Tessie LaMourea

World class freediving dive center (plus cats)
I have nothing but love for this center. Vincent really created a dive center that feels like a home away from home.

I did my level 2, level 3, and my instructor course at this center over the course of a couple months and I’m so glad I was trained at Freedive Academy Panglao. The training conditions really cannot be better. The water is flat, warm, and inviting every single day, and visibility is easily 15-20 meters. You can swim out to the surface line and have access to as much depth as you want. The thing that makes Freedive Academy Panglao different, though, is the people.

The staff is incredible. I was lucky enough to train with all the English instructors during my stay, and every single one of them made me a better diver (thank you Vincent, Kim, Edwin, and Nejc!). Their coaching helped me set new personal bests, all while making training fun. I was able to train not only with instructors but also with other master divers. Freedive Academy Panglao has a master’s training program with insanely talented divers, and I learned so much from diving with so many people. It doesn’t matter if you’re diving to 10 meters or to 100 meters, everyone was so welcoming and supportive of each other. I looked forward to all my training sessions because I liked the people I trained with.

Bottom line – the instructors are informative, everyone is fantastic to train with, and the location is perfect. As a bonus, after a long training session, you can relax in the hammock or spend some time cuddling with one of the dive center cats (all of them are perfect and adorable and fuzzy). The Freedive Academy Panglao is a world-class freediving center, and they have the best dive center cats. I absolutely adore this place!

Cara Pang

I came here for a freediving course. Everything was perfect, especially the location which provides easy access and safe entry point to the open sea. The amazing underwater world was just seconds from the shore. The staff and management of Freedive Academy Panglao are friendly, extremely helpful and flexible. Strongly recommended.

Gordz Gojunco

Awesome instructors, really knowledgeable and passionate about freediving. Good coaches and mentors. Perfect facility and location for training and learning! You guys rock! Keep it up. Can’t wait for the next trip.

David Cabrera

Nice spot! Calm waters and good buddies. It feels like home. Many thanks for all and see you soon 😉

Kristine Tecson

Competent instructors and a fun basic freediving course!

As a beginner, I was a bit terrified of freediving. I had worries before I even started the course and panicked when we finally had to go into the open water.

But thanks to our reliable and (very) supportive instructor, Kuya Edwin, we enjoyed every minute and had fun during our basic freediving course, despite the slightly choppy waters!

My friends and I were complete newbies to freediving. But after just a day of learning breathing techniques and realising just how capable the human body really is, we were able to go into the open water, apply what we learned, and had a blast in the process.

It was amazing how Freedive Academy Panglao encourages you to challenge your understanding of your limitations and break that mould you put yourself into. The initial discomfort that the unknown brings slowly turns into something wonderful that you take with you forever.

My friends and I are already planning to return soon and get our SS1 Level 1 training. We’re excitedly talking about bringing new friends in and sharing the experience with them.

We are particularly grateful for Kuya Edwin! We couldn’t have asked for a better instructor to introduce us to this amazing sport. I personally felt safe from start to finish, and I wonder now why I was so scared in the first place.

To those of you who, like me, had hesitations and fears about freediving, I encourage you to give freediving with Freedive Academy Panglao a try. They’ll help you to open your eyes to the beauty of the ocean depths and make the process very enjoyable, too!

Gloria Jiayin Tsai

I recommend everyone to train at the Freedive Academy Panglao. It was the best decision we made in the Philippines. The dive site drop off is stunning, sardine storm at my arms reach, buoy line ready to connect at any moment when you feel like jumping into the water, helpful staff….lovely training buddies. No boat, no waiting. Just jump in, and you are ready to train. My partner and I loved it so much and will come back again, definitely. Muah!

Danny B.

We had a really nice time here at Freedive Academy Panglao.

My friend and I did a level 1 course here in August, and first of all, learning to freedive is really something special. The instructor was recommended to me via a mutual friend, and I contacted him via Facebook since their website was still under construction, but he responded to all my messages within the hour.

Lessons where nice, and a lot of fun – on land and in the water. It surprised me how easy it was to hold your breath for minutes when you know how to breathe properly (3:06!). The 3 days we spent at the centre where great! Unfortunately, we did have rain and some waves during the lessons in the water, but that happens – the wrong season I guess…

Additionally, there was some construction going on at the dive resort, and we had moments that the noise outside was quite annoying. But overall; we had a really good time, and I hope to come back to the Philippines one day to do my level 2 with them.

Mercy Adaptar

A great place to be and greater people to be with. 🙂 😉

One of the best locations for training serious freediving that every freediver would dream of!

It is a very good place to chase depths in a very convenient manner as the place is just nearby a drop off cliff. No need for boats and tiring swimming as after a more or less 10 meters swim, you`re at an awesome training ground. 🙂

Also, it is not just a good place for depths but also for fun diving. The cliff has its own very beautiful reef and colourful coral which is the habitat of a different variety of marine life from amazing sardines, to yellowfin jackfish, beautiful scorpionfish, etc. If you get lucky, from time to time, you get to see mantas, whale sharks and some serious whales passing by the area!

But what makes me even more happy about this place is the amazing owner, the professional and knowledgeable instructors, and the super friendly staff that make you feel home away from home. They make you feel like you are part of a family. The owner and the instructors are very high skilled and definitely know what they are talking about and make sure you are safe. Safety is their top priority. 🙂

Kudos to everybody, especially to Vincent, who bestowed his knowledge when he taught me my Level 1 course. Hope to train with you guys again and looking forward to my Level 2 course soon!

Maria Antonia Vergara

Best freedive spot!

I went to Freedive Academy Panglao to train for three weeks and ended up doing my SSI L2 with Vincent while there. They have THE best spot, amazing underwater scenery makes it super easy to relax and enjoy each dive, super comfortable close to shore and very organised shop. Will definitely head back soon!

AJ Ignacio

Best trainers, best location. Too bad there were whale sharks, dolphins and pilot whales when we were training on my birthday. 🙂 Sea you guys soon! 🙂

You travelled to Panglao, dove with us, and you love us – awesome, we love you too! 🙂 And now you want to share your experience with others. Thank you!

But serious now, we sincerely appreciate the love!

Thank you!

We hope to see you back here soon!

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