Ocean Quest Dive Center in Palawan - Philippines

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) gave the Ocean Quest Dive Center in Barangay Masagana, El Nido, Palawan due accreditation for its scube diving courses. The diving school is accessible because of the tricycles plying the main roads of El Nido. The town proper and its rural barangays have an organized set of radial and circumferential roads that interconnect to the major highway that leads Puerto Princesa City, Palawan's capital. Barangay Masagana is one of the four barangays which make up the town proper or Poblacion.

Visitors from Puerto Princesa can take the buses, vans, and jeepneys that depart daily at the San Jose Terminal in Palawan's capital. A 700-peso ticket for a five to six-hour ride on a van is available during the boarding hours of six to 10 o'clock in the morning. Interested Ocean Quest Dive Center students may also take any of the six to eight-hour ride offered by two bus companies. The buses leave every hour starting at five to eight o'clock daily. A bus ticket costs only about 350 pesos.

The staff of the Ocean Quest Dive Center, headed by Oscar H. Quintana, can respond to inquiries in Filipino, English, or any of the local dialects such as Visayan, Cebuano, Ilonggo, Waray, Bicolano, and even Cuyonon, the native dialect of the Cuyo Islands and most parts of Palawan. Inquiries and requests can be made through 632-726-6562 or 630-919-332-0354. The Ocean Quest Dive Center can also respond through srjc_dive@yahoo.com.

Professional divers and dive masters at the Ocean Quest Dive Center are capable of delivering more than forty years of PADI developed scuba diving lessons. PADI training materials and services are packed with the knowledge and skills of over 133,500 PADI Professionals and more than 5,800 dive shops and resorts worldwide. The Open Water Dive, the Bubblemaker, and the Rescue Master scuba diving lessons at the Ocean Quest Dive Center are based on PADI principles.

Dive lessons alone range between 2,000 to 30,000 pesos. Additional expenses may include the rental of extra diving equipment such as a mask with snorkel, fins, regulator, wet suit, four-kilogram belt weights, and full tank of oxygen. The cost may even stretch to include lunch and snacks. The duration for a diving course may take four to 15 days because environmental conservation lessons and activities are integrated. Lessons are closely coordinated with non-profit organizations such as the Project AWARE Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

Free time after each diving lesson can be spent walking under the shade of trees along the roads or along the sheltered bay. A pier rests at one end of the crescent beach. Limestone cliffs can be admired on the eastern section, while hills on the western side can give a sense of tranquility.



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