Jan, Sun 16th 2022

5 Freediving Locations to Tick Off Your Bucket List in 2022

Forget New Year’s resolutions that will, most likely, end up being forgotten. Plan a trip to go freediving instead. With amazing places like these, you won’t want to miss it.

From Europe to Central America, these are some of the best freediving locations to explore this year.

1. Museum of Underwater Sculpture Ayia Napa - Cyprus

MUSAN, for short, was designed by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and opened recently in 2021. The underwater forest was designed by Taylor with the intention of being ecologically friendly while offering thought provoking art.

The statues are made from pH negative materials to avoid unwanted impacts on the environment. This also means that, over time, biomass and other life forms will be able to grow on and around the statues.

Located just 200 meters off the coast of Ayia Napa, the museum is accessible to snorkelers, freedivers, and scuba divers alike. Most of the statues rest approximately 10-15 meters below the surface. Snorkelers can observe from above, while freedivers are able to approach the statues for an up close and personal experience.

2. Laguna de Apoyo - Nicaragua

Laguna de Apoyo is the lowest point in Central America – no wonder it’s good for freediving. The center of the lake offers up to 200 meters of depth, with up to 60 meters accessible by a short swim from the shoreline.

During the rainy season (June – November), water conditions are glassy and close to immaculate. No waves and no current also make this the perfect place for depth training. The water temperature hovers around 28C all year, and visibility is up to 15 meters. When not diving, the relaxing atmosphere around the local hotels and restaurants makes you feel a million miles away from busy city life. So, have you booked your ticket yet?

3. Camotes Islands - Philippines

Located 63km east of Cebu City, the Camotes are still considered a hidden gem. The ferry ride takes roughly one hour, which is short enough to be convenient but long enough to keep the crowds away. This means you will essentially have the place to yourself!

With shipwrecks, caves, and coral reefs to explore, you’ll be wishing you could hold your breath for longer. On top of that, depth for training is unlimited, so you have the best of both worlds combined. Our friends at Camotes Freediving are making the most of this dreamy location, so be sure to drop by for the best tips and advice for freediving in the area.

4. Deep Dive Dubai - United Arab Emirates

This dive location will be sure to knock your fins off with a combination of depth and epic style. Deep Dive Dubai is officially the world’s deepest indoor pool at 60 meters. But it’s not just 60 meters up and down with plain walls. It’s far from that.

Beneath the surface, the pool is transformed into a sunken city complete with different rooms and levels to explore. Find everything from a pool table and library to cars and trees that climb up the walls. You’ll never want to come back to the surface after diving here!

5. The Cenotes - Mexico

How is it possible to not mention the cenotes when listing beautiful places to dive? With various depth and stellar photography opportunities, the Cenotes are a great place for fun diving, photoshoots, and training alike.

Situated around the tourist hotspots of Tulum and Playa del Carmen, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the number of freediving schools available. Luckily, our friends at Amancay Freediving have years of experience and will ensure your trip to the Cenotes is an unforgettable one.