Panglao, Philippines

The Freedive Capital of the Asia!

It’s more Fun in the Philippines!

Experience the Philippines!

It’s more fun, and experience the Philippines are the two most famous quotes in the Philippines, and they’re true! Same goes for Freediving in the Philippines – you have to experience it! There are very good and understandable reasons why freediving in the Philippines has gotten so popular – and especially freediving in Panglao. We’ll get to the dive and living conditions in a bit, but first a little bit more information about the things that make the Philippines a must visit destination for travellers and freedivers.


The People of the Philippines and their 7107 Tropical and Spectacular Islands!

We wanted to start this page with the number 1 reason to visit the page, but we couldn’t… Everyday when we wake up to the sounds of Gecko’s, frogs and other mystical nature sounds, we walk outside of our bungalow, and are greeted by palm trees, banana trees and coconut trees, and each morning on the porch of our place the cool ocean breeze reminds us that we live in paradise. Within 20 seconds we’re at the ocean side where we do our morning stretching and yoga looking out over the flattest open ocean freediving dive spot you’ve ever seen in your life. The ocean is flat like a mirror, and then when you see a small pod of dolphins passing by you are reminded again, that you found yourself in Paradise.

The Philippines is a massive country, and with a size larger than countries like Spain or the UK it can easily house the +100 million Filipinos – the most kind, loving, helpful and warmest people you’ll ever meet in your life! But the country has so much more to offer than ‘just’ amazing conditions for freediving, and beautiful and lovely people.

Because it’s enormous size the biodiversity in the Philippines is simply incredible. The country has jungles, mountains, volcanic islands, swamps, white, black and red sandy beaches, and interesting for us freedivers – enormous cliff-side drop-off’s going to 100’s of meters depth almost immediately. All of this results in on-land riches of animals and plants, almost just as incredible as the under-water world of the Philippines. In the Philippines you will find the adorable, yet equally creepy Mouse-Deer. You will find amazing birds and parrots – 620 species to be exact! But you will also find colourful butterflies and Carabao’s, the Asian Water Buffalo on every island. Are you looking for something more cuter than the Carabao? No problem, at about 30 minutes with motorbike away from our centre, in our province Bohol you will find the national pride the Tarsier monkey. The Philippines wildlife big and small is simply amazing.

Let’s continue with the climate of the Philippines. It doesn’t matter which month you visit the Philippines – it is always flip flop and shorts weather! Even in the rain season the temperatures are still great, and will never drop below 30C. And talking about the rain season; people get fearful talking about ‘The rain season’, but there’s no need for in regard to the Philippines. The rain season slowly starts in September or October and ends in about February. Usually you won’t get more than 1 or 2 hours rain per day, and this is mostly at night, but then when it rains, it really really really rains. But don’t worry, with the outside temperature of +30C you will be dried up within no time – and flip flops are made to get wet anyways 😉 Whether you come in January, May or December, the sun in the Philippine is always shining bright!

Experience Freediving in the Philippines!

The Philippine archipelago with over 7000 island – each and every single one more stunning than the other, is a freediving paradise in South East Asia, with year round spectacular living and freediving conditions like no where else.

With palm- and coconut trees everywhere, direct access to an amazing house reef and depth right in-front of the centre 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 today, just check our availability. Usually you’ll have an answer within hours.

Spectacular Freediving in the Philippines!

With Panglao Island as the Freedive Capital of Asia!

Panglao labelled by many as ‘The Freedive Capital of Asia’ is a beautiful green island that is connected to the larger island Bohol, located in the Central Visayas Region of South-Central Philippines. It is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines, and that is not for no reason.

The island enjoys a tropical climate all year round. And because Panglao is surrounded by other larger islands, it is often spared from wind, waves and strong current which makes perfect freedive conditions nearly all year round. And as the only centre in the Philippines – pretty much Asia – we can dive (without any depth limitations) directly from shore without the use of a boat!

Panglao is renowned for its beautiful green (everywhere!) surrounding, stunning coral reefs and amazing dive spots, it’s white sandy beaches, and numerous hangouts all nature lovers will enjoy. So is Bohol for example home of the world famous nature park the Chocolate Hills known for its extraordinary landscape.

Aside from its natural beauty, Bohol has various historical and cultural riches dating back to the Spanish colonial era. Limestone churches, museums and monuments such as the Blood Compact Shrine are all very impressive and worth visiting.

Panglao hotels and resorts offer high standard accommodations/services, modern amenities, and top-class facilities to their guests. The serenity of the whole island makes Panglao a perfect place for unwinding and relaxation. Whether you’re a budget diver or want to go on a more luxurious freediving vacation. FREEDIVE+ will make your stay an escape to paradise where you can have the best and most comfortable stay you could ever wish for.

But besides the near perfect diving conditions, the island has become popular with freedivers, because of the many high quality restaurants and lively nightlife of the island. Whether you like your steaks on a grill, your pasta’s or organic vegan and vegetarian food; Panglao has it all!


How is the Freediving in Panglao, and what are the Dive Conditions?!

The freediver comes to Panglao most of the time via Cebu International Airport – if you can avoid Manilla, go for it! From Cebu it’s a short 20 minute flight or 2 hour ferry, and both options are possible many times a day. It’s a 1 hour flight from Manilla. And then when the freediver arrives in paradise Panglao, find it’s room, either as part of the special package deals or on its own, it’s time for a swim at Kalikasan Dive Resort where the Freedive Centre is located at only 15 meters from the entry point as displayed in the below photo.

We have fixed surface lines, and at 8 meter from shore we already have 25 meter depth. At about 30 meter from shore we have 55 meter depth, and at about 80 meters from shore we can cater to all deepdivers with our 125 meter line. And because of the centre’s ideal and unique location on the island we rarely have any current. We are very very very (!) proud to say that we are the ONLY centre in the world with a 125 meter buoy right in-front of the resort – we love our drop-off!! And whether you need a 20, 30, 80 or 120 meter line, with us you simply swim out and train at the time you prefer, and for as long as you want. You don’t need to worry about the session times of others.

We don’t use a boat. We don’t need a taxi or pickup truck to get to the ocean side, and with 125 meter depth from shore without much current, year round water temperatures of around 30°C, most days around 30 and up to 40 meter visibility, and an amazing housereef, with the rare mantas, dolphins, whales and whaleshark visitors, freediving doesn’t get better than this.

Experience Freediving in the Philippines!

The Philippine archipelago with over 7000 island – each and every single one more stunning than the other, is a freediving paradise in South East Asia, with year round spectacular living and freediving conditions like no where else.

With palm- and coconut trees everywhere, direct access to an amazing house reef and depth right in-front of the centre 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 today, just check our availability. Usually you’ll have an answer within hours.

This is how it is to Freedive with us in Beautiful Panglao! Enjoy!

The Freediving Team who will Welcome you in Panglao!

You now know that the conditions for freediving in Panglao are unprecedented. That the Kalikasan Dive Resort with its own pool offers the perfect freedive location, and that you the freediver doesn’t have to be bored with all the tourist areas and fantastic bars and restaurants. Everything sounds fantastic, but what about the instructors?! We’re not going to stop with the amazement here, because we have an amazing team of people working in the Philippines, China and the Netherlands to make you the best freediver you can be!

Everyone at FREEDIVE+ are excited water enthusiasts, and they are ready to welcome you to the Philippines. The team includes general centre and support staff, office staff, and we have at any time at least 10 instructors and internship instructors staff running around. But our main instructors and the people responsible are the founders and owners of the FREEDIVE+ Freedive Academy Panglao; Sura, Cao Yu, and Vincent.

Sura Dai (苏拉)

SSI International Training Director, General Manager and responsible for daily operations at FREEDIVE+ Panglao.

Cao Yu (曹雨)

SSI Level 3 and AIDA Instructor, and Manager Operations China Mainland

Vincent Sparreboom

 SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, SSI Specialty Instructor Trainer, SSI Swim Teacher Trainer, and AIDA & Raid WSF Instructor and Manager International Business Development (not China).

Are you ready to Experience Freediving in the Philippines?!

Check out what some of our many guests had to say!

I like it here a lot! Super nice conditions for deep diving, very friendly people and super professional instructors – after I thought them :p I will definitely come back for more adventures!

Alexey Molchanov – World Champion CWT & CNF and multiple WR holder

FREEDIVE+ was much more than an amazing Freediving Center. It was like a family. It was my first time in Philippines and after my first training with FREEDIVE+, I already started to plan my second visit and after 1 month I am now coming back to this beautiful centre. We only swim 20-30 meter from the shore to train, water is warm and calm most of the time and everybody is full of positive energy. What can I ask more? It is definitely one of my favourite destinations. I am so grateful to FREEDIVE+ Family. See you soon.

Şahika Ercümen – World Record Holder

I came to train to FREEDIVE+ in December 2015 and stayed there for four months. The strongest part of FREEDIVE+ is it’s location. You don’t need a boat to go diving. The depth is just right next to you!! The club’s location is so good that in four months I only had two non diveable days. The pool next to the club building offers great static opportunity, even in night time. The staff is so helpful not only in the water but on anything you need about your stay or moving around. FREEDIVE+ is a must visit point for all freedivers. The only concern is you can get hooked and may not like your next freediving destination as much.

Evren Orhon – Coach of the Turkish National Freediving Team

I have been training for long time all over the world. From Asia to Europe including four times world championship as an athlete and coach. The freediving location is very important from beginner to deep diver. Here at FREEDIVE+, you can approach all the buoy’s from beginner to 150m deep within 200m from shore. Weather is also fantastic as I am staying here for two months from June to July. I had not have any single day I could not dive due to the weather condition. The people here in charge of Center, Vincent and Sura are super nice people who love ocean and will welcome everybody with best hospitality, If you have not tried to FREEDIVE+ yet. I strongly recommend you to TRY.

Elliot Hyomin Kim – Korean National Team Coach and National Record Holder

I spent the firsts two week an half of this January at FREEDIVE+ in Panglao for training, from the first mail I understood that Vincent was a very kind and generous person, at that time he wasn’t there cause he was in India to improve his yoga, but his Team and his girlfriend Sura they welcomed me and I felt at home from the beginning.

The depth is just in front of the dock, 30 seconds walking from the school and 45 seconds from my room 🙂 warm water and normally not much current, perfect conditions and the team is smiling all the time, very kind, responsible, professional and always ready to go in the water and make you feel safe and part of the team.

In few minutes by scooter it’s easy to find fresh and local fruits and vegetables and other good food, Philippines people are very nice people, I always felt nice vibes everywhere I went, also in town, everybody smiling and ready to help you….I loved this place very much and I’m missing it, I hope to come back soon…Thanks again everybody!

Davide Carrera – World Champion and World Record Holder

Freediving in the Philippines doesn’t get Better!!

Freediving Doesn’t Get Better Anywhere!

Are you excited and ready to book your Freediving Course in the Philippines. Are you ready to join our Freedive Training in Asia?! And are you ready to go on an adventure of a lifetime? Fantastic, we are more than happy to welcome you to our beautiful island!

Whether you’re a beginner or someone ready to break the -100 meter, you are coming to the Philippines to have a good time – to have an amazing time! And our team will go out of their way to make sure you will have an amazing experience.

Of course you are more than welcome to ‘just’ book a course with us, and arrange everything yourselves, but we know the way around the island, and we have the resources to make your vacation as easy and as comfortable as possible, and we will make your trip unforgettable!

We can have a cab or tricycle ready for you at the airport or ferry terminal when you arrive. We can arrange accommodation on the Dive Resort or at any of the many nearby resorts. We can help you to find long-term accommodation. We can arrange your motorbike so you can freely cruise around the island, or take you on a motorbike tour to the beautiful Chocolate Hills. And to make it all really affordable we can offer you an all in one nice package deal including your courses and training sessions. Freediving is more than going up and down a training line, it’s an experience, an adventure! You are going on vacation, let us worry about all the extra’s, we’ll do the work.

This is a quick overview of all the freediving courses that we currently offer in beautiful Panglao.

Recreational Courses and Professional Freedive Development

From Beginner to Instructor Trainer, and all sort’s of specialities – we can offer it all!

We are 1 of only 3 centre’s in the world who can teach all the way up to SSI Instructor Trainers. That means you can come to FREEDIVE+ for all recreational and professional levels of freediving.

FREEDIVE+ is the only freediving centre in the world that offers freediving internships, and professional freediving development programs with the possibility to also become a professional swim teacher.

Recreational Courses:

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    SSI Introduction to Freediving & AIDA 1*
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    SSI Level 1 & AIDA 2*
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    SSI Level 2 & AIDA 3*
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    SSI Level 3

SSI Specialty Freediving:

In Panglao we offer all possible specialities like; Monofin, Training Tables, Free Immersion, No Fins, Scooter/DPV Diving, Variable Weight, React Right and Diver Stress & Rescue.

Professional Development:

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    SSI Instructor Course and AIDA Instructor Crossovers
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    SSI Instructor Trainers
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    Instructor Internships and Zero-to-Hero Programs

Competitive Freediving:

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    AIDA Competition Freediver
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    AIDA Competition Safety Freediver
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    Master and Training Programs

We teach freediving and swim teacher courses the following languages. Please contact us to see if your course can be teached in your language.

Regardless of which freediving course you want to take; we’ll encourage you and help you boost your confidence in the water. Learn freediving with our amazing team of professional instructors who will help and motivate you throughout the duration of your course. Our freediving courses are designed to give you the most enjoyable and safest freediving experience possible. Learn and love freediving with us!

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