May 18, 2021

Free Diving Lesson at Ocean Kins Ph

Day 138 of 2021 - Free Diving 101 at Ocean Kins Ph.💓

I was surprised to receive a message from Shekinah, whom I last saw in 2014. The message geared about free diving, which I am not aware of really. For those, just like me, free diving is the sport or activity of diving under water without the use of breathing apparatus, especially in deep water.

Long story short, just after a week of Kin's message, John and I, along with Lyn and Moore, headed in Mabini, Batangas to experience Free Diving Lesson at Ocean Kins Ph, located in Sitio Punta (Baba), Bagalangit, Mabini, Batangas .

My verdict: 

I am a non-swimmer, and though I was not able to do the "awra" moves I still enjoyed the two days I spent, both in G&O Homestay and the sea. 

G&O Homestay is a simple house complete with the basic restroom, shower room, 2 bedrooms.  I am happy that they have bidet! Tinalo ang ibang hotel na walang  bidet.

The food, oh the food! We love all the food that Chef Tin prepared for us! Oh by the way, Chef Tin owns the homestay so you know you're in good hands.

Diving site is very near G&O Homestay, probably around 3 minutes walk. The area is safe, we were even able to leave our personal belongings while under water.

Watching the sunset was a surprise. We had fun doing photoshoot, feeling pre-nup!

Head Coach, Shekinah Armenta, is a certified Molchanovs freediver. She's soft-spoken and very patient while teaching us. She also didn't mind taking our photos and videos for this blog/vlog.

Am I recommending that you try Free Diving Lesson at Ocean Kins Ph? A definite yes! You can either choose Day Tour or Overnight. We chose overnight for a more relax experience. Here's our itinerary:

Day 1
Left Manila at 5am. Arrived 730am at G&O Homestay
8 AM – Lecture
9 AM – Stretching and Equalization Workshop
10AM – Open Water Dive
12NN– Lunch
3PM – Open Water Dive
530PM - Sunset Watch
7PM – Dinner

730AM – Stretching and Equalization Workshop
8AM – Coral Reef 101
9AM – Coral Reef Exploration
10AM - Breakfast/Lunch

If you wish to know more about Free Diving Lesson at Ocean Kins Ph, email or message them in Facebook. To secure your booking, deposit 50% downpayment to: GCASH, NAME: Marilyn Dela Peña, Mobile #: (0912) 412 6936.

1, 500 PHP - Lessons
*With above and below “awra” shots
Gear Rental
150 PHP - Mask and snorkel
150 PHP - Fins/day

For food and accommodation by G&O Homestay:
700 PHP - Day Tour (free use of wash and lounge area, lunch, snack)
1, 200 PHP - Overnight (shared bunk bed, lunch, dinner, breakfast)
250 PHP - Meal

Island tour:
3, 000 PHP - Day tour (boat)
4, 000 PHP - Overnight (boat)
200 PHP - Entrance (day tour)
350 PHP - Entrance (overnight)
250 PHP - Chicken, veggies, rice
350 PHP - Pork, veggies, rice
*450 PHP - Seafood, veggies, rice

For Ocean Kins FREEDIVER shirt:
320 PHP - white
330 PHP - black

• Check-in time: 12NN
• Check-out time: 10AM
• 50% down payment upon reservation
• Full payment must be made upon check-out
• No card transaction

 To comply with public health guidelines set by IATF, Department of Tourism Mabini, and Brgy. Bagalangit, we require:
• Booking confirmation slip
• Medical clearance 
• Body temperature checking
• Accomplished contract tracing form
• Hand washing/sanitizing
• Wearing of face mask
• Social distancing

✔️Valid ID
✔️ Pen
✔️ Personal towel
✔️ Personal blanket (we provide sanitized ones, but it’s better if you bring your)
✔️ Own water bottle
✔️ Own utensils
✔️ Your most comfortable swimming attire
✔️ Sun block, after sun gel
✔️ Extra pair of socks

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