Location: Puerto Galera, Philippines.

Target Year Groups: Y10 to Y13
Maximum number of students: 36
Approximate cost: HK$11,300 (OW) to 12,500 (AOW) dependent on Diving Course (see notes below **)
Outside Provider or Organisation: La Laguna Beach Resort and Dive Centre

Trip Leaders: Mr. Bayne and Ms. Teri Eves

Please note: if you have, or have had, a respiratory condition, such as asthma, you will NOT be permitted to dive by the Dive Centre in the Philippines.

Students MUST be aged 15 years on, or before, Saturday 02nd November 2019 to join this trip. 

Please note that parents are responsible for the arrangement of visas if required. Please ensure that your child’s passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of departure from their destination.

Scuba Diving Courses

To learn to SCUBA dive you must be a confident swimmer and be able swim 200m (any stroke is allowed and there is no time limit).

Students must complete one of the following options:

  • PADI Open Water qualification (OW): No previous diving experience required (see notes below ** re pre-trip requirements).
  • PADI Advanced Open Water qualification (AOW): You must be Open Water qualified to do the advanced Course.
  • PADI Specialty courses: You must be Advanced Open Water qualified to take a Specialist Course. Courses available: night dive; drift dive; photography; peak performance buoyancy; navigation. If you wish to enroll in a course not listed above, please speak to Mr. Bayne or Ms Eves.

**For students new to diving and doing the OW course, you will need to pay separately for access to the PADI eLearning system.  This will allow you to compete the theory part of the course online before you arrive at the resort and will maximise the time available for diving. Approximate cost of the online PADI eLearning system is AUS$210 (approx HKD1,115) and this cost is in addition to the cost paid to Island School.

Philippines - Diving

The venue that we have decided upon for the Scuba Diving Quest week trip is Puerto Galera (PG) in the Philippines. This venue has been used by many other ESF secondary schools for diving trips including South Island School, Shatin College and West Island School.

The aim of this trip is to introduce students to scuba diving and to develop the students’ scuba diving skills if they already hold the open water qualification.

Philippines - Night Diving

As well as having fun learning the techniques of scuba diving students will engage in an environmental awareness project. PG is an ideal location to carry out this project with a number of artificial reefs and existing projects already taking place.

PG is famous for its clear waters and has an abundance of excellent dive sites suitable for training.

This map shows the famous wonderful dive sites in the Puerto Galera area.

Philippines - Dive sites

You will receive your practical instruction from ‘La Laguna Dive Centre’ who operate a 5 Star diving academy in PG. ESF Schools have been using La Laguna Dive Centre for several years and they have an excellent safety record. Fully qualified and experienced instructors teach in a ratio of no bigger than 6 – 1. Towards the end of the week, after practical examinations and reef surveys are completed, we will all fun dive together videoing our underwater escapades.

Philippines - La Laguna

Accommodation is in small bungalow-type huts, twin/triple sharing. All meals will be taken in and around our resort, which lies on the beach front and has its own swimming pool. There are a few shops and cafes close by, but generally there are limited shopping opportunities.

The resort website is;


If you have any questions please see Mr. Bayne or Ms Eves.

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