INDONESIA SPERM WHALE EXPEDITION
Session 1 - JUNE 22nd - June 29th
Session 2 - TBA
Swimming with sperm whales!
Join us for some exploration and adventure on Bunaken Island in Indonesia. This is a unique expedition that will explore the open pelagic zone to search for sperm whales and other marine mammals, including pilot whales and numerous dolphin species.
In addition we will spend our time snorkeling on reefs to see turtles, amazing coral reefs and perhaps even bump into some dugongs.
This trip is open to anyone who is comfortable swimming in the open water with mask and snorkel. No prior experience necessary. The only prerequisite is bringing your excitement and enthusiasm for exploration!
Price $2690, per person, twin share
7 Nights Accommodation
Transfers from/ to Manado Airport
Meals and non-alcoholic drinks
Boat excursions to free dive on reefs, or search for whales Guided by Dr. Caine Delacy
Digital access to photos taken by me on the trip for you to keep
Experienced Local Guides and captain
Level One freedving course which includes pre-trip coaching
Airfare and Transport to Manado, Indonesia
Additional expenses (alcoholic drinks, gifts, personal expenses)
Travel Insurance (Required)
A little about the Freediving course if you choose to add it!
In the Level one freediving course, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of the sport of apnea. We will start your foundation of freediving knowledge with the most important aspect, safety. While there are inherent risks with breath-hold diving, they can be diminished with proper training and always diving with a partner. You will be partnered up in buddy teams where you will work with an instructor to develop proper freediving protocol. Once we have your safety skills dialed-in, we can start working on your gills.
Here are some of the skills you will develop:
You will learn what's causing your urge to breathe and practice how to manage it
Understanding the mechanism that allows us to dive
Breathing exercises to develop extended breath hold times
Proper nutrition for freediving
Developing a protocol for working with a buddy
Learning line diving etiquette
Proficiency hitting depths between 33ft and 66ft (10m - 20m)
Completing a variety of skills performed at 33ft (10m)
Learning to relax underwater.
A note from the instructor, Kellon: For new students freediving can be an intimidating sport. When I started I compared it to the most extreme activities such as base jumping. Upon developing my skills I found that preconceived notion couldn't be further from the truth, in fact, I found it a very calm, meditative experience. My goal is to help you develop the same mindset, but by no means will you be pressured into anything that you don't want to do. Freediving is a very personal journey and I want you to develop at your own pace.