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Soneva Academy 2021


The Adventure of the Corbin



Time involved:

3 nights/3.5 days




USD 1,500++ fully inclusive (speedboat); USD 2,500++ fully inclusive (Soneva in Aqua)


Soneva Fushi or Soneva Jani, Maldives

In this course, we follow the Adventure of the Corbin, a 17th century French galleon that was shipwrecked off the coast of Goidhoo. Set up camp and learn how to survive on a desert island. Discover how to navigate using the stars. Snorkel the shipwreck and learn about the Maldives’ maritime history, all while recording your adventure by producing your very own GoPro film.

There will be 4 modules in the course:

First evening: Life in the Maldives

Enjoy a barbecue and games on Soneva Fushi’s Turtle Beach, and find out more about the marine world and island life in the Maldives Archipelago.

Day 2: Survival skills

Travel to the uninhabited island of Innafushi to set up camp. Learn how to pitch a tent, make a bush toilet, then fish for your lunch. After eating, discover how the Corbin’s shipwrecked sailors survived on a desert island from the accounts of the ship’s real-life navigator, François Pyrard de Laval, with fun games and time to explore.

Day 3: Snorkelling the wreck site

After a light breakfast, visit the site of the Corbin shipwreck, which is now a thriving ecosystem and home to an array of marine species. Spend a few hours snorkelling and learn about the ship’s lost treasure. From there, visit the Rose Garden, a unique reef system which is considered one of the Maldives’ best snorkelling spots. Travel back to Soneva Fushi and share your adventures with your family.

Day 4: Tell your own story

Use your GoPro footage to produce a short film about your adventure, with what you have learned and experienced along the way. The films will all be shown in a special evening family screening, where you’ll also receive your certificate for passing the course.

Please sign up and we look forward to welcoming you on the course soon!

Bart Knols, PhD MBA (Managing Director of Science & Conservation at Soneva) Akib Jahir, MSc (Integrated Pest Control Manager at Soneva)

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