Trip Details

The PADI open water course is for people 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
Starting day of the diving course. You will watch an instructional video, take part in classes and will receive diving instructions inside the diving centre.

Tuesday to Wednesday
On the Tuesday and the Wednesday the course participants will be taught how to dive closely with a diving instructor in open waters. Lunch will be served during the trip.

Thursday
This is the final day of the course. During this day the participants will take part in the examination for the PADI open water course.

Friday
The Friday is a day for relaxation and further discover the beautiful beaches and surroundings of El Nido. During the morning a relaxing massage is schedules for the participants to work on all the tired muscles after the 4-day diving course.

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

Trip Accommodation

According to CNNGo, El Nido is the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines. It boasts fifty white sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, five different types of forest, an unparalleled ecosystem and a hundred species of coral that makes it a diver’s paradise.

Accommodation & Food
You will be accommodated at a cozy guesthouse. The guesthouse is a short 2 minute walk from El Nido’s amazing beaches.

There are limited laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. You will be expected to clean up after yourself and to play your part to keep the accommodation tidy.

Food Arrangements
The food will consist mainly of local Philippine cuisine (lots of vegetables, meat, egg and rice) and will be served here on site.

* 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends

Facilities
All amenities, shops and ATMs are available within walking distance of the accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings
El Nido really is a paradise on earth and there is so much to do and admire in this area. Composed of 45 islands and islets, there are no shortages of beaches and boat/snorkelling trips to take you on a tour of the area. There are also prehistoric caves and waterfalls which all lie waiting to be explored. Please speak to a coordinator on site for further advice!

Trip Country Info

Philippines

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 categorised 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 industrialised 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.

Climate
The Philippines experiences a tropical maritime climate meaning that it is normally hot and humid and there are 3 distinct seasons:

Hot, dry season from March to May
Rainy season from June to November
Cool, dry season from December to February
The southwest monsoon lasts from May to October and the dry monsoon in the northeast from November to April.

Temperatures in the Philippines normally range from 21°C to 32°C with the coolest month being January and the hottest, May. The yearly average is 26.6°C..

The Philippines sits on the typhoon belt and so most islands experience torrential rains and storms from July to October.

Culture
The Philippines is a secular state and stemming from its Spanish cultural influence and it is one of only two Roman Catholic countries in Asia. Its Christian population is at about 90%. The country displays a mixture of Eastern and Western culture. Whilst it undeniably preserves cultural aspects found elsewhere in Asia, its Hispanic influence is perhaps most noticeable especially in the architecture and names of streets, towns and provinces.

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