Tonga Freediving Diving Retreat

23 Oct 23, 7 nights

Tonga Freediving Diving Retreat
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Retreat Highlights

  • Snorkel through one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Kava Island, just a short boat ride away from our base in Vava'u.
  • Experience breathtaking moments when the sun lights up the multi-coloured stalactites and and coral formations inside the cave's deep blue waters.
  • Learn how to connect and interact with marine life in both safely and respectfully with ocean megafauna guide, underwater photographer and environmental scientist Jono Allen.
  • Dive deeper into the unique behaviour and personalities of whales as we carefully position ourselves to achieve those once in a lifetime face to face encounters we dream of

Have you ever wanted to stare into the eyes of these gentle giants? Oh boy, have we got an extraordinary new trip for you. The gateway to humpback whale paradise is back! Join Environmental Scientist, Freediver and Wildlife Photographer Jono Allen and Australian Freediving representative Adam Sellars on a special journey to Tonga as we take you up close for a trip-of-a-lifetime at the tropical island of Vava’u. Nothing compares to the magical experience of seeing humpback whales in their natural habitat.

Awaken your senses with a rejuvenating breath workshop, invigorating yoga session, or serene meditation practice. Set the tone for the day, grounding yourself in the present moment and preparing to dive into the remarkable world of humpback whales.

Every year, thousands of beautiful humpback whales make their annual migration from the freezing feeding grounds of Antarctica, to the warm blue paradise of Tonga to mate and give birth. Despite their large size, weighing over 30 tonnes, humpbacks are inquisitive and intelligent gentle giants.

With five full days dedicated to diving with these majestic creatures, you’ll have ample time to witness their grace, power, and sheer magnificence up close. Feel the thrill of being in their presence, sharing their realm as you forge a connection with these gentle giants.

When we are not swimming with the whales, we will explore hidden ocean caves, snorkelling the tropical coral reefs, feasting on Tongan food, and completing the day with masterclass in photography & editing, learning to immortalise the beauty of the underwater world, and capturing memories that will last a lifetime.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this truly amazing location.

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Adam Sellars

Adam Sellars

Adam Sellars 

Over the past 5 years Adam Sellars has been on what could be described as a spiritual journey that has culminated in the colliding of two worlds that have shaped the person he is today. As an athlete Adam has always grappled with the pressure that is part and parcel of the sporting experience and the other is his own battles with the pressures in life which at one point threatened to cripple and derail his life.

The misunderstood sport of Freediving has opened Adam’s eyes to a new way of living and coping with the pressures and stresses of sporting, work, and his personal life, which Adam wishes to share with teams, organisations and individuals alike. The principles of meditation, power of breath and breath hold and the ability to embrace and withstand the powerful messages from the brain which limit us is what Adam has used to empower himself and others in his new path of helping people unlock their potential through releasing the shackles of pressure.

Adam has also worked with Multi-million dollar businesses within the corporate world Australia wide on subjects ranging from Trust based sales training to stress relief, clients such as Kawasaki Australia, Insurance Australia Group and in terms of sporting team’s sports ranging from Rugby teams and most recently members of the Australian and New Zealand Olympic and Paralympic swimming teams.

Adam has excelled in many sports at a high level but most recently has been selected to represent Australia in the Caribbean world cup of freediving after just two years of competing. Freediving unlike any other sport ignites a primal fear that if not controlled and harnessed can lead to poor outcomes. These self-defeating thoughts can be seen in many areas of our life and is unfortunately part of the human condition quite often with small incidental pressures being staked one on top of the other and then manifesting itself in stress which can result in sickness, mental illness, and or poor outcomes in any sphere of life.

This is the ‘why’ behind Adam’s Pressure Project and what drives Adam to release people from self-defeating thought patterns so they can live a full and happy life and or achieve goals through unlocking the potential often suppressed and sabotaged within. 

Jono Allen
Jono is a professional wildlife photographer, marine environmental scientist, expedition guide and freediver. A deeply passionate ocean advocate he is a storyteller for Ocean Culture Life and co-founded of Fuvahmulah Marine Foundation after rescuing an entangled whale shark together with local shark diving pioneer Lonu Nasheed and spending over 9 months documenting marine
life in Fuvahmulah. 

Wether it be leading encounters with giant humpbacks in Tonga or apex sharks in the Maldives, Jono’s experiences are guided by one motivation: to facilitate unique connections with wildlife by providing guests with the opportunity to exchange eye contact, and experience that once in a lifetime moment of silent face-toface dialogue with the giants of the sea.

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