Dive Courses

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort was the first dive shop established on Malapascua and continues to lead the pack with excellent service, local knowledge and PADI education.

As a 5-sar IDC center we offer an array of dive courses from the basic beginner to the professional instructor level.

Being the dive shop that first located and dived with thresher sharks we thought it only right to be the first to create a PADI distinctive Thresher Shark Specialty course to help educate people about thresher sharks, why they are here, and the problems they face.

For more information on the various PADI courses we have to offer, click on the links below:

Discover Scuba Diving (½ day)

Have you ever thought of diving but just don’t have the time?

Well here at Exotic in just half a day you can experience the delights of the underwater world, through our professional PADI instructor led Discover Scuba Diving program. After a straightforward knowledge development session covering equipment, safety and diving skills you are ready to discover the attractions of underwater Malapascua in one of our secluded dive sites, just a short boat journey from Exotic Resort. A shallow in-water skill session is followed by a gentle dive on one our reefs reaching a maximum depth of 12mts.

Upon completion you will receive a certificate of recognition, which can be used as credit towards your full Open Water Certification.

Available to persons 10 years and over. Course price Php 4,500 and for more information, please contact us

Bubblemaker (½ day)

Introduce your children to the new and exciting underwater world. Under controlled direct supervision with one of our experienced PADI instructors, your child can find Nemo and other exciting underwater creatures whilst in full scuba, in a safe and shallow (max 2 meters) dive site a short boat ride from Exotic Resort. Upon completion, a PADI Bubblemaker certificate is awarded to the new budding diver. For more information or details of prices, please contact us

Available to children 8 years and over.

Course price Php 4,500 and for more information, please contact us

Open Water Course (3 to 4 days)

IThe most popular scuba diving course in the world is the PADI Open Water Course. This course gives you the foundational knowledge and skills you need to be able to dive with a buddy independent of supervision. The course consists of classroom sessions, where you learn about the theory of diving through watching PADI videos and completing Knowledge Reviews, followed by a simple exam. There are five confined water sessions (often combined), where you take your first breaths underwater and learn how to complete some basic diving skills. There are also four open water dives, where you put into practice what you learn in confined water, as well as enjoying the wonders under the ocean.

The course includes the PADI Open Water manual, log book, recreational dive planner, certification and use of all required diving equipment. Upon completion you will receive a lifelong PADI certification card, which is recognized worldwide and allows you dive to a maximum 18 meters depth.

Available to persons 10 years and over. Course price Php 19,500 and for more information, please contact us

PADI Scuba Diver (2 days)

Want to become a certified diver but haven’t got the time for the full Open Water Course? Then the PADI Scuba Diver rating is for you. Essentially a sub-course of the Open Water, you participate in some of the classroom and confined water sessions, and two open water dives. Once completed you are certified to dive to a maximum of 21 meters with a PADI professional. At a later date, you can easily upgrade to the full Open Water rating.

Course price Php 15,000 and for more information, please contact us

Advanced Open Water (2 to 3 days)

If you are already a certified open water diver who would like to gain more knowledge and experience in diving then the Advanced course is for you. Maybe you want to dive Monad Shoal to see the Thresher sharks? Have you wondered what it is like down at 30mt/100ft or how different things look at night, or how your dive leader always finds the boat and can identify so many different fish species? The answer to all these questions and more is in the PADI Advanced Open Water course. The course consists of 5 dives in different specialty areas, as well as their corresponding knowledge development sessions. Depending on your choices of dives, the course can be completed in as little as 2 days. The two obligatory dives are the deep dive, and the navigation dive. You then chose three dives from any of the following that interest you:

Aware Fish ID, Boat, Drift, Enriched air Nitrox, Multilevel, Naturalist, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Photography, Search & Recovery or Wreck.

Course price Php 15,000 and includes the PADI Advanced manual and slate, log book, certification and use of all required dive equipment. For more information, contact us

Rescue course (4 days)

Could you recognize and help a diver in distress? Could you calm a panicked diver? What would you do if you came across an unconscious diver? This fun-filled and challenging 4-day course will teach you how to help yourself and others in need. Expand your knowledge through engaging classroom sessions and exciting in-water skill exercises. Then put this knowledge to the test in your final adrenalin-filled rescue scenarios.

Pre-requisite: PADI Adventure Diver (including navigation) or above. EFR training required but this course may be completed along with the rescue course.

Course price Php 20,900 and includes the PADI Rescue manual, slate, pocket mask, certification and use of all required diving equipment. For more information, contact us

Emergency First Response (EFR) (1 day)

This contemporary one-day first aid course is not just for divers. If you have ever been in a situation where you wished you knew just a little bit more about first aid, then this is the course for you. The EFR course extensively covers basic emergency first aid, CPR, shock management, choking and secondary care plus many more life saving skills that we all should know. Upon completion you will receive a certification card that is recognized worldwide. EFR is also a requirement for the rescue diver course if you do not hold any other current first aid certificate.

The course includes the emergency first response manual and certification. Course price Php 9,500 and for more information, please contact us

PADI Specialty Courses

We offer many specialty courses that take between 1 – 3 days and all give you a PADI specialty certification card. All these courses are led by one of our experienced PADI Specialty Instructors.

And remember that if you accumulate 5 different PADI specialty ratings you can become a Master Scuba Diver, the highest non-professional diver rating worldwide. Chose from any of the following specialty courses:

Enriched Air (Nitrox) – (½ day plus 2 dives with EANx)

Do you wish you could stay down longer? If only your NDL could be extended! Take the most popular PADI specialty course worldwide and we will give you two dives with Nitrox. You can choose to dive these at Monad Shoal thereby increasing both your bottom time and your chance of a thresher shark encounter!

Course price Php 10,900 and includes PADI manual, certification, 2 Nitrox dives and use of required diving equipment. for more information, please contact us

Exotic Thresher Shark Specialty (2 days)

Our very own exclusive Thresher Shark Specialty course approved by PADI. This interesting course includes knowledge development sessions covering why the sharks are here, the threats they face, as well as basic anatomy and how to dive responsibly with the animals. Then we take you on two dives to the famous Monad or Kemod Shoals where you have the chance to dive with these wonderful sharks.

Course includes Manual, certification and use of required diving equipment. Course price Php 7,500 and for more information, please contact us

AWARE Fish Identification Specialty (1 to 2 days)

Fed up not being able to tell an anthia from a grouper? This is the course for you. Learn how to classify fish families; the tricks to identifying and what habitats are favored by different species.

Course price Php 8,900 and includes 2 dives, Project AWARE e-manual, certification and use of required diving equipment. For more information, contact us

Boat Specialty (1 to 2 days)

Spent lots of time diving off boats but still get confused over port, leeward and head? The boat diver course will teach you all about boat terminology and the safest way to dive off a boat.

Course price Php 8,900 and includes 2 dives, certification and use of required diving equipment. For more information, contact us

Deep Specialty (2 to 3 days)

Do you enjoy deep dives but wish you could go that bit further and maybe increase your chance of a shark encounter? The deep specialty will take you to the limits of recreational diving where you never know what you will see.

Course price Php 13,000 andincludes 3 or 4 dives, PADI manual, certification and use of required diving equipment. For more information, contact us

Multi-level Specialty (1 to 2 days)

Improve you dive plan, conserve your air and allow yourself the best multi-level dive possible. This course teaches you all you need to know to be able to plan the best dive using the electronic recreational dive planner or dive computer.

Course price Php 8,900 and includes 2 dives, electronic multilevel RDP, certification and use of required diving equipment. For more information, contact us

Underwater Naturalist (1 to 2 days)

Do you enjoy identifying marine life and would you like to know more? Take the naturalist specialty course and amaze your co-divers with your knowledge of corals, creatures and the complex relationships of marine life.

Course price Php 8,900 and includes 2 dives, certification and use of required diving equipment. For more information, contact us

Underwater Navigation (1 to 2 days)

Are you fed up of always being led on a dive? The navigation specialty will teach you all the skills you need to ensure that you can plan and navigate a dive anywhere and never misplace the boat. The course covers intensive compass work and natural navigation.

Course price Php 10,900 and includes 3 dives, PADI manual, certification and use of required diving equipment. For more information, contact us

Night Specialty (3 days)

Do you enjoy the calm tranquility of night diving? Become a night specialist. Learn how to navigate at night. Learn more about nighttime creatures and how to find them. This course will teach you the skills to be able to plan and lead your own night dive successfully.

Course price Php 13,000 and includes 3 dives, PADI manual, certification and use of required diving equipment including flashlights. For more information, contact us

Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty ( 1 to 2 days)

Improve your buoyancy to the level of a professional diver. This course will teach you the correct breathing to improve your air consumption and buoyancy and will help get rid of any extra weight. If you are a budding photographer this course is for you.

Course price Php 10,900 and includes 2 dives, certification and use of required diving equipment. For more information, contact us

Wreck Specialty (2 to 4 days)

Want to explore the inside of an underwater wreck safely? This course will give you the knowledge and practical experience you need to be able to map and penetrate mysterious sunken wrecks.

If conditions allow, we will also take you to one of the best wrecks in the Philippines, the Doña Marilyn (see our Dive Sites page) (link) where you can practice your penetrations.

Course price Php 13,000 and includes 3 or 4 dives, PADI manual, certification and use of required diving equipment including lines, reels and flashlights. For more information, contact us

Project AWARE Specialist (1 to 2 days, no dives)

This course is open to divers and non-divers alike, of all ages. You will learn about some of the most pressing problems facing our vulnerable underwater environments and everyday actions you can take to help conserve them. It’s informative, interesting and most importantly, you learn how to make a difference.

For the certified divers, you can choose whether to take this course with two dives during which you will be accompanied by an instructor and put into practice responsible diving techniques and participate in one of our community projects.

Course price is Php 7,500 with 2 dives, Php 4,900 without dives. Both courses include your online manual, knowledge development session and certification. For more information or details of prices, contact us

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation (1 to 2 days, no dives)

Another non-diving Specialty course open to all ages. With this course you will become aware of the fragileness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them. The course also teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment and familiarizes you with the current state of the world’s coral reefs and how you can help.

For the certified divers, you can choose whether to take this course with two dives during which you will be accompanied by an instructor and put into practice responsible diving techniques and participate in one of our community projects.

Course price is Php7,500 with 2 dives, Php 4,900 without dives. Both courses include your online manual, knowledge development session and certification. For more information or details of prices, contact us

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider (1 to 2 days)

Though suited for divers, this course has no prerequisites and doesn’t include dives, which means it is equally applicable to those who are around divers – boat crew, non-diving buddies, lifeguards, and shore staff. You don’t need any previous CPR or first aid training to take the course. It is particularly relevant if you plan to work in Australasia as, even with CPR training, it is against the law to handle emergency oxygen without a qualification such as this.

During this course You learn how to recognize diving illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen, properly set up emergency oxygen equipment (even with your eyes closed, literally!), and administer emergency oxygen correctly.

Course price is Php 6,900 (no dives) and includes your manual, classroom session(s) and certification. For information please contact us

DSAT Gas Blender (3 to 4 days)

A popular course for Divemaster Trainees and Instructors who wish to increase their employment potential, or just those interested in the technical side of things. With the increasing popularity of enriched air nitrox there is also an increased need to someone qualified to fill the tanks – only a certified Gas Blender may fill enriched air nitrox tanks.

You’ll learn the physical properties of oxygen, its associated hazards, handling requirements and what cleaning equipment is necessary. Our course is particularly “hand on” meaning that you will also become familiar with the workings of a standard scuba cylinder and parts as well as commonly encountered problems. Finally, you will learn the five methods of obtaining the desired enriched air nitrox mix and the various methods used to obtain proper helium mixes. The course includes a final exam.

Course price Php 17,500 (no dives) which includes your manual with Gas Mix Calculator CD-ROM, classroom and practical sessions, and certification. For more information please contact us

Medical Questionnaire

Before starting any PADI course with in-water activities, you will be required to read and complete(amongst other forms) a medical questionnaire which will identify any pre-existing condition which may affect your safety while diving. A positive response to any of the questions in the form would mean that you must seek the advice of a physician prior to engaging in in-water activities. For a copy of this medical questionnaire, or any other information, please contact us at diving@malapascua.net