Raja Ampat Freediving Retreat

Expressions of Interest 2024, 7 nights

Raja Ampat Freediving Retreat
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Retreat Highlights 

  • Raja Ampat, meaning the Four Kings, is a highly protected, pristine National park and one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world.
  • A freedivers playground, coral gardens, walls, pinnacles and exhilarating drift dives make for a memorable underwater experience.
  • Expect colourful walls, a fantastic diversity of fish and rich coral gardens. We'll be exploring Raja Ampat's stunning underwater world on one breath, freediving swim-throughs, coral gardens, caves, drop-offs, manta points and jetties.
  • This adventure is open to all level of freedivers, if don’t know how we will teach you. You can expect guided movement, meditation and freedive breath-training all included on board. We want you to feel recharged and inspired after your 7 days at sea.

Known as "THE FOUR KINGS", Raja Ampat is the ultimate tropical paradise. Imagine 1500 jungle-covered islands, pristine white sandy beaches, set within bikini warm turquoise waters.

Raja is Renowned as one of the world's best diving experiences due to the biodiversity of marine life and substantial unspoilt coral reef system. Raja encompasses over 200 dive sites suitable for beginners to experts and is a must for underwater photographers. Not only is it a diver's dream but also a fantastic area for freedivers, virtually everything you can see when diving can also be found at shallower snorkelling depth.

Exploring above the surface is equally breathtaking; towering island pinnacles, hidden lagoons and mangrove waterways help transport you to the land that time forgot.  Pre-dawn treks to forest hideout's, visits to local villages or seeking out hidden cave systems are just a few adventures that make Raja Ampat such an enchanting and truly magnificent place.




About The Host

Above Below Team

Above Below Team

Real-life mermaid - Anna

Anna left the UK and her stressed-out life in fashion design behind to follow her passion for freediving in the tropical oceans of Bali.

Anna is a certified level 4 Personal trainer, Pilates instructor and Master freediving instructor.

Anna has been teaching freediving full time since 2016, helping students discover their hidden aquatic potential in a supportive stress-free environment.

Also an athlete, Anna trains for freedive depth competitions throughout Asia. Full-time freedive training has opened up a self-inquiry journey, upgrading limiting beliefs and mindsets.

Anna discovered the emotional freedom technique (EFT) to alleviate stress and anxiety during competitions and became a practitioner to help other students.

With a deep physiological understanding of movement, breath training and mental training. These skills are used appropriately to help other students with their freediving journey, whether on land or in the ocean.

“Freediving is a lifestyle that improves your whole health mentally and physically. You can’t hide from yourself underwater.” - Anna

Freediving, surfing & sailing - Kwab

Kwab has spent his time weaving his passions of surfing, freediving and sailing to create a life full of experience.

Leaving the UK with a degree in Outdoor Education, he initially worked facilitating activities for tourism, corporate, youth and social care groups.

Winters would be spent travelling, following his passion for surfing, which would lead to him buying a yacht & cruising through Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, the country he now calls home. He finally traded his boat for a pirate ship and established Tradewinds Adventures, which offers liveaboard surf trips to the Sumatran outer islands.

Kwab has practised Vipassana meditation since 2001. Later, the connection between breath-holding and mindfulness meditation was immediately apparent when he discovered freediving. As a result, he firmly believes that freediving is much more than just a sport for the competitive elite but that there are enormous physical and mental health benefits to be had by all.

In 2010 he co-founded Apneista freediving and yoga, Bali’s first freediving school. Along with the Apneista system, Kwab is also a Molchanov and SSI instructor trainer and is still actively teaching, training and passionate about freediving himself.

Kwab began leading freediving trips to Raja Ampat and Komodo in 2012 and feels blessed to have the opportunity to show people around these incredible locations.