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4 Days Free Diving and Yoga Retreat in Maldives

  • Qi Retreats, Hanifaru Bay, Dharavandhoo, Baa Atoll, Maldives


Eco-Awareness Yoga Retreat Maldives

Join an amazing journey in nature and the ocean with yoga and snorkeling in a UNESCO world biosphere reserve. This once in a lifetime experience will also have a good cause; saving the manta rays. You will be able to swim with hundreds of them and explore the marine life and coral reefs. A portion of this retreat’s proceeds will support a marine life project. Get involved in a great cause and relax in the process!


  • Daily yoga lessons
  • 2 snorkeling trips in the Maldives
  • Learn about the biology of manta rays
  • Domestic airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All daily meals
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will be staying in shared accommodations. The hotel comprises sixteen spacious rooms over two floors, each tastefully decorated with minimal, modern interiors and equipped with double and twin beds, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and en-suite bathrooms. Each room embodies the vision to create peaceful, tranquil sanctuaries to return to after a day in the sun and the sea. Single rooms may be possible to book but are subject to single supplement fees and availability.

Experience the beauty and magic of swimming with hundreds of manta rays in a special place in the Maldives where hundreds of manta rays congregate in a feeding cyclone. Only snorkeling is permitted there, so you will be taught the best way to swim with the manta rays with an introduction to free diving course, learning breathing techniques, and how to free dive in a safe and recreational way being one with the ocean in a single breath.

You will also explore the marine life and coral reefs with a snorkeling excursion and picnic lunch on a sandbank or picnic island to enjoy the turquoise crystal clear waters in the Maldives. As well, you will learn about the biology of manta rays and why the species is being threatened by extinction with a documentary in the evening and a presentation on manta rays biology from an experienced marine biologist.

Qi Retreats will pledge a portion of proceeds that will go to support the Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines (LAMAVE) Bohol Fisheries project.


Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines or LAMAVE aims to support the protection of marine wildlife in the Philippines through scientific research and education. Currently, the pelagic animals face significant threats in the Philippines as century-old mobula fisheries thrive on the island of Bohol. Although there is a law against targeted fishing of manta rays, they are still often caught as by-catch from mobula ray fishing, which continues to be a lucrative industry on the island.

A LAMAVE team is currently monitoring the mobula fishery in Bohol by recording daily catch and tracking fishing vessel routes to examine and address possible over fishing. One of LAMAVE’s principal goals is to work with the community to develop and promote alternative livelihoods.

The price of this retreat includes the chance to experience the feeding cyclone and two snorkeling trips; one with hundreds of manta rays in Hanifaru Bay, and another one to see the rich biodiversity of the waters in the Maldives, including turtles, eagle rays, maybe even sharks, and more rays. You will also enjoy a picnic on the island’s sandbank.

This retreat will take place at the Dharavandhoo Islands in Baa Atoll, Maldives. Baa Atoll is home to some of the richest waters in the Maldives and has been declared a UNESCO world biosphere reserve; an area of natural excellence recognized for its unique harmony between man and nature. As the only UNESCO world biosphere reserve in the country, Baa Atoll is a global ambassador for the country’s vast biodiversity and astounding beauty.

Chosen for the significant variety of wildlife species that inhabits its many reefs, the region is unique. The crown of Baa Atoll is truly the Hanifaru bay, which is home to some of the largest congregations of manta rays in the world. As well as being famous for its marine life, what’s above the surface is also fascinating. Large areas of fragile mangrove can also be found as well as one of only two precious roosting sites for the protected frigate bird.

The people of Baa Atoll inhabit only thirteen of the seventy-five islands and make up a population of approximately 12,000. They have much to be proud of and are also famed for producing some of the country’s most talented craftsmen and craftswomen, the local islanders produce beautiful lacquer woodwork and intricate woven cloth. Mainly fishermen by trade, the locals are skilled in all kinds of fishing techniques.

  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

The price of this retreat includes all daily meals made with local Maldivian ingredients, especially fresh seafood. Vegetarian meals can be requested. Please advise Qi Retreats if you have any dietary requirements in advance.

Although scuba diving is not allowed in Hanifaru Bay, you can scuba dive in the dive center in your free time for an additional cost.

  • 2 snorkeling trips in the Maldives
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All daily meals
  • Daily morning yoga sessions
  • Documentary night: screening of special documentary “Racing Extinction”
  • Domestic round trip flight transfers from Male to Dharavandhoo
  • Fund raising with “Sew Mates”
  • Introduction to free diving course
  • Learn about the biology of manta rays
  • Learn about the biology of Manta rays with an experienced marine biologist
  • Presentation night: Introduction to LAMAVE and its Bohol Fisheries project with a video and presentation
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Extra nights
  • Meals and drinks other than mentioned
  • Snorkeling equipment (can be rented at the dive center)
  • Visa fees
  • Yoga mat

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE). Domestic round flight transfers from Nasir International Airport (MLE) to Dharavandhoo Airport (DRV) are included in the price of this retreat. Qi Retreats will need a copy of your passport to reserve the domestic flights and your flight itinerary to Male.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Qi Retreats an inquiry.
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    10 out of 10

    "The Cebu trip was fantastic! Very good organization and planning, from the airport transfer to the accommodation to the dive trips and various excursions. Anqi paid a lot of attention to detail and made it a point to ensure everyone on the trip was taken care of. Two thumbs up!"

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  • Review by Luca Celine Hanseler
    10 out of 10

    "Funny session with a beautiful sunset. 5stars!"

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  • Review by Caryl Maambong from Philippines
    10 out of 10

    "So fun! Thanks Anqi. You’re amazing, let's do it again! 5stars."

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  • Review by Tristan Blick
    10 out of 10

    "Just simply amazing! Definitely will do it if i come back to bohol. 5stars!"

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  • Review by Charmaine Tso from Hongkong
    10 out of 10

    "My first time doing yoga on a SUP, something brand new but what a wonderful experience seeing the beach and ocean upside down! Anqi is a great instructor. Highly recommend anyone to try! 5stars!"

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  • Review by Dirk from Germany

    "What a great trip, all I had to do was breathe. Thanks for sharing the best of what you have explored, whether it’s a dive among millions of sardines or a local dinner feast that can compete with Singapore’s finest. See you soon for another adventure!"

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  • Review by Miriam from Spain

    "Cebu trip was awesome! Great organization and fantastic people! Watching whale sharks that close is a memory I will never forget! Thank you Anqi, it was my best trip in 2014!!!"

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  • Review by Victoria Marszalkowski
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely wonderful! My first time doing SUP Yoga and it was pretty epic out on the water at sunset. A little challenging because of the water however if you have done yoga or even if you havent it was amazing! Great instructor and great location. 5stars"

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  • Review by Kirsten Orschulok from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "It was a fantastic! Well organized and Anqi was so nice with her hospitality. I only had time to join for a weekend which is not a long time but Anqi managed to make sure that I felt very good and relaxed at the end of the retreat. I especially enjoyed SUP Yoga and the turtle we saw during snorkeling made it the perfect weekend trip! I really can recommend everything and would love to do it again :) Thanks again Anqi, hope to see you again!"

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  • Review by Krizzia Anion
    10 out of 10

    "It was such an experience to do this retreat with Qi and especially with Angie! She is the sweetest and made the experience a much more pleasurable one! We Highly recommend it to anyone who loves the sea and who loves to explore :)" website, edited

  • Review by Sharon Lim from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "I attended the Koh Lipe and Cebu trip. And its fabulous! Scuba diving with shoals of sardines is awesome and definitely surreal! Plus one in a life time experience unclose and personal with whalesharks. Looking forward to another trip with Qi Retreats."

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  • Review by Siuwei from Malaysia
    10 out of 10

    "Fantastic time with Qi Retreats on the island paradise of Thailand, great organization by Anqi, enjoyed the hike up to the viewpoint and the snorkeling around the islands. The best thing is the friendships made during this trip. Looking forward to the next one, more adventures please!"

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  • Review by Hiram Ring from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Anqi is an excellent and professional diving instructor, and a great organizer! A friend put me in touch with her, and I joined an existing trip. I made a bunch of new friends, tasted some great food, and had a blast - definitely one of the highlights of the year!"

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