Dumagat Freedive

Learn how to freedive on the island of Romblon in the Philippines, an idyllic and unspoiled location with deep, clear and calm waters. Learn freediving in an easy and fun way through world-recognized SSI, AIDA and WSF freediving certification courses.

Travel Advice

  • Do bring a flashlight for when you are out after dark, mosquito repellent for early mornings and around sunset time when the mozzies are most active, sunscreen so you don’t get roasted, cool sunglasses, and a beach towel, of course!
  • It is advisable to withdraw some cash before getting on the ferry.  There is one ATM on the island.  However, certain ATM cards (particularly MasterCard and Maestro) do not work.  Visa cards are better options.  Another convenient way to get cash is to send yourself funds through westernunion.com and pick up the cash from their agent location on the island.ArrowSunset
  • Although our location is ideal for freediving for much of the year, do bring your wetsuit, neoprene hood, socks and gloves to better protect you from the elements if you have them.  Weather and water conditions are never guaranteed anywhere.  Weather patterns may bring stronger winds, rainfall, colder water temperature, increased planktons and possibly jellyfish.
  • Most toilets on the island, including all of Marble Beach Resort’s, are flushed manually using a bucket of water.  If you’ve not used or flushed one before, YouTube it!
  • Romblon has a relaxed, slow-paced attitude.  People are genuinely friendly so let your guard down a little.  But as anywhere, be aware of your important belongings.
  • Yes, everyone understands English although some may be shy speaking it.
  • Like in a lot of Asian countries, it feels  like the air-conditioning unit in long-distance buses can’t be regulated.  Best to bring something to keep you warm on-board.  Personally, I always wear long pants, socks, jacket and even a scarf when taking these buses.
  • Your body might not be used to the country’s tap water.  Always drink filtered water.  While bottled water is available at most stores and restaurants, we recommend refilling your bottle to limit plastic waste.  Most restaurants and tourist establishments should be able to do this.
  • 1 US Dollar is equivalent to roughly 45 Philippine Pesos.  1 Euro = 50 Philippine Pesos.
  • Clark International Airport is in Pampanga and is 2 to 3 hours away from Manila International Airport.  There are regularly scheduled buses from Trinoma Shopping Mall in Manila to Clark Airport and back.  Check www.clarkairport.com for more information.
  • Most foreign nationals are admitted for 30 days without a visa.  For those intending to stay longer than 30 days, we suggest obtaining a 2-month visa before entering the country so you won’t have to trouble yourself with an extension while enjoying your holiday.  Extensions may be obtained from a number of immigration offices.  The two closest immigration offices to Romblon are located in Batangas and in Boracay.  It is possible to get on an overnight ferry to Batangas, process your visa in the morning, and then hop back on an overnight ferry back to Romblon.  We’ve not done an “in and out” visa run to Boracay, but it may be possible to do as well.  For detailed visa information, please visit http://www.immigration.gov.ph.
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