7 Top Beginner Freediving Locations

7 Must-Visit Destinations for Beginner Freedivers

Freediving combines adventure, tranquility, and a deep connection with the underwater world. For newcomers, a safe and visually stunning location is crucial for a memorable introduction. Performance Freediving International (PFI) is committed to guiding beginners to the best start possible in freediving. Here are the top seven beginner-friendly freediving spots around the globe, perfect for those embarking on their underwater adventures.

Blue Hole in Dahab

1. Blue Hole, Dahab, Egypt

The Blue Hole in Dahab is famous among divers of all levels. The shallow lagoon is perfect for beginners, offering clear, calm waters and a safe environment. The vibrant coral and abundant marine life near the shore provide a fascinating introduction to the underwater world.

Deans Blue Hole2. Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas

Dean’s Blue Hole is known for its depth but is also surrounded by shallower waters that are ideal for beginners. The calm, clear waters near the shore provide a safe environment for new freedivers to learn and practice in, all against the stunning backdrop of one of the most beautiful blue holes in the world.

Silfra Fissure Iceland3. Silfra Fissure, Iceland

Silfra Fissure, known for its crystal-clear waters, offers beginners an unparalleled freediving experience. The shallow sections allow novice divers to practice comfortably between two continental plates, surrounded by breathtaking underwater scenery.

Mangrove Point4. Mangrove Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Mangrove Bay offers gentle, shallow waters, making it an ideal spot for beginner freedivers. Divers can explore the unique underwater mangrove roots and vibrant marine life in this protected bay, all within the safety of calm and clear waters.

Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt5. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

A paradise for beginner freedivers, Sharm El Sheikh offers accessible, shallow dive sites with warm, clear waters. Home to thriving coral reefs and diverse marine life, it provides a magical underwater landscape for novices.


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6. Honaunau Bay, Hawaii, USA

Also known as Two Step, Honaunau Bay is famous for its easy access and gentle conditions, perfect for beginners. The bay’s protected waters provide a safe environment with clear visibility, offering encounters with sea turtles, tropical fish, and sometimes dolphins.

Amoudi-Bay_Santorini_Greece7. Amoudi Bay, Santorini, Greece

Amoudi Bay in Santorini provides a unique and beginner-friendly freediving experience with its clear, calm waters and stunning underwater architecture. The bay’s sheltered waters are perfect for beginners, offering a safe environment to explore the rich marine life and the beautiful, volcanic underwater landscape that Santorini is famous for.

Keeping in line with appropriate stewardship of these amazing dive locations, we highly recommend checking in with local freedive facilities, instructors, and other freedivers to learn of the varied local courtesies, requirements, laws and regulations, sensitive natural areas, as well as being good neighbors for the locals.  By respecting these locations, people, natural environment, and wildlife, we can ensure freedivers will be able to enjoy these locations for many years to come.

Each of these locations offers a welcoming and safe environment for beginners to learn and enjoy freediving. With shallow waters, excellent visibility, and abundant marine life, they provide the perfect settings for newcomers to discover the wonders of the underwater world. Performance Freediving International promotes a safe, enjoyable, and sustainable approach to freediving, encouraging divers to explore these magnificent spots while respecting marine ecosystems. Embrace the adventure, find peace beneath the waves, and begin your freediving journey with awe and confidence – check for dive centers and instructors in these areas here to begin diving. 

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