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3 Days Freedive and Yoga Retreat in the Philippines

  • Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines


Freedive and Yoga Retreat in Bohol, Philippines

Connect your mind, body, and soul. Flow with the Qi energy of life with Qi Retreats. Qi Retreats will take you on a personalized adventure that combines freediving with yoga. Rejuvenate with sunrise yoga sessions and evening pranayama, while connecting with your inner peace in a peaceful cliff-side resort. Take a retreat off-the-beaten-path to Panglao Island, Bohol where you can immerse yourself in nature to relax and revitalize.


  • Evening pranayama session
  • Free dive or snorkel session for two days
  • Introduction to pranayama (breathing session)
  • Refreshing morning and evening yoga on the deck overlooking the ocean
  • Introduction to relaxation and breathing and static breath-hold session
  • Return transfers from airport and seaport
  • 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, and 1 lunch
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Panglao Island is generally associated with Alona Beach, a strip of resorts and dive centers on the southern side of the island. The underwater scene around Alona is exceptional, and divers can score nifty package deals by combining dives with accommodation. Just 15 kilometers from Tagbilaran, it works just fine as a base for exploring the rest of Bohol. Just as you cross over the bridge to Panglao Island from Tagbilaran, take a moment to look around the scenic village of Dauis and admire the magnificent exterior and interior of the 19th-century Lady of Assumption Cathedral.

Nearby places

  • Lady of Assumption Cathedral - 14 minutes
  • 2 nights twin-share accommodation
  • 2 morning yoga and 1 evening session
  • Evening pranayama session
  • Full board meals (5 meals)
  • Fun dive or snorkel session
  • Introduction to freediving
  • Introduction to pranayama (breathing session)
  • Return transfers from airport/seaport in Tagbilaran to Panglao Island
  • Short freediving theory session

Be one with your breath and the ocean with freediving and yoga. Experience a whole new natural way to explore underwater world. Stay in a scenic and peaceful cliff-side resort in Bohol, Philippines, with the ocean right at your doorstep. Wake up to refreshing morning yoga, then freedive or snorkel off the reef, exploring the amazing tropical marine life and healthy corals. Learn about breath-hold diving with an introduction to freediving course to explore the ocean in the most eco-friendly way. Enjoy healthy local meals, juices, and just simply let your mind and body connect with nature. Evening pranayama session and enjoy the view under the stars at night.

Freedive and yoga retreat itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from airport/seaport, transfer to resort and relax. Swim in the infinity pool or take a dip in the refreshing ocean at your doorstep. Evening yoga on the deck overlooking the ocean, dinner then relax under the stars.

Day 2: Wake up to refreshing yoga session on the ocean deck. Introduction to relaxation and breathing and static breath-hold session. Breakfast and short freediving theory session. Jump into the water to freedive! Learn techniques to dive in one breath with the line. Lunch break and relax in the pool or hammock. Afternoon freediving session (optional upgrade for AIDA one-star certification) or just snorkel and enjoy the reef. Evening pranayama session then dinner and relax.

Day 3: Morning yoga then freedive/snorkel session in the water, last time to enjoy the beauty of the ocean! Late breakfast then check out. Transfer to airport/seaport and goodbye.

Optional AIDA one-star freediving course

The 1 star course can be taken by everyone that is somewhat comfortable in water. The only requirement to join the course is that you're able to swim 100 meters. The course will open your mind to a whole new underwater experience where you will increase your confidence and reach a new level of relaxation.

The focus on the class is on basic skills and safety and to build a good foundation for further freediving. It is also an excellent course to take if you just want to get more enjoyment out of snorkeling, as you will be a safer and better diver after finishing the course.

You will learn the basic theory of freediving and how to prepare yourself for a breath hold dive including preparation breathing, duck dive, finning, buddying, and basic safety techniques.

Course modules

Theory session (equipment, breathing, equalization, safety)

Breath hold session (abdominal breathing, recovery breathing, safety during breath hold, rescue)

Water session (preparation, breathing, duck dives, equalization, finning technique, buddying, rescue)

Arrival by airplane

Bohol is served by Tagbilaran airport, where flights from Manila arrive with Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific airlines. Another more common way is to arrive to Cebu-Mactan International airport, which is served by many international airlines such as Cebu Pacific, Silk Air and Tiger airlines (Singapore), and direct flights from Hong Kong, Korea etc. From Cebu, take a fast ferry to arrive to Tagbilaran. Qi Retreats will advise on the best way for you to arrive to Bohol when you register.


  • Tagbilaran - 23 minutes
  • Tagbilaran Airport - 22 minutes

Check in

From 8 a.m.

Check out

  • 11:30 a.m.

Airport transfers

  • Transfer from and to Tagbilaran Airport
  • Qi Retreats will provide return transfers from the airport and seaport in Tagbilaran to Panglao Island as part of the retreat package.

Itinerary information

  • The itinerary mentioned above is only a guideline, and activities depend on weather conditions.

Course information

  • This retreat is open to participants of all levels of experience.


  • The Philippines allows tourists 29 days entry visa free for most countries. Please check with your Philippines embassy.

Important information

  • Qi Retreats requires a minimum number of persons for their trips and spaces are limited. For any inquiries please contact Qi Retreats.

Additional information

  • For more information, ask your questions directly to Qi Retreats who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Ferry and other land transfers
  • International and domestic flights
  • Optional upgrade to AIDA one-star certification
  • Other meals and activities
  • Single supplement fees
  • Visa and immigration fees
  • Diving
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Yoga deck
For information about the booking conditions, please send Qi Retreats an inquiry.
  • Review by Thirsten from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "The Cebu trip was fantastic! Very good organization and planning, from the airport transfer to the accommodation to the dive trips and various excursions. Anqi paid a lot of attention to detail and made it a point to ensure everyone on the trip was taken care of. Two thumbs up!"

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  • Review by Luca Celine Hanseler
    10 out of 10

    "Funny session with a beautiful sunset. 5stars!"

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  • Review by Caryl Maambong from Philippines
    10 out of 10

    "So fun! Thanks Anqi. You’re amazing, let's do it again! 5stars."

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  • Review by Tristan Blick
    10 out of 10

    "Just simply amazing! Definitely will do it if i come back to bohol. 5stars!"

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  • Review by Charmaine Tso from Hongkong
    10 out of 10

    "My first time doing yoga on a SUP, something brand new but what a wonderful experience seeing the beach and ocean upside down! Anqi is a great instructor. Highly recommend anyone to try! 5stars!"

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  • Review by Dirk from Germany

    "What a great trip, all I had to do was breathe. Thanks for sharing the best of what you have explored, whether it’s a dive among millions of sardines or a local dinner feast that can compete with Singapore’s finest. See you soon for another adventure!"

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  • Review by Miriam from Spain

    "Cebu trip was awesome! Great organization and fantastic people! Watching whale sharks that close is a memory I will never forget! Thank you Anqi, it was my best trip in 2014!!!"

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  • Review by Victoria Marszalkowski
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely wonderful! My first time doing SUP Yoga and it was pretty epic out on the water at sunset. A little challenging because of the water however if you have done yoga or even if you havent it was amazing! Great instructor and great location. 5stars"

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  • Review by Kirsten Orschulok from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "It was a fantastic! Well organized and Anqi was so nice with her hospitality. I only had time to join for a weekend which is not a long time but Anqi managed to make sure that I felt very good and relaxed at the end of the retreat. I especially enjoyed SUP Yoga and the turtle we saw during snorkeling made it the perfect weekend trip! I really can recommend everything and would love to do it again :) Thanks again Anqi, hope to see you again!"

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  • Review by Krizzia Anion
    10 out of 10

    "It was such an experience to do this retreat with Qi and especially with Angie! She is the sweetest and made the experience a much more pleasurable one! We Highly recommend it to anyone who loves the sea and who loves to explore :)" website, edited

  • Review by Sharon Lim from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "I attended the Koh Lipe and Cebu trip. And its fabulous! Scuba diving with shoals of sardines is awesome and definitely surreal! Plus one in a life time experience unclose and personal with whalesharks. Looking forward to another trip with Qi Retreats."

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  • Review by Siuwei from Malaysia
    10 out of 10

    "Fantastic time with Qi Retreats on the island paradise of Thailand, great organization by Anqi, enjoyed the hike up to the viewpoint and the snorkeling around the islands. The best thing is the friendships made during this trip. Looking forward to the next one, more adventures please!"

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  • Review by Hiram Ring from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Anqi is an excellent and professional diving instructor, and a great organizer! A friend put me in touch with her, and I joined an existing trip. I made a bunch of new friends, tasted some great food, and had a blast - definitely one of the highlights of the year!"

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Asia, Philippines

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