Freedive and Yoga retreat: Final day at Balicasag Island

Our final big day of the Freedive and Yoga retreat in Bohol!

After the successful completion of the AIDA 1-star freediver course, we took to the seas by banca (traditional filipino boat) to the marine sanctuary of Balicasag Island for some fun freediving action! Balicasag island has amazing marine life and coral reef, with steep walls dropping to over 30m and blessed with healthy colourful soft and hard corals. A diver's heaven here, Balicasag attracts mainly scuba divers, and now the government has limited the number of divers to 300 per day.

Enjoying the sun and boat ride to Balicasag Island.

Enjoying the sun and boat ride to Balicasag Island.

Friendly turtles of Balicasag Island. Upclose and personal with the turtles by freediving.

Friendly turtles of Balicasag Island. Upclose and personal with the turtles by freediving.

After a 40mins boat ride to Balicasag Island,  under the comforting shade of the big tree, we stretched and warmed up with a morning yoga session with the ocean view. Practising yoga in nature right by the sea is a completely refreshing experience. Thanks to Balicasag Island Dive Resort, we had a relaxed and rejuvenating session at their beautiful grounds.  Balicasag Island Dive Resort is the only resort on the island with pool and restaurant, not forgetting the incredible reef system just at their house reef.

Finally, time for some freediving action! We quickly took off into the ocean to explore and experience freedom in one breath. The girls put their skills to use, duck diving into the water and freediving with a buddy system. With the training and safety techniques learnt through the AIDA freediver course, the girls found it relaxing and fun to be one with the ocean in the most natural way. We found some nice swim-throughs, and watched scuba divers beneath us pass by. Also a big school of jackfish in the deep! Then off to the next dive spot to look for turtles. Here at the famous dive site called Black Forest, the turtles are aplenty, feeding on the sea grass, they are not shy and we were able to come so close to them by freediving! Such an amazing experience being up-close and personal with the friendly turtles.

Girls just wanna have fun! 

A preview of our fun freediving session in the underwater paradise of Balicasag island with Alex, Krista, Sala, Kathy and Matt, all from Sydney, Australia. Watch, share and enjoy!

For more info on Freediving and Yoga retreats, email us at qiretreats@gmail.com