Have a hankering for a freediving trip next year with one of the world’s last truly nomadic people whose native language doesn’t have words for “mine” or “take” or “worry“?
Check out FreeDiveUK’s “Meet the Moken“ two-week expedition next February to an island off the Thai coast:
“FreediveUK have had the great honour of being invited out by the tribal Elders of one of the last remaining groups of Sea Nomads -– The Moken — to bring a small group of western Freedivers to visit them on their Island off the coast of Thailand. The aim of this trip is to learn from the Moken about their traditional way of life which is now in danger of extinction due to external pressure of the modern world, and in return FreediveUK will be teaching the younger generation of Moken to help re-establish their traditional skills in Freediving.”
No more than eight paying guests would be able to go, according to FreeDiveUK. Prices for the February 8th to 22nd 2014 trip are £1,800 ($1,865) for a shared room, with a £500 ($780) deposit (airfare and food are extra).
“Our trip is an opportunity for FreediveUK and Project Moken to look into possible ways of assisting the Moken to protect their way of life within the constraints put upon them by the outside world. Starting with providing the tribe with more efficient Freediving equipment that will enable them to reach fish essential for feeding their families, which due to the over fishing by commercial boats can now only be found in deeper waters, virtually impossible for them to reach with their traditional techniques.”
If you’re not a trained freediver, FreeDiveUK’s can teach you up to an AIDA 2* qualification for an extra fee.
For more info, check out FreeDiveUK’s website at www.freediveuk.com/project-moken.