and introduction to Mentigi Bay
  • Time for relaxation, swimming, snorkeling, and exploring the beach

Day 2

  • Morning Flow yoga session
  • Light and healthy breakfast (in Mentigi Bay dome village)
  • Introduction to free diving and the different disciplines
  • Familiarization with equipment
  • Duck-dives - effective underwater entry technique
  • Kicking technique
  • Equalization techniques, breathing techniques, and recovery breathing
  • Hydration and diet
  • Water session (in Mentigi Bay)
  • Preparation of equipment
  • Practice of efficient breathing technique in the
  • Practice of duck-dives and kicking technique
  • Buoyancy test
  • Free dives on the dive-line; maximum depth of 12 meters

Day 3

  • Light and healthy breakfast (in Mentigi Bay dome village)
  • Review of the free dives of day 1
  • Fine-tuning the breathing technique
  • Safety regulations and safety procedures in the water
  • Water session (in Mentigi Bay)
  • Warm up dives
  • Practice of new breathing technique
  • Buddy team work
  • Safety procedures and practice
  • Maximum free dives on the dive-line of up to 20 meters
  • Visit local dive-site for underwater exploration of coral reefs
  • Yoga session: pranayamas - yogic breathing with application to free diving

Day 4

  • Morning Flow yoga session with pranayama elements
  • Light and healthy breakfast free time and time for packing
  • Check out early afternoon or transport to airport or harbor

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.

Activities
  • Diving
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Beach
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
Services
  • Laundry
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental
  • Tour assistance

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.

  • 1 pranayama session
  • 2 days free diving course including all materials and certification
  • 2 yoga sessions
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast every morning
  • Lessons with certified instructor
  • Pick-up from hour (Teluk Nara / Bangsal)
  • Tea, coffee, drinking water, and fresh coconuts
  • Additional free dive coaching
  • Additional yoga instructions
  • Airport pick-up
  • Car or scooter rental
  • Catering for lunch and dinner
  • Massage and laundry service

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Mentigi Bay an inquiry.
  • Review by Silvie from Vienna, Austria
    10 out of 10

    "Best place if you go with a group of friends and just stay in and have fun, sleep, eat, and swim in the best pools I have seen. There was also a cater service from a neighbor villa. The owner is an amazing chef and prepares delicious dishes. You can also walk there and order. It is only a few minutes away from the dome villas. Tugu Hotel was great too for a relaxing sunset or afternoon with good food and a swim. There is a golf place near. The closest and private beach is a few minutes’ walk downhill."

    October 16, 2015. TripAdvisor website, edited, edited

  • Review by traveler from Shanghai, China
    10 out of 10

    "It is a beautiful property situated on the hill with an amazing view of the Gilis and Mt. Agung. It is not for everyone and in my opinion definitely not for family with small kids. But a perfect place for those who travel in a group and want a space for themselves. As it is quite far from town, it is good idea to arrange your meal with the owner. For me, I prefer to drive to Tugu Hotel (15 minutes driving) for dinner. Beautiful food! "

    "Local warung can serve very delicious Nasi goreng, mie goreng or simple sandwich. If you are not afraid, try their local barbecue fish. Spicy but so yummy! Rent a car is a must and it is much cheaper than taking taxi. All can be arrange in advance. And we played golf (as it is very near). It was so fun, none like those strict golf courses that you know. You will come across cows, chicken, and goat while on the green. But hey! You are on an island!"

    October 12, 2015. TripAdvisor website, edited, edited

  • Review by traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Mentigi Bay are truly unique and beautiful! The view from the hill is breath taking with the three Gilis and Mount Agung in sight. It is the right choice if you are looking for a tranquil peaceful and quite place. The beach is private and secluded and the water is clean and great for swimming but you have the possibility to play water-ski or go on a trip with the owner’s sailing boat."

    "I love the simple but very delicious food in the restaurant down the hill, fresh grilled fish, water spinach (Indonesian kangkung), grilled corn, fish soup, black rice pudding papayas, small sweet bananas, and the tasty Lombok coffee. The right getaway to hang out with friends and enjoy nature!"

    September 24, 2015. TripAdvisor website, edited, edited

  • Review by Mara from Asia
    10 out of 10

    "If you want a truly unique experience you got to check out this place. I've never been anywhere like it. The design is amazing like nothing I've ever seen. I don't usually write reviews on places but this places is worth it. If you get a chance I recommend you stay here. Don't forget to bring your camera because you're going to be taking the best sunset pictures in your life! Everywhere you look is beautiful."

    September 24, 2015. TripAdvisor website, edited, edited

  • Review by Husni from Pemenang, Indonesia
    9 out of 10

    "Mentigi Bay Dome Villas position on to of hill Batu Bolong Pejanggiq Mentigi nice villa and very amazing view,we can see from that villa also we can see three gilis and you can enjoy nature and fresh place."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

Lombok, Indonesia

Mentigi Bay offers rejuvenating diving and yoga retreats for a relaxing break. They have retreats at Bali, Lombok, Moyo, Flores, Komodo, and the Flores region.

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