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Freediving in the Philippines has been an occupation since the dawn of Man's introduction to these islands that are now known as "The Philippines"; as a sport freediving in the Philippines is very new.

Freediving is different from scuba diving insomuch as the divers do not take cumbersome tanks and related gear with them when they dive. Instead, they take ropes, weights, floats and longer-than-average fins. World record freedives currently reach more than 140 metres but the maximum depth varies, depending on the discipline employed. There are currently more than ten different disciplines recognized for freediving competition, overseen by two different organizations: CMAS and AIDA.

Freedivers can be categorized into two camps: inward looking and outward looking. Inward looking freedivers typically aim for a personal best (PB) or maximum depth and care more about the objective rather than the location or the surroundings. Outward looking freedivers see freediving as a fun way to explore the underwater World, in much the same way as scuba divers do, but with the additional challenge of setting a personal goal from time or depth. Both categories of freediver are well catered for in the Philippines.

The Best Freediving In The Philippines

Freediving locations are found off almost every island in the Philippines but some stand out as exceptional. Here are the current best locations for freediving in the Philippines.

Moalboal (Cebu)

The first Philippine freediving school was established in Moalboal, Cebu, almost a decade ago. Moalboal is ideal insomuch as it lies right beside the Tanon Strait, between Cebu and Negros islands. You can expect to see, if that is your motivation, an abundance of sea turtles and whale sharks in this area. With depths of over 100 metres within asy reach of the shore, Moalboal, Cebu, is perfect for all types of freedivers.


Tablas (Romblon)

Tablas Island offers a range of freediving experiences but most especially around the northeast and southwest coasts of the island. The East coast of Tablas is close to the deep waters that separate Tablas from Romblon Island. Tablas Island also offers a fun dive that delights inward and outward looking freedivers: the Tablas Blue Hole – the only listed "blue hole" in the Philippines. The southwest of Tablas has some very deep waters close to shore along the Tablas Strait, with some entertaining tidal flows; maximum depths here are 100+ metres within a mile of the shore.


Samal Island (Davao del Norte)

Samal Island lies on the West coast of the Davao Gulf, about a 15 minute ferry ride from Davao City. Although the Davao Gulf has an overall average depth of only 17 metres, the South and East coast of Samal Island has numerous spots where depths of up to 300 metres can be achieved. Both the South and East coasts also offer many interesting dive locations for the outward looking freediver. Something for everyone in fact off Samal Island.


El Nido (Palawan)

El Nido is one of the most attractive destinations for freediving insomuch as the landscape and seascape were almost designed for photography. What lies beneath the sparkling waters is even more enchanting. With depths of 40 metres easily accessible, and with the opportunity to freedive to 50+ metres with guidance, El Nido offers the freediver some of the most spectacular marine life that frequents coral walls. At Bacuit Bay, El Nido you can learn to freedive for personal bests or simply imbibe Mother Nature’s glory throughout the year.

The bottom line is that freediving venues in the Philippines are numerous with schools and clubs are likely to sprout up in almost every accessible location during the coming few years.

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Learn To Freedive In The Philippines

The first freediving school was started in the Philippines at Moalboal, Cebu. Since then freediving schools have sprouted up in many ideal freediving locations, on the islands of: Romblon, Tablas, Samal, El Nido and Boracay. For beginners, all of these locations are suitable for learning to freedive. In the near future there is a high probability that there will be a score of freediving schools in the Philippines as the country becomes established for one of its less common natural resources: deep water, close to shore.

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