Coral Island of Mactan

Coral Island of Mactan

Philippines is a wonderful country for free diving, with thousands of islands to choose from, flourishing coral reefs and crystal clear waters. The coral island of Mactan is conveniently located in the province of Cebu and offers all-year-round great freediving spots in a lively and popular location.

Punti salienti della destinazione

  • Tuffati con Thibault Guignés, detentore del record nazionale di apnea francese
  • Nasuluan marine sanctuary with abundant sea life only 20min away
  • Relitto aereo Tambuli
  • Oltre la profondità 50m a soli 100m dalla spiaggia
  • Busy and bustling seaside destination

    Come arrivare

    • Aeroporto: Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Filippine
    • Taxi/bus to Mar Beach, Marigondon (25min)

    Images by kind concession of Thibault Guignes.

    Centro di apnea

    HQ di Freedive is located in Mar Beach, Marigondon on the southern western coast of the Island of Mactan. The beachfront location allows direct access to the sea and the onsite private bungalows enjoy great sea views. The freediving centre is perfectly equipped for free diving and offers a wide range of courses and excursions.

    • Owner: Thibault Guignés is an experienced freediving Instructor Trainer and Examiner, in charge of writing the programs for RAID Freediving. He is also SSI Level 3 Instructor Trainer.
    • Seasonality: All year round.
    • Navi di supporto: 2 x Banka tradizionale (barca Philipino) per persone 16, motore fuoribordo.
    • Distanza dalla profondità: 100m per raggiungere la profondità 50m.
    • Attività ricreative: sono disponibili sessioni assistite in linea fissa ed escursioni di apnea ricreative.
    • Educational activity: SSI and RAID freediving courses are available.
    • Languages: over 4 resident freediving instructors speaking French, English and Chinese.

    Laboratori di apnea

    Theory, Equalisation, Bi-fin, Depth, Static, Monofin, Surf survival, Breathing and Relaxation workshops are only some of the courses available upon request.


      • Marine Sanctuary (Depth: 10m; Durata: 2hrs): a protected area only 20min away from the diving centre by boat. It is a vast shallow-depth area with a drop off going down to 300m depth.
      • Tambuli Plane Wreck (Profondità: 20m; Durata: 2hrs): The Tambuli is a single seater twin engine plane which lies at 20m depth. It was sunken purposely to function as a dive attraction, and today it the plane is covered with soft and hard coral which attracts many species of fish and makes for great marine biodiversity.
      • Isola di Olango (Depth: 13m-18m; Duration: 3hrs): Olango Island is home to two great diving areas perfect for freedivers of all levels: the Santa Rosa and Talima diving spots, just 15min away from the dive centre. Both feature a characteristic sloped plateau which slowly descends from 5m to 18m. Past that point, a steeper wall starts that reaches 50m.

      Altre attività:

      • Whaleshark viaggi
      • Cascate tropicali
      • Immersioni notturne
      • Lezioni di yoga
      • Viaggi di snorkeling
      • Paddleboard, slackline e biciclette gratuiti

      Freedive HQ is a perfect place to chill and be close to all the action. Accommodation is offered in private bungalows with pRivedi terrazze e amache, o in stanze condivise se hai un budget limitato. Il centro immersioni vanta una spiaggia privata con a great chilling area and barbecue on the beach. There is also a healthy restaurant onsite.

      In alternativa, la sistemazione può essere trovata al Pensione Eaglehouse (budget), Haruhay Dream Resort (media distanza) e Plantation Bay Resort (High-end).

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