The TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020 is in the Pocket!
You can breathe again – it’s official!
Even though it was a weird year so far, we are still blessed to receive a lot of great feedback and reviews from all our customers – thank you all for this! It’s highly appreciated!!!! And we’re not the only ones noticing all the positive feedback. TripAdvisor did too, and they awarded us with the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020! To all of you who took the time to leave their reviews and feedback.
Thank you, you are incredible!
Freedive Academy Panglao Accommodation
An Eco-Friendly Bamboo Sports Resort in a Tropical paradise
It doesn’t matter what your motivation is for travelling to Panglao. Maybe you plan on taking a freediving course, perhaps one of the different freediving instructor programs. Maybe you come to Panglao for freedive training with near-perfect conditions at a high-level and fully equipped dive center. Perhaps you would like to improve your swimming skills, or do you simply want to take a break from normal day-to-day life and have a nice break. Regardless of your motivation, we are sure that you will love the dive center, bungalows, and facility!
As part of our dive center in Panglao, we developed the Apnea Sports Resort. We are based at a fantastic location, 10 minutes by scooter from the tourist area Alona, 300 meters from the ocean, have all needed facilities for a luxury stay. Our 5 bamboo bungalows and apartment are all built in front of our two-lane 25-meter pool. You’ll quickly notice the peace of the rooms when surrounded by mango, coconut, banana and papaya trees. Staying at the Apnea Sports Resort is truly staying in paradise.
The Freedive Academy and the Bamboo Bungalows
Having our own accommodation in Panglao was the missing link in the development of the Freedive Academy. When you walk through the bamboo gate or pass through the academy, you almost immediately experience the tropical island experience.
We wanted to make this a high-quality and high-level eco-friendly, and tropical facility where guests find everything they could possibly need. Since not all our guests are freedivers (or scuba divers), we wanted to make the resort a welcoming home for them too.
We did this by developing beautiful bamboo bungalows, all isolated according to the highest standards. The bungalows each have a warm water shower, airconditioning, standing fan, refrigerator, mosquito net and each bungalow have their own dedicated high-speed fibre internet connection. The bungalows are all pool-side and built around a two-lane 25-meter pool with shallow water sitting and training area. Underneath a beautiful bamboo canopy, we have a lovely lounge area for chilling out while listening to good relaxing music and a basic open-air gym with rowing and cycling machines, dumble sets, TRX and battle ropes.
A Small little Paradise
The Freedive Academy Panglao is a Freedive Instructor training center, Mermaid Instructor and Swim Teacher training center. We came to Panglao in 2015 and are now amongst the leaders in global freediving education and training. In 2019 we decided to move location with the Freedive Academy Panglao and did we build this small little paradise within Paradise Panglao. And this resulted in the build of the Apnea Sports Resorts.
As the Freedive Academy Panglao, we do so much more than breath-hold training and offering courses. We strive to be a full-service organisation where we offer personalised packages, including airport pickups, freedive training, swim lessons, breakfasts, scooter rental, and organising (snorkelling) tours Balicasaq and Napaling Reef. Feel free to contact us anytime to see what kind of package we can offer you.
The Perfect Location
The Freedive Academy and resort are located on the Northside of the island, which is the island’s nice and quiet non-touristic side. We are based right smack on the only access road to the famous Napaling Reef with the big coral wall, amazing drop off into the depths of the ocean and the incredible school of the Panglao Sardines.
We are located only 5-minutes away from the Panglao/Bohol International Airport. In about 10 to 12 minutes via scooter, you’ll reach the tourist hotspot Alona Beach where you’ll find all the bars, restaurants and big public squares. And because we’re on near the North road, central of the island, trips to Tagbilaran city, Loboc River and the Chocolate Hills are quite easy to organise.
The Apnea Sports Resort is perfect for guests who want to stay somewhere peaceful, surrounded by palm, coconut, banana and papaya trees but still want to have everything conveniently in reach.
Experience Freediving in the Philippines!
The Philippine archipelago with over 7000 islands – every single one more stunning than the other. The Philippines is a true freediving paradise in South East Asia, with year-round spectacular living and freediving conditions like nowhere else.
With palm- and coconut trees everywhere, access to a fantastic house reef and depth at swimming distance or a convenient short boat ride away, we can show you what is really meant with the freediver lifestyle. Contact us now and experience Freediving in the Panglao Philippines for yourself.
Fill in the form now – no strings, just check our availability. Usually, you’ll have an answer within hours.
A Beautiful and Peaceful Place to Stay
A Great Location and all That you Could Possibly need at your Convenience.
Here’s an overview of the most popular facilities we had listed on booking.com, Agoda and Airbnb!
- Outdoor fireplace
- Picnic area
- Outdoor furniture
- Sun terrace
Services & Extras:
- Tickets to attractions or shows [Additional charge]
- Pets are allowed. No extra charges.
- Live sport events (broadcast)
- Bike tours [Additional charge]
- Walking tours
- Movie nights
- Water sport facilities (on site) [Additional charge]
- Freediving [Additional charge]
- Scuba Diving [Additional charge]
- Bicycle rental [additional charge]
- Games room
- Golf course (within 3 km) [Additional charge]
Food & Drink:
- On-site Coffee
- Fruits [Additional charge]
- Bottle of water
- Wine/champagne [Additional charge]
- Snack bar
- Breakfast in the room
- Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
- Accessible parking
- Secured parking
- Outdoor pool (all year)
- Shallow end
- Swimming pool toys
- Sun loungers or beach chairs
- Pool/beach towels
- Sun umbrellas
- Spa lounge/relaxation area
- Personal trainer
- Fitness classes
- Yoga classes
- Fitness center
- Massage [Additional charge]
- Airport drop off [Additional charge]
- Airport pick up [Additional charge]
- Public transport tickets [Additional charge]
- Private check-in/check-out
- Concierge service
- ATM/cash machine on site
- Luggage storage
- Ticket service
- Tour desk
- Currency exchange
- Express check-in/check-out [Additional charge]
- Shared kitchen
- Each bungalow has its own dedicated high-speed fibre connection.
- WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Entertainment and family services:
- Books, DVDs, music for children
- Board games/puzzles
- Daily housekeeping
- Dry cleaning [Additional charge]
- Shuttle service [additional charge]
- Pet bowls
- Pet basket
- Mini-market on site
- Shared lounge/TV area
- Airport shuttle [additional charge]
- Air conditioning
- Non-smoking rooms
- Designated smoking area
- Non-smoking throughout
- Shops (on site)
- Car hire [additional charge]
Please note, of course, you are more than welcome to book your room directly via booking.com, Agoda or AirBNB, but before you do, please get in touch with us since we can make you an excellent package when you book your bungalow and course or training together with us directly.
The Academy and Resort – and its Future!
What kind of facilities do we offer and what are we planning!
- 2 ‘smaller’ classrooms suited for 4 students – but with plenty of space left to accomodate at least 8 students each.
- We have a bamboo canopy with a big couch and relax area directly pool-side which we use for our workshops and scheduled yoga classes, stretching sessions and occasional pranayama and meditation classes.
We extended the pool to a two-lane 25-meter pool with a shallow water static area. The pool has two comfortable shallow-water sitting areas for the spectators or those who just want to chill out in the pool. We’ll still travel to the 50-meter Olympic pool in Tagbilaran via a 20-minute scooter ride from time to time.
Open Air Gym and Exercise Area:
We have a small (but big enough) outdoor gym area, which we equipped with several home trainers for apnea cycling and apnea rowing. We added a corner for dumble training and other basic strength training. The outdoor area has a TRX set up, gym and balancing balls, battle ropes and a pull-up bar. This gym is free to use for those joining us for master training or anyone who does a freediving course with us.
Restaurant and Lounge Areas:
Next is the opening of our brand new restaurant ‘The Bottom Plate’, expected to open at the end of 2021. We will be serving (mostly local and organic) strictly vegetarian and vegan meals that not only look spectacular but are each super healthy and perfect for athletes, seekers of depth and adventurers.
Furthermore, we’ll have several shaded outside areas for people to hang out and chill (read; sleep) after their sessions.
9 Large Luxury Bamboo Bungalows:
The first five bamboo sports bungalows are finished, and they look incredible. The final four bungalows will be built during the low season of 2020, which will be in our around August. All bamboo bungalows have high-grade heat isolation, and some are equipped with A/C’s and humidifiers. All have ventilators, warm water shower, whiteboard for scheduling your training, mini-refrigerator, and each have their own dedicated high-speed fibre internet connection.
The Building, and what’s Next.
And of course, the remainder of the facility is top-notch too. We have a big reception, lounge and shop area, a nice office, showers and locker rooms. Everything that a proper freediving center needs to operate efficiently.
We are working on some incredible ideas, but it’s way too early to go public with this 🙂 But when everything is finished – hopefully, by the end of the year, we’ll have the most incredible dive center and much more we could ever hope for.
Obviously, COVID messaged up many of our plans, but luckily, we’re still going strong even though the country is still in lockdown. We are still open, we are diving every day, and most of our bungalows are occupied. However, the bungalows are currently used for long term rent, which might change shortly. When the country opens up, we’ll publish the freediving packages of bungalows rental combined with the courses and training. At this time, it’s just too early to plan or announce something.
In the meantime, if you want to learn how to freedive or have questions, please get in touch with us anytime? We teach freediving courses in the Philippines, but we also teach freediving online via nice and entertaining Zoom classes almost every week. The same goes for our freedive instructor courses that we teach every few weeks online – we offer different options, but they are all a lot of fun!
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