Freediving

Top of the Reef

Published July 29, 2014

Wakatobi is known as one of the world’s finest diving destinations, but it could just as easily be called one of the planet’s best places to snorkel. Not only are the sunlit tops of many reefs located within ideal snorkeling depths, the resort staff and boat crews are completely “snorkeler friendly,” and treat surface-swimming guests with the same respect and attention as the divers. Here is a sampling of the many shallow water attractions snorkelers can discover on the reefs of Wakatobi. Snorkelers often say they could spend days exploring the house reef before ever venturing off on a scheduled boat trip. […]

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One With the Water

Published July 23, 2013

“Freediving is truly a life changing experience.  It’s not just diving, it is also about exploring yourself inside-out.” – Ai Futaki Ai Futaki describes herself as an “underwater harmonist” who expresses and shares the beauty of the underwater world through imaging, modeling and underwater performance—all created while freediving.  A Japanese freediving master and record holder who has developed a unique style of breathhold videography and photography Ai draws inspiration from the traditional female Ama (pearl divers) of her homeland. She now devotes her life to filming her experiences and sharing her gifts with the world.   This past spring Ai visited Wakatobi […]

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