What you can expect from

a Long Term Stay in Panglao.

You are looking for a spot to do your long term freediving training in Asia, and now you are thinking of travelling to Bohol? Great! Panglao is such a fantastic island! In the last few years, Panglao has grown into the freedive capital of the world, and that’s not for no reason. On this page, we’ve outlined what you as a student or master freediver can expect from a long term stay in Panglao.

 

What to Expect from a Long Term Stay in Panglao!

 

What your training days look like!

We generally recommend training in the morning as the diving conditions are best and you can spend the afternoon relaxing or focusing on other parts of training. We stretch and meditate before our dives to warm up and prepare for the session. After a 2-hour morning dive session, the school tends to enjoy lunch together and then spend an hour or so relaxing. After the lunch break, some choose to train in the pool, either training static, dynamic and practising coaching or swimming. We also have spaces for dry training such as yoga. Some afternoons you will feel like relaxing; where you can enjoy the beautiful Island and its many great beaches and fun dive spots!

Many of our master students get together in the evenings and enjoy social dinners together or get-to-gethers on the beach.

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 nowhere else.

With palm- and coconut trees everywhere, direct access to a fantastic 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.

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What can you do on your days off?

Days off diving are the perfect opportunity for Masters to explore Panglao and Bohol, or do some shopping, or simply relax and enjoy the slow Island life. For exploring, we can recommend many places such as waterfalls, beaches, caves, and famous tourist attractions, all within a drivable distance. Masters can plan their days off together to do fun group activities together. Panglao is, of course, famous for its stunning corals and sea life, so days off can also be spent putting your new Freedive skills to good use- fun diving!

 

Finding long term housing on Panglao.

Finding a place to live in Panglao during your masters can be organised before arrival however we recommend choosing once you arrive for a better price and to decide here based on your needs.

The average price for a place for a month ranges anywhere between 10000PHP to 15000PHP. The lower price end is generally a private double room with aircon and private bathroom and balcony. Towards the higher price margin, you’re able to rent a small apartment with a basic kitchen. There are many places to rent on the Island and some very close to the dive centre. Once you arrive, we’ll be able to help with recommendations and contacts to find what will best suit you. We recommend that you book a room for a couple of nights on Booking.com before you arrive just while you get your long-term accommodation sorted.

 

Going around the island!

We recommend for all of our students to rent a motorbike during their time here. It will give you the freedom to explore Panglao, and it’s larger, connecting Island Bohol, and is the best mode of transport. We organize motorbike rentals for 4500PHP per month. Otherwise, there are motor-tricycles on the island, which operates as a taxi service equivalent.

 

Wining and Dining in Panglao!

For eating out on the Island, there are so many options of places to choose to eat, with a vast variety of cuisines, with both Asian and Western cuisine options, ranging in prices. There are places that do great food for cheap prices, and the higher end of the price scale, you can find finer dining and can expect top quality food and beverages.

If you enjoy cooking, the Philippines is an agricultural country, so year round, you will have access to quality fresh fruit and vegetables, for incredibly cheap prices. There are small street shops which sell fruit and veggies all over the Island, but if you drive 15 minutes and over the bridge to the main city in Bohol, Tagbilaran, you will find major malls and shopping centres with supermarkets with great variety.

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 nowhere else.

With palm- and coconut trees everywhere, direct access to a fantastic 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.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

More General info about Panglao.

 

What is the Visa situation in Panglao?

Most countries are given a 30 day free Visa upon arrival (with an onward flight) and anything longer. You will need to add an extension. This can quickly be done in Tagbilaran and usually takes two days for processing. The 1st 29-day extension is 3130PHP, which will give you a total of 59 days. After this, you can extend your Visa with 60-days.

 

The Weather in Panglao.

There are three main seasons in Bohol/Panglao. November to April is the Northeast Monsoon, with usually short rains and then a sunny day with average temperatures of 28°C. May to July is the hottest period with high humidity and average temperatures around 32°C. August to October is the Southwest Monsoon with a mix of sunny and rainy days with average temperatures around 30°C. The water temperature ranges between 26°C to 31°C year round. Overall the weather conditions in Panglao are pleasant year round and perfect for diving.

 

Is there a High-Speed internet in Panglao?

Panglao/Bohol are few of the Islands in the Philippines, which have quality high-speed Wi-Fi. You will be able to find high-speed Wi-Fi at cafes, restaurants and bars, and our Dive centre is also equipped with an excellent fibre connection. You can also buy a pre-paid sim card for under 100PHP.

 

What about Freediving Gear?

Freediving gear hire is included in the course and master fees. However, a dive watch is vital – and is not available. We can help organize a Mares Smart Apnea watch. Otherwise, we suggest arranging to buy one from your home country before you come.

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