Xtreme Thailand Experience 4 Weeks

Do you want see it all in one of the most exciting countries in the world? Join our guided Thailand group backpacking tour and have an incredible adventure. You choose your activities. An intro week, an adventure week, an action week and a beach week. You will be checking out the buzz in Bangkok with new mates and letting the good times roll.

 

This is our top-selling trip! Loaded with activities there is never a dull moment. A great way to travel Thailand safely in a group, you have a jam packed itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. You choose your activities. An intro week, an adventure week, an action week and a beach / conservation week. You will be checking out Thailand in the best possible way and fully guided! Let the good times roll.

The Xtreme Thailand Experience

4 AWESOME THEMED WEEKS!

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Adventure

Action

Action Week

Beach & Eco

Beach Week

Settle in and discover Thailand.

Easy arrival with an airport pickup. Make new friends as you meet other people in the group. Learn about Thailand its culture and history. Stay on the mainland and visit lots of different temples cultural heritage sites and cities.

Pick an adventure options in-country.

Do an awesome elephant week. Go trekking in the jungle. Explore Buddhism and meet monks with Temple stays. Have a night out in Bangkok and see the sites

Choose the perfect action week activity!

Get the perfect beach body with Crossfit. Learn Muay Thai, increase your well-being with a jungle yoga package. Learn free diving. Learn how to dive. PLUS: Take part in an action-packed adventure day!

Top off the tan with well-earned beach time.

Laze about on amazing tropical beaches. Hit the beach parties. Discover a paradise island by our discover scuba dive & stand up paddle day. Also you join our boat trip to a stunning island and help conservation efforts with the beach clean up and join the free Barbecue party night! Party on the beach and munch on some delicious Thai food.

Xtreme Thailand Experience Highlights Include:

  • Meeting monks & discovering Thai culture, temples & cuisine on a mind-blowing cultural and intro week
  • Trekking through national parks & discovering cool waterfalls are an exciting adventure week
  • Exploring historic Singburi to see life outside the cities and islands, meeting tribes
  • Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts
  • First 2 weeks include all meals
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel in the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Adrenaline Adventures on Koh Tao like abseiling, snorkelling and diving and freediving, kickboxing or cross fit. If you prefer to chill out a little, you can with a yoga course.
  • Koh Tao adventure day with boats, snorkelling, paradise islands and view points.
  • Try Out Scuba with an Xtreme Trial Scuba Experience
  • SUP! Stand Up Paddle try out.
  • Become a conservation hero! We have partnered with the leading conservation organisation so you too can do your part. Beach clean ups and conservation talks included. Plus free sunset barbecue at the end of the day
  • Lots of Chill time on Koh Tao and beach parties to remember
  • Meet and chat to other Xtreme Gappers with an online Buddy list before you travel too!

PHOTOS

FIRST WEEK INTRO & CULTURE

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Starting on the Sunday, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your new home in Singburi, a couple of hours from Bangkok, to embark upon a comprehensive introduction to Thailand.

The first week is all about getting to know everyone and doing lots of activities with The other members of the group. This is great if you have never travelled before, or you are travelling alone because you will be meeting other like-minded people and making friends very quickly and easily.

During the intro week you will learn more about Thailand, It will be an eye opening experience. With lots of day trips to get to know the local surrounding areas and places of interest. Emphasis will be placed on learning about Thai culture, Thai language and even try your hand at some Thai cooking.

You will also check out the famous Buddhist Temple: Wat Phranon Jaksi, the old capital of Ayutthaya (including a visit to the elephant village), Lopburi’s museum and pagoda, and even have a cruise along the river.

SECOND WEEK ADVENTURE OPTIONS

The second week you can choose from a range of activities depending on how adventurous your feeling.

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ELEPHANT WEEK

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TREKKING WEEK

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BUDDHISM & CULTURE WEEK

TAKE YOU PICK IN THAILAND!

If you do not know which option week you would like to be your second week do not worry, you can make that decision once you are out in Thailand. It might be that you want to hook up with some people if you have become friends with on the intro week and decide to join them on the trekking week, or maybe you rather join someone else who decided to do the Buddhism & Culture week. It is very easy to go with the flow! So let’s look at some of the options.

Elephant Week

With this adventure week option you will learn how to take care of the Elephants, head off through forests and around the camp with these majestic creatures (you even have a photo opportunity on the back of an elephant) , bath them and feed them. Even go swimming with them. This week is an unrivaled opportunity to learn about Elephants and connect with your very own. Just be warned you can ´t take it with you when your week is up!

Thai Elephant Experience in Umphang, Lak Province

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Umphang is about 8 hours from Bangkok, but the ride is worth it! From monolithic temple protrusions, to the living, breathing, legendary white elephant herds of the royal order, the faded beer vests of Khao San Road travellers, to the somewhat infamous, green and gold labels of ´Chang´, if there is one symbol that reverberates the mystical and multifarious character of this Eastern land more than any other, it is the Thai Elephant. Historically, the Thai people´s ally in work and war, at once both strong and placid, roaming the jungle smothered hills of a nation curiously similar in spirit and character to these colossal yet graceful beasts, the decline in wild elephant populations all over Southeast Asia has focused modern attention more vigorously than ever on the enduring character, survival and habitats of the Asian elephant.

We´re offering you the chance to really get stuck in; with our week-long Thai elephant experience package in Umphang, you´ll be surrounded by trunk and tree from begging to end, living and working ´at the coalface´ with these undeniably inspiring creatures. Nestled in the limestone valleys of Tak Province in North-central Thailand, amidst the low mists of rice paddies (the local labour staple), soaring Burmese mountain horizons to the west, and some of the most traditional, untouched, ´un-touristy´ Thai towns of yesteryear, where the local folk still cast curious glances at western visitors and sizzle up regional dishes from fiery track-side stalls.

Our elephant experience option runs from Monday to Saturday and aims to give you an encompassing introduction to what life is like working with these animals. We try to make sure you get the broadest possible experience by getting you working with elephants of all ages and genders, always in their natural habitat.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities necessary to providing good care, whilst helping to ensure the stability of the elephants´ lives here.

With rich, thick, natural jungle terrain and forested hills typical to this region of Thailand, we are lucky to be able to maintain an environment very similar to that enjoyed by the remaining few thousand wild elephants in Southeast Asia, and, with only a few elephant sanctuaries so indelibly surrounded by nature, our ability to do this is largely unique throughout the country.

The elephant care at our sanctuary is comprehensive, and we like to get participants involved with all aspects of this. Washing the elephants in the natural lake (one of many in the areas surrounding Umphang) on our grounds, or perhaps, simply socialising with these animals, so strangely human in their own way, your responsibilities are wide ranging and aim to give a broad cross-section of elephant care experience.

In addition, with a diet of up to 180kg of vegetation daily, you can see how preparing the elephants´ intake of greens (usually a mixture of locally sourced sugarcane, banana plant or grasses) could represent one of your main daily tasks, while the routine evening ´trek of the elephants´ back to their forest sleeping areas as the pink Thai sun drops behind the distant hill vistas, is something to always look forward to.

You will work directly with experienced native mahouts (elephant carers) who have grown up with these creatures, training them and ensuring their continued survival. Consequently, there are perhaps no people more readily in tune with the elephant mind than native Thai mahouts, and no better people with whom to experience what life with an elephant is like.

Every group will be assigned their own English speaking tour coordinator, who will be able to answer any practical questions you have about the structure of the experience or the practicalities of staying in Thailand.

Other Activities

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Umphang is one of the few remaining untouched and remote, natural gems of Thailand. Like Kanchanaburi to the south, it retains the reputation as one of the ´jump-off points´ (no pun intended) for waterfall enthusiasts and, aside from the Thee Lor Sue on the Mae Klong (which is claimed to be Thailand´s biggest, a two day organised trek from Umphang), there are two local falls (Nam Tok Tharark and Nam Tok Pha), with fresh, cool water; a place to distress your post-work muscles and swap elephant stories with your fellow travellers.

You´ll also be able to tick off one of north Thailand´s must-do activities: Rafting. The local medium-speed rivers provide the perfect raft ride through remote jungle scenery, and it´s a great way to spend a day away from the project.

Accommodation during the week

Thailand just wouldn´t be Thailand without its bamboo, jungle shrouded cabins, looking like they´ve just popped up from the earth, just like the waxy banana plants and bending palms around them. During your stay here you´ll crash in one fully equipped with all the necessities of a rural Thai excursion: Mosquito nets, showers, and sun drenched decking for those cold Changs after a long day with the elephants.

You will receive three square meals a day, all healthy and packed full of the rich flavours Thai cuisine has become so famous for. We try and strike a nice balance between western styles and the spiced-up, aromatic local dishes of Umphang, to keep everything nice and varied.

Accommodation is shared with other experience participants, giving you a great opportunity to socialise with like-minded, elephant-loving people.

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During the second week you and other participants have the option to go trekking in the jungle and rainforest of the Phutoei National Park, a lush park not often visited by other tourists.

This again will be a unique experience. You will be roughing it, but in beautiful surroundings. After this experience, you will have a lot to boast about when you go home as you will be sleeping in tents and surviving with the basics – we´re sure you will have a lot of fun!

The trekking option is fully guided by trained national park rangers, so you will be in safe hands but it is certainly an adventure!

Please note this is not for the fainthearted, sorry roughing it and trekking is not for you do not pick this option!

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It is quite a ride to get here from the location of the introduction week, but totally worth it! Your time will be spend in the Forest Resort, a luxury new resort and in a newly built dorm accommodation next to the ancient Thai temple.

If you choose the Buddhism & Culture week you will get to know a lot more about Buddhism and Thai culture. During this week you will visit temples, you have the opportunity to ask your questions about Buddhism to the monks, we will teach you about practising meditation and chanting in a quiet and spiritual environment. Our guide is very knowledgeable and will tell you all you need to know. If you have a real interest in Buddhism & Culture, this is the programme for you!

Remember you do not have to to decide which option you pick when you book, you can wait to see what takes your fancy when you are in Thailand.

BANGKOK STOP OVER

At the end of the second week (Saturday) you head to Bangkok

In between heading to Koh Tao and finishing your option weeks you have 1 or 2 full day in Bangkok (One if you are on the elephant option as you will arrive back in Bangkok quite late).

You will arrive at the bus station on the Saturday (the elephant option arrives on the Sunday morning) and need to make your own way to the hotel.

This is a £4 taxi ride from the bus station. There is no set itinerary for Bangkok, but there is plenty to do you can see and do. You will be staying next to the Khao San Road in a nice hostel, so you can chill, or visit many of the sites Bangkok has to offer. Most of our gappers will take a river cruise to see all of the ancient temples, spend some time hunting for bargains in the markets and sample some of the amazing nightlife on the Khao San road. The nightlife there is legendary, so fortunately you are just literally on the doorstep so you can fall back into the hotel. Breakfast is included which will help soak up the hangover too.

Staying the Saturday night for one night in Bangkok you then transfer to Koh Tao by night bus and boat on Sunday night, you need to get yourself to the bus departure point by this is very easy as shown in the video below.

This means you will arrive in Koh Tao first thing on the Monday morning (about 9 am) where we will pick you up off the boat. Our rep will be waiting for you and we include a welcome breakfast for you!

Onto Paradise

Itinerary For Beach and Action Weeks:

With multiple options available to you on Koh Tao we have created the following brochure to help clarify some of the exciting activities you can do. All of these are exclusive to Xtreme Gap Year. Online Brochure with activities on Koh Tao.

IMG_1904The Koh Tao beach week and action itinerary is flexible because it depends on the option you choose for the action week and the weather, but in general you have 12 days to check out the amazing beaches, get involved in some cool adventures with your new friends and enjoy the epic sunsets and nightlife.

You will also have your Xtreme Adventure Day so there will be plenty to do and certainly never a dull moment!

On arrival you will have a full introduction from our resident rep who will settle you into the island life and it will go like this:

    • You arrive by night bus and boat on Monday morning where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation.
    • Once you are checked in, you have time to relax, jump in the pool and freshen up.
    • In the afternoon around 4 our Rep Miss Jai will meet you and the rest of the group at the bar and give you an intro to Koh Tao. She will show you round, tell you the essentials, and show you where everything is like ATMs, pharmacies, beaches and activity locations. She is on hand through out the week if you need her too.
    • You will then go out for dinner (on us) with the rest of the group, expect a tasty Thai curry! The next day you will be taken by miss Jai to start your activity, depending on the option you have picked.
    • Your Koh Tao itinerary will be explained to you locally. Where and when you have to be will be put up on the Xtreme Gap notice board at the resort.

TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE…WOW!

Koh Tao has some of the best beaches in Thailand, it is also one of the most popular backpacker hubs in South East Asia, but not ruined like some of the other islands, there is a great community and vibe to the place you are going to love spending time here.

We have many Xtreme Gappers resident on the Island as we run lots of different trips there so there is lots going on. It is also a great place to learn to dive as well, so you can take advantage of getting your PADI Open water while you are there as well.

This part of the trip is all about being social and having fun, you can take long tail boat trips round the island, enjoy amazing Thai food and stay up all night in some of the best beach clubs and bars in Asia. After a few days of chill, you will want to pick up the pace again, so we finish the trip with the action week! The Koh Tao adventure day is the perfect end to the week.

FOOD & EATING OUT

Please note we include 1 breakfast and 2 meals on Koh Tao. There are plenty of restaurants serving delicious and healthy Thai food as little as one pound per meal and there is a restaurant the resort also.

We do not include food because it’s such a sociable atmosphere with so many great places to eat and explore you will want to go off and eat out with lots of new friends. Including food would really limit your options and detract from the whole experience. Bear in mind though we do include food for the first two weeks of this programme (Most other gap year companies ´s Thailand programmes do not) so you have already saved over £250 worth of spending money by booking with Xtreme.

You will receive a welcome breakfast, a lovely Thai meal on your first evening in Koh Tao and a BBQ after the Beach Clean up day though.

THE ADVENTURE DAY

The adventure day is just that an adventure, so sometimes we mix it up. But below is a summary of what you can expect.

Everyone meets at the Xtreme Gap Resort for a breakdown of the days activities.   Expect to be taken to a pretty amazing viewpoint on the neighbouring paradise island of Koh Nangyuan. Even the ride itself is a lot of fun, open air on a longtail boat with spectacular views of Sairee beach.

There will be plenty of time to explore the island, swim with tropical fish and chill on in this piece of perfection.

Beach For Sunset

On arrival at Sairee beach, we will pull up to a pool bar so you can grab a sundowner and watch a spectacular sun set into the ocean.

Want even more action? you can book the following speedboat adventure day locally for an additional fee, please talk to our rep:

FINAL 2 WEEKS IN DETAIL:

ACTION OPTIONS, BEACH TIME, BEACH CLEAN UP DAY, XTREME DISCOVER SCUBA, STAND UP PADDLING, BOAT TRIP TO KOH NANG YUAN AND BEACH PARTIES.

We have lined up some really exciting activities for your final 12 days. This is one of the things that sets the Xtreme Thailand Experience apart from other gap year tours. With the sheer volume of inclusions you will never be bored. Pick one of the activities below for your final week.

Some are Xtreme and really get the blood pumping, others are devoted to health, fitness, and well-being and you can even be involved in a hands-on conservation project to try and help with the preservation of Koh Tao. There is truly something for everyone.

Available Included Xtreme Activities On Koh Tao

Unlike the adventure week you do need to choose which option you will take at the time of booking (some options are cheaper than others)  so please refer to the prices section to see how this influences the price of the trip.

Koh Tao cross that
So when you are lying on a dreamy white sandy beach, in a paradise setting wouldn’t it be nice to have the body to match. With our cross fit package you can! Four full on cross fit sessions, with professional accredited Cross fitness trainers will whip you into shape so you will not feel guilty about lazing on the beach, and dipping into the Gulf of Thailand will be so much more rewarding.

If you are not familiar with the concept of cross fit, you can join the 4 Foundation classes. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit, so that they are able to do the movements safely and effectively. These classes are similar to personal training as our coach will spend lots of time helping them with the movements.

We run the Foundation classes every day at 10.15am and so they can easily do the Foundation classes in a week.

Please also check out the video below it is the latest fitness craze that has become huge. It’s highly effective high-intensity WODS (work out of the day) mixes hundreds of different techniques and every day is always different. With this option is the perfect way to get into excellent physical shape and get that perfect beach body!

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The fit package is the most popular option. It includes 5 Muay Thai sessions taken over five days. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before, learning the national sport of Thailand in a cool jungle gym is an awesome experience. It is a great way to try something new, get really fit and learn much more about the culture of Thailand.

You will under go a modified non-contact training regime in the camp that host monthly Muay Thai fights, a really authentic and cool experience!

Some like to do it in the morning and then hit the beach others like the cooler evening training times.

Koh Tao yoga option
Probably one of our most chilled out options, you have five sessions working on your well-being, and flexibility with a fantastic yoga package. Set in landscaped gardens surrounded by coconut groves there’s a special feeling about the place.

Just a short stroll from the ocean, you will find a gorgeous yoga Sala, where we have included five sessions are you to get into yoga spirituality and hopefully find Nirvana.

Even if you’ve never tried yoga before this is the perfect place to do it, as everyone is welcome to come and give it a go and it is the perfect activity to take if you want to turn your Koh Tao experience into the ultimate chilled out beach time.

 

This is a full blow open water course worth over £200. The course lasts 3/4 days and includes 4 dives in the beautiful Gulf of Thailand. Afterwards, you have your PADI Open Water license and can dive anywhere in the world! Not sure about this option? You can always add it on while you are out there with us in Thailand.

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This is probably the most Xtreme option, and one of the most rewarding! Our professional freediver instructors will teach you the basics of Freediving, and accompany you down to depths of 12 metres!

The actual course itself lasts 2 days and included theory and water based instruction. Free diving is about breath holds diving, so no use scuba equipment. This means you are not limited by nitrogen in your blood or depth limits. It takes mental and physical training to become an expert free diver, but our course will certainly get you well on your way there. With beautiful Marine life, soft and hard corals it’s a great way to train yourself to experience the best that the underwater environment has to offer in Koh Tao.

If you’re really lucky you may even get a free diving the whale shark!

 

 

NIGHTLIFE & BEACH TIME & ACTIVITIES

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Koh Tao is not only famous for its great diving and beautiful beaches, there is quite a party scene there too! Picture cool beach bars, fire shows, awesome night clubs like Fizz bar within easily stumbling distance to your accommodation. If you want to have some serious fun after the sun sets, you will not be disappointed.

This is a great way to finish up on your trip, after experiencing the culture its time to party. Speaking of which…

Other Activities included? Yes, there are more…

Beach Clean up day

Ecodave Xtreme GapAt Xtreme gap year we strongly believe in leaving a positive impact on the locations we visit. Mass tourism does take its toll on the environment. This is especially true on small tropical islands like Koh Tao. We strongly feel  it is everyone’s responsibility to make a contribution to maintaining, and improving the places that we visit. We have partnered with Koh Tao’s leading conservation organisations and every trip we run makes a financial contribution to Eco-conservation efforts.

So as part of this trip, we co-host an eco-day. This is split into two parts. A lecture by leading conservationists, on marine conservation, and a hands-on beach clean-up so you can make a physical real difference during your trip. The aim is to provide you with information so you can make people aware of the issues. As well as physically helping out with marine conservation efforts.

It’s a fun day out, it’s a great way to see lots of out of the way beaches on Koh Tao, and feel good about yourself whilst making a positive difference on the island. In the evening we finish up with a barbecue, in one of Koh Tao’s hotspots by way of saying thanks for your efforts.

If you have completed your open water is part of this program, you can be involved in underwater clean-ups, if not its land-based conservation which is just as, or if not even more vital to marine conservation efforts. 80% of trash entering the waters comes from land-based sources.

Xtreme Discover Scuba Dive & Stand Up Paddling

With crystal clear waters, water sports on Koh Tao are amazing! Included as part of the programme you get to try out scuba diving! Safely guiding you in a swimming pool, in a controlled environment. We will let you try out breathing underwater from scuba gear. It’s a great way to get a feel for diving, and an incredible experience is never done it before. If you do like it, you can always upgrade to doing an open water course and take full advantage of the fact that Koh Tao is one of the best places to learn to dive in the world. If diving really is not your thing, don’t worry you don’t have to do it but most people who try and not going for a full-blown ought course afterwards. It’s an amazing experience to explore and breathe underwater. This is just one of many extra additional inclusions we throw into the trip, where other companies would leave you to go “snorkelling”.

You can upgrade locally to do a full diving course, or pre-book it with us.

End of your trip> Transfer Back to Bangkok

We do not include the transfer back in the price as there are a few options. Some of our travellers stay on the island or travel on in Thailand and Asia, some will take the boat and bus service back to Bangkok and some will prefer to go by plane from the next door island Koh Samui. read about the options in the frequently asked questions section below. Most will take the boat and bus option which our rep can arrange for you. Its super easy and will costs about 20 GBP.

ACCOMMODATION

Because you stay in various different locations throughout the trip accommodation does vary, however, expect to stay in comfortable and clean and secure accommodation. On the islands, you will stay in a luxury resort, with a swimming pool set in beautiful Thai Gardens just a short walk from the beach and bars and restaurants.

It’s the main resort Xtreme Gap uses in Thailand, Xtreme Gappers to hang out with and share adventures. Accommodation is shared on a twin share in a Fan Room. Upgrades to Aircon rooms are only possible on Koh Tao and only upon booking.

The accommodation in the resort in Koh Tao is the basic fan option at a great resort, perfect for your stay in paradise. A short stroll through a lovely street with little shops and some restaurants and just 5 min from the beach will get you to this perfectly located resort. A beautiful and laid back resort with a swimming pool, bar and restaurant set in tropical Thai gardens. The fan rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, have an en-suite and there is a maid service twice a week and a laundry service (approx. £1.50 per big bag load) located next door.

During the Intro Week:

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Your new home will be one of our 3 ”Eco Houses” in Singburi in central Thailand the Lemon House, the Twin House and the Brown House. Situated about 10 km from the town of Singburi and takes about 15 minutes from the eco- houses. In Singburi you will find all the amenities you could need i.e. internet, shops, swimming pool, hospital, pharmacy, banks and restaurants, and there are plenty of trips into Singburi or you can easily take a taxi.The houses sleep from 20 to 50 people.

All houses have single gender shared dorm rooms with the number of beds ranging from 3 to 12. All houses have western style toilets and one even as an Asian toilet! Each bathroom has a shower and the water is always cool nice and refreshing in the heat. All houses have a communal area where you can eat, relax and meet. Most of the houses are within walking distance of a local shop and a make shift bar provided by the friendly locals. The doors and windows are screened All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Thai fare, including plenty of rice dishes.

During the Elephant Week:

Thailand just would not be Thailand without its bamboo, jungle-shrouded cabins, looking like they´ve just popped up from the earth, just like the waxy banana plants and bending palms around them. During your stay here you´ll crash in one fully equipped with all the necessities of a rural Thai excursion: Mosquito nets, showers, and sun drenched decking for those cold Changs after a long day with the elephants.

You will receive three square meals a day, all healthy and packed full of the rich flavours Thai cuisine has become so famous for. We try and strike a nice balance between western styles and the spiced-up, aromatic local dishes of Umphang, to keep everything nice and varied.

Accommodation is shared with other experience participants, giving you a great opportunity to socialise with like-minded, elephant-loving people.

 

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During the Buddhism and culture week you stay in another location called Wang Nam Khieow, it is a really beautiful area of Thailand. Cooler because it is further north and at high altitude, it is surrounded by national parks and beautiful scenery.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night, our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.
Your arrival day is always the Sunday (but you can arrive Saturday if flight prices work out better for you). Make sure when arriving on the Sunday this is before 3pm.

The end day is always a Saturday. The trip end on Koh Tao. There are 2 ways to get back to Bangkok international airport.

1. Take a boat at 10 am to the neighbouring island Koh Samui. there is an airport here. Book a flight for after 2 PM to be save. The flight takes about an hours. make sure you have at least 2 hours before your international flight home departs. Its a big airport and you need to check in 2 hours before.

2. Take the boat and bus to Bangkok. You leave Koh Tao at 10 am and arrive in Bangkok at 8 pm. the you need about an hour to get to the airport by taxi, depending traffic. Again keep in mind you need about 2 hours before the plane leaves.

No, most of our travellers are solo travellers. You will meet lots of people on the different weeks. With group start dates and lots of group activities, you will make new friends really easy.

The trip ends in Koh Tao on Saturday, please note return transfer is not included in the price of the trip. This is because many people choose to travel onwards to other locations or stay in Koh Tao to do further programmes.

Returning back to Bangkok to meet your flight is very easy, transfers can be arranged on Koh Tao through rep and the cost is approximately £15. If you’re flying out straight after the trip ends, you have two options to meet your flight in Bangkok.

Our recommended option is to fly from Koh Samui directly to Bangkok airport, rep can organise your bus tickets to Samui airport, this will involve catching the boat late Saturday morning and arriving in Koh Samui at around three o’clock. Transfers are provided from the pier direct to the airport and are complimentary.

Please ensure that your flights are not booked any earlier than this and do allow for delays, so we would recommend not booking a flight back to Bangkok until the afternoon which also allows time to check in at the airport as well. Check Bangkok Airways the cheap flights booked ahead this should not cost you any more than £30 the flight time is approximately 40 min.

Option two would be to get the morning boat from Koh Tao back to Bangkok via bus and boat, the transfer time between six and eight hours typically you will get back into Bangkok about 10 o’clock in the evening. This would require an extra night stay in Bangkok, and if you are to pursue this option we do not recommend you do not organise your international flight until Sunday. Again the cost for this transfer is about £15.

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 28 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 28 days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 28 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.

There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.

Some of our customers prefer a bigger room or an aircon room. We can arrange this, but it needs to be done at the time of booking, as the resort often fills up. If you are on the programme and still want to arrange it, you would have to arrange that with reception at the resort, and pay for accommodation again. So best to let us know at time of booking.

Singburi is a province in the centre of Thailand. It has got a very nice and chilled atmosphere. You stay in eco houses in the shade of banana palms trees by the Noi Nam river. Sing Buri is rich of cultural history. The province houses many temples, museums, and historical sites. You can easily say it is the epic centre for Thai history and a great place to get under the skin of the country.

Yes, if you arrive during the weekend we will pick you up. When you arrive during a weekday we can still pick up at any time, but there is a £50 extra payment. If you wish a few extra days in Bangkok beforehand you will have to make your own way on the Sunday to the meeting point at the Royal Hotel. Meeting time is at 1pm.

This is a hard question as age range does vary. On the groups that join the intro and culture weeks the average age is between 18 and 22. On Koh Tao with the Koh Tao Adventure (which are the last 2 weeks of this programme) the average age tends to be in the twenties.

Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 18 and 22. Although it is open to all. The makeup of the groups is usually 75% female to 25% male, just going to show, girls really are braver than boys! So come on lads, what are you waiting for? Prove us wrong!

The final week finishes on the Saturday morning, so you can arrange your transfer back to Bangkok with Miss Jai via boat and Bus (12 hours) or book a flight from Koh Samui to Bangkok (2 hour boat and 45 minute flight). This is the preferred option for most of our travellers as this gets you straight in to the international airport for a smooth flight connection back home.

Remember lots of details are in pre-departure pack you receive after booking. You will also be hooked up with your buddy lists then.

FINALLY

We can also send you loads of information on this trip and the locations so get trip notes for more details!

Full details on your options to get back to Bangkok are included in a very detailed pre-departure pack, which we send you after booking. You will also be set up with an online buddy list so you can chat to other members of the group in Koh Tao. The trip ends on the Saturday morning in Koh Tao. Check the FAQ section for details on how to get back to the airport.

Please do book early

This can be a very popular trip so make sure you get booked up ASAP! You can secure your spot for only £100 by submitting a booking form. Do it now! So now you have read about the trip, you might want to check out where you will be staying or a breakdown of everything included.

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4 (Week)Freediving OptionUSD 1479Book Now
4 (Week)Diver Open WaterUSD 1629Book Now
4 (Week)Yoga OptionUSD 1299Book Now
4 (Week)Muay Thai OptionUSD 1299Book Now

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What makes this trip different from other companies tours in Thailand? A lot. Literally: we include way more in our trips than other companies. Take this programme for example we include all food for the first two weeks which if you had to add this on to your budget would come to over £300 more.

Xtreme Gap began on Koh Tao, and we are one of the only gap year companies to actually have a base and staff located there. We know the island we know the country and we know how to squeeze the most amount of fun out of 28 days. Compare this to other trips you will quickly discover that we have way more inclusions, and budget a lot more to make your trip as exciting and fun as possible. We can do this because we are an online company, we keep our overheads low enabling us to include more about trips without having to increase the price of our packages.

Included

The fun stuff

  • Koh Tao adventure day which includes:
    • Boat around the island
    • Snorkelling in crystal clear waters round a tropical paradise island
    • Spectacular trek up to an incredible view point
  • Koh Tao Extra Activities Included
    • Beach BBQ after beach Clean up day
    • Beach Clean up day
    • Stand Up Paddling
    • Xtreme Discover Scuba Dive
  • Koh Tao activity option Week inclusions (pick one option):
    • Get fit pack: 5 Muay Thai Sessions (5 hours), all equipment (for rent included) and training one on one with a Muay Thai Trainer
    • Get ripped pack: 4 Crossfit sessions. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit
    • Xtreme Freediving Pack: a 2 day beginner free diving course
    • Relax With Yoga: 5 yoga sessions spread out over 5 days
    • The learn to dive course includes a full PADI open water course, course materials, instruction and 4 dives
  • Full moon party depending on start date

On The Intro And Option Weeks

  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Thai Cooking lesson / Thai Language lessons
  • Tour of Ayutthaya Thailand historic second city
  • Dinner in a famous Thai BBQ restaurant
  • Tours of loads of temples and monuments and museums fully guided.
  • Visit to a Market
  • Temple Stay to meet Monks(If doing the cultural week)
  • Amazing five-day elephant experience (if the elephant option)
  • Trekking in Phutoei National Park, visits to waterfalls, caves, Hill tribes, (Trekking option)
  • 1 night in Bangkok luxury hotel before going to Koh Tao with breakfast right next to the Khao San Road

The Essentials

  • Personally met at the airport
  • All meals for the first two weeks – This will save you approximately £300 from your spending money budget!
  • Free Extra nights accommodation if arriving one day early (Saturday)
  • All Accommodation
  • All meals during the 1st 2 weeks
  • Breakfast on arrival on Koh Tao
  • Transport taking you to 4 different parts of Thailand.
  • Overnight Transfer to Koh Tao
  • 12 nights accommodation in standard fan room in Koh Tao at our luxury resort
  • Free Wi-Fi at our basic Koh Tao, and during your stay in the intro week and some option weeks.
  • Pick up from the boat and transfer to the resort in Koh Tao by taxi
  • Back up & support second to none. Services of our tour leaders and English-speaking reps who are available and based locally  24/7.

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas (if staying longer than 30 days this will cost approx Euro 30 for a 60 day visa)
  • Insurance
  • Return transfer from Koh Tao (but can be arranged locally for approx Euro 15)
  • Meals on Koh Tao (Approx £6 – 15 per day)
  • Entrance Fee for Koh Nanguang (100 Baht approx £2)
  • Every extra option week on top of the standard 4 weeks £299.

 

Dates

2017 start dates

Sunday 01 January to Saturday 28th January 2017
Sunday 29 January to Saturday 25th February 2017
Sunday 26 February to Saturday 25th March 2017
Sunday 02 April to Saturday 29th April 2017
Sunday 30th April to Saturday 27t May 2017
Sunday 28th May to Saturday 24th June 2017
Sunday 02nd July to Saturday 29th July 2017
Sunday 30 July to Saturday 26th August 2017

New trip running from July 2017

Please contact us for dates after; combining trips and other travel ideas.

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Koh Tao Adventure

If you like the sound of die for beaches, superb nightlife and some incredible adventure activities with a cool group of travellers then the Koh Tao adventure is the trip for you. Each week has a new adventure. All you have to do is decide which activities to pick and how long you want to go for.


If you like the sound of beaches to die for, superb nightlife and some incredible adventure activities with a cool group of travellers then the Koh Tao adventure is the trip for you. Each week has a new adventure. All you have to do is decide which activities to pick and how long you want to go for.

 Ready for the Koh Tao Adventure?

Xtreme-gappersHow much fun you will have depends on how long you can stay, whether you have one week or one month we have plenty to keep you entertained with an action packed itinerary.

The Koh Tao adventure includes the following:

  • Pick up from the pier
  • Welcome dinner to meet the rest of the group with our rep
  • In country support
  • One activity option per week
  • Stand Up Paddle session
  • Discover Scuba Dive
  • Longtail boat tour around the island
  • Visit Koh Nang Yuang, stunning little island
  • Snorkelling
  • Full Moon Party Ticket min stay 2 weeks (if your timing is right)
  • All accommodation
  • Free Wi-Fi in resort

You probably don’t want to go all the way to Asia to miss out on the gorgeous beaches, Koh Tao has plenty. However, if you are like us, beaches are never enough, and you also want some serious fun and adventure. With The Koh Tao Adventure, you can pick your own itinerary by choosing from some of the incredible included adventures. You can even sneak in a cheeky Full Moon Party and let the good times roll with an awesome adventure day in the first week.

Koh Tao Adventure Highlights

  • Going out for a gorgeous Thai meal so you can meet the rest of the group
  • You will never have a dull moment, with plenty of plenty of Xtreme activities included (see below)
  • You can top up your tan and laze around on some of the amazing beaches you have plenty of chill time as well.
  • As the sun goes down that nightlife heats up, Koh Tao has amazing nightlife you will make friends from all over the world.
  • Relax into the swing of things, we make it easy with comprehensive intro session to the island, and our rep is there to help you every step of the way.
  • You will be amazed by what you can achieve when you challenge yourself, with the snorkelling and climbs to viewpoints, stand up paddling and a Discover Scuba dive session!! Question is, can you handle this much fun?
  • You have plenty of time to also explore some of Thailand’s beautiful underwater environments, with crystal clear waters and amazing snorkelling you might just get hooked.
  • It’s your holiday, so we set you up in a beautiful resort with gorgeous Thai tropical gardens and a nice refreshing pool and its own restaurant. See accommodation section for more information.
  • Includes one amazing activity per week. Crossfitt, Muay Thai, Yoga… take your pick!

The Xtreme Activities

Xtreme Gappers on Koh Tao (2)If you want to stay longer than 1 week, and chill out on one of Thailand’s most incredible paradise islands, you can book extra weeks, to complete the other Koh Tao Adventure options (one per week).

The longer you stay the better value the trip is. If you want to spend 2 months in Thailand, you can combine the Thailand Adventure and the Koh Tao Adventure giving you 2 months in Thailand. Or combine the Koh Tao Adventure with any other trip we run in Thailand or anywhere else in Asia! We have some amazing suggestions, so tell us about your plans and we can see what would suit you best. That is what we are here for.

 

These are the weekly options, you can choose one per week.

Next to the options we also include the amazing Adventure Day, and a ticket to the Full Moon Party with a minimum stay of 2 weeks,  if this goes inside your travel dates

  • Cross Fit Package
  • Muay Thai Package
  • Yoga Package
  • Beginner Freediving Package

Read more about all this in the Details tab.

Nightlife & Beach Time

Koh Tao is not only famous for its great diving and beautiful beaches, there is quite a party scene there too! Picture this: Cool beach bars, fire shows, awesome night clubs like Fizz bar all within easy stumbling distance to your accommodation. If you want to have some serious fun after the sun sets, you will not be disappointed.

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Crossfit, Muay Thai, Yoga  or  Freediving? What should I Pick?

How adventurous are you?! Some of our top-rated activities are in Koh Tao and they are waiting for you, the tough choice is what to do?!

We know Koh Tao only too well, we started Xtreme Gap here, lived and breathed the life here and so we know how to show you a great time – all over the island and in the water around it. It is a paradise island that you could easily fall in love with, spending months relaxing here. We have the perfect cure for all this laziness, with the following adventure options.

Available Included Xtreme Activities On Koh Tao

Koh Tao cross thatSo when you are lying on a dreamy white sandy beach, in a paradise setting wouldn’t it be nice to have the body to match. With our cross fit package, you can! Five full-on cross fit sessions, with professional accredited Cross fitness trainers will whip you into shape so you will not feel guilty about lazing on the beach, and dipping into the Gulf of Thailand will be so much more rewarding.

If you have not done CrossFit before you need to come to the 4 different Foundation classes before you can do the regular classes. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit, so that you are able to do the movements safely and effectively. These classes are similar to personal training as our coach will spend lots of time helping them with the movements.
We run the Foundation classes every day at 10.15am and so they can easily do the Foundation classes in a week.

Check out the video below it is the latest fitness craze that has become huge. It’s highly effective high-intensity WODS (work out of the day) mixes hundreds of different techniques and every day is always different. With this option is the perfect way to get into excellent physical shape and get that perfect beach bod


Xtreme Gap Thailand Muay Thai 2012 (27)The fit package is the most popular option. It includes 5 Muay Thai sessions taken over five days. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before, learning the national sport of Thailand in a cool jungle gym is an awesome experience. It is a great way to try something new, get really fit and learn much more about the culture of Thailand.
You will undergo a modified non-contact training regime in the camp that host monthly Muay Thai fights, a really authentic and cool experience!
Some like to do it in the morning and then hit the beach others like the cooler evening training times.

Koh Tao yoga optionProbably one of our most chilled out options, you have five sessions working on your well-being, and flexibility with a fantastic yoga package. Set in landscaped gardens surrounded by coconut groves there’s a special feeling about the place.

Even if you’ve never tried yoga before this is the perfect place to do it, as everyone is welcome to come and give it a go and it is the perfect activity to take if you want to turn your Koh Tao experience into the ultimate chilled out beach time.

 

 

freedive mexicoThis is probably the most Xtreme option, and one of the most rewarding!  Our professional freediver instructors will teach you the basics of Freediving, and accompany you down to depths of 12 metres! The actual course itself lasts 2 days and included theory and water based instruction.

 

Free Time On Koh Tao – A Tropical Island Paradise

Koh Tao Adventure (11)During the trip, there will be plenty of free time for you to explore the beautiful island of Koh Tao. Whilst activities to keep you busy they do not take up the entire week, so you will have plenty of chill time. Don’t worry about getting itchy feet though, there is plenty to do on the island, as you will be with our group there are always tons of suggestions for things to keep you entertained. Whether it’s exploring the amazing beaches, soaking up the incredible nightlife (or having tasty Thai food to get over the hangover!) feedback from previous Xtreme Gappers has always been very positive about Koh Tao. When you are not off exploring, you have a beautiful resort with a swimming pool to chill out in, and everything is within an easy walking distance of where you are staying. The beach for examples is just a 3 min walk from your accommodation.

As Koh Tao is one of the best places in the world to learn to dive, many people add on a full open water course. Once you have a license you are able to book extra fun dives locally for about £18 per dive.

For those staying for a minimum of 2 weeks, you are lucky enough to join the full moon party(check dates upon booking). We include the full moon party tickets and its super easy to head over to the neighbouring island to hit the full moon party, and party all night!

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Accommodation

Your stay on Koh Tao will be made even sweeter as you stay at a luxury diving resort. Our representative is located next door so you always have our backup and support on your doorstep.

You will be staying in a shared twin bedroom (upgrades to your own room available £25 per week) with an ensuite shower and toilet. Room upgrades to more expensive and luxurious class are also available.

The accommodation is set in gorgeous tropical Thai Gardens, with a beautiful relaxing pool. There are a bar and a restaurant available at the resort and you will be based in Sairee, the main backpacker Hub, just 3 min from the beach and a short walk to the nightlife.

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Trip Frequently Asked Questions

This programme begins in Koh Tao, but we can book you an extra night in bangkok plus overnight transfer to Koh Tao. This means you have to arrive 2 days before the start date of the trip in Bangkok.

If you wish help with flight just let us know.

Stay in luxury in Bangkok for a night before heading to paradise (optional).

An easy entry into the country with your arrival in Bangkok sorted, with a night in a hotel close to Khao San Road (the backpacker area). You can then spend a few days in the capital, checking out the sites or taking some optional tours. After exploring the capital city and partying on the Khao San Rd, you will be ready to head down to a paradise island, famous amongst backpackers for being the ultimate get away… Prepare yourself for a relaxing, blissful and adventurous time, spent living on Koh Tao. Your transfer tickets to take you from Bangkok to Koh Tao will be ready for you at our office in Bangkok.

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4 (Week)4 Options Standard TwinUSD 1399Book Now

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Terms: $250 USD deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • Shared accommodation in a beautiful resort with pool (upgrade to single available at £25 a week)
  • Taxi pick up from the pier on Koh Tao
  • Delicious Thai meal with the rest of the group on us
  • Introduction to the island and details on where to find the best beaches and your activities
  • Free Koh Tao Guide
  • Amazing nightlife in cool beach bars
  • Your choice of Activity (beginner freediving (2 days), 5 one on one Muay Thai sessions or 5 yoga sessions, or 3 Crossfit sessions)
  • Snorkelling
  • Long Tail boat adventure
  • Stand up paddle session
  • Climb to viewpoint on stunning Koh Nang Yuang
  • All Equipment for activities
  • All instruction and guides for activities
  • Free Wifi at the resort
  • Return ticket to the full moon party with a min stay of 2 weeks (if it is on during your dates)

For 2 or 3 or 4 week packages, choose one extra adventure option per week:

Not included but available

  • 1 night in a luxury Bangkok hotel with breakfasts (optional with upgrade)
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao( optional with upgrade)

Excluded

  • Flights
  • airport pickup
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals (apart from the evening out with the rep)
  • Transfer ticket back from Koh Tao to Bangkok. Our rep can help you sorting this out once you are on the island.

Please note this programme does not include meals, we are often asked why and the answer is simple. You can eat out in Thailand for as little as £2. If we included all of your food, you would have to eat in the same place all the time. We feel that there is so much amazing food to discover in Thailand, that you should be able to choose where to eat and when to eat. Going out for dinner is also a social event, you will discover that during the day everyone is training, and you meet in the evening for a nice Thai Curry somewhere. Our rep can tell you all about the nice places to eat.

Dates

2017

30th July 2017
13th August 2017
27th August 2017
24th September 2017
26th November 2017
24th December 2017

2018

28th January 2018
18th February 2018
25th March 2018
22nd April 2018
20th May 2018
17th June 2018
22nd July 2018
19th August 2018
16th September 2018
11th November 2018
09th December 2018

 

Freedive Course And Training In Mexico

We have put together freedive courses according to the AIDA certification requirements with a professional freedive instructor. Besides the course we will take you diving in amazing underwater caves, beautiful lagoons, sea wrecks and you can choose a special dive, depending on the season: whale sharks, bull sharks (only 3 star), lion fish hunt, scuba dive, Maya ruins or sail fish run. We focus on giving you the best preparation to feel comfortable going freediving, plus we will give you lots of extra information about the area, where once the great Mayan civilization bloomed. You will end up on the bottom of the sea posing on the prow of a ship wreck for our photographer, with nothing but the air in your lungs! We have put together an amazing package unique in this world for you!!

Place yourself in the Mexican jungle. You have just jumped into one of the many ´cenotes´ here, or underwater caves. You hold on to a floating device and focus on your breathing, preparing to go down with no more than the air in your own lungs. After a minute or two you get a signal, take one last deep breath and off you go.


 Freediving in Mexico

Meter by meter you descend into the dark crystal clear water while you try to stay as calm as possible, knowing that you have more than enough air left to make it back up safely. At 16 meters depth you look around and see how the water breaks the light from the sun into beautiful rays, illuminating a magical underwater world full of stalagmites and stalactites. A sight you will not see anywhere else in the world. You go back up where your instructor and your buddies wait for you and you can finally let the air out, and breathe: preparing to go back down again. That is freediving in the Mayan Riviera and one of the most amazing things you will ever do!

Become one with the underwater worldFreediving beginner

We offer freedive courses according to the AIDA certification requirements with a professional freedive instructor. Besides the course we will take you diving in amazing underwater caves, beautiful lagoons, sea wrecks and you can choose a special dive, depending on the season: whale sharks, bull sharks (only 3 star), lion fish hunt, scuba dive, Maya ruins or sail fish run. We focus on giving you the best preparation to feel comfortable going freediving, plus we will give you lots of extra information about the area, where once the great Mayan civilization bloomed. You will end up on the bottom of the sea posing on the prow of a ship wreck for our photographer, with nothing but the air in your lungs!  We have put together an amazing package unique in this world for you!!

It is our goal to not just give you the proper theoretical and practical know-how, but also to truly make you feel   the amazing experience of freediving. It is an exciting sport and a way to really challenge and look at yourself, and to learn that you can do so much more than you think! It is perfect for boys as well as girls and the best way to really get in touch with the underwater world!

Playa del Carmen and its surroundings is a place like no other in the world. The list of things to do is endless and you will love the whole vibe and fall in love with the Mexican hospitality and laid back life style.

Freediving Mexico Highlights Include:

  • Dive up to 16 meters on a single breath
  • Dive in the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean sea
  • Explore underwater caves without having to bring any equipment
  • 5 trips to different dive sites, each with their unique specifications
  • Choose an extra special dive: whale sharks, bull sharks, scuba dive, Maya ruins, sail fish run or lion fish hunt
  • Go diving to a ship wreck in front of the crystal clear waters of the island Cozumel
  • A chance to practice with experienced free divers
  • Get 2 and/ or 3 star certification

 

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Please note the below highlights the AIDA version. We also run this with SSI accreditation, this is done interchangeably depending on availability of freedive instructors. After booking you may be on either SSI or AIDA.

Coba, Playa, Mexico (3)The AIDA ** freediver course is the foundation freediving course covering the necessary skills and knowledge for recreational freediver to safely freedive with or without a guideline.
You will be introduced to four freediving disciplines : static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight. The course will follow your abilities and it is not a competitive course.
Enjoying is the most important point for us. We will first start in confined water and then explore the beautiful Mexican cenotes while freediving.

To successfully complete the AIDA 2 star freediver course you will have to perform a 2 minute breath hold, swim 40 m underwater with fins and dive to 16m in the open water.

Day 1: We pick you up from the residence and bring you to our home base for a theoretical introduction and some breathing exercises. You will spend some time in a swimming pool where you focus on static apnea and dynamic apnea.

Day 2: This day you will spend in one of the cenotes and we will work on how to freedive in a safe and responsible way. Also you will learn how to be a good ´buddy´.

Day 3: This day we will also spend in a cenote or a laguna, in which we can practice our skills and finish the requirements if not already done. We will finish the day with a small exam and a late lunch and a beer!

After your 2 star training you will go freediving and exploring various of the magical cenotes with our instructor for 5 days and a beautiful laguna. We also include a unique dive to a ship wreck in front of the coast of the island Cozumel with its famous crystal clear waters.

Xtreme Gap freediving Mexico (50)As a bonus we have , depending on the season, one of 6 amazing dives:

  • Swimming with the gentle whale sharks (June to September)
  • Diving with sailfish, the fastest fish of the ocean (February)
  • Free diving bull sharks, an unforgettable experience unique in the world (November to April   – it will be up to the instructor to decide whether a student/ client is ready to do the bull shark dive)
  • Help to keep the balance of the marine ecosystem by hunting for lion fish
  • For certified scuba divers a change to go diving in one of the amazing cenotes
  • Go visit the magnificent ruins of Coba and go diving in one of the magical cenotes around there

The AIDA *** freediver course is a course which builds on the skills acquired in the  AIDA**course. The aim of the course is to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to independently plan and participate in free diving activities with similarly experienced free dive buddies.
This course is really designed for you to improve your techniques and most of all to understand your sensation. You will learn proper equalization techniques and free falling to depth.
During this course we will practice the four free diving disciplines in a non competitive way : static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight.

To successfully complete the AIDA 3 star free diver course you will have to perform a 2 minute 45 second breath hold, swim 55 m underwater with fins and dive to 24 meters in the open water.

Day 1: 7h to 16h- Confined water
– Stretching
– Training into an Olympic size pool: dynamic up to 55m
– Training table (exercise to train CO2 tolerance with dynamic dives)
– Theory (mammalian dive reflex, blood shift, training plan…..)
– Static dive (2 min 45) + co2 training in static

Day 2 : 8h30 to 17h. Open Water
– Stretching
– Cenote ‘El Pit’
– Discovering the Free fall/ turn
– Rescue techniques on deep dives
– Constant weight at 24 m minimum
– Safety diver

Day 3: 8h30 to 17h – Stretching
– Laguna Tulum
– Deep dives
– Auto rescue at depth
– Use of a lanyard
– Constant weight at 30 m
-safety diver

Playa del Carmen

CARIBBEAN___MEXICO_MEXICO_CON_MEX__MEXICO_-_CARIBBEAN_COAST_PLAYA_DEL_CARMEN_RES_002648_Playa del Carmen is a beautiful city that sits on the Caribbean Sea coast of Mexico. It used to be a humble fishing village and the stopover for travelers visiting Cozumel Island. It is blessed with the same stretch of white sandy beaches and azure waters as Cancun, but with less crowd.

Tourists then began to see Playa del Carmen as a good holiday getaway, and so began its rise as a major destination. It is now home to various hotels, restaurants, resorts, and bars and clubs, not to mention many other attractions such as adventure sports facilities and great diving opportunities.

Quinta Avenida is the city’s major street. You can walk it from the beach. It is filled with boutiques, restaurants, and many other interesting establishments. Walking along this street will make you feel the festive atmosphere of the place. You will find streets intersecting with the Quinta and leading to the beach. Here you will find internet cafes, money changers, dive-shops and other specialty stores. Quinta Avenida transforms into a vibrant party venue at night. It is the perfect place to mingle with the locals and fellow tourists.

The picturesque beaches in Playa del Carmen are open to the public. The crystal-like waters have the right temperature for a nice swim. If you prefer a crowded beach, then head for the ones close to the ferry docks. But if you want a serene, private place, then go to either north or south for less crowded and quitter beaches.

Playa del Carmen offers lots of sporting activities at the beach. You can fish, scuba-dive, or snorkel. Do not worry if you forgot to bring your gears since there are many dive shops that rent out equipment. If you do not prefer some action, you can always relax by lounging under your umbrella, while sipping a glass of margarita.

As for culinary adventures, the city also has many interesting things to offer. It has a diverse mix of traditional, international, as well as fusion cuisines and all ready to appease your craving palate with something hot, something new, or something scrumptious. Options include authentic Mayan dishes French, Italian, Chinese, Argentinean, and many other international dishes.

Visit the bustling yet charming Playa del Carmen. This heavenly, stylish, and surprisingly seductive place will astound you with all its unique offers. You´ll never want to leave!

Your accommodation is in a beautiful boutique hostel, with a great intimate atmosphere. The rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning! All guests have use of a big terrace where they can relax or just share travel tips with other guests. Its located in a great neighbourhood, everything is round the corner, oh and there is free WiFi!

The best hostel in Playa del Carmen for sure. Perfect blend of atmosphere without being too crazy. Great chill out area in the middle with fun events at night. The staff are all really good fun and friendly. The place has a great vibe and if you like tequila you will do very well here.

Breakfast

We include breakfast for you. Breakfast is a buffet style and includes – coffee, tea, bread, butter, 4 types of jam, 2 types of cereal, milk and 2 types of fruits, so good start of the day!

 

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From the 20th Dec-20th Jan the prices increase. Please contact us for a custom quote.
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Included

  • Shared accommodation in Playa’s coolest hostel 5 minutes from the beach!
  • Breakfast
  • Airport pickup
  • Professional apnea course and AIDA or SSI certification
  • Pick up from the residence to go to the course and to practice
  • Photo and video material of the dives you make
  • Unlimited sun, beach, fun!

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenditure

We have put together a unique free diving package for you, with enough free time to enjoy everything else there is to do in one of the most amazing places in the world!

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Freediving Course Thailand

Mastering advanced Freediving techniques will enable you to dive down 20 metres on a single breath of air in just 2 days! You can train at our worldclass Freediving school, set on a cool tropical island in Thailand. We will teach you the correct techniques, the physiology and science enabling you to do advance freediving. Either complete an eye opening beginner or advanced course, or participate in a full blown freediving master or even instructor programme!


Master advanced Freediving techniques that will enable you to dive down 20 metres on a single breath of air on the second day! Our Freediving school, set on a cool tropical island in Thailand, teaches you correct techniques, the physiology and science behind being able to do advance freediving. Either complete an eye opening beginner or Advanced course, or come stay a while with a full blown freediving master.

 Become an Xtreme Freediving Master In Thailand

Why Learn to Freedive?

Some would say Freediving allows you to achieve what most consider impossible. Overcoming that perception is one of the main reasons to try it.But actually the real reason is because it is an amazing thing to do.  Once you are into free diving it will open up a whole new world to you.  It’s hard to comprehend what it is about until you have tried it.  But just imagine practising their sport every day, that opens you up to a completely new environment and something that you will continuously get better at.  How extreme you want to go well that’s up to you, but living on a tropical island interacting with Marine life and getting amazing free diving skills well that’s worth spending some time on.

What will you learn?

On our Thailand Freediving course you will learn how to overcome your fears and decent down to 30 to 40 metres holding your breath. Advanced techniques are taught by highly experienced instructors, allowing you to experience the amazing underwater world of Koh Tao. If you are on a short break go for the beginner and advanced course, if you want to spend some decent time here, become a freedive Master.

Was this trip might not be right for everyone if you do like the water then you can take your snorkelling experience to the next level you would genuinely be amazed by how capable you can be under the water.

Beginner – 1 Week

Freediving beginner

Advanced 2 Weeks

Freediving advanced

Master Course – 6 Weeks

Freediving  Master

Free Diving Highlights:

  • Ideal for a short holiday or cool activity to add to your gap year
  • Totally unique programme, feel free
  • 1 week    for a beginner course.
  • 2 weeks for a beginner & advanced course.
  • 6 weeks to become a master!
  • Freediving up to 20 meters within 2 days
  • For the more advanced: freediving up to 40 meters!
  • No dive equipment needed
  • See turtles, tropical fish and more!
  • Experience the stunning under water world
  • Accommodation on the beautiful Thai island Koh Tao
  • Stay one day and night in a luxury hotel in the buzzing backpackers area of Bangkok upon arrival

 

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Beginner Freediver course (max 20 meters) 2 day course

An introduction to Apnea (Freediving). During this course we will take you down to 20 metres in a controlled environment through the use of relaxation and breath hold techniques.

First Day

Gili Freediving Programme IndonesiaWe start with theory (in the morning), this is an introduction to the different disciplines and principals of freediving. We will cover the   equipment and talk about what is possible and how You will learn more about the body and what makes it possible to dive to depths. It is fascinating really as you learn all about innate reflexes in the human body that assist us under water.

We then look at   breathing techniques,   theory of duck-diving and conserving energy, descent and ascent.

In the afternoon we will head out on the boat to try out the theory and put it into practice. This will involve warming up and preparation equalization duck-dive practice and kicking technique dives and you will go to a maximum of 12 meters.

Second Day

  • Theory (in the morning)
  • safety
  • Pranayama
  • proper pre-dive and post-dive breathing

Advanced freediving course (max 40 meters) 3 day course

For all of you who have completed the Freediver Course and want to go deeper and for a longer time, this is your course. The advance course lasts 3 days and is divided in theory and water exercises.

First Day

  • Xtreme Gap Year Freediving Course (4)Theory (in the morning)
  • advanced breathing techniques
  • pre-dive breathing pattern
  • warm up routine
  • advanced equalization
  • Water (in the afternoon)
  • warming up and preparation
  • negative dives

Second Day

  • Theory (in the morning)
  • training techniques Breakpoint
  • stretching
  • diet
  • safety
  • Water (in the afternoon)
  • full warmup technique and preparation.
  • NPSD (Negative pressure static dive)
  • deep dives (max. allowed 40 meters)

Third Day

  • Theory (in the morning)
  • mammalian dive reflex
  • advanced static apnea preparation
  • Water (in the afternoon)
  • static apnea (pool or sea)

This is an intense freediving course. Aims of this course include deeper dives to depths between 30 – 40 meters, and an introduction to static apnea with breath-holds of a 3-minute minimum.

Master freediving course (6 weeks including beginner and advanced)

Freediving Xtreme Gap (5)During this course you improve your freediving skills in every aspect, Deep equalization, time and depth are improvements. You will have an specific breathing and training sessions depending on your capacity practising different disciplines, free-immersion,constant weight, unassisted, dynamics and static.

You’ll be diving everyday and we will film you in different days to improve your technique and see your progress.

We will also introduce different breathing techniques and cover different topics: physiology, diet, training, visualization and more. The Master course is an internship training programme where you will maximize your freediving potential. You will practice all major freedive disciplines of free immersion, dynamics, static, constant weight with fins, unassisted, no limits and variable weight. Plus masters will assist instructors for all freediving course levels.

Accommodation

A 30 second walk from the Muay Thai training camp you will find your beautiful new, safe and clean home from home.

Our accommodation is one of the few places on the island with a swimming pool, which in 30 degrees heat is a god send after training. Your room, big and comfortable, will have an en-suite and there is a maid service. There is a laundry service (approx €1 per big bag load) as well. Linen and towels are provided.

Room options

Please note the standard fan room is the default room we provide unless upgrading room class.

Standard Fan Room

Recommended!!! Our most basic standard of accommodation, with your own bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, ceiling fan and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Fan
  • Satelite TV
  • Internet Wifi
  • Balcony
  • Your own own Shower and Toilet

Comfort Fan Room

Our newest rooms, recently built they are beautifully decorated and furnished for your relaxation. Larger than our Standard Room range, they are very close to our swimming pool and sunbathing area.

  •  Satelite TV
  • Internet Wifi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower and toilet

Standard Airconditioning Room

Basic accommodation, with your own bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, air-conditioning and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Airconditioning
  • Satelite TV
  • Hot shower
  • Internet Wifi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower & Toilet

 

More Accommodation Information

Follow this link to our Blog post with more details and pictures regarding the accommodation on Koh Tao.

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The freediving school is located on a tropical island in Thailand, named Koh Tao. So when you are not exploring the sea bed, you will be living your life in paradise! Xtreme Gap has partnered with the regions leading freediving school, which is an independent organization established in 2004 by internationally recognized freediving instructors. The team has vast experience in training and participating in worldwide freediving competitions. Their qualifications include dives deeper than 80 meters and static breath-holds of over 7.5 minutes.
  • In summary a freediver enjoys the following:
  •  No decompression limits.
  • No heavy cumbersome and slow equipment.
  • No costs of hiring expensive equipment to go diving.
  • No restrictions on flying.
  • No bubbles to scare the fish.
  • Freediving is popular because:
  • It is a low cost sport.
  • It pushes your limits giving you a great sense of achievement on a good dive.
  • It is extremely good for fitness and cardio levels.
  • If you like the sea it gives you total freedom and flexibility – no scary bubbles (fish don ´t like bubbles) not nitrogen build up, and plenty of fun gliding through the water.

Freediving is diving under the water without assistance from a scuba tank filled with oxygen. It comes in many different forms:

  •  Static Apnea
  • Constant weight
  • Free Imersion
  • CNF (Constant Weight No Fins)

Read More about Freediving on our blog.

One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.

Duration Option Price
1 (Week) Beginner Course & Accommodation £ 399 Book Now
1 (Week) Advanced Course & Accommodation £ 399 Book Now
2 (Week) Beginner & Advanced Course & Standard Fan Accommodation £ 649 Book Now
2 (Week) Beginner & Advanced Course & Comfort Fan Accommodation £ 789 Book Now
2 (Week) Beginner & Advanced Course & Aircon Accommodation £ 899 Book Now
6 (Week) Master Course ( Zero to-hero) Standard Fan £ 1659 Book Now
6 (Week) Master Course ( Zero to-hero) Comfort Room £ 1899 Book Now
6 (Week) Master Course ( Zero to-hero) Aircon Room £ 1999 Book Now

Included

  • Detailed information pack before departure
  • Luxury hotel in Bangkok on the night before leaving for paradise
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao (one way)
  • Taxi pick up from the pier, and transfer to your accommodation
  • 1, 2 or 6 weeks accommodation at a beautiful resort
  • Island introduction by our own rep!
  • Freediving Course (Max 20 meters) /Advanced Free Diver Course (Max 40 meters) /Master Freediving Course (6 week course only)
  • Use of freedive equipment
  • Dedicated world class AIDA & F.R.E.E. free dive instructors
  • Freediving Qualification certificates (following the F.R.E.E. discipline)
  • Discounts of retail prices for all free diving equipment

 

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks
  • Diving insurance
  • Transfer ticket back from Koh Tao to Bangkok. Our rep can help you sorting this out once you are on the island. (About 30 GBP)

Dates

Starts every Sunday except in October and November. No courses run over October and November.

The programme starts with a night in Bangkok. The following day we have booked you on to the bus and boat to Koh Tao. When you arrive early we can book you in extra nights in the hotel in Bangkok.

 

” Just wanted to write you to say thank you for helping me learn to become a free diver. I never knew it was possible to dive that deep or hold my breath for that long, the course was excellent.  “
Harry Torpey
” Koh Tao was absolutely stunning, I had such a great time with the team there and my free diving experience was the highlight of my trip. I got down to 30 m and I think I’ve found a new addiction so thank you very much to everyone Xtreme Gap. “
Winona McGrath

Gili Freediving Programme, Indonesia

Free diving is the name suggest is all about freedom under water. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you push yourself (and when you have the proper instruction) makes this in with a beautiful tropical island deep clear blue seas and superb free diving instruction from some of the world’s top free dive instructors and you’re onto a winner.

Free diving as the name suggest is all about freedom under water. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you push yourself (and when you have the proper instruction) makes this in with a beautiful tropical island deep clear blue seas and superb free diving instruction from some of the world’s top free dive instructors and you’re onto a winner.

 

Freediving In The Gili Islands

The Gili Islands located just a short distance away from Bali are the perfect location to learn to free dive. Based at a top free diving school, you will be under the instruction of some of the worlds best free dive instructors, where you can learn the theory and skills necessary to dive deep on a single breath of air.

Whilst we offer free diving courses in lots of different locations all over the world, there’s something very special about the Gili Islands, maybe it’s because you are not limited by depth (if you could go deeper than 200m although you certainly won’t be able to do that on this course). Perhaps you just want a taste of this exciting sport, or you really want to develop your free diving skills in which case we have some pretty advanced courses as well.

If you want to learn more about free diving check this Freediving link.

Highlights

  • Learning the theory behind Apnea and overcoming your fear to go deeper
  • Training under British national record holder Mike Board
  • Experiencing the awesome feeling the first time you break the negative buoyancy barrier becoming completely weightless.
  • Discovering more amazing things your body is truly capable of when you learn how to master it properly.
  • Checking out the beautiful underwater world surrounding the Gili Islands.
  • Enjoying the tropical island lifestyle sitting on white sandy beaches with the coconut arrak!

 

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Itinerary

We have two options in the Freedive course. The first one is a 1 week pack. You have 5 full on freedive course days! This gives you a couple of days to chill out as well.

  • Complete a 1 Week Beginner to Advanced
  • Complete a 2 week Beginner to Deep Dive Course

The Beginner and Advanced Freedive Course What’s the difference?

Beginner:

Gili Freediving Programme Indonesia The Level 1 Freediver Course is an entry level course designed to teach the fundamental skills of breath holding and freediving. This course is suitable for anyone interested in improving their overall comfort underwater, or for those with previous freediving experience, interested in developing the correct techniques to extend their limits. This two day course is comprised of two academic sessions and two open water sessions.

Advanced:

This level 2 course will equip you with further knowledge of the mammalian dive reflex and how to initiate the best response for Freediving. You will learn new advanced equalization techniques and apnea training methods to carry you past 20 meters and develop the skills necessary to Freedive to depths up to 30 meters.

Deep Diving Freediving course

Gili Freediving Programme Indonesia (15)If you decide to join this trip for 2 weeks, you will also do the Deep dive course. We take you deeper and learn you more about breathing techniques!

The two week freedive programme includes the Beginner, Advanced and Deep dive course.

People that join usually wish to maximize their potential and see just how deep they can go! Students train progressively over the duration of the course and increase both breath-hold and depth from day to day.

Certification

Once you have completed your initial training you will be a certified SSI Freediver. SSI certification is recognized world wide so your diving experiences will be limitless.

We also have Master courses but you have to be freediving for 6 months already if you want to join this course, if you are interested you can send us and email.

Yoga classes included

Whenever you feel like it you can attend the yoga classes. Because we feel you benefit from doing yoga, helps you to learn to control your breading, we include 2 sessions per week.

About your instructors

Gili Freediving Programme Indonesia We work with some of the top freediving schools in the world, and the Gili Islands School is on we of those with out a doubt. Your instructors Kate and Mike have an impressive roster of awards.

Freedive Instructor Kate Middleton won 1st place overall in the South East Asia Breathless Freediving competition in Phuket Thailand from 17-20 Feb 2011.

Mike Board sets a new British national record in Free Immersion at the Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt.

Depending on which course you will be doing the itinerary is as follows:

Beginner and Advanced

Beginner, level 1.

Gili Freediving Programme Indonesia (17)The Level 1 Freediver Course is an entry level course designed to teach the fundamental skills of breath holding and freediving. This course is suitable for anyone interested in improving their overall comfort underwater, or for those with previous freediving experience, interested in developing the correct techniques to extend their limits.

This two day course is comprised of two academic sessions and two open water sessions.

Theory

  •  Introduction to freediving
  •  Freediving Equipment orientation
  •  Physiology
  •  Mammalian Dive Reflex
  •  Understanding Pressure
  •  Equalization
  •  Freediving skills: duckdiving, finning technique, the ascent and descent
  •  2 section breathing
  •  Freediving safety

Water Session One

  •  Pre-dive Stretching
  •  Equipment adjustment
  •  Breathing revision (in water)
  •  Equalizing
  •  Duck diving, finning technique, streamlining
  •  Arms only technique
  •  Dives to 12m
  •  Freediving safety
  •  Black out and Loss of Motor Control rescue techniques

Day Two

Theory

  •  Aquatic Environment
  •  Water Movement – Tides and Currents, Wind and Waves
  •  Planning your Freediving session
  •  Freediving Safety – Freediving and Scuba diving
  •  Training for Freediving

Water Session

  • Stretching for Freediving
  •  Breating revision
  •  Constant Weight (with fins) diving to 20m max (min 10m)
  •  Practice recovery of an unconscious diver (black out) underwater from 10m
  •  Loss of Motor Control rescue on the surface
  •  Duckdiving, finning technique, streamlining
  •  Ascending arms only from 10m
  •  Surfacing and recovery breathing Advanced Freediver Course

Advanced, level 2

The Level 2 Freediver Course will equip you with further knowledge of the mammalian dive reflex and how to initiate the best response for Freediving. You will learn new advanced equalization techniques and apnea training methods to carry you past 20 meters and develop the skills necessary to Freedive to depths up to 30 mtrs.

Day One

  •  Physiology
  •  Pressure and Depth
  •  Mammalian Dive Reflex
  •  Breathing technique
  •  Deep equalization technique
  •  Advanced Freediving skills
  •  Freediving Safety
  •  Stretching
  •  Breathing revision
  •  Static Apnea
  •  Static Apnea training techniques
  •  Static Apnea safety
  •  Dynamic Apnea techniques
  •  Dynamic Apnea without fins technique
  •  Stretching and Warming up
  •  Duckdive revision
  •  Frenzel equalization
  •  Streamlining and orientation
  •  Finning technique

Day Two

  •  Lung volumes
  •  Thoracic stretching
  •  Warm-ups for freediving
  •  Freefall/Glide phase
  •  Daltons Law and Shallow Water Blackout
  •  Competitions
  •  Aquatic Environment
  •  Training for Freediving
  •  Constant Weight (CWT) Freediving
  •  Freefalling
  •  Frenzel Equalization
  •  Proper turns at depth
  •  Buddy system and Freediving Safety

Day 3

 

  •  Thoracic Stretching
  •  Warm-up dives
  •  CWT dives
  •  Frenzel Equalization practice
  •  Freefalling
  •  Ascending arms only from 15m
  •  Ascending without mask from 15m
  •  Freediving safety dives
  •  Rescue of blacked out diver from 15m
  •  Loss of Motor Control rescue at surface
  •  Warm-up dives
  •  CWT dives to max 30m (min 20m)
  •  Free Immersion dives

The Master Course (Deep Dive Course)

Add this on to the Beginner and Advanced Course

The Master course is a in total (incl beginner and advanced) 2 week training especially for freedivers who want to do more than just the beginner and advanced. If you wish to maximize your potential and see just how deep they can go! Students train progressively over the duration of the course and increase both breath-hold and depth from day to day.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The Visa required will depend on the length of stay planned. Visa on arrival (30-days US$25) You automatically get 30-days on arrival when you enter into the country. You will need to pay for this at the airport, and it is best to bring US$ notes dated from the year 2000 onwards for the payment. Most airport immigration offices will not accept credit cards, so be prepared with the cash.

Once your first 30-days runs out you can visit the Immigration office in Lombok and apply for an additional 30-days for around $50. This involves one day spent in Lombok and a lot of Indonesia paperwork, so can be a day wasted if you are on a tight schedule! If you know you want to be here for longer than one month, then it is best to come prepared with a 60-day tourist visa.

Tourist Visa (60-days, cost depends on the Embassy where visa application is processed) For anyone planning to be here for up to 2 months, a 60-day tourist visa is definitely the easiest way to go. These visas need to be pre-arranged and collected from an embassy outside of the country before entering into Indonesia. The time taken to process the visa is usually 3 working days, and the cost will depend on which embassy you are using. You can check the latest requirements on our Visa section.

Apart from the tourist attractions like temples and waterfalls, and the usual beach activities like sunbathing and snorkelling, you can go fishing, horse riding, water skiing, wakeboarding, and there is a surf break to the south of the island for the experienced surfer. If any of you are golfers there is a fantastic 18 hole course 10 minutes away in the speed boat. It’s not a cheap day out when compared to everything else in Indonesia, but good value for western standards: transport, green fee, clubs, buggy, caddy, lunch and drinks will cost you about $100. The best thing to do on your day of is chilling as this is the island for it!

There are no police on Trawangan, however the local population have put together an equivalent organization called SATGAS. They answer to the Kepala Desa (Head of the Village) so if, for example, you lose anything they’ll be your best chance for finding it. There office is located just behind the harbour.
No, the aggressive hawkers you may have had experiences with in Bali are not allowed onto the island. However on your way to the Gilis you will possibly come via Bangsal harbour. The hawkers there will try to sell you everything from cigarettes to return tickets, telling you that these are not available on the islands. Everything they offer is available on the island and probably cheaper.

While it is perfectly safe to swim and snorkel around the Gilis you should never try to swim to the next island, it is much further than it looks and the currents in the middle of the channel can be very strong even for the best of swimmers.

There are no cars, motorbikes, in fact no motorized transport on Trewangan,so no traffic accident will happen. Everything is very close together so there’s no chance of getting lost. The locals are also very friendly and always keep an eye out, so finding staying safe will not be a problem. However just line in every country there is the hazard of getting drunk and feeling unwell. Take it easy as you will always dive the next day. The current of the sea around the Gili´s is very strong so skinny dipping after dark is also not a good idea.

On the island Visa/Mastercard, Travellers cheques, and almost any foreign currency are accepted in the western run restaurants. There is also an ATM/cash point machine on the island, however it does not accept all cards and it runs out of cash quite regularly so bring some rupiah as a back up. You can change money at the local money changers and even get cash on credit cards but the exchange rates will not be in your favour and commissions will be charged. We go to Lombok for shopping once a week and at the same time get cash from ATM’s for our customers when the machines on the island do not work.

No, despite what you may have heard there is no malaria on Gili Trawangan. Some areas in Lombok (20 minutes by boat) however are known to have it. If you have to take anti malarial medication don’t use Larium, as in about 50% of cases it produces unpleasant side effects when combined with diving.

No, you do not need to be fit to learn to free dive. Eben if you have to much body fit, have not been working out for a while and you smoke you can join and learn how to free dive.

No, this is something totally different to scuba diving. You do however need to love water, as this is where you will be spending a lot of your time!

Duration Option Price  
2 (Week)Dorm & SSI level I 2 & DeepUSD 2049Book Now

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Included

  • Pre departure information
  • Accommodation in dorms
  • Training gear
  • Instruction
  • Certification
  • 2 yoga classes per week

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Meals
  • Transfers to the Gilis (Can be arranged for you though)

 

Dates

Flexible start dates.
“Freediving is one of the best things i have ever done!
It’s such an amazing and peaceful experience to dive in the wonderful blue ocean and explore the underwater world while holding the breath. The very experienced and super nice instructors made me feel very comfortable and safe in the water and they taught me how to explore and enjoy the underwater-world.  See  more reviews here.”
Helen Stewart
” if you like the idea of something a little more extreme to scuba, being able to dive deeper than you normally would even with a tank, experiencing diving on a new and competitive level (if you like), rather than just ‘looking at fish’ i would strongly recommend you to join this programme. You get a real sense of achievement every time you push a little deeper and test your own limits.  more reviews here.”
Tom Adams