Mozambique Divemaster Course & Whale shark Diving

Train as a professional Divemaster in one of East Africa’s most beautiful beach front settings, with the Indian Ocean providing the backdrop for an incredible couple of months living the life diving with manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks everyday! Tofo, has one of the highest populations with juvenile whale sharks in the world.

Train as a professional Divemaster in one of East Africa’s most beautiful beach front settings, with the Indian Ocean providing the backdrop for an incredible couple of months living the life and saying in our funky stunning accommodation! Diving with manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks everyday! Tofo, has one of the highest populations of juvenile whale sharks in the world so is a great place to do some whale shark diving.

 Mozambique Divemaster Course

Africa is often overlooked as a place to do your Divemaster course and regrettably so because in Tofo you have some of the best diving in the world. The biggest draw is  undoubtedly the whale shark and the worlds highest population of juvenile whale sharks can be found here.  It is the biggest fish in the ocean and can grow to 12 m or more and weigh up to 15 tons! But there is so much more too..

Whale sharks, long tropical beaches and a lot of diving.

Doing your Divemaster in Mozambique you can expect some of the following highlights:

  • Very diverse marine life including whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and even the guitar shark. Rock on!
  • Training at a cool dive school, with a great atmosphere, lots of backpackers diving there, and with some of the best in whale shark trackers in the world on the staff.
  • Get free diving up to 60 dives (necessary for your Divemaster) while working and completing your courser. You will do as many dives and ocean safaris as possible.
  • Leave here fully qualified to work and lead dives in any diving centre worldwide
  • Chilling out in a a funky resort, enjoying parties, barbeques, the amazing pool with bar! And the laid-back lifestyle in a tropical paradise setting.
  • Experiencing the culture of Mozambique, a country that seems to be lost in time, and set in one of the most beautiful African environments.
  • Gaining a qualification that enables you to work in the diving industry anywhere in the world, but even if you don’t do that the lifestyle as you train is an unforgettable memory to keep.
  • Optional surfing, ocean kayaking, and other adventures to be had.



What happens: Mozambique Divemaster

Mozambique Divemaster course (1)First off all, its about you having a great time and gaining a qualification. Diving, socialising, partying, beach time, barbecues, pool parties…. its a live style!

You will be diving with the freshest and hottest dive centre in Tofo, we possess a combined 15 years of experience diving Tofo’s world renown reefs.

There is no set itinerary for this trip but during the Divemaster programme you will be trained from PADI Open Water level to professional Divemaster. However, as a Divemaster you need to progress through different PADI training courses starting with your Open Water. This is the basic intro to scuba-diving, after this you do your Advanced Open Water (this consists of five specialist dives) and then you do your Rescue Diver course. The Rescue Diver course teaches you about diver safety, trains you to effectively rescue distressed divers, trains you how to provide CPR and first aid and administer oxygen in case of emergencies.At this point this is the last recreational level dive qualification before you go on to do your Divemaster course.

Once you start your Divemaster internship, you will be getting into the nitty-gritty of what it takes to become a professional diver. There is no day-to-day minute by minute itinerary for this section of the course, there are certain criteria that you need to fill for example a minimum number of dives (60), you will assist dive instructors on their courses, and you will take customers out for dives acting as a dive leader, providing them with pre-dive safety briefings, helping out at the dive school and dive centre. You do all this while following the PADI training syllabus that the Divemaster course requires you to complete.

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The real beauty about doing your Divemaster course is that you get to dive a lot

This is no understatement, when you consider how expensive recreational diving can actually be, you get to dive every day, in some of the most exciting underwater environments in Africa, if not the world, and you will spend months doing this in unlimited amounts, you start to see why it is such an appealing way to spend several months, and great value too!


Enjoy everything that Tofo has to offer

During your time when you are not in the water, you assist at the dive school, this is part of the course. You will be completing an internship learning all about working in the dive industry. But off course there is time to just chill out and enjoy everything that Tofo has to offer. It certainly has that by the bucket load, relaxation and chilled out vibes.

Mozambique Divemaster course (2)When not relaxing in a hammock under a palm tree, you will go out on ocean safaris (with snorkel gear) to swim with whale sharks, and humpback whales (in season). There is the most amazing sandy beach with good surfing opportunities, ocean kayaking and horse riding too.

You might just prefer to enjoy the buzz of the backpacker lifestyle in the town, because this is quite a popular destination for backpackers (although not your typically ruined overpopulated backpacker hangout). The locals are exceptionally friendly, the cost of living there is incredibly cheap and you are going to absolutely love the lifestyle.

Dedicated Dive Instructor

You will discuss your loose itinerary with your dedicated dive instructor on arrival, and you will also be given a full briefing on what the course involves. At the end of the course you need to pass several exams (about eight of them), but these are incredibly simple providing you follow your course work!

Upon successful sign off on completion of the course, once you have paid your PADI membership fee, (direct to PADI about £80) you will be a professional Divemaster, able to work in any dive resort in the world, and earn a living in one of the most easy-going lifestyles out there. You will get your dive certificate and membership card in the post.


Cabin 2Accommodation is in a really funky cool dorm, and offers you the perfect opportunity to meet your travel companions. Its has 5 bunk beds, lockers, ceiling fans, extra length mattresses, mosquito netting and an ensuite bathroom.

Please take own shower and beach towels as these are not supplied. The rooms are serviced by municipal power and each has 3-point 220V power point with 2-point adapters.


There are also single rooms, but as you will be staying a long time with us, its not economical to book the single room. If budget is not a problem, ask us for a quote.

Varied dive sites

During your Divemaster training, you will discover a mix of hard and soft corals and abundant marine life from sharks to turtles to dolphins to whale sharks and thousands of fish. The sites vary in depth , there is little current and the water temperature is always warm, ranging from about 27C to 32C offering amazing conditions to dive everyday on your Divemaster course!

Whale sharks, long stretches of beach and a lot of diving, this is what you can expect on the PADI  Divemaster course in Mozambique. We can train you from zero to hero in 12 weeks, meaning that you can join even if you have no prior diving experience. If you do already have dive certificates we can alter the programme for you, no problem just ask us for prices.

Whale sharks, that sounds scary to me!

Mozambique Whaleshark Diving (34)Whale sharks are the most magnificent and biggest fish in the sea and they only eat plankton. They do not even have teeth. Once you spot them you will fall in love. They are gracious and beautiful, and the great thing is they love the bubbles divers make so tend to come up to you. Because their eyes are so small you have to watch it that they do not bump in to you.

The population of juvenile whale sharks in Mozambique is at the moment higher than anywhere else which means that you will likely bump in to one pretty frequently, and don’t forget you will be doing the Divemaster in one of the top dive schools with experts trained in tracking and finding whale sharks. No need to be afraid!

Become a professional diver

Being a Divemaster means you can work in the dive industry and make money with once of the best jobs in the world. You will be able to guide dives, do scuba reviews and help out in dive shops. The PADI Divemaster certificate is internationally recognised so you can work as a Divemaster anywhere in the world. As a Divemaster the dive boat, where you soak up the sun and have your morning coffee, and the sea, where you meet the corals and the fish, are your office. You will always be surrounded by happy people who are on holiday.

So why Mozambique?

In Africa you can see the big 5 on safari’s but in Mozambique, you can  Dive The Big Five.

The big five of the underwater world are:

  • Whalesharks
  • Humpback whales
  • Dolphins
  • Manta rays
  • Sea turtles

Tofu in Mozambique is where the Xtreme Gap Divemaster course takes place. Tofu is definitely one of Southern Africa’s favourite diving destinations. Even National Geographic votes Tofu in Mozambique the prime diving location for spotting whale sharks and Manta rays. Xtreme Gap works with a PADI certified diving school that has already taken on many many divers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes you can, but the reason we have not put it online is because the price is an extra 65 USD a night (Over Christmas and new year it’s even more.

Most gear, but not the dive computer, is included on a rental basis.  But since you are training to become a professional and you will be wearing your outfit daily, it is much better to have your own gear! We advise you bring your own facemask as this is a personal item and is much nicer to have your own.

You will need to pre-arranged your own VISA before joining this program. Please book well ahead to ensure you have enough time to organise your visa, and remember one to arrive in country you have to have an arrival stamp putting your passport at the airport. This is to validate the VISA.

The accommodation is about a 15 min walk from the dive school.

The weather is always a difficult subject, but the climate in Tofo is warm and sunny which can be dived year round but it can have high winds during February and August which can cause the water to become very rough and choppy, even so diving is usually still possible and it only called off in extreme conditions.


The summer months of November to April are the rainiest months which occasionally bring violent storms but they have the highest water temperature of 28C. The winter months of May to October are a lot cooler but still pleasant with a lower water temperature of 23C. Visibility in this area varies by the day and is influenced by a combination of plankton, currents, winds and tides.


There are other divers coming and going doing shorter or longer courses. As there is no set date people normally do not start on the same day. However you will meet lots of people also diving with us and you will be one of the team! No worries its super social.

Please bring an adapter suitable for South African plugs which are three pins and round you will also want Mozambique and plugs which are to pin.

At the hostel there are cooking facilities. There is a bbq area you can use to grill your own food.


The hostel is truly amazing and funky and with a stunning garden and pool! Comfy lounge areas and friendly staff! In the evening there are often dj´s playing too! Free wifi areas, laundry service, safety deposit box, a dech from where you can see the sun set over stunning tofo and a bar and restautant.


Mozambique is unfortunately a malarial zone, so you will need to take antimalarial medicine, please check with your doctor which is the most appropriate, because Malarone for example mimics symptoms of decompression sickness so you cannot use that one.



Absolutely not! They are big but they do not even have teeth. They are extremely impressive though, and being lucky to see one, and swim with one once, is never enough.

Yes you can, we will train you from zero to hero. We do recommend you take a diving medical before you leave the UK if you have any doubts as to whether you will be suited to diving.

Yes, you can. Fishing, horse rising, surfing, ocean kayaking and exploring along some of the worlds most unspoilt coastline. Not bad.

Inhambane is in a malaria zone, we advise you take malarial tablets and consult your GP or travel clinic before you go.With regards to Malaria medication our partners recommend DEMAL 200, its a British product made by Blue Turtle, and they have used it for eight years without getting malaria. Please note though we do not endorse any particular brand or product and you should consult your own GP and take your own advice and precautions as necessary.

Take malaria tablets but NOT Lariam, Mefliam or Mefloquine as these can mimic symptoms of decompression sickness and the nearest decompression chamber is in South Africa. If participants take Larium, Meflian or Mefloquine, they will be excluding themselves from the dive and there are no exceptions.
Africa may be cheap, but diving in Africa is not, well, not if you are diving with a reputable company that looks after their equipment and customers! All the dive equipment has to be brought in from South Africa, we also put you up in a nice backpacker resort, and you get  unlimited  dives. If you want the trip of a life time then you really do get what you pay for, and this is exactly that, very few other places in the world will get you this much whale shark exposure in such a beautiful setting.

Duration Option Price  
3 (Week)IDC EFRI IE Add onGBP 3189Book Now
4 (Week)IDC EFRI IE MSDT Add onGBP 3679Book Now
8 (Week)DM DormGBP 1629Book Now
8 (Week)Rescue to DM DormGBP 2079Book Now
8 (Week)EFR & Rescue to DM DormGBP 2216Book Now
8 (Week)Advanced Open Water to DM DormGBP 2519Book Now
8 (Week)Open Water Course to DM DormGBP 2749Book Now
12 (Week)DM DormGBP 1899Book Now
12 (Week)Rescue to DM DormGBP 2289Book Now
12 (Week)Advanced Open Water to DM DormGBP 2939Book Now
12 (Week)Open Water Course To DM DormGBP 3109Book Now


  • Pre departure information
  • PADI open water course
  • PADI advanced open water course
  • PADI rescue diver course
  • PADI Divemaster internship
  • Airport pick up
  • Dive training
  • All books and certificates
  • Rental dive equipment
  • Unlimited diving
  • All accommodation
  • PADI Divemaster crew pack (to keep)
  • Lots of ocean safaris to swim with whale sharks

And a lot of FUN!!


  • Meals
  • Annual PADI Divemaster fee
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Dive computer, dive knife and surface marker boy
  • Over Christmas the prices are higher!

We also advise you to buy your own wetsuit, mask and fins, although they are included in the cost of the course on a rental basis, when you do your Divemaster it’s definitely nice to have your own. We also recommend you purchase the dive computer before you travel, check out our Divemaster blog for advice on buying a dive computer and everything you need to know about the courses.


Start dates are every Monday. Remember over Christmas the prices are higher; if you are planning to join us over the December period ask us for a quote please.

If you want to add on the IDC keep in mind there is a set date for this:
2019 IDC Start 12 October 2019

Whale Shark Marine Conservation Mozambique

The Whale Shark Marine Conservation Project in Mozambique is the ultimate marine conservation project. Swimming with Whale Sharks (Mozambique is one of the best places in the world to see them) you will be involved in data collection, reef monitoring, and humpbacked whale research. Volunteers will also be involved in turtle nest data collection, as well as getting the chance to live an breathe one of Africa’s best gap year diving and backpacking destinations.

The Whale Shark Marine Conservation Project in Mozambique is the ultimate marine conservation project. Help with whale shark data collection, reef monitoring, and humpbacked whale research. Volunteers will also be involved in turtle nest data collection, as well as getting the chance to dive at one of Africa’s best gap year diving destinations.

Whale Shark Marine Conservation Mozambique

Whale Sharks are the giants of the sea. They are the biggest fish in the world and incredible to swim with. Whale Sharks are surface feeders eating tiny microscopic plankton, but they eat so much of it that they can grow up to 18 metres! This exciting Whale Shark Marine Conservation Project comprises of assisting with the conservation of Whale Sharks, coral reefs and other marine life while living in Tofo. Tofo is a hot spot of adventure on the Mozambique coast line.

Whale Shark Marine Conservation Highlights Include:

  • Contribute to a very important Conservation project.
  • Conservation of the Whale Shark and the coral reefs.
  • Boat launches and swimming with Whale Sharks.
  • Open Water Course or AOW included.
  • Located on Tofo, the best spot in the world for Whale Sharks.
  • All accommodation and meals included.
  • Great social scene: Making new friends is guaranteed.





A day in the life of a volunteer

Although day to day activities vary on the Whaleshark Marine Conservation Project a typical day in the life of a volunteer working on the Project might be:

  • 07:30 Wake up and have breakfast
  • 08:30 Data entry on the computer from previous day´s research work
  • 10:00  Walk over to the dive centre (100meters away) and get prepared for a whale shark launch. Jump on the boat and head out to sea to find whale sharks. On finding a whale shark enter the water snorkelling next to the whale shark and take photos of the correct parts of the shark. Photos enable us to identify individual sharks around the world and track their movements, age etc.
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Depending on the time of year ” whale counts and data collection from on top of the dunes or preparation for turtle work in the night.
  • 15:30  Work generally ends around 3.30pm but this is flexible and can sometimes be earlier and sometimes later.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Take malaria tablets but NOT Lariam, Mefliam or Mefloquine as these can mimic symptoms of decompression sickness and the nearest recompression chamber is in South Africa. If participants take Larium, Meflian or Mefloquine, they will be excluding themselves from the dive and there are no exceptions.
Whale Sharks are magnificent creatures and the oceans largest fish. Diving or swimming with them is an unforgettable experience. They are becoming increasingly rare though, and there is still much to learn about these species. This project helps to collect data, identify different Whale Sharks and track their movements giving scientists a better understanding of their behaviour and the factors effecting their conservation. Not only do you get to swim with these huge fishies, but your work will be directly contributing to their protection. Amazing!
Because they are considered good indicators of ocean productivity. Whale Sharks play a significant role with marine conservation of efforts. Not much is understood and known about the population dynamics of these big fishes and this Conservation Project aims to understand and prevent the threats to them.
Yes, you can join. Because 95% of the participants have no or little experience with diving we have included an Open Water course for you. You will be trained by PADI professional Dive Instructors how to dive safely. Remember, though most of the Whale Shark research is done without scuba gear. This is because Whale Sharks are surface feeders and it is much easier to keep up with them when not carrying bulky scuba gear.
The Whale Shark Marine Conservation Project   also involves protection of coral reefs. Reefs play an important role in the ecosystem, a lot of marine life is supported through healthy and living reef systems. Threats to reefs include: coral bleaching, alien invasive species (like the crown of thorns star fish) and other ecological changes related to tourism and man made activities. One of the main course components involves monitoring the state of coral reefs in the Tofo area. Methods used are based on the international reef check system. This will involve completing scuba diving transects amongst the reefs and then recording coral data as an indicator of fish species. All the while you will be doing this in one of Africa’s greatest diving destinations, Tofo!

Your job on the Whale Shark Conservation Project will carry out marine research data collection and assist with monitoring activities under the supervision and guidance of the projects field co-ordinator. Joining other   volunteers on this project, you will be hands on, collecting data via: beach walks, boat survey, swimming, freediving, and scuba diving.

Your assistance is vital to carrying out the required field activities, but also helping to fund the project. As you would expect   the diving will be excellent and this will be a stunning environment to enjoy learning principals of marine conservation and learning about the worlds biggest fish, the Whale Shark.

Our volunteers are vital to help monitor whale shark populations, assist in understanding their behaviour and also you will be able to take underwater photos to help identify them. Joining research scuba teams to assist with the monitoring of coral reefs, during certain seasons you may also get the opportunity to help with hump back whale surveys as well.

You will be well looked after on the project. You can expect a though briefing and induction on arrival. You will be taught about the project, the local area, safety and have a question an answer session.
Duration Option Price  
2 (Week)GBP 1599Book Now
3 (Week)GBP 1759Book Now
4 (Week)GBP 1899Book Now


  • PADI Open Water Course or AOW or research dives.
  • Transfer to and from Inhambane Airport to Tofo.
  • Full support and daily guidance from the project coordinators.
  • Project equipment.
  • Project activities (including boat launches).
  • All accommodation.
  • Orientation upon arrival.
  • All meals included, volunteers help cook.


  • Flights.
  • Visas.
  • Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement. Please ask us for a quote.
  • Extra food and drinks.
  • Weekend activities (optional).
  • Other excursions than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Telephone and internet.


More dates
“Unfortunately we did not see Whalesharks everyday, but the times we did it was amazing, so gracious and beautiful, and experience I will never forget.”
Peter Davis
“Very nice location, great weather, and it suited my biology study perfectly, thanks for the tip Xtreme!”
Amy Potter

Great White Shark Conservation Project

Great White Shark Conservation Project
This programme offers the unique opportunity for volunteers to engage in the important research and conservation of great white sharks in Cape Town, South Africa. If you are adventurous and love the outdoor lifestyle then this is the perfect programme for you to have the most incredible once in a lifetime experience, as you get up close and personal with these infamous creatures!

No other conservation project provides a shot of adrenaline like this one. Great White shark conservation is as important as it is exciting! Get hands on with a Great White shark conservation project in Gansbaai South Africa! The world top location to see great white sharks.

 Great White Shark & Xtreme Marine Conservation

The Great White shark conservation project takes place in Gansbaai, the worlds number one Shark Diving destination.

The work you do can help the world’s top apex predator.

Great White SharkConservation (27)As a volunteer you will be part of the shark team and assist in documenting shark activity by using aerial surveys of the island. You will be given a unique opportunity to view this magnificent animal in its natural environment by going out 5 days a week, either by boat or even more excitingly in  an underwater cage. You will be part of a team of Great White shark experts and other volunteers. The experts will provide you with all the knowledge you need, at the end of the programme you know all about the Great White through informative lectures and research.

Your lectures while on the programme consist of:

  •       Basic Shark biology
  •       Research and conservation
  •       Shark behaviour
  •       Conservation
  •       Changing attitudes
  •       Shark Attacks
  •       Basic seamanship (including anchoring positions, wind directions, currents)
  •       Cage diving procedures (procedures in the cage with and without regulator)
  •       Underwater filming
  •       Still photography
  •       Shark tourism

You will then have the chance to put this into good use, assisting in the conservation and research of the Great White. If the weather permits you will undertake frequent trips out to sea. Whilst at sea, the team will get you as involved as possible with all aspects of sea work, focusing on working with the sharks from below and above the water.



Great white shark projectThis programme does not have a set itinerary. Please request trip notes for more information on the day to day aspects of the project. Preferred start dates are the 1st and 15th of the Month with arrival and pick up in Cape Town. Every day is better than the previous one! You get to learn a lot about sharks by having some lectures and by being free to ask any questions to the crew. The days are never tiring or boring as you get to work in shifts on the boat. On days off there are plenty of activities to do. You can go for example to Cape Aghulus, where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet. Can you imagine being on the most southern tip of Africa? Of a whole continent?! The view is quite spectacular! What do you do on the boat? On the boat you   help tourists   to get ready to go in the cage: like giving wet suits, giving them a mask and weights, making sure everything is ok. You get the chance to go in the cage as well! You will be chumming (chopping up fish to feed the Great Whites so they come closer): You get to have a shower at the end of the day so it is not important how much you smell or are dirty! Everyone enjoys chumming because it´s the place where you can see the sharks well, since they are attracted by the smell. The accommodation is really nice! They are very cozy with a lounge area and a big kitchen! The fact that there is a kitchen is nice because we can decide whether to cook or go out for dinner.

Hands on conservation for the Great White Shark

Shark conservation South AfricaThis is your chance to become actively involved in the conservation of the Great White shark on your gap year. The Great White shark is arguably one of the worlds greatest predators, and at the same time under threat from ill educated and unethical activities conducted by mankind. Sport fisheries, which seek their jaws as trophies, and being accidentally caught in commercial fisheries are only two of the sharks enemies, but the deliberate killing of sharks by Asian fishermen which prize their fins for a bland tasting soup sees over 200 million sharks killed per year (across all shark species).

Help stop the decline of the oceans top predator

The Great White shark conservation is more important now than ever, with severe declines being documented in Northwest Atlantic, Australia, and Northeast South Africa. This fantastic opportunity gives you the chance to actually physically contribute to Great White shark conservation in South Africa, one of the worlds leading hot spots for Great White shark activity.

During the programme

Great white sharkOn this conservation programme you will join a world leading organization dedicated on protecting the Great White shark, operating in Great White shark conservation since 1989. You’ll receive training in Great White shark biology, behaviour, conservation, research, changing attitudes, shark attacks, basic seamanship (includes anchoring positions, wind directions), underwater filming, still photography and shark tourism. Weather permitting you will go to sea frequently. At sea, you’ll get involved as much as possible with all aspects of sea work. This will be focused on working with the sharks from above and below the water. Much emphasis will be placed on observing behaviour and the interactions of sharks around the boat. You will be taught how to get in and out of the cage and how to remain secure and safe in the cage.

Get in the Cage

In the cages you will record observations of the Great White sharks. This will include sex, size, markings and behavior. This training is designed to educate you to a level of competence of a field assistant. During the training, you will be evaluated on how you handle teamwork, take your own initiatives, take interest in the work and activities, show interest in learning.

Locating the Sharks

Finding the Great White shark is a skill, involving years of practice – the water temperature, depth, visibility, swell height, current and wind direction are all major factors.

Holy Shit! See them breaching

Great White sharks are surface feeders, you will be amazed when seeing the Great White lifting its head right out of the water to take the bait, and sometimes breach completely. In Shark Alley, close to Gansbaai, you will likely also see seals, penguins and the occasional dolphins frolicking near the islands, as well as magnificent Southern Right whales coming up from Antarctica to breed from May to November. These expeditions are more than just thrill-seeking adventures, they are educational experiences.

Find out more about this project on our blog


Accommodation at the volunteer house in Gansbaai. Gansbaai is a seaside village, which depends on fishing and tourism for its survival. It is situated approximately two hours south east of Cape Town. The shark team document a lot of shark activity using aerial surveys of the island. On one of the main research sites, Dyer Island, many other wildlife species can be viewed from the boat. It is the breeding ground for Jackass Penguins, Cape Cormorants and Gannets, whilst Geyser Rock opposite, is a breeding Mecca for Cape Fur Seals and currently home to approximately 20,000 seals. In season Whales and an occasional Dolphin can be spotted. This is a perfect habitat for the Great White.

Free Time

On the days when you´re not at sea, you can go on excursions in the local area and take part in activities such as wine tasting, penguin spotting, a visit to the most southern point of Africa and so on. Gansbaai is a lovely village and has several nice pubs and restaurants that you can visit, but there is no nightlife. The project volunteer coordinator will help you arrange some trips (at your personal expense), like these ones below:

Go Whale Watching! 

See whales that are bigger than the boat you are watching them from! Huge and mysterious, whales are a fantastic sight  the best time for spotting is between April and November.

Exploring the valley on horseback!  

Follow the rambling trails of the Walker Bay Whale Conservancy. These rides take you into the private nature reserve that runs along the Klein River and into the Kleinriviersberg Mountains. Available for all abilities.

Quad biking! 

Bike the trails around the Robert Stanford Wine Estate, through the vines and bush in a rather intrepid manner. For excitement just about equal to a shark encounter!


Cape Town is ideally placed for the Orange River and Fish River Canyon \” fantastic places to explore. Being in South Africa also places you well for tours throughout Africa. Go up to Namibia, visit Victoria Falls or go on an epic trip through eight nations finishing up in Nairobi  you´ll experience lots of wonders enroute. We have a number of different tours to choose from, just drop us a line to find out more about them to experience Africa in an adventurous but safe way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but in a cage, only Mike Rutzen would be nuts enough to actually swim with these things.
A little, at first, but you will be surprised at how quickly you get to admire these huge predators. Much like falling in love with a goldfish. With big teeth.
Yes you will be there with other volunteers and you will be working side by side with our experienced crew, so you are part of the team.
The best time to volunteer will be in Winter (June to August) as the sharks are more active.


Duration Option Price  
2 (Week)GBP 729Book Now
3 (Week)GBP 1349Book Now
4 (Week)GBP 1619Book Now


  • Pre departure information
  • Orientation programme on arrival.
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast at the volunteer house and lunch on the boat
  • Cap
  • White Shark Field Book


  • All flights
  • Activities on days off
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Dinners
  • Lunch on days off


This trip starts on the 1st and 15th of the month with pick up from Cape Town.

You should arrange your flights into Cape Town the day before so the last day of the month or the 14th of the month. Many people book an extra few days in Cape Town. We can help you arrange this.

Shark Divemaster Malapascua Philippines

Malapascua in the Philippines is the only place in the world where you can see the Thresher Shark on a regular basis. Although this shark is harmless to humans.This is pretty cool in itself, but then throw in Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks and really good macro diving and you have some great reasons to take your Divemaster in the Philippines. The other reason is that you will be living on a tropical island with warm waters, white beaches and lovely people!


Malapascua in the Philippines is the only place in the world where you can see the Thresher Shark on a regular basis. Although this shark is harmless to humans. This is pretty cool in itself, but then throw in Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks and really good macro diving and you have some great reasons to take your Divemaster in the Philippines. The other reason is that you will be living on a tropical island with warm waters, white beaches and lovely people!


Divemaster Training On A Stunning Tropical Island

Training to become a Dive Master with Xtreme Gap means living on exotic places with lots of amazing dive sites and a great social life. If spending several weeks on a gorgeous tropical island, diving some of the most interesting dive sites in South East Asia sounds like some much needed travel therapy, then doing your Divemaster Malapascua, a small island, located not far from Cebu, is the right choice for you!

Philippines Divemaster Highlights

  • Dive Master Qualification in 6 weeks (with previous experience).
  • Advanced Open Water to Dive Master Qualification in 10 weeks.
  • Getting the chance to dive with the Thresher Shark.
  • All accommodation included during the stay.
  • Choose between three different types of accommodation.
  • All diving gear included.
  • Diving instruction from professional top divers.
  • 10% discount on your bills in the restaurant in the resort.
  • Diving in one of the stunning tropical islands in the world.


Top Dive School

Shark Divemaster Philippines (31)We work with an extremely professional dive school on the island. One of the most established, they are credited with discovering the Thresher shark several years ago and are the only National Geographic Dive Centre on the Island.

Five Dive boats and lots of variety

We run five dive boats and are one of the busier dive schools in Malapascua. This means there are always a lot of options to dive different sites, loads of variety and plenty of customers to assist which is an important part of getting your dive master.

Studying the Thresher Sharks, Mantas and Hammerheads.

The real beauty of doing your dive master here is the Thresher shark. These are sharks with a distinctive long tail that they use to thrash the water, hence the name Thresher. No where else in the world can you see these majestic animals. Usually they live well beyond the reach of humans at around 300 metres below the surface. For some reason not yet understood, they gather off Malapascua all year and head to the top of the Monad Shoal Pinnacle, at around 23 meters. Besides that you can also see huge Manta rays swoop past and even occasional a Hammerhead.

Open Water (OW)

Shark Divemaster Philippines (30)When completing your open water course, you can expect the open water course diving course to last between 3  to 4 days. The time scale usually depends on how quick you and your group are to using the equipment. You will start with a short swim test: it is a requirement that you can swim before undertaking your open water scuba diving course. The first couple of days will be spent in the class room and swimming pool. Furthermore you will learn about the safety aspects, about the equipment and the physics of diving. This will be under the watchful eyes of your scuba diving instructor and an assistant Divemaster.

After the classroom and pool modules are completed and you have demonstrated that you are able to complete various open water diving course skills correctly (such as recovering a regulator, clearing your mask) you will be ready to continue your open water diving course in the sea! The open water diving course consists of 4 scuba dives. During these dives you will practice skills learned in the pool and get used to the underwater environment, whilst diving with incredible fish in a beautiful underwater setting. To pass the open water Scuba Diving course, you must complete an exam at the end of the course, this is not hard to pass, but you must study, or risk failure!

Advanced Open Water

Shark Divemaster Philippines (43)The PADI Advanced Open Water Certification is a natural progression once completing the PADI Open Water Course. This course is scheduled over 2 days and consists of 5 Adventure dives from the list below (2 of which must be Deep and Navigation). On completion of this exciting course you will be awarded with the Advanced Open Water Diver certification, which allows you to dive down to a depth of 30 metres.The real beauty of the advanced course is that it enables you to dive deeper to 30 metres. At this depth you can see more species. It also improves your confidence and builds on the fundamentals. If you plan to dive as a continuing hobby, then the advanced course is highly recommended.

Rescue and EFR

When completing your advanced open water course, you can complete your Rescue diver course. The rescue diver course lasts about 2 days. You also need to complete your EFR (emergency first response) course during this time. Challenging and rewarding best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you have already learned, this learns you how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. If you are serious about your diving, take this course and have confidence leading dives.

Shark Divemaster Philippines (29)On the PADI Rescue diver course, you are trained how to look out for the danger singes of distressed divers. The rescue diver course also teaches you how to rescue distressed divers and search for missing divers using specific search patterns. You are also taught how to safely recover an unconscious diver from the sea bed, and administer first aid both in and out of the water, this includes giving mouth to mouth resuscitation in the water.

The rescue diver course is a pr-requisite for the Padi dive master course, however even those not considering going professional, should consider this course, especially if they are intending on diving as an on going hobby. This is a great place to do you rescue diver course, with a tropical paradise island full of divers, you will meet like minded people making the learning experience great fun.

Divemaster internship

You will be assisting a qualified Divemaster or Instructor on guiding dives. Every day you will be diving (if you wish) and learn more about the dive sites, different fish and diving skills. There are usually different departure times for dives daily. There is also the occasional night dive as well. The morning diving is very early, usually a double dive leaving at 5am. This is necessary in order to catch the Thresher sharks as they come up to the cleaning station in the early morning. You can choose to dive as little or as much as you like, just bear in mind you will need to complete a minimum number to pass your Divemaster course as set out in the PADI Divemaster qualification requirements.


For the duration of your stay you will be located at a comfortable dive resort, right on the beach. You can choose The rooms have a maid service and are safe, secure and clean.

You will have your own private room, but you have to share facilities (shower and toilets). All the rooms and facilities have recently been renewed.


The resort has many facilities that make it a great place to stay for you and to make sure you have everything you need nearby. The following facilities are located at the resort:

  • Bar
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Classrooms
  • Dive compressor and equipment servicing
  • Dive gear wet and dry room
  • Massage facilities
  • Wifi

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

You can go all year round as we have nice weather on this paradise island so any time is a good time to visit Malapascua! For your information there are three distinct seasons here in Malapascua.

  • Spring from February to May,
  • Summer from June September and
  • Winter Rain Season starts from October January.

The Christmas and Easter periods are busy times on Malapascua, so once again be sure to reserve your Divemaster programme well in advance. The only holiday seasons that really affect traveling are Christmas day and the Easter weekend as most public transport stops, including airplanes. And do not forget we are also busy with Chinese New Year. July and August are officially low season but we tend to be busy with courses so for a DM would be a good time because there is plenty of opportunity to assist courses as well as guide/dive.

We can include breakfast for you, this will be GBP 7 a day. Meals on the island are between 4 and 10 USD in the little restaurants. You can get a sandwich for about 2 USD. There are many little kiosk for chocolate snacks and drinks. They are very cheap. If you go out to a bar, part of the resort, expect to pay about 2 USD for a beer.

There are few islands that can match Malapascua for a pure dreamy setting. Soft white sand encircles the island, and clear blue seas always warm invite you to explore the wrecks and dive sites located minutes from the shore. You could walk around the island, although one part is mangrove. All beaches are white sandy beaches and have palm trees. In the middle of the island you find the village where are locals life, they are truly a lovely bunch of people and the great thing is that English is ought at very school in the Philippines, so communicating will not be a problem either!

Chilling with your new friends and hanging on the beach. Walking round the island and drinking a beer. Yes life in paradise is tough indeed.

You can get to the island Cebu by boat. It takes about 30 minutes. Cebu is quite big and to get to the airport you can take a bus or arrange a taxi.

On the island there is ‘normal’ western food served, as many tourists come here to dive. There is lots of fresh sea food and noodles, chicken and pork. Even pizza and pasta. There is a very good Italian restaurant. But if you would like to try out the weird Philippines food, have a go! They serve dog, cat and snake.

They are the most amazing loving people you can imagine! The resort is run by a Dutch man, but all staff is from the (nearby) island. The dive school, which is attached to the resort, is run by an English woman and Spanish man who are both very experienced shop managers and dive instructors.

There are on average 5 Dive Master trainees at any one time gaining their Dive Master qualifications at the school. On joining you will quickly become part of the team, and once your preliminary dive training is underway (Open Water and Advanced and Rescue qualifications) you will be tasked with helping customers, leading dives and building up your dive experience.

If you are a fish, yes, but to your average scuba diver: no.

The Thresher shark is not dangerous of humans. They eat only small fish. Although, there are stories, myths at best, that fisher men were hit by the long tail of the Thresher shark after they caught them in their nets… Just be nice to them, and they will be a part of an incredible experience for you.

Duration Option Price  
7 (Week)Rescue + EFR to DivemasterGBP 2499Book Now
8 (Week)Advanced Open Water to DivemasterGBP 2799Book Now
8 (Week)Open Water to DivemasterGBP 3189Book Now


The following is included with the Divemaster programme

  • Pre departure information pack
  • All accommodation
  • Rental Dive Gear
  • All instruction
  • All manuals for all courses
  • Unlimited diving for the duration of the course
  • Welcome drink
  • 10% discount on restaurant bill


  • Flights
  • Airport pick up from Cebu
  • Transfer to Malapascua
  • Meals
  • Insurance (Must cover you for diving)
  • PADI Divemaster registration and annual subscription fees (about $139 AUD)
  • Transfer back to CEBU (can be arranged locally)
  • Dive Computer (recommended)


There are no set start dates for this trip please contact us with your preferred start date.
“Spending my time on Malapascua was the best time of my life. The team was really experienced and ultra supportive. My encounters with the Threshers was a life changing experience, thank you so much for making my dream come true.  See  more reviews here.”
Gemma Wilson
” A great place to be.Excellent staff, beautiful food, great atmosphere. Diving was professional, safe, great boats. Paul is an amazing dive master, Jules is just wicked and I Iove her! Thank you Jules! Could hardly leave the place!  more reviews here.”
Tim Waite