2014 CAMP DATES
Kona Camp #1 - October 18-24, 2014 (Arrive: Oct 17, Depart: Oct 25) SOLD OUT
Kona Camp #2 - November 02-08, 2014 (Arrive: Nov 01, Depart: Nov 09)
Set in beautiful Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, the FII Kona Freediving Camp provides participants with a specialized seven day freediving training camp. Expertly tailored to cater to all experience levels, and all interests from laid back water lovers to line-diving enthusiasts. The Kona Freediving Camp is the perfect recreational freediving vacation that easily fits into any family or individuals schedule. Join us for exciting blue-water freediving marine interaction trips, fun cultural evenings and unsurpassed daily freediving training from FII's team of world class instructors. The FII Kona Freediving Camp is your ultimate freediving getaway.
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Suitable for: Individuals with a special interest in marine interaction, underwater photography, or depth training.
Pre Requisites: Open to certified freedivers only. For non-certified divers, a range of FII courses will be available directly prior to the Camp. Please
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You will be limited to the maximum depth of your certification (i.e. Lvl 1 Freedivers are limited to 66ft/20m). Please contact us if you have any questions.
Participants must be in good physical condition – See FII Medical Release.
Arrival Day: AM- Arrive in Kailua-Kona Airport (KOA). Evening: Opening Meeting and a group dinner/social gathering at the Kona Brewery.
Day 1: AM - Daily scheduled freediving depth training sessions with FII’s world-class instructor team in optimum training conditions. Participants can work on their goals or just enjoy the blue, at their own pace, with as little or as much training guidance as they request. Freediving training runs from 9am – 1pm.
PM- The evening will bring our entertaining FII Animal Interaction Clinic.
Day 2: AM - Daily scheduled freediving depth training sessions with FII’s world-class instructor team from 9am – 1pm.
AM - Animal Interaction Trips – Operated off an ex-Navy Seal vessel, we will be taking out a maximum of six divers lead by one FII Instructor in search of local marine life. Common species include spinner dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, spotted dolphins, manta rays, wahoo and other pelagic species. Depending on the ocean activity, we will also share some of the most stunning swim thus and caves. Animal Interaction trips run from 8am-12pm daily.
Day 3: Same as Day #2. This evening brings our wonderful cultural experience: Learn about the Kava traditions, taste some of the local traditional food such as Imu pork, poi and coconut taro.
Day 4: Barbeque Beach Day. Its time to Relax! Sea kayaking, reef freediving, sea kayak, spearfishing... or maybe you just want to bring along a hammock and enjoy the beach! Sunset Potluck Beach BBQ.
Day 5 - 6: Same as Day #2.
Day 7 : Line diving with Martin Stepanek and his team of instructors from 9am - 12pm, then its time to shower, pack and head into town for our Closing Party!
Departures Day: We recommend a late afternoon flight.
Animal Interaction Trips
Our goal: To seek out and freedive with some of the most marine life on this planet!
The FII team will introduce you to specialized freediving techniques developed over years of interactions with the local marine life. You will learn how to enhance the interaction on an intimate animal- to-animal level and observe natural behaviour while interacting on breath-hold. Common species include short-finned pilot whales, spinner dolphins, spotted dolphins, manta rays, oceanic white-tip sharks and an array of pelagic fish. These trips are an optional add-on to your Camp experience, and there is an additional boat fee of approximately $125- per trip (paid the morning of your boat departing). We highly recommend the Animal Interaction trips as it’s an exciting day on the water and provides amazing photography oppourtunities
Reminder: You only have time to participate in one activity (either depth training or the boat trip) per day as both activities run from morning – mid-day.
- Meetings will be hosted at Jacks Diving Locker, 75-5813 Ali'i Drive Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
- Freediving Training will be hosted south of the township in a sheltered bay offering pristine conditions
- Animal Interaction trips will be departing from Honokahau Harbour, 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI
Diving Gear and Equipment
Water temperatures will be around 77F – 80F / 25C – 26C
Freediving Training: You will need to bring a 3mm Freediving/Spearfishing Suit, a mask, snorkel, freediving fins, rubber weight belt, small weights, and freediving computer.
Additional Items: A thin shell rain jacket, water bottle with carabiner clip, wide brim hat with neck tie and a Mini Flash Drive (for your videos)
Price $745.00 (non-refundable deposit of $250.00 paid at time of registration)
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Six days of Freediving Training with World-Renowned Freediving Instructors including 13-Time Freediving World Record Holder, Martin Stepanek
Daily HD Videos of Your Depth Freedives
Exclusive 1.5hr Animal Interaction Clinic with Martin Stepanek & Team
FII Animal Internation Guide
Organised Beach Day Activities
Flights, Accommodation & Car Rental
Animal Interaction Boat Fee (approximately $125.00 per trip)
Food & Beverages at Social Events
Payment Policy & Deposit:
A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 is required to secure your spot
Full payment will be billed 3 months prior to your camp starting
Upon booking a position on the Animal Interaction boat you will become fully responsible for this position. We do not accept last minute boat cancellations
All payments on the Kona Camp are final and non-refundable
You will need to rent a car. If anyone is interested in sharing accommodation and car rental, please let us know. Budget Car Rental usually offers the best rates on the island and we recommend Orbitz as the best booking service.
Due to the islands size and sheer untouched beauty, planning a few road-trips is a must-do addition to your trip. You will have most afternoons off for these trips (2pm-evening).
We highly recommend exploring the wide range of beautiful vacation rentals available in the Kona district. Pricing varies.
Please contact us for the best vacation rental deals!
The Kona Islander Inn www.konaislanderinnhotel.com - Affordable accommodation right in downtown Kailua-Kona (3 min walk to Jacks Diving Locker). Rates starting at $79- per night
The Manago Hotel www.managohotel.com - Historical, clean, affordable accommodation in beautiful Captain Cook. Rates starting $39- per night
You can also view other hotels of your taste and budget by going to ‘Trip Adviser’ and searching ‘Kailua-Kona Hotels’.
A Camp Bulletin with a fully detailed day-to-day activity schedule will be sent out two months prior to the camp commencing. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact Niki Stepanek, Event Organizer on 808-212-0012 (HI time) or
We look forward to your joining us on this adventure of a lifetime!
2014 FII Kona Camp Instructor Team