Trip Details

The PADI open water course is for gap year volunteers keen to earn their water license and, at the same time, discover the wonderful underwater world of El Nido. You will receive your official PADI certification one month after successfully completing the course. In the meantime, you’ll have a temporary license so that you can start the diving trips right away.

El Nido is one of the most beautiful and pristine places on the Island of Palawan in the Philippine Archipelago. Located on the North of th island, El Nido is renowned for its beautiful white sandy beaches, clear waters and rich biodiversity. 

The PADI open water course will take a total of four days to complete, from Monday to Thursday. Friday is reserved for a relaxing massage and enjoying your newly gained PADI Open Water Certificate.

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

On the Monday you’ll watch an instructional video, take part in classes and be on the receiving end of diving instructions at the Centre. On Tuesday and Wednesday you’ll be taught how to dive, watched closely by an instructor in open waters. Lunch will be served during the trip. Thursday is the last day of the course, and when you’ll take the PADI exam. On Friday you can relax, following a morning massage, then spend the afternoon enjoying and exploring your surroundings.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances***

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info


Capital: Manila
Language: Filipino
Currency: Peso (PHP)
Time zone: PST (UTC +8)

The Philippines is made up of a total of 7,107 islands, only 2000 of which are inhabited. The islands are broadly categorized under 3 main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It is the 7th most populated country in Asia and the 12th most in the world.

As a newly industrialized country, the Philippine economy which was once founded upon its agriculture is now moving towards an economy based on services and manufacturing.

It is unsurprising that the Philippines attracts tourists due to its incredibly rich biodiversity found across its islands. The mountains, rainforests and diving spots as well as its impressive cultural heritage all add to the reasons why the Philippines is such an incredible place to experience.

Contact us to find out more about the wonderful travel and volunteer experiences in Palawan, Philippines.


Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa