The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12-week experience giving you plenty of opportunity to dive with whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise with white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, this is the world’s number one spot to do your Divemaster. You will discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work in the scuba diving industry all over the world.
Divemaster Course in Koh Tao, the perfect paradise location
the Xtreme Gap Year Divemaster course plus internship on Koh Tao: Live the life on a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. The Koh Tao Divemaster course means living on an incredible tropical island, chilling, partying and diving every day for 8 or 12 weeks, accommodation and equipment included. You will be living the live with the best office in the world! Discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work and get paid in the scuba diving industry all over the world.
The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12 week trip giving you the best lifestyle possible. You will be diving at least 5 days a week and discover dive the most incredible marine life, reef sharks, whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise, with to die for beaches, crystal clear seas and plenty of parties, this is the worlds number one spot to do your Divemaster.
The Koh Tao Divemaster plus internship provides you with unlimited diving, meaning you can dive every day of the week up to 4 times a day. After the course, you will be qualified as a dive master, which is recognised word wide, and can even start to earn your own money while travelling!
Thailand Divemaster Highlights
Diving every day in superb dive sites with unlimited diving*
Living on one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands
Awesome night life & cool island community atmosphere
Professional and fun training from western SSI and RAID instructors
Divemaster course plus internship to get hands on experience
Qualify to work in the dive industry all over the world
Plenty of chill time and great beaches to hang out
Amazing stay at a resort on Koh Tao with swimming pool, bar, ensuite accommodation and just a 2 min walk to the dive school
Anyone can join, even if its just for the amazing live style for a few months
*You can dive 4 times per day for the duration of the DM and also a night dive every other night. Many other Divemaster programmes offer only 60 dives in total.
Some Great Reasons To Join
Super social great way to meet people and you join our big groups on Koh Tao
Fun everything is prearranged for you, from all of your diving, accommodation and transfers
Lots of backup and support in Koh Tao with representatives on call to help you out if you have any issues
Completing this will demonstrate something constructive with your time out which is good for university and CV
A great way of extending your travels over a couple of months and incorporating it is a part of a larger round the world trip
Opportunities to get a job abroad to further increase your earning potential
Gaining experience in a position of responsibility, as a valued staff member you can get some great working experience with a really fun job
The Koh Tao Divemaster
This programme is not just about the diving, you will develop leadership skills necessary to have a job leading divers in the underwater world. Koh Tao Divemasters become trained in reacting to and dealing with emergencies. Helping distressed divers and learning about the physics, physiology and theory of diving. All the while you will be living on Koh Tao, a tropical paradise island with a chilled cosmopolitan social scene and indescribable natural beauty.
Just imagine living in a tropical paradise with fun filled days and exciting nights. Experience the freedom and happiness and change your life. Should you wish to stay after during your Divemaster training, you will be qualified to gain paid work as a Divemaster at one of the many dive resorts located in Koh Tao. Or perhaps follow a Technical diving (wreck hunter) course or even become a Dive instructor. (If you join our SSI programme you can go straight from zero to Instructor in 12 weeks!)
You can also add on an Underwater videography course if you further wish to extend your interest in diving or subsidise your travels as this is a paid internship.
DIVEMASTERS! LOVING THE LIFESTYLE!
Hundreds of travellers come to Thailand and Koh Tao each year with the intention of doing a scuba diving course. For many the open water and advanced course is their intention, however, Koh Tao has an addictive atmosphere. The lifestyle and setting offer an incredible experience. People become so enthralled by the scuba diving and the lifestyle on offer that they end up prolonging their stay to train up to Divemaster level and sometime Scuba diving instructor. The Divemaster course brings you a slice of this amazing lifestyle. You get to enjoy your days and nights, enjoying what you enjoy doing: Scuba diving and living on a paradise Island, making lots of friends and feeling good! Cost of living is cheap in Koh Tao, luxuries are affordable and fun on the island is forever present. Imagine never having to cook or do your laundry, all you have to think about is how to get the most amount of fun out of your day. With the Xtreme Gap Koh Tao Divemaster course, you can stay a while in a tropical paradise not only gaining more diving experience but thoroughly enjoying life.
Just imagine living in a tropical paradise with fun filled days and exciting nights. Experience the freedom and happiness and change your life.
Should you wish to stay after during your Divemaster training, you will be qualified to gain paid work as a Divemaster at one of the many dive resorts located in Koh Tao.
Xtreme Gap works with one of Southeast Asia´s most respected Divemaster training schools. The school has an impeccable safety record and maintains very high standards on all Scuba dive courses, equipment and staff.
There will be three active instructor trainers with over 30 years of dive experience guiding your education. You will be trained by experienced professionals who go above and beyond in all aspects of teaching. You’ll also be assisting the instructor team as they teach real customers. We have developed an equipment workshop with one of the leading equipment technicians on the island, a videography workshop with one of the most respected underwater videography companies and monthly lectures on marine biology/tech diving/environmental conservation from some of the leading names in the dive industry. This education will happen at a dedicated Professional Training Center connected to one of the best (and cheapest) Thai restaurants on the island.
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You will also get to participate in the monthly Eco Day events offered by the training center. Where several of the leading dive schools join forces to make a day of beach clean ups, reef-cleaning dives and an underwater coral health watch. You’ll feel great making a difference and keeping the island clean. We end the day in classic Koh Tao style…Team BBQ, volleyball, sunset and beers.
The idea is to make you the best possible dive professional you can be while still having the time of your life.
Unlike other Divemaster training courses, you will not be expected to spend time hanging around a shop working, giving you more time to enjoy your Thailand experience. The accommodation in the resort in Koh Tao is also of a very high standard complimenting your stay in paradise perfectly.
Dive with bull sharks before breakfast!
One of the reasons Koh Tao is such a popular Divemaster training location is the strength of some of the dive sites providing really exciting underwater experiences. Our favourite by far is chumporn pinnacle which has resident bull sharks at certain times of the year and if you do enough dives you will properly see a whale shark as well. Recently some of our Divemaster is reported back that they had the most amazing dives with two whale sharks, which is a phenomenal experience.
Varied Dive Sites
During your Divemaster training, you will discover a mix of hard and soft corals and abundant marine life from sharks to turtles and thousands of fish. The sites vary in depth from just a few meters down to 40 meters, there is little current and the water temperature is always warm, ranging from about 27C to 32C offering amazing conditions to dive every day on your Divemaster course!
The qualifications and accreditation
For our Koh Tao Divemaster courses, we use the SSI training accreditation. SSI is widely considered to be one of the top dive training agencies in the
dive industry. Whilst many people do a PADI course both are internationally recognised and it is possible to cross over qualifications from either dive training agency. Click here if you want to know the difference between PADI and SSI.
Going from zero to hero means you will gain the following SSI dive accreditation.
Diver Stress & Rescue
Advanced Open Water
Technical Extended Range Program
Most of our DMTs prefer SSI although if you have a preference for PADI please state this on your booking form as we can will arrange this for you, please note though currently there are more professional opportunities for SSI Divemasters.
A 2-minute walk from the beach 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 godsend after training. Your room, basic but spacious and comfortable, will have an en-suite and there is a maid service. There is a laundry service (approx £2 per big bag load) as well. Linen and towels are provided.
The Koh Tao Divemaster course begins in Bangkok and includes an night in a luxury hotel near the Khao San Road and your transfer to Koh Tao. If you would like assistance with your flights, we can assist with sourcing the best value flight options, just indicate on your booking form. We ensure you have enough time to relax and enjoy Bangkok before heading to Koh Tao. We will also provide with an extensive pre-departure kit to get the most out of your time in Bangkok. You can explore temples, cruise down the river and check out the sites and sounds of the Khao San Road backpacker area, located seconds away from your hotel, included in the price.
To train on the Koh Tao Divemaster course you will need to fill in a medical statement and pass a medical exam. You will definitely notice that your fitness levels improve significantly as you advance through the Koh Tao Divemaster course. Bear in mind that you will be swimming for up to 4 hours, this has a great impact on your fitness and health. However before beginning the course you need to be reasonably fit and healthy. You will also need to pass a Divemaster swim
There are some jobs available like working in a bar. It might be difficult to find one. Besides that the wages are really low in Thailand. For an entire night hard work in a bar you will earn up to £10
On Koh Tao there are around 50 dive schools. They all need Divemasters, so there are many opportunities. A job is not guaranteed, but very likely. It depends on your own hard work and how much you want it really. If you go for it 100% you will probably find a job as a Dive Master.
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.
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Terms: $250 USD deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.
Unlimited diving (4x day)
Breakfast on the boat (Fruit, Tea and Coffee)
Travel advise prior to departure to Thailand
Hotel in Bangkok on the night before leaving for paradise
Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao in Thailand
In country representative to meet you off the boat
Comfortable and clean: up to 12 weeks accommodation at the dive resort
Island introduction and orientation and dinner party on arrival
Organized monthly night out for Xtreme Gappers
SSI Divemaster course in Koh Tao including unlimited diving:
Open water, Advanced Adventurer, Diver Stress & Rescue, Advanced Open Water and Master Diver, Emergency Training, Technical Extended Range Program, Dive Guide, Divemaster and nitrox
Dedicated diving instructor
All SSI Open water to Divemaster course workbooks and manuals
Divemaster kit pack (for you to keep)
Use of dive equipment during the full duration of the Divemaster course
Qualification certificates for all courses
Substantial discounts on retail prices for all diving equipment
Flight tickets to and from Bangkok (although we can assist)
Food and drinks
Costs for visa’s
Divemaster registration and annual subscription fees
Dive computer (can be bought locally, about GBP 200)
Safety sausage and dive knife (can be bought locally)
Travel insurance and diving insurance
Transfer ticket back from Koh Tao to Bangkok. Our rep can help you sorting this out once you are on the island.
Additional Speciality courses: you will have the option to study additional dive specialities. These are not necessary to pass your DM but if you want to take them they are optional extras.
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 £1. 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.
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.
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!
FIRST WEEK INTRO & CULTURE
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
The 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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
At 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
Visas (if staying longer than 30 days this will cost approx Euro 30 for a 60 day visa)
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.
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.
Are you longing to get really fit? If you spend time at the Xtreme Gap fitness bootcamp, set in a tropical Thai jungle paradise, then you really will. Industry leading professional personal trainers will get you in peak condition in no time. After your training take your new six pack for a walk on the beautiful tropical beaches of Phuket. Feel the burn!!
Wouldn´t it be great, to get really fit? And we mean super fit. To the point where you’re feeling fantastic. Loads of energy, strength, feeling good and looking good. If you spend time at the Xtreme Gap Fitness Bootcamp, set in a tropical Thai jungle paradise, then you will. Industry-leading professional personal trainers will get you in peak condition in no time. After your training take your new six pack for a walk on the beautiful tropical beaches of Phuket. Feel the burn!!
Somewhere between two weeks and three months you can genuinely change your life. These are not our words, but the feedback from previous clients who have attended the Fitness Boot Camp.
The Thailand Fitness Boot Camp is an intensive fitness programme, open to men and women of all ages and levels of fitness. What you can achieve depends on how long you stay, but even short term guests benefit from the intensive workouts and personal attention from expert fitness trainers. It won’t break the bank, and at the end of the trip, you can expect to feel fitter, stronger, and physically better. The programme is suitable to increase cardio fitness, muscle mass, help with weight loss, flexibility or just toning up to kick off your travels! Besides that, you take home new insights into maintaining a more active and healthier lifestyle!
Why join the Tropical Fitness Bootcamp?
Most guests travel to the boot camp travelling solo so don´t be afraid to come alone. You will not be alone. We hook you up on Facebook before arrival so you can meet others at the camp.
You can relax in style in your luxury boutique accommodation, in a luxury resort with two gorgeous pools or opt for the cheaper standard accommodation.
See your fitness improving efficiently with a personal training mentor session every week.
You will be amazed at how much fitter and better you feel with lots of varied group fitness training sessions that actually work.
Discover how motivated you get when training in a group, you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
There is nothing stopping you from reaching your fitness goals with access to comprehensive gym and training equipment.
Improve fitness faster and more efficiently with proven advanced fitness techniques, taught to you by top fitness professionals.
This trip is about you, and improving your personal fitness with a plan based on your level and fitness goals in a supportive group environment.
You don´t have to worry about what you eat, we have designed and include a meal plandevised by nutritionists to help compliment your goals.
Discover new ways to stay fit trying other sports as well, like Muay Thai & Yoga (no extra costs).
There is no limit to how much you can train with Unlimited Gym Access 6 days a week.
You will get out and about and hit the beach with beach training sessions.
Tailored to your schedule with long-term (12 weeks) or short term options. How much do you want to achieve?
You can invest in your health as this is one of the best value boot camps out there. Can you afford not to take part?
Photos of the Tropical Fitness Bootcamp
Tropical Fitness Bootcamp Full Details
The Thailand fitness boot camp is suitable for all ages and all fitness levels. The one unifying goal of people attending the camp to get fit or fitter and have a great time in a beautiful location doing something healthy. It combines ultra luxurious accommodation with world-class fitness training at incredible prices.
Arrival day Sunday: You will be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation by a Xtreme Gap representative. Settle in relax after a long flight and sleep well. The next day walk to the fitness boot camp located close by where you will have your introduction session.
You make your way to the reception of the training camp, and our rep will introduce you to the trainers, give you a training schedule and give you your vouchers for the meal plan (2 meals a day Monday to Saturday). The meal plan starts on the day of the introduction. You just need to go there in your training gear, shorts, sneakers, t-shirt and a towel and water. The water you can buy at the resort or the training camp.
Motivating. With Time To Achieve Those Results.
Many people struggle to get motivated into taking their health and fitness seriously. Think about it, who has the time to hit the gym properly or go for a run in our busy lives?
When you do get round to it, where is the motivation? The great thing about the fitness Boot Camp: You can take time out of your hectic schedule to do something that is great for your well-being. Even better you know you will be supported every step of the way.
What can the Tropical Fitness Bootcamp do for you?
Everyone is different, with different goals. Some people are unfit others have a good base level of fitness, either way, you will benefit from spending some time training here, and you will see remarkable improvements.
You will be impressed by what you can achieve.
It is a motivating environment. 90% of people at the camp travel there on their own which leads to a social and supportive atmosphere because everyone has there with the same goal. Coupled with superb trainers, scheduled classes and all the equipment you could need, there is nothing stopping you.
You will be amazed at what you can achieve, because with group training sessions slacking off is less of an option, and the exercise is quite addictive once you get into it. The included meal plan, two meals a day from Monday to Saturday, provided you with healthy and delicious food helping you to tone up, lose weight or build muscle extremely quickly.
We have had clients who have gone from 1 week to 12 weeks, and the feedback is consistently excellent with great results.
An Incredible Location
Relaxation Is Just As Important As The Training.
This is a holiday as much as a bootcamp. The training can take it out of you, so to relax after a hard session you stay in a super luxurious resort. Set in a peaceful Thai tropical garden, with two beautiful pools, and your own boutique villa style room all ensuite (or a suite if you choose Deluxe or Luxury), you have the perfect blend of healthy fitness workouts and complete relaxation at the end of the day. See the accommodation section for more.
All you need is on your doorstep.
The location is superb, in Phuket, towards the south centre of the island the camp is located away from the touristic mess of Phuket’s livelier locations. Situated on a quiet road, under the watchful gaze of Phuket’s most famous landmark the Big Buddha there are lots of nice little restaurants, spas and restaurants to enjoy.
World Class Crossfit Style Training. Strength, Conditioning & Weightloss.
It is the training that sets up camp apart, not just the quantity but also the quality of the workouts really get results. With an impressive roster of trainers, we are constantly improving our fitness routines incorporating the latest methods and techniques.
On average there can be 50-100 people training at the camp, from all over the world and it is not unusual to be working out with professional athletes and fitness professionals. As well as clients who are on holiday and want to get in shape, as well as people of poor fitness levels who want to learn how to improve their physique. With so many people coming and training the camp, naturally, the latest fitness techniques are incorporated and developed in the training programmes. With just one month spent training at the Xtreme Gap Fitness Boot Camp, we can confidently state that you can develop so much further than six months with a personal trainer back home. Fitness results are really delivered.
Personal Training Session and Group Sessions.
Once per week you will have a mentor session with a professional personal trainer, and is well placed to advise nutrition, techniques and give you a roadmap during your stay to get the most out of your workouts.
As well as the personal training session, there are group training sessions, Monday to Saturday, with Gym access available seven days a week (But mostly Sunday is taken off for a well-deserved rest).
While there is plenty of training activities included, perhaps even more than most can handle, there is the option to book extra personal training sessions locally (Approx £45 per session), and you can even try other fitness activities like Muay Thai training (2 sessions a week are already included).
So what’s the catch? Well, nothing really, except you have to arrange your own flight to Thailand, you fly to Phuket which is very well connected internationally or via Bangkok and you need to make the effort in training of course! Just book early online and we will get you all prepared for your trip.
Fitness Bootcamp Beach Training Excursions.
The group training sessions are very diverse; we like to mix it up to keep it interesting and there are a couple of training sessions that take place every week away from the camp.
Every Saturday the whole crew hit one of the beautiful beaches and do an early workout. The perfect way to round of the week of intense training and enjoy paradise. Here is where we like to show our guest just exactly what makes this island such a beautiful place to train. Not only do we offer great beach training classes but we also like to make sure you know all the best places for your daily runs, hikes and general relaxation.
The Beach Boot Camp days are legendary, and they are probably the toughest training sessions throughout the week. The reward is you get to jump in the crystal clear sea after a one-hour session!
Our client feedback consistently mentions how surprised they have been at their progress and improvement on these two fitness excursions days. You will be surprised by what you are capable of.
Everything Is Made Easy.
After booking, we will set you up with an online buddy list so you can chat to other people going to the camp, or people already training at the camp before you even set off.
We are of course here to answer all your questions before you go and before booking, but after booking, we also include a very detailed predeparture pack for you to familiarise yourself with the trip before you go, and we will help you every step of the way making your travel arrangements as simple as possible.
On arrival in Phuket, we will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your resort. As most of our guest travel solo this really makes it easy when you arrive in Thailand for the first time. We recommend a Sunday arrival although we can be flexible (request trip notes for further details on the accommodation).
The Training Buddy List
Prior to arrival, you will have access to a facebook group of fellow bootcampers, so you will already know people at the camp and people arriving the same time as you. Makes integration even easier. It’s super supportive and a nice way to start. One of the best things about the camp is the atmosphere, most travel with us solo, so there is a very welcoming and social side to the camp.
Full Intro On Day One
On the first day of your training, our Xtreme Gap rep will give you a full introduction, introduce you to the trainers, show you around the camp and help you meet other Xtreme Gappers, and also talk you through the meal plan and training timetable (more on that below).
The rep is your first point of contact should you have any issues in Thailand. Perhaps you just want to know where to go to get your laundry done, where to have a good spa treatment or get the inside information on which restaurant has the best Thai red curry in town, all you have to do is ask. Everything is made really easy for you, allowing you to just focus on having a great time, getting fit and having a great holiday.
Also on the firts training day (Monday) there is an afternoon Nutricioun seminar. We gladly go over your goals and help you with your meal plan.
How long should you go for?
Most people go for 2 to 6 weeks, due to time constraints with work, and two weeks is enough to start to see some good results. The main benefit you will take home the knowledge of how to maintain and improve your fitness back home along with a solid foundation or fitness.
Of course, you also have had an amazing holiday in Thailand as well, and it is not that often you can say you’ve come back from holiday feeling better than when you left!
Short-term guests will receive an amazing kick start to their health and fitness routine.
Many who travel with us use this as a kick start to their travels as well, after all, if you are hitting the beaches in Thailand, you want to look and feel good!
Why Not Just Head To Thailand And Join A Gym?
Simply put: you won’t get the same experience. Due to our large groups, and the fact most people join on their own, it’s a very welcoming supportive environment which you would not get in the same way in other gyms. With our programme you get to know everyone, you hang out with them, you socialise with them and train together.
It’s work hard play hard. Just joining a normal gym you go there you workout, you go back to your hotel you don’t really meet everyone. It’s about the entire experience as well as the training.
Really want to get impressive results? Go long-term.
If you are really serious about making this a life changing trip, and completely give yourself a physical overhaul, to improve your health and fitness the way you look at the way you feel that you should definitely consider joining the long term.
Our clients who stay 8 to 12 weeks really feel the benefit and the transformation can be incredible. An improvement in your fitness levels is guaranteed, and spending 12 weeks devoting yourself to improving your health is surprisingly cheaper than spending the same amount of time at home. For example, 8 weeks is under £3000, pretty much fully inclusive (except for one meal per day which costs about two-four pounds in Thailand and meals on your day off on Sunday).
Great Value Compared To Other Thailand Fitness Boot Camps.
The Fitness Boot Camp is incredibly good value, and when you compare the prices to similar boot camps and considering the quantity and quality of the training combined with a luxurious stay in a boutique resort, it becomes unsurprising that the majority of people who book revisit the camp. At half, the price of other fitness boot camps. It is little wonder it is so popular.
Luxurious Villas: Boutique & Deluxe
Don ´t hold back and spoil yourself! Located in walking distance to the Thailand Fitness Bootcamp we have a stunning 4* resort. Set in a beautiful landscaped Thai gardens, you will find the uttermost peace and tranquillity, with two pools – (the pools are heaven after a training session), a restaurant and high-quality service.
The resort (called the retreat) is 8 minutes walk to the training camp. There is a free shuttle service laid on to the training facility.
The Boutique Villas
Each private boutique villa comes with a large bed, air conditioning, flat screen TV/cable, DVD, WiFi internet, hot water en-suite shower and your own little outside veranda. The perfect place to relax after your day training, the outside communal lounge spaces are accompanied by easy sounds of fountains and birdsong surrounded by tropical plants. Heaven.
We also have deluxe boutique villas available, with an extra living space:
The Deluxe Boutique Villas
The resort has upgraded rooms available. These have a separate living and kitchenette. Consider this a suite. This accommodation option is perfect if you wish to work while you are training at the boot camp. There are a desk and a living area that could be perfect office terrain. The room has air conditioning, private bathroom, fridge, microwave, lounge area with a sofa, wifi and cable tv.
Also ideal if you want to share accommodation. Maximum 2 people. Special prices apply for sharing accommodation. Please e-mail us for information. Please note the camp is not located right on the beach, although the beaches are accessible by taxi or bike.
Standard Accommodation Option
If your budget doesn’t stretch to the luxury options, we have now got standard ensuite accommodation. Set in another resort, you have a clean comfortable room with air conditioning, private bathroom, fridge, desk, wifi, cable tv. This modern resort hotel has free high-speed internet, a nice pool and clean and comfy ensuite rooms.
The Training Timetable.
Note: Timetable is subject to change.
If you wish, you can start with a good stretch in the morning by joining the Yoga class for an hour before the ‘real’ work begins.
The boot camp training consists of 6 days a week Mon-Sat high cardio (fat burning) in the morning, using highly advanced techniques (request trip notes for further details and videos about this). These classes vary from Strenght & Conditioning, Crosstraining, Bodyfit, Spinning and Boxercise. They are designed to increase your fitness fast and efficiently. The groups typically have people training with a moderate physical condition and peak physical condition; this works well as the exercises are modified depending on your fitness levels and ability, so no one is left behind. The indoor gym is open on Sundays for those who want to train on the day off.
Open Matt Sessions
The whole camp is at your disposal to do your own workout. Use all the equipment the camp offers like battle ropes, assault course, med ball, torsonater, Olympic weightlifting bars with plates you can drop and a bunch of free weights so you can do your WOD (Workout of the Day) by yourself or team up with some of the other xtreme gappers.
The sport of Olympic Weightlifting involves participants completing two separate lifts; the snatch and the clean and jerk. In Olympic Weightlifting class you will learn how to perform these two lifts. Performing this type of exercises will help with increasing power, speed, flexibility and strength.
The class is recommended for those who have little or no experience with these lifts. Coaches will put a heavy emphasis on obtaining proper form and execution of these lifts before you start to really increase the weight used in these exercises.
Don’t let the term Olympic weightlifting put you off, this is a multi-purpose workout that will improve your whole body and the way it performs. Once perfected it will make other exercise much easier. Olympic Weightlifting also has a major Neurological benefit.
S&C (strength and conditioning)
Strength and Conditioning at our bootcamp is more than just your average fitness class! You will learn the exercise techniques that will lay the foundation for future training and transform your athletic ability and the way to push yourself hard beyond your limits. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced athlete: this training system will develop power, endurance, speed, agility, core strength. It will enable you to become more flexible. Not only will you perform better and remain injury free, but resistance training is also scientifically proven to promote weight loss.
Strength and Conditioning sessions run Mon-Fri afternoons at 5pm so that you can make the most of the weather here and chill a bit by the pool in the afternoon. This is a very good time to train as the heat drops, and the wind picks up to cool the sweat off your body, this helps to keep you motivated while training.
To keep our Strength and Conditioning sessions interesting, we constantly vary the format and emphasize a range of resistance exercise techniques and equipment to ensure no session is ever repeated exactly. Class intensity will be high, with all exercises demonstrated by our expert coaches to ensure correct posture and form so that you get the best results.
Every Saturday the whole crew hit a beautiful beach and do an early workout. The perfect way to round of the week of intense training and enjoy paradise. Here is where we like to show our guest just exactly what makes this such a beautiful place to train. Not only do we offer great beach training classes but we also like to make sure you know all the best places for your daily runs, hikes and general relaxation.
However, when coming to such a tropical place you can’t miss out on the great beach training programme we have for you. The unique environment offers us an opportunity to run through some imaginative routines which take advantage of both the sun and the sea to ensure you get the best beach training to remember.
Mobility, recovery and Stretching
Two days a week we focus on recovery of the different musscle groups.
Shoulders: for strength, stability and mobility of the rotator cuff along with development of the supportive muscle groups for correcting imbalances of the anterior and posterior.
Core: for total spine support through strengthening and stabilizing the deep and external major core muscle groups along with spine mobility.
Hips: mobility and flexibility for improved ROM (range of motion) along with the development of the hip flexor muscle groups.
All to enhance movement, posture and performance with your sport, fitness, health and wellbeing for longevity and injury prevention with your life and training.
Get fit without getting hit. Train and have fun and learn boxing technique without the fear of getting hurt or getting hit in the face:) We teach basic boxing technique and keeping the pace high to maximize calorie burn and keep the pace in the fat burning zone. We use boxing gloves and pads, which we provide in class for our clients. A different and fun class that we teach two times per week, Tuesday and Thursday 4-5pm.
Assault Course Class
Want to train different, want to learn how to use your body weight strength and run through Thailand’s biggest obstacle course? Then this is the class for you. Ex-Navy Seal coach will teach this class 3 times per week. He will break down the different and most efficient way to tackle the various stations to make your time better and better each time you run the course. The record is 1.52 min so that is what we are aiming for to beat:). This class is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4-5pm.
We run spinning three times per week we have spinning class, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6.15pm. Tour the Thailand in one spot. We will also throw in some bodyweight exercises as well to mix it up. We are taking spinning classes to a new level, and it will be different to a normal spinning class, but we can assure you will love this!
Every Monday you can join our Nutrition Seminar. We discuss nutrition and how we should eat for a healthy lifestyle. We will guide you and make suggestions on what, how and when to eat so everyone is able to make their own mealplan on a generic basis.
Not everyone at the camp is attending for weightloss. So please note we do not incorporate body fat measurements using callipers as standard in the package. This is a service available locally on request for an additional small fee.
Yoga, Muay Thai Try It All
There are also options to join Yoga sessions taught by a highly qualified yoga instructor.
The Yoga groups first thing in the morning are perfect to warm up your muscles and get them ready for a hard session at body fit.
This is not a Muay Thai training camp; we specialise in fitness. That being said if you want to try some Muay Thai we include 2 Muay Thai sessions a week. This is a complimentary service. (about 2 GBP for gear rental per session)
Set your own pace if you need to
The gym is open full-time Monday to Sunday (No group sessions on Sunday), you can train harder if you like, or explore Phuket and hit its stunning beaches with a body to match if you don ´t slack off!
What equipment do we use?
The gym at the Thailand Fitness Bootcamp is brand-new equipment. Includes all you need to work on strength and conditioning training: Life fitness and Cybex equipment. Fully equipped 3 stories air conditioned gym. You have Unlimited access to the gym and there are always fitness trainers can advise you and guide you throughout your workouts.
Concept II Rowers
Cross-trainers and stepup machines
Two Squat Racks
Masses of dumbbells!
Plethora of bumper plates and bars
Flights are not included, and please do not book your flights before booking with us as we do need to reserve your spot, and make sure there is availability. Submit your booking form and we will come back to you within 24 hours to confirm. Once we have issued you your confirmation invoice you are then good to book your flights into Phuket.
When should you go?
Whenever you like! It starts every Sunday. In our experience, the cheapest time to fly is between mid-April and October. This is a traditionally low season. The price of the Boot Camp remains the same throughout the year however this can seriously affect the price of flights. So if you are on a budget consider coming during those months.
Travelling alone is no problem it’s a very social environment.
As we mentioned most people who attend the camp, are independent travellers and arrive at the camp on their own. If you are concerned about travelling solo, don’t be. There is such a social atmosphere at the camp, and it is a supportive environment that everyone gets to know each other very quickly.
We set you up on our buddy list system before you go (to chat online with other people attending the camp, and we promise you will make really good new friends, (serious physical exercise in a group can be quite a bonding experience we assure you!)
So really it does not take long for people to get to know one another.
While two meals a day are included in the meal plan, you are free to have dinner where ever you like, which tends to be very social.
People come from all over to train at our camp, so expect to meet new friends from all over the world and actually broaden your horizons and extend your connections at the same time.
The fact that most people travel there alone, also adds to the motivation factor, because everyone is there to succeed in their fitness goals, so everyone encourages and pushes each other to do more.
Location & Activities.
You can expect great weather, fabulous food and exciting environment. Lots of culture and exciting day trips to be had. The training camp is about a 10 min drive from the beach, (taxis are cheap) there are temples, spas, and numerous activities like elephant trekking, diving, snorkelling, trekking and you can even head out to Phi Phi for some to die for beaches.
You can’t go to Thailand without trying a Thai massage as well, and after a few days training you might just want one! There are ample spa facilities in the vicinity of your accommodation, so it is very easy to reward yourself with a bit of pampering after all of your hard efforts with your training.
Request trip notes (on the right and we will send you further information on some other things you can do there.)
You can enter Thailand on a 28 day Visa exemption if arriving by air, so for our clients staying just four weeks or under there is no need to arrange a Visa. If you intend to stay longer, you will need to pre-arrange a Visa, after booking we can send you all the information you need to do this, and our partners can even take care of this for you.
The booking process is relatively straightforward, but please note spaces to fill up so we advise booking well ahead, last-minute bookings can occasionally be taken, but we do need it least ten days notice. Having said that we can rarely guarantee you space if you book last-minute, so please contact us if you want to make a last-minute booking.
To book all you have to do is submit your booking form, we will then check availability and send you your confirmation invoice. You can take this to the bank to pay (no charge), or pay online to a UK account, or you can pay online with PayPal (there is a 5% charge for this option).
If you are travelling within 12 weeks, you will need to pay the full amount. If you are travelling later than 12 weeks you only need to secure your place with £200 deposit, then pay the balance 12 weeks before departure giving you plenty of time to save flights and spending money.
So for only £200, you can make a commitment to yourself to get fit and healthy, tone up and feel incredible you just need to submit your booking form. Don’t think too long about it, as spaces to fill up so get it in early.
People come to the camp with lots of different personal fitness goals, men and women, super athletes and people seriously out of shape! While most people that join are of average fitness, none are by the time they leave, so depending on the time you have to devote to your body and personal health, the results can be impressive. Don ´t be surprised to find professional body builders rubbing shoulders with Pro athletes and people wanting to lose weight in a supportive training environment.
The average age of the participants is between 20 and 35, but there are quite some over 35 that train at the camp. There could be staying up to 100 people at the camp, so you will find like minded people for sure.
People join for 1 to 12 weeks. Some even stay up to 6 months! But even if you just have 10 days you are more then welcome to join and will notice the difference in your shape. Please note this is not your typical gap year programme, it can be undertaken by all, even on a short break to Thailand.
As a general rule everyone is different, but it depends on as much as the effort you put in when training, the techniques you use when training and the fuel you are putting in your body when you are training. The Fitness boot camp teaches you all these things and sets you on the right path to peak physical fitness.
One of the benefits of the camp is that you will be taught the proper techniques and exercises by experts (you would be amazed by how many people who do attend a gym, do an incorrect work out that is not effective and waste a lot of their time and energy, when these inefficient workout routines can be easily corrected with a little education). This is great because you will be able to take this home with you to continue once you are back from your trip.
Secondly, as there are lots of others training at the camp with the same fitness goals you will find that you end up pushing your efforts harder to reach your fitness goals. Why? Because everyone is there to support you, and it is a very encouraging atmosphere. The gym is always on your doorstep, and you are there to train, so there really is no excuse, especially when you have paid to attend the camp. There is no slacking off!
Third, the meal plan is designed to help with weightloss and muscle mass gain. Lots of healthy, protein-rich and delicious food, of the Thai and Western variety.
It is incredibly easy to eat healthily here and we will cater to your nutritional requirements. You won’t see any processed foods here; it’s all freshly cooked and they use the best quality ingredients, it´s lean, clean and delicious. During your consultation, we will discuss and recommend the ideal nutrition plan to run alongside your training. In the programme 2 meals per day Mon-Sat is included.
So how long is the ideal time to go for? Hard to say, we would suggest people start seeing results in as little as the first week, but real visible results come after about 2-3 weeks of continuous training. Some people go for months and really make a dramatic transformation.
Tailored nutritional advice can be provided by personal trainers during your one to one with a lot of experience in providing the correct diet matching to your personal fitness goals. This is backed up by a specially designed healthy eating menu. If you need a more tailored personal nutrition plan, we are also able to provide one for you at extra cost. This will involve measuring your body fat and optimising your calorie intake to complement your training. Please ask us prior to booking about additional nutrition options.
The gym at the Thailand Fitness Bootcamp is brand-new for 2016. Includes all you need to work on strength and conditioning training: hammer strength benches, curl bench and bar, incline, squat rack, sit-up benches, 3 racks of dumbbells, stationary bikes, Nautilus machine with pull down, seated row, leg press, and 4 full sets of kettlebells which are highly regarded for hardcore weightlifting workouts and plenty of plate weights to accommodate several weight-lifters at same time. You have Unlimited access to the gym and there are always fitness trainers are able to advise you and guide you throughout your workouts.
Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate. It is warm all year round, but the two periods of April-May and September-October are the hot months. The September-October period is also the wet. The best time to visit Phuket is during the cool monsoon season, from November through March. Then it isn’t so humid, and the cool breezes keep it comfortable. The average temperature is around 75F to 89F (24C to 32C).
The beaches are about 6km from the camp. The best way to get there is by bike, scooter or taxi. There are always more people going on the weekends, so you can join each other. In the neighbourhood there are pools, and if you stay at our luxury resort you can chill by one of the two pools it offers!
Vegetarian and Vegan´s also have options at the restaurant. Not all the fun has been taken out of the menu, you can still get French fries made with unpeeled potatoes! Also included at the Restaurant for extra costs is our protein and fruit shake bar offering a wide variety of Fruit and protein shakes and a selection of drinks to keep our guests maintaining a high amount of protein in their diet to help build muscle and lose fat.
If you are thinking it might be a little intimidating arriving at a fitness boot camp, you will be pleasantly surprised. There is a great supportive atmosphere, where everyone has a similar goal, to benefit from improving their fitness and well-being. Also you will have a serious introduction by our representative who will help you settle in and introduce you to the trainers and team at the fitness camp. He will explain you about all different training sessions and the meal plan (also included!). There can be up to 100 people at the camp so do not worry about being arriving on your own!
The camp is quite remote and there are no tourist bars and big supermarkets in the neighbourhood. Also everyone you meet will be training and will be working on their health and fitness, so it is not hard not to go out, as everyone is focussed on getting fit! Also we include a meal plan. These 2 meals a day are very fresh and healthy and we also include water and fruit. The other meals you can order at our restaurant or you can eat out in one of the restaurants down the road, they all have a healthy menu!
If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 30 days or less and you have British, Dutch & Nordic or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 30 days and can be extended in Thailand on Phuket for 30 days more. The cost will be around 1900 THB. Or (easier and more organised) if you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 30 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.
Please note that you are responsible for arranging your own visa. Xtreme Gap cannot be held responsible if you fail to travel with the correct visa. So please check with your local embassy personally. The previous information is meant as a guide, but visa rules change often and frequently. So do not take this as the current law.
The joint motivating factor for people who attend the Thailand fitness boot camp is the desire to improve fitness and health. As all fitness programmes are tailored to your needs, no matter what your fitness levels or experience, the camp will be able to set you on your way to your personal fitness goals and in most cases exceed them.
You will be getting instruction from some of the worlds best trainers and you will build up a huge personal knowledge of how to get the most out of your workouts when you leave.
Is your dream travelling Australia? Then this is your ultimate road trip. One action packed backpacker trip you will never forget, taking in the very best of Australia. Surfing, skydiving, and diving as you head up the coast in search of good times and incredible adventures. Everything is arrange for you that you need, arrival, transport and awesome activities! It is flexible too, so you can spend up to 6 months completing it as well, and even include some work travel too.
This is your ultimate road trip. One action packed backpacker trip you will never forget, taking in the very best of Australia. Surfing, skydiving, and diving as you head up the Australian coast in search of good times and incredible adventures. Everything is arranged for you: arrival, transport and awesome activities with new mates! It is flexible too, so you can spend up to 6 months completing it, and even include some work travel too.
Hands down the most excitement you can cram into any Australia trip! You will love it because you do everything, without worrying about running out of money on your travels,because all of the essential East Coast activities and experiences are included.
Starting out with a superb arrival package Sydney, you travel the East coast. It is flexible so you can set your own pace allowing you to find a job or just stop off in places for longer. It is a great laugh meeting loads of people on your travels and sharing insanely awesome adventures all along the East coast of Australia. We will take you from Sydney to Cairns. This really is the trip of a lifetime and one that we think is a life changer. You might leave home a nervous, first-time traveler, but you´ll return a daring adventurer with more friends than you could have imagined!
We get it; you are nervous! But with your first 3 nights in Sydney arranged,including lots of activities, and a 5 day surf trip with a big group of other travellers followed by 1 night in Byron Bay… you will wonder why you were nervous. By this time you will have already made friends for life, it´s easy!
Remember 85% on the trip backpacks solo, so everyone is up for making new friends, but also everyone picks their own pace. After a few amazing days in Sydney, you get on the flexible backpacker bus and you can hop on and hop off where ever you like. People tend to travel together for a few days or weeks and then meet others again. As you might have 6 weeks and someone else has 5 months to travel and maybe also work in Australia. That is the deal with backpacking. It´s about meeting people, doing amazing stuff together and move on… but have memories for life!
As there are lots of activities included, a 5-day surf trip, a trip on Fraser island, where you go camping with a group on a stunning sand island and get a chance to drive the jeep too! A skydive which gives you an adrenaline shot you won’t believe, sailing on the great barrier reef and adrenaline activities in Cairns, they are all with other travellers. Enough people to meet I would say!
Here are just some of the main highlights (Click here for an overview of each activity):
To kick-off the Ultimate Australia package we start you out with a great fun arrival package in Sydney. You get to spend a couple of days checking out the sites and doing fun activities. Located in a funky downtown hostel in Sydney, representatives are on hand to help sort you out with anything you need to know and settle you in.
Pre-paid airport transfer ( 24 h)
3nts dorm accommodation
Free activity schedule ( Activities vary at our hostel in Sydney)
48 hours free Wi-fi
Sydney harbour 24h hop on hop off ticket/cruise OR Hop on hop off explorer bus ( 24 hour tkt)
Getting around after the intro in Sydney is a breeze as we include a flexible bus pass to take you from Byron Bay to Cairns and everywhere in between.
Australia is big! Remember, with our Hop On Hop Off passes, you can get on and off as many times as you like, as long as you continue to travel in one direction. Each pass is valid for 6 months, so you have loads of time to experience the beauty of Australia!
Immediately after your Sydney arrival package its time to hit the road and checkouts beaches on an amazing surf tour. We will put you together in a big group and take you up the East coast on comfortable transport, stopping off at our amazing surf camp. The purpose built surf camp is right on the beach… Here you’ll learn to surf on our great learner friendly surf beaches. You do not have to be up to surf just be up to having a great time which we guarantee you will have!
4nts dorm accommodation
3 meals a day
5 amazing days of surf, sun, parties, great food and even better people
A lot more activities available at our camp: kayaking, volleyball, kangaroo golf, rock pool swimming, dolphin and whale spotting… The list goes on and is for you to discover!
Have you ever wanted to do a skydive? Well now is your big chance! You can opt to jump from one of four locations all along the East Coast, from Byron Bay to mission beach over Sydney or over the barrier Reef you choose which option you would prefer and this also means there should be no problems with the weather getting in the way.
Our jump partners offer Australia’s higher skydive and have a 100% safety record spanning over 30 years.
You can choose to jump in one of 4 locations: Amazing!
The Whitsunday islands make up part of a stunning Marine Park, home to the world famous Whitehaven beach, probably the most beautiful beach in the entire world. Gorgeous white sands bordering Great Barrier Reef with lush tropical jungles make this one of the highlights of the trip.
Frazer island is one big adventure playground. It is the world’s largest sand bar island stretching over 100 miles, and is the only place in the world where a rainforest grows directly out of the sand. It’s a big place so you need wheels to get around. You will join a self-drive group and you will be equipped with a 4×4, like a land cruiser or Land Rover and then you’re off to go camping on the island for a couple of days. There is so much to see and do here, plenty of fresh water lakes to cool off in, with lots of interesting wildlife all around you including plenty of dingoes (Australian wild dogs).
As Frazer island is quintessentially one big beach is the ultimate place to get a suntanned there are plenty of places you want to check out along the way like the Moreno shipwreck, big sand dunes and Lake McKenzie.
You end the trip with a bang in Cairns on the adrenaline overload!
The most awesome experience and best river in the southern hemisphere to raft. It takes 5 hours to raft down the river along side the world famous Daintree Rainforest, making this trip one of the longest and most exhilarating trips in the southern hemisphere
The Great Barrier Reef is the longest reef in the world, and it is simply beautiful. Stretching from north of Brisbane to the top of Australia. You will head out on a day trip to see it for yourself on the passions of paradise catamaran. Expect a lot of fun as the group sails through pristine waters, passing Whales in season, and stopping off at some of the most beautiful locations on the reef.
We take you to beautiful beaches and provide all the snorkle equipment you need to see the amazing underwater scenes the barrier reef is famous for.
The trip is fully guided and crew will make sure you have a great time with the reef doing the rest!
Cairns is home to one of the oldest rainforest in the world, the location of the I’m a celebrity get me out of here but don’t worry you won’t have to eat bugs or sleep out but we will take you on a day trip into the rainforest seat get to learn all about the nature and beautiful environment that the rainforest as to offer.
What you’re in for!
Don’t worry about going alone, you might be a little anxious about going the other side of the world, will you meet people? You can relax… Everything is taken care of for you an easy landing a warm welcome into Australia.
You can set your own pace, fully flexible trip so you can keep to your own itinerary, include work & travel if you want to.
Great value and you really do it all, as activities are prepaid so no worries about running out of money.
You do not have to take on the massive task of navigating all the way up the coast, Australia is huge but we take care of all of your transport from Sydney to Cairns
You will probably never experienced this much adventure in one trip again, with lots of once-in-a-lifetime activities included you will have plenty to write home about.
You really will get to experience the incredible locations including Byron Bay, the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Whitsundays, the East Coast best beaches, the Daintree rainforest, and vibrant cities like Sydney, Brisbane, and Cairns.
All your questions answered before you travel and en route. You will be taken care of all the way, with driver guides at your disposal and seriously detailed predeparture information.
You can sleep easy too, much of your accommodation is included, with 21 nights included.
Arrival Day Sunday
Arrival in Sydney and the start of your adventure of a lifetime
As you come in to land at Sydney Airport you can gaze in awe as you see the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House for the first time. Your excitement levels will go through the roof as you think about the possibilities and excitement that await you in this vibrant city!
To help you get over the dreaded jet lag we have organized a fantastic three-night arrival pack , where you can settle in straight away at one of the coolest hostels in Sydney, right in the heart of the backpacker district, think comfy beds. Wild nights out with new friends and all the essentials you need, such as internet access and daily breakfast . You don´t need to worry about a thing!
Days Two (Monday) & Three (Tuesday) Group Activities
One of the highlights today is the Sydney harbour 24h hop on hop cruise, or if you do not like boats you can join the Hop on hop off explorer bus. The best way to explore Sydney. nice and relaxing.
With three full days to explore the city, you can join in on the free hostel activities. These vary, just check with reception when you check in, so you won´´ t miss out.
What else? Stroll around the many colourful markets, people-watch on famous Bondi Beach and visit the gorgeous little islands scattered around Port Jackson.
Day Four to Eight Goodbye Sydney, Hello Surf
By now jetlag should be a distant memory, but after three action-packed days and nights in Sydney you´ll probably be glad to have a break from the big city lights and lie on a gorgeous beach instead. Well, tough luck because you´re going surfing! You´ll be picked upsuper close to the hostel, to embark on an amazing five-day surfari. Learn to catch the perfect wave by day and party by night two typical Aussie pastimes.
Thanks to the all-inclusive style of the trip the only thing you need to bring is yourself. All surf equipment, accommodation, and meals (except lunch on travelling days) is included. We even throw in that all important sun cream during the surf trip. By the time you arrive at the surf camp, you´ll already have got to know your new mates on the train, but if you are a bit shy don´t worry as there is no better icebreaker than beers and BBQ´s, not to mention falling off a surfboard!
The surfari takes you (by train) to Spot X, where you can enjoy the best beach parties and improve your surf skills from the first couple of days. The expert instructors will really look after you, so there is no need to be nervous just get in there and make the most of this amazing opportunity.
We guarantee that by the end of these five days you´ll be a surf convert and what better way to impress (and annoy) your mates back in cold Blighty? The tour ends in the cool beach side town of Byron Bay, where you can continue straight on with the next part of the tour, or take some time out to lounge on the beach, go snorkeling and explore the rainforests.
Day nine onwards – Flexibility!
A quick note here to point out that after the Surf Camp all of the sectors included in the Ultimate Australia Trip can be done at your own pace, allowing you to combine your travels with some work in-between, should you need to top up those funds.
If you wish to complete the trip all in one go then you should allow for around 5 – 7 weeks, but you can take up to 6 months, which is highly likely once you get a taste of the Aussie lifestyle!
The hop on-hop off style bus can be booked a few days in advance for each of the following sectors.
Byron Bay to Rainbow Beach Sector
This section of the trip begins with some time spent in Byron Bay, chilling out and soaking up the bohemian lifestyle. However, if that sounds a little too sedate for you then you can take advantage of the skydive that´s included in your trip it might only take a few minutes to get from 11,000 feet to the ground but the adrenaline rush will last so much longer! One night in Byron Bay is included at this point you will pick up all of your vouchers for the remaining activities awaiting you up the East coast.
Nimbin (optional not included)
The day trip to Nimbin is the perfect antidote to too much excitement (is that even possible?!). After being picked up from your accommodation, the Grasshoppers bus will take you through the stunning scenery of Byron Bay to the famous town of Nimbin, Australia´s ´alternative lifestyle´ capital. You´ll have around an hour to experience the hippie atmosphere and sample some special cakes before heading off to the explore rainforests and waterfalls, enjoy a pint in an historic Aussie pub and tuck into some food from the barbie.
It´s quite possible that you´ll get to see Koalas and Kookaburras during the trip, and that´s before the beer! Surfers Paradise The next part of the bus trip takes you from Byron Bay north to Surfers Paradise aptly named due to the 3km golden sand beach, right on the Pacific Ocean. There is something for everyone here, so if you need another shot of adrenaline there is bungy jumping and jet boating, if you´re the sporty type you can enjoy the surfing and beach volleyball, whilst those in need of some relaxation can chill out on the beach or in the cafes and parks of the Northside or West Quay districts.
The next stop for the bus is the city of Brisbane, capital of the ´Sunshine State´ of Queensland (but where isn’t sunny in Oz?). So, what can you expect here? A vibrant nightlife with the abundance of bars and clubs, a bit of culture at the City Hall and Parliament House and the chance to get up close with some of Australia´s most well known natives at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There is so much indoor and outdoor stuff to do here that you´ll never be bored and being the biggest city in Queensland it can be a good place to stop off for some work.
On the way from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach there is a stop off at the town of Noosa, to drop off old friends and pick up new ones. There is also a chance to have a wander around Wildhorse Mountain National Park, which provides some great photo opportunities of the gorgeous Sunshine Coast area yet something else to make those friends at home envious about!
Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island
Rainbow beach is a must-stop place to pick up the Fraser Island 4 x 4 tour. This unique site, the largest sand island in the world, will blow your mind with its beauty pristine white sand beaches, freshwater lakes and the world´s only sand-dwelling rainforest. This is definitely one you can tick off the ´100 places to visit before you die´ list. Not only does the trip include two nights´ accommodation at Noosa Backpackers, but also two nights camping under the stars, a chance to drive across the endless sands and the opportunity to meet some dingoes (human or canine depends on who is in your group!) Back at Rainbow Beach you can indulge in some more close encounters of the animal kind (we´re talking marine life here) with the opportunity to feed the dolphins. Plus you can meet some new trip recruits at the Noosa hostel stop.
Rainbow Beach to 1770 Sector
After pick-ups and drop-offs at Noosa the bus continues on to the towns of Childers and Bundaberg, which are the ideal place to stop off and replenish your dosh by doing some fruit picking. It´s pretty hard work but well worth it to make sure you’ve got enough funds for extra activities and partying. However, don´t go too mad on the Bundaberg Rum, or Bundy as it´s known, otherwise that fruit picking will be twice as hard! The next opportunity for stopping off and chilling out for a few days is the gorgeous little seaside village of 1770. If you want to spend a bit of time relaxing on golden sands and dipping your toes in the crystal clear turquoise water of the Coral Sea, then this is the place for you. There is still a ton of fun activities coming up on the trip so make sure you recharge your batteries so you can make the most of it! 1770 to Airlie Beach Sector
Airlie Beach a highlight of the trip the Whitsundays cruise.
The three night package here includes two nights at the cool Nomads hostel and one night/two days sailing, giving you the chance to experience these unbelievable islands beaches, rainforest, unusual marine life and a party-to-remember. This will take you to Whitehaven beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
Airlie Beach to Cairns Sector
The beach theme continues in Townsville, where you´ll be staying at one of the best hostels (own expense), right on the gorgeous sand, or on stunning Magnetic Island just off the coast. This is the sunniest spot on the Queensland coast, so you can make the most of the outdoor activities swimming, snorkelling, hiking, koala spotting or just chilling out with your mates. There is plenty going on at the hostel and when it comes to night-time entertainment look out for the full moon parties definitely something to remember (or not!).
White sand beaches, lush rainforest and activities galore await you at the paradise hideaway of Mission Beach. A few days here can be as sedate or adrenaline filled as you choose and if you didn’t take advantage of the skydive option in Byron Bay, now´s your chance! You won´t get a better view of the area and long after you touch down on the ground your euphoria levels will still be sky high. Mission Beach is also home to the impressive Cassowary, a huge flightless bird with very big claws, a sharp beak and bad-ass attitude you might not want to get too close, but they are certainly a sight to see.
Cairns Adrenaline Overload
You wouldn´t be in Oz if the last part of your ultimate adventure didn´t finish with a bang and that´s exactly what you get with the five night Adrenaline Overload tour! You´ll start by checking in to your accommodation at the Cairns hostel and getting to know your dorm mates in the bar before finding out from your guide exactly what you´ll be up to over the next few days.
You could settle in with a relaxing tour of the Daintree Rainforest, river cruise and visit to Mossman Gorge. The rainforest is unique in that it grows right down to the water´s edge and is one of the most complex ecosystems on earth, containing an abundance of Australian plant and wildlife, including the Idiot Fruit (honestly, we´re not kidding!). Ok, biology lesson over.
If you´ve been a bit shy getting to know your dorm mates then getting thrown around in an inflatable raft whilst being pounded with foamy water is the perfect way to break the ice! Your Tully River trip is a full day that includes hostel pick-up/drop off, BBQ lunch, highly experienced guides and up to 5 hours rafting, not to mention other activities such as rock jumping, rapid swimming, and raft surfing. You won´t go home dry but you will be on a high!
Great Barrier Reef
You can´t visit Oz and not visit the world famous Great Barrier Reef, and as trips go the Passions of Paradise tour is the best on offer. Dates are flexible and there are daily sailings, so you can fit this in when you choose. You may have seen images of this amazing natural attraction in books or on TV, but nothing can prepare you for seeing it in real life exotic marine life, colourful coral gardens, and stunning views all around will take your breath away almost as much as the skydiving! If snorkeling isn´t enough for you, you could always use some of your hard earned cash (or the bank of mum and Dad!) to take a diving trip.
If you want to do the Great Barrier Reef in style we strongly suggest you do a live aboard on the outer reef. You have 2 options to upgrade. If you are already an open water (or higher diving certification) qualified diver you can do an 11 dive live aboard trip.
If you do not hold an existing diving qualification, you will need to do your open water course which can be incorporated into the live aboard trip. This involves doing 9 dives on the outer reef. Please see the pricing section for the different costs of the upgrades.
The minimum amount of time you need to complete this trip is 5 weeks, although you can FastTrack your travel through sectors by jumping on a Greyhound (they also run Oz experience so you can use both services) which is ideal if you only have a short amount of time before college or university, but you can take up to six months if you want to make it more of a gap year travel a bit, work a bit, etc.
One thing to remember is that drives are very long, Australia is enormous and the bus might not go every day, so double check the schedules and be prepared to supplement some of the Oz experience sectors with greyhounds if you are in a rush.
However you decide to do it this really is the trip of a lifetime and one that we think is a life changer you might leave home a nervous, first-time traveler, but you´ll return a daring adventurer with more friends than you could have imagined!
Most people start in Sydney and then travel up the East Coast to Cairns, some people like to add in work and travel to their trip and they figure Sydney is a good place to look for work. For this reason we also offer the boomerang option which means after the surf tour you return to Sydney (instead of being dropped off at Byron Bay) where you can start to look for work. When you are ready to travel up the coast you then start your Oz experience Bruce pass and continue the journey once more. The boomerang option is a little bit more expensive because you will cover a much greater distance and require a more expensive Oz experience pass. Checked the prices tab for details. Please note we cannot upgrade you once you have booked so you need to notify us at the time of booking if you require the boomerang option.
There are 21 Nights Accommodation included in the price of this trip.
3 Nights in Sydney
Surf Trip – 4 nights
Arts Factory Byron Bay – 1 night
Fraser Island tour – 2 nights on the Island, 1 night on Noosa before and 1 night in Noosa after.
2d1n Whitsunday sailing – 1 night + 1 night before and after on Airlie Beach
1 night magnetic island (included transfer) from Townsville
Cairns – 5 nights
That’s 21 nights of not having to find a bed for the night included in the price!
Lots of Xtreme Gappers combine this trip with working in Australia. Some even do the sailing course so they can work on a sailing boat on the Whitsundays straight after. A job is 99% guaranteed and helps you save up for some extra cash before you continue your trip again!
“The minimum amount of time you need to complete this trip is 5 weeks, which is ideal if you only have a short amount of time before college or university, but you can take up to six months if you want to make it more of a gap year travel a bit, work a bit, etc.
One thing to remember is that drives are very long, Australia is enormous and the bus might not go every day, so double check the schedules.
If time is really tight you can FastTrack your journey by using the Greyhound (your Oz experience pass is interchangeable with this).
Yes, there will, although you may not be travelling with exactly the same people that the entire duration of the journey. You start off with your 3 nights stay in Sydney followed by the amazing 5 day surf trip. There are normally between 20 and 40 young travellers on the surf trip. From then on you have 1 party night and accommodation in Byron Bay. In Byron you are on the Flexible bus pass, so you will be travelling with other groups as you complete the journey.
The East coast of Australia is very social, so don’t worry you will make loads of new friends guaranteed.
After the surf tour you will stay one night in a flash Packers in Byron Bay, this is where you will sit down at the travel desk and collect your vouchers for your remaining activities. This is also a great place to do your skydive, although many people also opt to do this in mission beach.
Your first eight nights accommodation are already arranged for you, this lasts until Byron Bay at which point you are able to pre-book further accommodation or just see how you go. We recommend you play it by ear because you will talk to others, get tips, read cool stuff, find deals etc on route.
There is no need to take a lot of cash as there are ATM’s everywhere we stop. Payments can be done in cash or by card. during your arrival package assistance can be given the you to set up a bank account as well so you might want to transfer money into an Australian bank to save on international bank fees.
The amount of money you need depends on how long you go and if you wish to go out a lot etc.
Here we have listed some costs (prices are an indication and may vary due to change in currency rates).
Dorm accommodation will cost about £10 to £15.
Meals are about £5 to £15, but you always have the possibility to cook in the big kitchens of the hostels. This is also a fun way to get to know other people. You will be cooking side to side, most people make spaghetti 🙂
Drinks: a beer will be £2 and wine will be about £3 to £5. But there are always lots of backpacker bars and happy hours. We know what you like.
Money for extra activities along the way. Out of experience we know it is better to book all you definitely want to do up front, because otherwise you spend it on drinks and you will fail to be able to do all the exiting stuff.
You have 12 months to complete the trip and in total there are 21 nights of accommodation included in all the activities.
Free activity schedule (Activities vary at our hostel in Sydney)
48 hours free Wi-fi
Sydney harbour 24h hop on hop off ticket/cruise OR Hop on hop off explorer bus ( 24 hour tkt)
5 day surf camp includes:
Transfer from Sydney to Byron Bay
Most meals including 3 x dinners, 3 x breakfast, 2 x lunch,
Cool surf instructors.
Surf Lessons: 7 lessons, 5 days surfing.
Equipment: Boards, wetsuits, and accessories all provided.
Accommodation: 4 nights and 5 days a a luxury surf camp
The Fraser Island 4×4 includes:
Flexible starting dates
Matched up with a group at time of confirmation
Guide, but you get the opportunity to drive your self too
2 night camping with equipment
Swim in Crystal clear lakes Meet Dingo’s
Whitsundays Sailing Cruise Includes:
The worlds most photographed beach
Flexible starting date
1 night and 2 days on the reef
Meals & Accommodation included.
Australia Skydive Includes:
Flexible starting date
Cairns Adrenaline Overload Includes:
A stylish, fast and modern catamaran, taking you to the best reefs
Air conditioned saloon
A dedicated snorkelling instructor and FREE tuition for those who want to learn to snorkel
A tropical buffet lunch of hot and cold dishes including prawns and fresh tropical fruit. Our lunch is fresh, chef prepared on the boat, and tasty.
Highest quality masks, snorkels, fins and scuba diving equipment.
Two unique destinations: Michaelmas Cay and Paradise Reef (weather permitting) â€¢ Exclusive mooring at Paradise Reef (no crowds)
Free floatation vests to aid non swimmers
Free guided snorkel tour
Morning tea which includes fresh brewed coffee and muffins
Cheese platter for afternoon tea
An on-board marine naturalist presentation on coral and bird life
10 minute FREE SCUBA diving demonstration
High calibre sailing. Passions of Paradise will always find time to turn their engines off and do some genuine sailing on the way home to Cairns.
Staff trained to Advanced ECO Certification Standard
White Water Rafting the Tully River Includes:
Highly experienced senior guides who will take you on a more thrilling path through the rapids
Extra challenges such as rock jumping, rapid swimming and raft surfing
Return bus transfers from your accommodation
Up to 5 hours White Water Rafting
BBQ lunch beside the river and afternoon snack
Departs Cairns & Beaches daily 6.30am / ret 6.30pm
The Daintree Rainforest Jungle Tour Includes:
Enjoy one of the most scenic coastal drives in Australia along the Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas.
The Wildlife Habitat – See the endangered Cassowary and rare Lumholtz´s Tree Kangaroo along with other wildlife, with the opportunity to have your photo taken holding a koala, snake or crocodile (at a discounted price). Snacks available for purchase.
Daintree River Cruise – Spot Crocodiles, birds and other wildlife as your guide takes you through the mangroves.
Alexandra Lookout – Stop for magnificent views of the Daintree River and Coral Sea.
Picnic Lunch at picturesque setting (included)
Dubuji Boardwalk – Spot more wildlife on this guided rainforest walk, with great photo opportunities.
Enjoy free time to relax or walk along the Beach at Cape Tribulation.
Other miscellaneous inclusions
2 hours bike hire ( Arts Factory Lodge in Byron Bay option only)
2 for 1 Drink voucher at Nomads Noosa KB´s Bar
5x breakfasts at Nomads Cairns
Free dinner at Nomads Cairns**
Detailed predeparture pack and guide to Australia
Access to Australia buddy lists to chat to other people before you leave
Time to party your pants off with the best of them at some of Europe’s top festivals and have an epic summer that you will probably forget. The Xtreme passport is your ticket to an incredible European summer choose from up to 21 festivals (more will be added soon) and let us know one week prior to arrival that you wish to attend and your space will be reserved.
The Xtreme Passport takes you to some of the best parties, Surf camps and events all over Europe and we promise you will have an amazing time meeting with new and exciting (and probably fairly drunken) people in the process. Perfect combine the low-cost airline tickets or European hop on hop off passes. Fully flexible and you can decide where you want to go with anyone weeks notice. With the Xtreme passport it’s shaping up to be the best European summer ever.
Time to party your pants off with the best of them at some of Europe’s top festivals and have an epic summer that you will probably forget. The Xtreme passport is your ticket to an incredible European summer choose from up to 21 festivals (more will be added soon) and let us know one week prior to arrival that you wish to attend and your space will be reserved.
This is the perfect option to make the most of your summer and is super flexible meaning you can fit it in between working and hopping over to somewhere new every couple of weeks.
At some of the events there can be up to 8000 people so you can be pretty sure you’re going to meet lots of people from all over the world and have an incredible time.
Travelling is amazing, but getting from destination to party to festival to tour can be a big pain in the Schengen*. Welcome to the Xtreme Passport that doesn ´t shuffle you around like a herd of cattle, but allows you to experience travel your way.
FULL FLEXIBILITY FOR THE INDEPENDENT TRAVELER —-
The Xtreme Travel Passport gives full flexibility to the open-minded traveller, so you can experience Europe’s biggest cultural festivals, surf trips, adventures and city breaks at your own pace.
The Xtreme Travel Passport is for travellers, not tourists. We know that you want to see Europe your way – that you don’t want to be herded on and off buses, tied to an inflexible twenty-countries-in-two-weeks itinerary – but sometimes want to reap the social benefits of group travel. The Xtreme Travel Passport allows you to create your own Europe trip while guaranteeing your place at the biggest and best festivals.
We take you to the best parties with large groups of like-minded travellers. Our campsite parties are legendary, fuelled by our unlimited beer and sangria option, at only €10 extra per day.
The Xtreme Travel Passport allows you to choose four destinations from more than 20 options. Your place is pre-reserved – just let us know if you’ll be joining us one week before you arrive. Xtreme Travel is an “all inclusive” company, with your accommodation ready on arrival, including bedding, meals included, and new best friends from all over the world.
Your Euro trip is yours to create, we’ll just help out with the parties.
The Big Three
Running of the Bulls (San Fermin) – 3 all-inclusive nights in Pamplona, Spain (July)
La Tomatina – 3 all-inclusive nights in Valencia, Spain (August) *€17,50 Tomatina ticket
Oktoberfest – 3 all-inclusive nights in Munich, Germany (September/October)
Less known, no less fun, festivals
Las Fallas – 3 all-inclusive nights in Valencia, Spain (March)
Springfest – 3 all-inclusive nights in Munich, Germany (April/May)
The Wine Fight (San Vino) – 3 all-inclusive nights in Haro, Spain (June)
Les Fetes de Bayonne – 3 all-inclusive nights in Bayonne, France (July)
Semana Grande – 3 all-inclusive nights at the San Sebastian Surf Camp (August)
San Juan – 3 all-inclusive nights in Barcelona (June)
Sitges Carnival – Barcelona, Spain
The best breaks
Ibiza Beach Camp – 3 all-inclusive nights in Ibiza, Spain (June – September)
Barcelona City Break – 3 all-inclusive nights in Barcelona
Spring Break Ibiza – 3 nights hostel package in Ibiza, Spain (March/April) *€40 surcharge
Surf and snow
San Sebastian Surf Camp – 3 all-inclusive nights (June-September)
Van Surfari Spain & France – 3 all-inclusive nights (June-September) *€10 nightly surcharge
Morocco Surf – 6 all-inclusive nights in Taghazout, Morocco *€220 surcharge on special Moroccan Magic Weeks or €270 any time of year
Zarautz Surf Camp – 3 nights all-inclusive in Zarautz, Spain (July)
Andorra Snow Weekender – 2 nights all-inclusive in Andorra with return transport (January-March) *70€ surcharge
BBK Live Bilbao – 3 nights music festival tickets, return transfers to Bilbao, camping equipment (July)
Sonar Festival – 3 all-inclusive nights in Barcelona (June) *Sonar ticket not included
Sziget Festival – 3 nights hostel package in Budapest, Hungary (August) *Sziget ticket not included, but available from us
Xtreme Rolling Circus – 3 all-inclusive nights on bus around Europe (August/September)
Every year rather large amount of people head up the mountain in the Rioja region to throw a lot of wine at each other. If you like wine this is a rather good idea.
San Vino, as we call it, La Batalla del Vino de Haro, as the locals call it, is a full on war path in the middle of the vineyard and we own it. All’s fair in love and wine battles. We take a bus from Barcelona or San SebastiÃ¡n to the small town of Haro, we party in our campsite and have dinner together to plan strategies for the battle.
We then pay last regards and walk into a town with your classic Spanish street festival. If you’ve never been to a Spanish street festival, holy vineyard… this is the one. Bands everywhere, open drinking in the streets and in the morning we all go throw wine on each other. In the vineyard, as the sun rises.
Farmers versus public servants, women versus serfs, tourists versus that tree that was lookin’ at you funny. It’s a no-holds-barred rootin’ tootin’ red wine drinkin’ beautyfest.
At the filthy end you can choose to swim down the creek back home, drop in on a farmers truck to come back, swim in the pool at our campsite, all the while discarding wine at your feet like some hoboriffic wino Hansel and Gretel. We spend another night in the idyllic, mountainous town partying up a storm and running riot, and then we all dust off, drink a bit more and head back to Barcelona or San Sebastian. Because that’s just how it’s going to happen.
“San Vino is a vicious and outrageous war and you would not have if you thought you could avoid ruining every item of clothing you´re wearing, dying your entire body purple for a few days or if you thought it was possible to find some sort of escape from the madness amongst the vines.”
“My childhood was filled with Xtreme moments. From the minute I busted forth from fruitful and dampened loins, to the minute I leapt from the top of the swing, landed on the playground and made that uppercut movement and was like, “yeah”, I have always been in search of a new place I can shower myself in new juices. So when I visited San Vino last year it was like I’d come full circle, and was also the fourth time I’ve been able to do that. The second and third time being when I spilt Fanta on myself and bent over to lick it up.”
When: 29th June
Where: Fly in and out of Barcelona.
Good to combine with: San Sebastian surf camp and Barcelona ConneXion
Some of the best Surf breaks in Spain. Good time surfing, meeting new people and having a laugh (the Unlimited beer and sangria helps!)
San Sebastian, the Basque Country and we bask really hard here! For those of who know it (and I mean really know it that way we know it) you know what I´m talking about. For those of you who don´t, let us show you and we promise you´ll probably never want to leave.
Your itinerary for the day looks like this: wake up, eat, surf, drink beer, nap, drink beer, tan, have a beer, socialize, swim, eat, drink sangria, party at a club and then wake up by the beach surrounded by the clearest waters, the most beautiful and chilled out people you´ll ever meet and the Pyrenees mountains. And then probably grab another beer.
At our surf-camp you´re fully accommodated for: tents are erected, beers are chilled, food is served and parties are organized. Even if you don´t surf or swim, you´re guaranteed a great time tanning, drinking and mingling with our fully diverse and international staff. Learn a few new international phrases, a few more drinking games and make some memories that you´ll probably never remember with friends that you won´t forget.
The basic package includes camping accommodation in a twin share and hearty breakfast in the morning. Add-ons: meals, surfboard hire and surf lessons.
For 10 eur a day get unlimited beer, wine and sangria all day long!
Check out our full package: All-inclusive for only 60â‚¬ a day. Have it all with three meals a day, surf hire and surf lessons.
Your life will never be the same again. This is what heaven is like. Our little slice of paradise, and we´re sharing our cake with you.
Where: Fly into San Sebastian or Bilbao
When: All year round
Good to combine with: San Sebastian surf camp and Barcelona ConneXion
Private return transport from Barcelona (the cheapest airport in Europe!)
Camping accommodation at the festival, and 5 minutes from the beach
Breakfasts every morning
Unlimited beer and sangria in our own festival within the actual festival
Experienced (eg. previously partied) guides
Benicassim is one of those festivals we love just because it really doesn’t matter who plays. The Bingy bongys? The sha la lalaylas? The wingy dingy who-nows? Whatever. The town becomes a beautiful festival in itself.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s an awesome lineup every year, and it’s organised so well that you can’t go to the loo without someone helping you out to where you need to go and how you need to do it. It’s in the middle of a desert, for 4 days, next to a beach, in a sleepy town with fountains and public libraries and municipal facilities that let you do whatever you want for those four precious, special little days. It started as the little festival that could, and became the big festival that did.
It’s everything you want, and not much more. But why would you need more? It’s everything you want. So stop asking.
When we go, we rock the shit out of it.
Everyone moves to our set and learns to our grooves, and once again we get reminded why our friends and us get proclaimed the monarchy of dance, every single night.
Self-proclaimed. But still. Jealousy it seems, takes many forms.
One of the best festivals is always the one where you needn’t worry for showering, taking naps, snaps and chicken wraps because you can do all that at the beach tomorrow, and then head on back to the festival that night.
Year after year this tiny Spanish town takes us in with our blowup Lilo mattresses in the town fountains, in the beaches, on the hills, on top of crowds, the limit is with your imagination, my new friends.
The festival has a stellar lineup every time and an excellent Spanish reputation for making you sweat out your sleep from about 5 am til 9am, and then it’s straight down the beach til the music starts again at 4pm. I’m telling you, Benicassim is raw and it’s great and for â‚¬350 all included? You’d be stupid not to.
Kind of like the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro except it’s near Barcelona in Spain’s gay capital. It doesn’t matter which way you sway it’s a hell of a spectacle and a lot of fun Please check the dates but it is always between the months of February and March.
Las Fallas is a five-day party in Valencia. It is quite a spectacle with people creating huge statues which all eventually get burnt. Expect crazy costumes, thousands of people and well fire everywhere.
By far the biggest party event in the Dutch calendar. Hit Amsterdam with us staying on our houseboat and take a cruise through the canals as this massive orange party kicks off! Kings day is every April usually on the 27th but on the 26th if the 27th is a Sunday. Read more about it here.
The Running of the Bulls is the quintessential Spanish festival, spoken of across the world, in hushed tones and braggart bar yells. The Running of the Bulls is famous, and revered amongst travelers who enjoy running, bulls, and articles and prepositions.
Let me tell you how it works…
The Running of the Bulls is part of a festival in Northern Spain in a place called Pamplona, a town famous for allowing Napoleon to invade them armed only with snowballs, and since that embarrassment not taking any shit from any of you Frenchies, tourists, or bulls.
It is an eight day festival of which the Bulls are only a part. At night there are world famous fireworks competitions, hedonistic street parades with multiple live bands, reveling and drinking, dancing, all with the knowledge that tomorrow you may be running with a beast who could kill you with but a flick of the head. And if you’re scared/slow/anti/not bothered, you do not need to run with the bulls – to watch them at 8am is a once in a lifetime event in itself.
When we facilitate a festival where you run on the horns of massive beasts and we say we make it more Xtreme, you know we mean it.
We have our own festival outside the festival at our legendary campsite in Zarautz with buses running back and forth all day. You can stay with us as long as you like. If you choose to go into the bulls in the morning, good luck to you and Godspeed, if you choose to stay in our site and chill on the beach, or go for a surf, we can help you out with that too. Every night is a party, and every night we have some new stuff going on, whether it’s a DJ, carnival, live band, sacrificial burning at the stake, political drunken debate, who knows? We decide on the day. One thing we can be sure of though, is you will most certainly be a part of it and it will be the experience of a lifetime.
The fÃªtes de Bayonne is a feria consisting in a series of festivals in the Northern Basque Country in the town of Bayonne, France. The festivals last 5 days and always starts the Wednesday before the first Sunday of August. They are the largest festivals in France. In the eighties, participants started to dress in white with a red scarf and a red belt after the colors of the city of Pamplona. Some rare purists prefer to wear blue and white, colors of the city of Bayonne.
The literary translation is a big week and this is one of the top events in the Basque country’s calendar. If you’re heading through northern Spain around this time of year, you sure not to miss it a huge international fireworks competition, live acts and one big melting pot of the party.
There are a few places in the world more legendary than Ibiza. The beloved white Isle home to some of the best super clubs and parties in the world. Come join us for a legendary weekend of partying all throughout the summer season.
Sonar is one of the coolest events in the entire Spanish festival calendar.
More on the Sonar Festival:
The Sonar Festival is an amazing experience to be enjoyed in Barcelona, Spain. There´s nothing like it and its authenticity and creative spark drive the increasing popularity from year to year. It was founded in 1994 as a festival for advanced music and multimedia art and was modestly attended with media coverage from the first event. The hype after the shows closed continued across the next two years as it expanded and sent some notable performers into the global music scene. In fact, the Sonar Festival is part of the reason that electronic music has continued to evolve and gain traction over the last 20 years.
The festival takes place in the city center of Barcelona every June when it is flooded with approximately 80,000 visitors. The electronic music rumbles through the streets from gigantic venues and the atmosphere is buzzing with excitement across crowds of hip, exciting music fans. Famous performers rub elbows with festival attendees and Barcelona happily opens their doors to everyone.
However, the festival is more than just an opportunity to bring great, new music to adoring fans. The Sonar Festival, since its emergence two decades ago, is dedicated to living up to its name as a festival for advanced music and multimedia art. Offering conferences, film screenings, demos, online content, and exhibitions are just some of the ways that they meet these goals of supporting the artistic communities. One of the extra special features of the festival is its intentional design as an open laboratory, rather than a traditional fair format. Technology enthusiasts can experience hands-on workshops and demos with professionals in the industry. It really is more than just a cut-and-dry music festival, it´s an experience that lives up to the hype as one of the biggest events on the European calendar.
Every year thousands of people head to a very sleepy Spanish pueblo not far from Valencia. Over four hour period hundreds of tons of tomatoes are thrown in every direction and it is a massive party. Come join us and get your five a day Xtreme Gap style!
You may be wondering why Oktoberfest is held in such high regard by your previously well travelled friends. “What’s the big deal?” You say, “it’s just old fat drunk men singing unintelligible songs on tables and hugging each other.” Sounds like your best nightmare, or your worst high school sleepover, right? To you I contend that it is both, and much more, and also not quite that.
No camaraderie is as strong and breaks as many barriers as that of beer, that destroys whatever divides a drunken German man from singing with a proud androgynous teenaged adult. Welcome to the rainbow of the human condition, amplified by ridiculous rides, slurring, good mateship and, I really just can’t emphasise this enough, singing on tables with beers while thousands watch you in good spirits. Lo, this be the good times.
The Book Of Oktoberfest
In the beginning there was a wedding. And lo, this wedding, it was between Prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa. And they made a festival to celebrate and the festival happened in Theresa’s Field. And lo, did they bang in the field. Probably. And then, so it was. And on the next day there was an agricultural fair and they added some fair rides and beer stands: And lo, did Ludwig say, let there be beer and there was beer. And they said â€œlo damn. There be a lot of beer.â€ And they looked upon their work and they saw that it was good, and it was good. And lo, Ludwig sayeth, â€œLet this henceforth be the Oktoberfestâ€, though it´s day not be in Oktober and they were in September but they had drunk more than a few good German beers. “And let it be the party where the fat old drunk men are lo, the coolest guys in the party.” And then they brought in some more beer tents… And lo, there be much more beer now. And on the seventh day they rested because they were pretty hungover. And now it’s the biggest festival in the world and more than 6 million people go. Lo, goddamn.
Be afraid, Bavaria-fraid of our favourite Xtreme festival and the most favourite public festival in the world. In Munich you arrive at the exact time beers will be served! When we arrive you can soak in the glory of our beautiful campsite for a few moments but then it´s time to get to business. Here’s the details:
Find me a kid who didn’t dream of running off and joining the circus and I’ll find you a kid aware of the various social taboos, limited economic potential and inevitable mental scarring of getting a job working for an entertainment company that’s in the business of torturing animals for the attention of the baying hounds that they call customers.
That’s a clever kid. When you meet this poor child, hug him.
But I digress.
Our rolling circus does away with these ethical issues and makes it a circus just about you! You and our other mates and our Europe! We roll, we glide, we hip hop dippity slide to our favourite cities in Europe, making the party as we go, and bringing more people on our trip as we can fit. We hit all the best festivals, we take live bands, there are no rules, and our driver is my best friend, you’ll meet him soon and you’ll love him like I do.
The world’s biggest food fight with tomatoes in Spain? Yeah we do that. Oktoberfest? We end there! Paris, Belgium, Prague, Budapest, a whole shitload of Spain. That’s a tick. It’s the best way to see the coolest cities, and we make our own parties in every city we go! We just invite everyone we meet along the way!
Accommodation differs from Festival to Festival but in general it is based in tents or hostel accommodation. Please check each individual Festival for details.
Fly, walk, hitchhike or ride by beer scooter. Well that is up to you, as some people will be travelling throughout Europe hopping from event to event and others will be heading home and then back out to different destinations throughout the summer months.
We would recommend either booking a European hop on hop off pass or checking sky scanner for low-cost airlines on easyJet and Ryanair. A detailed predeparture pack is issued once you book which will tell you where you need to get to and when and you can always ask our reservations team for assistance.
Please note if you are including any of the trips in the Balearic’s like Ibiza you will need to make your own way there. Ryanair and Vueling have great low-cost flight options or you can get a ferry from Barcelona or Denia (80Km south of Valencia).
Not that much, about £50 per day will do it. Remember also you can fit this in between working as well. Remember though you will need to budget extra for your flights or transport costs to the festivals.
Prebooked place just confirm one week before arrival
Valid 2 years from the start of the first trip.
Transport to the festivals
The Xtreme passport is open dated and valid from one year from the start date of your passport. The key dates for the festivals and events are as follows. You do not have to do it all in one go; which means you can combine it with working and travelling to different locations or perhaps using a hop on hop off pass to get you between events.
Sitges Carnival – Barcelona; Spain
Las Fallas Festival ” Valencia; Spain
Carnival Brazil ” Salvador; Brazil
Spring Beer-Fest ” Munich; Germany
Kings Day ” Amsterdam; The Netherlands
The Wine Fight (San Vino) ” Haro; Spain
Running of the Bulls (San Fermin) ” Pamplona; Spain
Surf Camp Spain ” San Sebastian; Spain (Basque Country)
Les Fetes de Bayonne Festival – Bayonne; France.
Semana Grande Festival ” San Sebastian; Spain (Basque Country)
BBK Live Music Fest ” Bilbao; Spain (Basque Country)
Ibiza Weekender – Spain Every weekend in the summer
Van Surfari – Spain and France Contact us For date
Yacht Surfari ” Spain and France Contact us for dates
San Juan Festival- Barcelona; Spain
Sonar Festival ” Barcelona; Spain
Fringe Fest ” Edinburgh; Scotland
La Tomatina ” Valencia; Spain Last Wednesday of August
Oktoberfest – Munich; Germany
Morocco Surf Palace ” Agadir/ Taghazoute; Morocco
Rolling Circus – 3 nights on bus around Europe
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