- Swim beside the graceful cetaceans of the Ponta D'Ouro coast
- Learn the basics of freediving, under the expert tutelage of Hanli Prinsloo
- Practise yoga in view of the ocean, relaxing after a morning in the water
- Meet the local children that I AM WATER work with
“With dolphins, you almost want to be in your happiest, most joyful mood ever. And the dolphins always want to play with you”
– Hanli Prinsloo, trip leader, champion freediver and founder of I AM WATER
Join the I AM WATER team for a week of freediving and yoga off the Mozambican coast. Learn the basics amidst idyllic tropical surroundings. Spend mornings swimming beside the region’s playful dolphins, before returning ashore for a dose of relaxing yoga, looking out over the beautiful Mozambizan waters.
Fly into Durban, and after a night spent at the iconic Oyster Box Hotel, drive up the coast and into Mozambique. Head to the Ponta D’Ouro area, renowned for the pods of dolphins that dot the waters off its beaches. Here, spend six nights at a secluded beach house – perfect for ocean adventures and relaxed sunset yoga classes. Accompanied by impassioned experts, freedive and frolic in the warm waters of the southern Indian Ocean.
FREEDIVING AND DOLPHINS
Begin each day at dawn. Set out early, in search of dolphins, who regard this secluded stretch of sand-splashed coastline as their playground. Spend time training in readiness for encounters with these friendly mammals. Practice deep diving sessions along a weighted rope, journeying deeper on each occasion.
Enter the water in the morning, before these playful creatures are distracted by thoughts of food and sleep. Swim beside, beneath and above them – diving down through the warm, azure waters of Mozambique. Regardless of your freediving ability, close encounters are guaranteed, with the dolphins eager to interact with visitors to their aquatic domain.
What is freediving?
"Freediving is an age-old practice of exploring the ocean on one breath. With its roots in subsistence living off the sea, freediving is today a competitive sport with disciplines, competitions and records. But in essence, it is just the act of holding your breath underwater." - Hanli Prinsloo
Read more about freediving in our Q&A with Hanli.
Time beneath the water is exhilarating, but tiring. To ease the burden of such an active schedule, yoga plays a big part in this trip. Afternoon and sunset yoga sessions take place on the pool deck, accompanied by stunning views of the shimmering ocean.
As the sun falls below the horizon and the evening yoga class ends, dinner begins. Dine on an array of wholesome, healthy cooking that Victoria Dudley, a Cape Town chef, has specially prepared.
After diving and before sunset, there is time to explore, relax and unwind. Snack by the swimming pool, return to the sea or read beside the pool. For those who want to venture further afield, there is a nearby lake where hippos and crocodiles can be found, as well as a colourful local market.
I AM WATER works with the children of the nearby Momoli Orphanage, and during the week there will be a visit to this invaluable project. Once terrified of the power of the sea, the children have learned – with the help of I AM WATER – to embrace the majestic vastness of the ocean. Now they swim and snorkel with carefree abandon, learning to explore – and therefore respect – the world beneath the waves.
Hanli is an 11 times South African Freediving Record Holder who has taught freediving to over 500 students. She is the founder of the I AM WATER Foundation, which focuses on ocean conservation through human experience. Hanli is also a film-maker, avid ocean adventurer and certified yoga instructor. The freediving instructors she leads have taught freediving around the world, alongside working with top athletes, celebrities, and individuals with aquatic phobias.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Open to all ages and abilities, this trip offers an incredible chance to swim with the ocean’s friendliest inhabitants, whilst also supporting the vital work of I AM WATER. Led by Hanli Prinsloo and her dedicated team, it combines a truly remarkable activity with equally remarkable individuals.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.