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TRIP OVERVIEW

5 days
Yoga and Swimming
3km/day
Leisurely

Tour Highlights

  • Enter a lost paradise of volcanoes, shanties and rice paddies, and explore the peaceful union of yoga and swimming

  • Swim over coral-encrusted World War II shipwrecks as you discover the many secrets of the Karangasem Coast

  • Relax each evening with like-minded people, enjoying local food at a gorgeous Jemeluk Bay venue, watched over by the caldera of Mount Agung

Bali is a lost paradise of volcanoes, shanties, jungles and rice paddies. It’s here you’ll explore the peaceful union of yoga and swimming, surrounded by an ancient culture coloured by many religions and grounded in traditions that can be traced back to the earliest days of civilisation.

The island is a haven for sea adventurers. The north-eastern corner of Bali is a surf-free zone and an excellent open water swimming site, featuring vibrant marine life atop a black sandy bottom which makes for awesome visibility.

For this YogaSwim experience we are based in the fishing village of Amed which sits underneath the volcanic peak of Mount Agung - Bali’s highest and most spiritually significant site. It is framed by the roofs of our shalas where we perform our daily yoga practice at the start and end of each swimming day. The mountain's high imposing slopes are also clearly visible as we swim along the varied coastline throughout our trip. The reefs, with their rich marine life, start right from the shore, so the swimming is always interesting and varied.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is designed for swimmers who enjoy yoga, or who want to explore the benefits of yoga and how it naturally complements and enhances our swimming. We swim twice per day along the idyllic coast. Swims are shorter than an average Swimtrek trip. So if you prefer to cover more kilometres per day then you may like to take a look at our Bali Escape experience.

To join our YogaSwim Bali trip, you do not require extensive open water swimming experience, but you should be capable of completing the average swim distance of 1½ km prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is around 3km (split over a minimum of two swims). No prior experience of yoga is required.

We have given this trip a ‘Leisurely’ grading designed for people who want to swim at a more relaxed pace and enjoy the scenery.

Why yoga and swimming?

Yoga and swimming are a perfect combination. For swimmers, yoga offers both physical and mental benefits. Yoga increases breathing awareness, develops strength and increases mobility, especially if you can work yoga into your daily routine. Through meditation, relaxation and stretching, yoga has incredible restorative qualities, relaxing the nervous system and muscular tension. It can help you centre and focus, and to find the perfect rhythm for your swims.

What's included?

  • Fully guided yoga and swimming holiday in Bali, Indonesia
  • Experienced yoga instructor
  • Yoga mat for the duration of the trip
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique advice with video playback
  • Four nights accommodation
  • Four breakfasts
  • Lunch on days 2, 3 and 4

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour in Amed
  • Evening meals
  • Lunch on days 1 and 5

Tailor-made SwimTrek Trips

This trip can also be offered as tailor-made experience. The date of travel and itinerary can be adjusted to suit you. For more information contact us with the dates you'd like and number of people taking part. We'll be in touch to chat about putting together your dream swimming experience.


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Daily Itineraries

Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.

Day 1

Arrive, check-in and early evening we meet the Blue Earth Village for a pre-trip briefing, where you will meet your guides, fellow swimmers and enjoy a welcome drink. After this we have a short yoga practice covering basic Asanas and learning the principle of creating effortless effort within our swimming and yoga, preparing us for the week ahead. From the shala you will enjoy stunning views over Amed. Before dinner we take a short walk down to Jemeluk Bay for an acclimatisation swim.

Day 2

This morning we will meet for our yoga practice. We will explore how our poses can support us in the water through greater balance, mobility, alignment, and connection to breath.

After breakfast, we meet and walk down to Jemeluk Bay where we meet our skippers and their outrigger boats which will transport us to the start point of our swim at the Japanese shipwreck - just offshore from the traditional Balinese village of Banyuning. After some time to snorkel above its wreckage, we begin our swim towards Amed. There are numerous reefs below us as we swim around isolated headlands. This swim takes us to Selang Bay where we have lunch.

Once we’ve had lunch and enjoyed some relaxation, it’s back in the water for our second swim of the trip, leaving Selang Bay and finishing up the coast at Lipah Bay. Time permitting, this is where we’ll pause to record your swim stroke for later technique advice and video playback. We’ll also use the day’s video playback to create your own personalised yoga requirements for your body and your stroke.

Back at Blue Earth Village, we will have the opportunity to practice restorative yoga. The practice will consist of slow deep stretches which we will hold as we begin to understand the feeling of letting go in a pose, as well as improving your swimming technique.

Day 3

The morning will start with our yoga practice, connecting our swimming and yoga, developing a steady rhythm in both our bodies and our breathing.

After breakfast we return to Lipah Bay to pick up where we left off yesterday. Today we set out north-west back towards Jemeluk Bay. During the first leg of our journey to Bunatan we take time to view the small tropical fish and coral below us. We have a longer lunch today and for those who can’t stay out of the water there’s a chance to snorkel Bunatan too.

Once you are suitably relaxed it’s back in the water for the second leg of our swim, finishing at Jemeluk Bay, where our accommodation is located. The large Jemeluk headland is our sighting point during this swim and once we round this, we are only a few hundred metres from shore.

This afternoon we take time to restore our bodies with a gentle yoga practice and breathing techniques before dinner.

Day 4

This morning’s yoga practice will begin with a sitting meditation as we prepare for our longest swim of the week. We will then focus on our alignment and the difference this can make when we are swimming in open water. After breakfast we walk down to the waters of Jemeluk Bay and swim out across the bay to find the opposite shoreline and its fringing reefs, following these to Amed.

After our post-swim snacks, we take some time to relax and explore before lunch. This area is popular with freedivers and scuba divers attracted to the tropical marine ecosystem. We share the waters with them as we strike out for our last full swim, finishing in Kirana.

On our return to Blue Earth Village, we will have the opportunity to build on your restorative yoga and body awareness practice. This evening there is an opportunity to head into the village and enjoy a last meal overlooking the Bay.

Day 5

On this last morning, we will bring everything we have learnt together for our final yoga practice. We explore how yoga has the ability to train the mind and body and how we can take this into our everyday lives to enhance all that we do. We will also have the time to discuss any of the practices we have done. After breakfast we finish with a relaxing swim in Jemeluk Bay, where the trip draws to a close.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Blue Earth Village, Amed, Bali

Start Time: 15:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Blue Earth Village, Amed, Bali

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 6

Location Summary

Amed

Amed started off life as a fishing village in north-east Bali. More recently, it has become one of the go-to places for freediving due to the fantastic visibility available just off the shore. While here, there are plenty of locations where you could try your hand at the sport.

Mt Agung

Towering 3,142 metres above sea level, Mount Agung is the highest mountain on the island of Bali and the fifth highest volcano in the whole of Indonesia. Mount Agung has huge spiritual significance to the people of the island and is home to the ‘Mother Temple’ of Besakih. Balinese legend has it that Agung was created when the Hindu God Pasupati split Mount Meru (the spiritual axis of the universe) and formed Mount Agung with a fragment.

Karangasem Coast

Amed is situated within the Karangasem Regency and this coast is where we will be swimming over the entire trip. Where there aren’t reefs, there will be volcanic sand spewed over the ages by the looming presence of Mount Agung. The volcanicity makes for great clarity and ideal swimming conditions.

World War II Shipwrecks

Our start point is at the site of a Japanese patrol ship which lies close to the coast and is visible from the surface. Around the wreckage live damselfish and pygmy seahorses drawn to the numerous sea fans that have grown up on the wreck.

Trip Information

Equipment to bring along with you

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costumes (x2) Towel
Swimming Goggles (x2)* Light Sweater / Fleece
Sun Hat and Sunglasses Small Daypack
Waterproof Sun Cream Trainers / Sandals / Aqua Shoes
Personal Drink Bottle (x2)

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

SwimTrek will supply yoga mats, yoga props, swim hats, water and electrolyte drinks. The guides will no longer distribute shared drinks bottles, but rather will fill up each individual guest’s personal drink bottle. Please ensure these are clearly marked to help our guides identify yours. If you prefer to use your own yoga mat or would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest, snorkel or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you. For more please check out our Covid-19 guidance.

Yoga Practice

Our 1-1½ hour morning practice is designed to help you prepare for the day, energising and invigorating your body for exhilarating swims and walks. This practice may include a mix of standing poses (asanas), back or forward bends. All poses are completely optional, and props may be used for support. The practice will develop stability and alignment for the specific muscle groups we will use when swimming.

After our active day, we’ll unwind our tired bodies and relax with a restorative evening yoga class. This is a gentle session which will help the mind and body let go and allow you to enter a state of relaxation.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 12. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort.

Boat support on this trip includes one main boat and two support boats to be piloted by local boat pilots. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distance
Banyuning (Japanese Shipwreck) - Selang Bay 1½ km
Selang Bay - Liphah Bay 1½ km
Lipah Bay - Bunutan 1½ km
Bunatan - Jemeluk Bay 1½ km
Jemeluk Bay - Amed 2 km
Amed - Kirana 1 km

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as jellyfish and sea urchins could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Walking Distances

Walking is not a major part of the trip and we will generally walk on sealed paths to and from the bays and beaches that we start and finish our swims on.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
September 28-29°C / 82-84°F 24-31°C / 74-88°F
October 27-28°C / 80-82°F 24-30°C / 73-86°F
  • Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 12. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. 

Boat support on this trip includes one main boat and two support boats to be piloted by local boat pilots. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Trip Grading

We have given this trip a ‘Leisurely’ grading designed for people who want to swim at a more relaxed pace and enjoy the scenery.

Getting There

The easiest way to reach the start of your trip is to fly into Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Flights arrive direct from many international destinations including Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and the Australian hubs of Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney.

As SwimTrekkers come from all over the world, and join our swimming holidays in numerous destinations, we don't currently offer flights as part of our SwimTrek packages. We do however want to do as much as we can to ensure that our guests get the best deals when travelling to one of our trips so check out SwimTrek's tips to help you get the best deals for your flights.

Transfer from Ngurah Rai International Airport to Amed

The best option to get to Blue Earth Village is via a private transfer. The drive to Amed from Denpasar is about 2.5–3 hours, depending on traffic. The drive is a scenic one along the varied coastline, then winding up through tropical hills and past rice paddy fields. If you are staying in Sanur for a night before then it is about 30 minutes less, again traffic dependent. It is cheaper and often more fun if you share with another SwimTrekker. Still, it should only cost around IDR600,000 (GBP35, AUD56, USD43) per car.

Practical Information

Accommodation

Blue Earth Village was created by a group of friends with a shared love of freediving and yoga and belief in the vulnerability of our planet. This belief guided them in their use of sustainable and recycled materials. From the various levels and walk-ways of the restaurant, popular with Amed local expats, there are stunning views of the mighty Mount Agung volcano. Around the grounds are decking areas for relaxing and large, airy shalas, purpose built for practicing yoga whilst making the most of the views and space.

The accommodation is built with a combination of recycled materials and natural building techniques such as earthsack ‘super adobe’. With this sustainable technique the walls are very thick and hence insulated against heat and noise. No room is the same. Room choices include beds for twin share, double occupancy and a limited number of single occupancy rooms are also possible, subject to availability.

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation and Trip Extension Options

If you would like to extend your stay in Bali and need to book additional nights’ accommodation before or after your trip, please contact Blue Earth Village directly via: info@blueearthvillage.com

Besides the natural beauty of Bali it also has a rich cultural element and the island’s cultural heartland of Ubud is worth a visit whilst you are here. Or try some wave surfing on the beaches around Kuta and Seminyak.

Food and Drink

The restaurant at Blue Earth Village offers international dishes and local favourites. Though they do serve fish and meats, it specialises in a range of vegan and vegetarian cuisine. They avoid the use of MSG or palm oil, wash all ingredients in drinking water, and wherever possible use only organic produce. Try the coconut milk which is made onsite from fresh coconuts.

Four breakfasts are included during your trip, as well as lunch on days 2, 3 and 4. Other meals are at your own expense. This gives you the opportunity to experience Amed’s local cafes and restaurants over the course of your trip. Prices will vary between local and tourist restaurants but in Amed you might expect the price of a restaurant meal to be around 150,000 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) ($AUD14, $US10)150,000 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) (AUD14, USD10, GBP8).

The village of Amed is on our doorstop and there is a good range of cafes and restaurants to satisfy any dietary requirements.

Extra Activities

Freediving, scuba diving, meditation and traditional massage are all available. It is also possible to climb Mount Agung and walk or cycle the Amed countryside and coastline as well as visiting the Tirta Gangga Water Palace.

Money, Extra Expenses and Tipping

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as evening dinners, drinks, entertainment and souvenirs. The local currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. You can exchange currency at the hotel or withdraw money at ATMs that can be found in Amed.

In some countries tipping, gratuities, is not part of the culture. In others it has become an expected norm. We believe that tipping is entirely at your discretion. If you have been provided with excellent it may be something you wish to do. Your SwimTrek guides can advise on local norms for service providers like boat crew, waiters, or taxis. Nothing is expected for your SwimTrek guides, but many groups like to present something to the guides at the end of the trip.

Passports and Visas

Bali is an Indonesian island. All passports must have at least 6 months validity remaining after departure from Indonesia. Citizens of all EU member states, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand travelling to Indonesia for tourism purposes may travel within the visa exemption policy entering without a visa for up to 30 days at certain ports of entry.

Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise you check visa requirements prior to travel.

Travel Insurance

We consider comprehensive travel insurance to be essential, and we strongly recommend that you purchase insurance which includes, but is not limited to, cover for illness, accident, emergency repatriation, ambulance, air ambulance, helicopter rescue services, cancellation, lost luggage and delays. Your travel insurance should also cover you for open water swimming and any other activity listed in your trip itinerary (including races and competitions, where applicable). Please read your policy details carefully and remember to take them with you on your trip for your own reference. For further information about travel insurance, please visit: www.swimtrek.com/travel-insurance.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to Bali, Indonesia, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit Travel Health Pro. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

Travel Plugs and Electricity

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit worldstandards.eu.

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