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It is a few days after the New Year and it is time to repair and refresh. Take your own cubby cabin and float it just atop the dreamy beach's edge, where you will have a change of view every day on board a 77 feet trimaran that is a mix of a space station and an islander canoe. Try a different yoga shala, a new teacher, and a new island every day. Enjoy mother earth's ocean to refresh and revive you throughout the year.
You will be staying in the new, 77 feet long and 40 feet wide, Australian designed alloy Trimaran, Yogakanu. Yogakanu sits somewhere between the traditional islander canoe and a space station, with some describing it as the most interesting charter in Asia. It is the only boat in Asia that focuses on yoga and stand up paddle boarding.
In the spacious cabin, there are ten sleeping cubby cabins, three with double bunks, and the rest are singles. These bunk cabins are open by day, and by night, the concertina curtains are shut to make each cabin private but still breezy. The boat is a mega green boat. Five kilowatts of solar energy mean that there is no constant noise of the generator set.
You won’t be sleeping below the decks as the cabin is a big viewing room where cross-flow ventilation and a lovely light and breezy feel makes the interior very inviting. The ‘performance space’ kitchen is at the heart of the boat. The boat, its toys, and twin tenders are all about delivering an active retreat center. There is a roof top lounge area, big trampoline nets all around, and a dining room at the deck of the lovely veranda rooftop.
The boat is designed to mix in with local boats at the beach edge with its shallow draft and protected propeller which allows the boat to become a beach-house. There are inside and outside showers, and a normal flushing toilet (rather than those awkward pumping toilet) is part of the boat’s beach house philosophy.
The island hopping itinerary starts early from Serangan harbor, not too far from the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). You will travel to Lembongan island in the 77 feet trimaran, for a swim and snorkel over the Island’s more popular coral beds. Nearby the anchorage, you will visit a sleepy village hidden behind Lembongan island. You will visit one yoga shala on Lembongan, likely in the lovely Serenity Yoga, for a late yoga session.
Early in the morning, you will head a kilometer across a ravine channel to Crystal Bay for a swim, snorkel, and yoga session near the giant temple trees overlooking the beach. Back down the channel, you will return to anchor at the village of Toyapakeh with its deep coral beds and untouched vibe. If you are feeling adventurous, you can hire small scooters for a cruise through the coconut groves and old Hindu village. You will get a feel of what Bali was like back in 1979.
A wander through Penida is an open view into the life of simplicity and toil for the subsistence farmer and their community. In the evening, you will join in a beach yoga practice with a meditative slide into the sunset to finish the day on a small village beachfront.
An early morning cruise down the Penida coast leads to Lombok and the sweeping of white beach of Bangko Bangko, flanked by a sleepy Sasak sailing fishing village. Here, you can find a great spot to try some stand up paddle board work or get wet with stand up paddle board yoga.
You will visit the very lovely Gili Asahan, with its long powdery beach, 20 family villages, and chill out eco-retreat center. The lovely hillside yoga shala at Asashan, overlooking the bay below, will be a perfect setting for a lovely sunset yoga session to end the day.
You will visit Gede in the morning to go to a fishing village and later in the day, land at the lovely Gili Layar. Basically uninhabited except for one beach cushion restaurant and five huts, this spot is a lovely evening hangout for a beach side yoga session and meal on the beach edge. Stand up paddle boarders can have a small ride on the island corner. Anyone interested to dive can try a local dive provider there.
Serenity is the overriding essence as you head through the southern Gili island chain, taking in Gili Nanguu, and anchoring next door at Gili Sudat. Again, along a relatively uninhabited white sand beaches, there are a few huts and a warung, with white sandy beaches flanked by pasture, coconuts, and corals. You will attend morning and evening yoga classes, complimented by cool conscious food.
Sailing between the fleets of fishing canoes takes you next to Gili Islands of Meno, Air, and Trawangan. These islands are alive with island chilled fun. Around New Year, these islands will be bustling with many students learning to dive in. You will anchor at Gili Air, visit Gilt Trawangan, and the more calm Gili Meno.
Go on a barefoot trek inland to a great little retreat center for a yoga session. At Air, you can join Mandala Blue's yoga sessions and some stand up paddle board yoga. These islands are all about the sunset beach and beanbag chill out.
By this stage, you will see yourself in a totally different head space compared to when you arrived, maybe a little more organic in your feel for life. From Gili Air, the afternoon speedboat will bring you back to Bali where a fleet of cars will bring everyone back to their hotel.
This retreat will be held in Indonesia. Your journey will take you to Lembongan, Cenigan, Penida, a half dozen southen Gili Islands, Gili Air, Gili Trawangan, and Gili Meno.
You will be served three fun, healthy, and delicious meals daily. Since fresh storage is an issue, you will be served a more pescatarian diet instead of red meat. For breakfast, you will be served muesli, fruit yogurt, eggs, toast, and turmeric and quinoa porridge. Lunches and dinners are a range of dishes with Asian flavors.
There would not be any alcohol served but if you do want a sunset drink, you are encouraged to use a coconut water mixer, a very clean white alcohol, maybe a dash of lime, and palm sugar. If alcohol is really your choice, you are allowed to bring your own bottle.
A range of unique experiences and adventures are available to be booked in conjunction with the scheduled activities for an extra cost. These include:
Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).
Yogakanu will provide free return speedboat transfers and car ride to your hotel in Bali.
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