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6 Days PADI Certification and Yoga in Philippines

  • Camiguin Action Geckos Dive and Adventure Resort, Agoho, Mambajao, 9100 Camiguin Island, Philippines

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PADI Diver Certification and Yoga Retreat Philippines

Join this retreat to become a certified open water diver by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, while taking a holiday on a beautiful tropical paradise island with relaxing yoga and unforgettable sunsets. You will stay in a small and natural resort by the beach; enjoy the pristine nature and the quiet surroundings. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors open water diver program will be done with a qualified dive Instructor, and the evening yoga sessions will rejuvenate you and help you relax under water.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily diving practices
  • Delightful welcome massage
  • PADI e-learning material for online learning
  • PADI certification upon completion
  • Local breakfast and lunch
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • Dutch, English
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The Camiguin Action Geckos Dive and Adventure Resort has an active dive shop and a perfect setting for relaxing outdoors yoga. The resort has five spacious individual cottages, two bungalows in a duplex building, and four traveller rooms of rustic and native design; made of local materials and woods, but still including great comfort. Camiguin Action Geckos Dive and Adventure Resort resides on one of the few volcanic beaches of the island providing guests with an easy access for snorkeling and diving, and an unforgettable view of the setting sun. With its European management and very attentive local staff, a great mix of international atmosphere and native life is guaranteed. All rooms have a fan, most accommodations have one queen size bed, and few accommodations have two separate beds.

Beach cottages

The five large cottages are approximately 42 square meters. Each cottage has a big private veranda with a bamboo bench and a rocking chair. The large terrace offers its occupants a spectacular view of the sea and the garden. The cozy and spacious cottages are furnished with a double bed and an electric fan, mosquito net, and unique natural stone bathroom with hot and cold shower.

Beach bungalows

The two beachfront bungalows are in one duplex building. The bungalows share a large veranda directly on the beach and are the closest accommodation to the sea with an amazing view overlooking the White Island. The cozy bungalows are furnished with a double bed and an electric fan, mosquito net, and mosaic design bathroom with hot and cold shower.

Traveler rooms

All four traveler rooms are equipped with mosquito net and electric fan. The rooms are located on the first floor of the main building and share a newly renovated, funky outdoor bathroom with a shared cold water shower and a separate toilet. Outside the traveler rooms you will find the sunset terrace, a huge chill out patio.

During this retreat, you will have amazing time for learning new skills, relaxing with the yoga sessions, and to enjoy the island. The course small groups for diving will allow you to have personal attention and the yoga sessions will be done privately, or with a few fellow yogis depending on group sizes at any given moment.

This retreat includes electronic learning material, which means that you can finish the theory part of the PADI open water diver course at your own pace at home, before you come to this retreat so as soon you arrive you may start the retreat on location with confined water training sessions and open water training sessions.

After successfully finishing the performance based confined and open water sessions you will be a certified a professional open water diver by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. This certificate will allow you to dive globally in dive locations suitable to your certification and experience level. The free time will be dedicated for island fun, enjoyment of local culinary treats, or discovering more of the beautiful island.


Yoga is suitable for everyone, and there are no age limits or flexibility requirements. In this retreat, you will practice yoga to maintain good mental and physical health, and where you are today is a perfect starting point. You do not need to be anything else. Your yoga practice is meant for you, and what happens on your yoga mat is part of your own personal journey.

If you let it, yoga will teach you about self-acceptance, being more kind and loving towards yourself, and learning to be flexible in life. The yoga classes are focused on gentle Hatha yoga, reflective Yin yoga, and a playful beach yoga flow comprised of easy standing poses.


Day 1

During the arrival day, you will set in, have a breakfast, a welcome massage, a lunch, and a restorative yoga class to stretch away the stiffness of travel.

Day 2

  • During the second day, after breakfast, you will start with the confined water sessions of the open water diver program. The afternoon will be for private time.

Day 3

During the third day, after breakfast, you will have the first open water session, which includes two dives. After lunch, you will again have private time and in the early evening you will meet with the group for a relaxing restorative yoga class followed by dinner.

Day 4

During the fourth day, after breakfast, you will have the last open water session with also two dives. During the evening, there will be a yoga class followed by dinner.

Day 5

During the fifth day you will have time to explore the island, take one more yoga class, enjoy a massage or do what feels right for you! Relax and enjoy your new accomplishments as a PADI diver!

Day 6

  • The sixth day will be the departure day.

This retreat will be held at the Camiguin Action Geckos Dive and Adventure Resort in the Caminguin Island, Philippines. The Action Geckos resort is situated on a quiet beach overlooking the Bohol sea siting on 3000 square meters of sandy beachfront property, and is integrating flawlessly into the surrounding nature. The Camiguin Island is the perfect location for learning to dive, as the dive sites are easy, but filled with beautiful healthy coral and marine life.

  • Diving
  • Hiking nearby
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Hammock
  • Yoga deck
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental nearby
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will be served a total of five breakfasts and five lunches. They also cater to vegetarians and vegans. Please make arrangements for such requirement upon booking.

You may also enjoy delicious local meals at the Tuko Restaurant in the Action Geckos Resort for an additional cost. The cozy Tuko Restaurant has a great view of the garden and the sea, and boasts a wide array of local and European dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients from the market in Mambajao. At night, you may enjoy a round of drinks with friends and music, or alternatively you can organize a romantic and private candlelit dinner on the beach.


Daily dinner is not included in this retreat.

Half-a-day hideaway

This experience is perfect for you if you want to experience both yoga and the pristine nature of Camiguin Island. You will take a beautiful walk to the hidden Saai springs, where you will do a relaxing yoga session in the midst of pure Camiguin nature. After yoga you can take a dip in the refreshing springs and enjoy the meditative nature around you.

Inspiration day trip

During this trip, you will enjoy a day full of inspiration and intention. You will start with a trip to the hidden Saai springs for a relaxed yoga session and a dip into the refreshing springs. After lunch at the resort there will be a life coaching session, and the memorable day will end with guided sunset meditation on White Island.

Island experience tour

In this tour you get to feel some of Camiguin's wonders more actively. An easy trek to the beautiful, hidden Saai springs and exploring the amazing marine life at Kabila White beach while snorkeling.

Tour around the island

During this tour you will visit the Ardent hot springs and Saint Nino cold springs, the Katibawasan Falls, the Kabila White beach, the J&A Fishpen restaurant, the sunken cemetery, the old church, and the walkway at the old Volcano.

Visit the Mount Hibok-Hibok

During this demanding but beautiful tour, you will climb the famous Mount Hibok-Hibok, which rises 1332 meters above sea level. The hike takes approximately six hours in total, depending on your personal physical health. At the end you will enjoy a swim in the Ardent hot springs to relax your muscles.

For this retreat, you will enjoy a welcome massage at the Action Geckos Resort.

  • 1 welcome massage
  • 5 breakfast and lunch
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 4 yoga classes
  • Airport transportation from and to Camiguin Domestic Airport (CGM)
  • PADI e-learning material for online learning before the course starts
  • PADI open water diver certification (upon successful completion of the program)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at the Camiguin Domestic Airport (CGM).

Reconnect Discover will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

You can access the island with direct flights from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB). From Cebu there are flights to Manila, as well as to Hong Kong, Singapore and other major Asian Hubs. Another option is to book your flight to arrive at Cagayan de Oro City Airport (CGY), and then take a bus to Balingoan, and from there, take a ferry to Camiguin island.

Arrival by ferry

Super Shuttle Ferry operates between Jagna (Bohol) and Balbagon (Camiguin). It operates only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It is the slow ferry service. The fast ferry service operated by OceanJet is still not in operation. The ferry between Balingoan (Mindanao) and Benoni (Camiguin) operates daily. The overnight ferry between Cebu and Camiguin is still not operating


  • Balingoan - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Bohol - 2 hours
  • Cagayan de Oro - 2 hours
  • Jagna - 2 hours
  • Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) - 45 minutes
  • Mindanao - 2 hours
For information about the booking conditions, please send Reconnect Discover an inquiry.

Verified reviews

  • Review by Anya Benoit from Mauritius

    "To me, it was more yoga classes in the morning and evening than a retreat. The teacher was very nice and the yoga was good but, what was sold online had not much to do with what I was offered there. The yoga area was nice, but no real yoga on the beach as stated on the website apart from the Sunset yoga session on White Island."

    "The accommodation was comfortable but the roof was leaking on one might - not even a compensation, had some miscomprehension regarding meals, and I have been to much better places and at much cheaper rates so I would not come back. Definitely a diving spot but not much of a yoga retreat!", edited

  • Review by Jackie Flynn

    "I left Camiguin Island this morning feeling relaxed and alive, yet sad to be going home. My yoga and scuba retreat was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. Kaisa is a great host and it feels like you're being welcomed into her home, not just her business. The accommodation is well equipped and spotlessly clean. It is situated on the beach and there are hammocks and sun loungers scattered around for guests to relax on. The restaurant serves the best food I've eaten in the Philippines, with a wide variety, all freshly made. The yoga area is well equipped and perfectly positioned to watch the sunset and hear the waves, as you practice. Yesterday Kaisa took us (myself and five 'new friends') on a boat trip to a nearby sand bar called White Island. We had the opportunity to swim/snorkel in the crystal clear sea, before a yoga session - embracing nature... on the white sand, as the sun set before our eyes. It was magical! Kaisa's partner Arno runs the scuba diving side of the business and whilst I was there I gained my PADI Open Water certificate. Arno is a great instructor, he and his staff are very professional. I'm so grateful to Kaisa and Arno. They are very approachable with any questions you have, and respond quickly with good advice so you can tailor make your experience to get out of it what your mind & body needs. "

    April 2016. website, edited

  • Review by Nene

    ""I had a wonderful stay on Camiguin Island. It is a bit difficult to get to but it is worth it. I am new to yoga and was introduced to different types by Kaisa. She directs well and clearly. Once it was held on the beach, another time at a nearby cold springs. Yin yoga was a beautiful experience and my favorite in candlelit nature. She is always observant and helps our needs - being a life coach and meditation coach as well she understood why one time I couldn't help but burst into tears during a yoga session. I took life coaching and guided meditation as well with Kaisa. Nothing is ever forced so I could choose to do or not to do at any given moment. These sessions were also a life changing experience and I am grateful to Kaisa for her having guided me through so much stuff. It was almost as if she gently and lovingly held my hand while I tried to carefully step into a new phase of my life. Being so close to the calm sound of the ocean with almost nothing but the nature, I realized that this was the first time in years that I focused utterly and totally on myself, and I loved it. The new friendships made during the week will also remain special. We have shared some great conversations and laughs from all our countries."" website, edited

  • Review by Anne Bernadette Castillo

    "I had a wonderful stay in Action Geckos Resort when I had my Yoga Retreat at Re-Connect Discover. The facilities were wonderful, the food was great, and the place was very quiet and relaxing. The hosts -- Kaisa and Arno -- were very gracious and kind, offering help in every aspect of my trip, making sure that I had the most wonderful time during my stay. Moreover, they arranged for all my transportation needs as I went around the island of Camiguin. Lastly, Camiguin is the perfect place to go on a solo yoga retreat because not only are the teachers very good and accommodating, but the island offers a whole lot of activities that one can enjoy in between classes."

    September 2015. website, edited


  • Review by Jennifer Hinam

    "My yoga/diving retreat - which I extended from five nights to ten while I was there – was everything I hoped it would be and more! The pace of each day was perfect. (Optional) early morning yoga, amazing breakfast (the food is so good!), out on the boat for a dive or two, more delicious food for lunch, a lazy afternoon in a shady hammock or on the beach (or out and about for a bit of island exploration), some more yoga (if you feel like doing the sunset session as well), then dinner in the open air restaurant just meters from the beach (I often ordered the grilled fish which they get fresh from the market for you the same day - so good!)."

    "The well-kept beach bungalows are delightful, and the mood of the place is easy and relaxed, but where Kaisa and Arno really stand out is in the exceptional care and attention given to every last detail of your stay - which combines to make it a really perfect experience. They will also happily give tips for loads of other things to do and places to go around the island."

    "Dive instructor Arno is an excellent (and patient!) teacher, and his passion for diving is absolutely infectious. And the in-house yoga teacher when I was there (they host a different traveling teacher every month or two) tailored the classes brilliantly to my/our needs, and I gained so much knowledge and inspiration from her. I feel really fortunate to have had such individual attention from two really talented and dedicated teachers. Thanks, Kaisa and Arno and all of your amazing and happy staff, for making me so welcome and for looking after me so well. I definitely hope to be back some day!"

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  • Review by Liria

    "Very nice place to stay with good food and comfortable accommodation. We stayed almost all the time in the complex area and never got bored. The atmosphere is very relaxing and the yoga classes were great. Special mention to the diving course, it was an amazing experience!"

    Reconnect Discover website, edited

  • Review by Joseph and Scarlet

    "We have just returned from our wonderful stay at reconnect discover in the beautiful island of Camiguin, Philippines. I would like to sincerely thank the guys at the resort for helping us enjoy this lovely stay. The staff were really friendly and very helpful. Everything was so relaxed and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. I couldn’t recommend this place highly enough. 11 out of 10! Hopefully see you again soon. "

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  • Review by Bas from US

    "I signed up for the Become-a-Diver retreat, and Arno showed a lot of patience! He explains things clearly and makes you feel very comfortable. He is a good teacher and very easy to communicate with, also he has a great sense of humor and personality. When diving in open water I felt very secure to do so with Arno by my side. I have finished the retreat and now am the proud owner of a PADI Open Water diving certification."

    Reconnect Discover website, edited

  • Review by Kylie & Damintha from Australia

    "We participated in a mini yoga retreat with Kaisa. Neither of us had been regularly practicing yoga, but we could easily manage the 2 yoga classes per day. Kaisa oversaw every detail of our retreat experience and pre-empted our every need and desire. It was enhanced by the wooden beach cottage accommodation, fresh fruit juices and friendly service. We returned home intent on making yoga part of our wellness routine and have been inspired to take action and make changes following our life coaching conversations."

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  • Review by Leoni from The Netherlands

    "I enrolled in the Yoga Mini Retreat for Beginners. Kaisa adjusted everything to my capabilities and after our first yoga session I already felt more relaxed and I forgot about my busy work schedule back home. Kaisa could relate where I was coming from and after some lovely chats she inspired me to change up my game a bit back home and has given me motivation to continue yoga in the future. The location was perfect for this retreat also!"

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  • Review by Maija from Finland

    "Yoga with Kaisa is an awesome unique experience. Breathtaking in the way she makes you feel. Inspiring because of the view you have towards the beach. And amazing how yoga combined with the sounds of the ocean and nature can calm you down, focusing only to yourself. Kaisa has a loving, caring and professional touch to yoga and in her classes you will learn not only how to yoga but learn something from yourself."

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