Mabuhay!!! Welcome to Deep Blue Dive Seafari Team!!!

Deep Blue Dive Seafari, Inc. offers different types of Scuba Diving Services including but not limited to teaching all PADI Courses and Programs from your first breaths underwater on a Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Course, to the PADI entry level dive certification, the PADI Open Water Diver Course right the way through to our flagship Instructor Development Course (IDC).

We also organise and operate Dive Seafaris in the Coron and Northern Palawan Area and Fun Dives in El Nido, Bacuit Bay.

Founded by Owners Jose and Diana Calzadilla, Deep Blue began as a small dive center and has managed to establish itself as a reputable and successful PADI Resort. In April 2013 and PADI 5 Star Resort in February 2015. Deep Blue recently obtained the PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort Accreditation.

Come Scuba Diving with us in Palawan.

Our world famous coral reefs and macro sealife will literally amaze you.

We dive daily on a rotating basis our famous dive sites South Miniloc, Entalula, Nat-Nat, Matinloc, Popolcan, Paglugaban, Pangulasian, Twin Rocks, Big Lagoon, Pacanayas, Tresmarias, Tambalanang and many more including our special trademark trips to the Coron Wrecks hosting the WW2 sunken Japanese fleet.

Meet the Team

Arne J. Wood CIPS

Arne J. Wood CIPS

General Manager and PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Arne joined the Deep Blue Dive Seafari Team as General Manager focusing on Customer Service and Dive Safety and PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer in November 2017 after teaching scuba for six months in Mallorca Spain. Arne speaks German, French and English and is also a PADI Speciality Instructor, teaching Enriched Air Nitrox EANx, Deep Diver, Night Diver, Wreck Diver including Wreck Penetration, Underwater Videographer, Underwater Naturalist, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Coral Reef Conservation Specialist courses. When he is not diving, he enjoys moto-cross, sailing, riding sports and streetfighter motorcycles and eating curry.

Mark Cossey

Mark Cossey

Dive Operations Manager and PADI IDC Staff Instructor

My name is Mark Cossey and I‘m the Dive Operations Manager and PADI IDC Staff Instructor at Deep Blue Dive Seafari. Diving and introducing people to the world of diving are my greatest passions next to my family. I love to see the look on people’s faces when they see for the first time what I’m lucky enough to see every day!

Abegaile G. Mallari

Abegaile G. Mallari

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor & EFR Instructor

Hi! My name is Abby. I am a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Dive Operation Manager. I teach PADI Courses, follow proper standards and make sure my students are safe and enjoying their training. I love to show macro aquatic life to my students so they learn that there are some amazing, but small, creatures that exist under the sea. This encourages my students to practice good buoyancy and protect the fragile reefs. I work with all PADI Dive Instructors, Assistant Instructors and Divemaster in regards to Standards, Safety, Scheduling of Courses and Programs and logistics. Every evening I assign a Boat Master and make sure all our emergency kits are in order.

Ernesto Lajallab

Ernesto Lajallab

PADI Assistant Instructor

Hi! They know me as Tokoy and I am a PADI Assistant Instructor and Head Dive Master of Deep Blue Dive Seafari Inc. My goal is to do my IDC in 2016 and become and in-house PADI Instructor. Aside from guiding, I also assist PADI instructors in conducting training programs and activities for certified divers. I am originally from El Nido and I have a really good knowledge of all our Dive Sites. I really enjoy showing our guest all the underwater beauty of Palawan and we do everything as best as we can as part of our great service in Deep Blue Seafari.

Romeo Capones

Romeo Capones

PADI Divemaster and Boat Master at Deep Blue Seafari

Hi! My name is Romeo. I am a PADI Divemaster and Dive Boat Master at DBS. I am also from El Nido. I really enjoy reactivating our guest divers’ theory and skills of those who have not dived for many years. I assist other instructors when needed with logistics, courses and equipment. I’ve been diving for many years and until now I am passionate about my work. As a local I am very knowledgeable of all marine aquatic life in El Nido and where to find many of the macro species which is one of the highlights of Bacuit Bay. I am always organized and give information to my diver’s throughout the day so they are informed. I love to give detail briefings and debriefings of our dives and the marine life we encountered. I make sure that they are having fun diving with me while adhering to all safety standards.

Ate Zenith

Ate Zenith

Shop Secretary

Hi! My name is Zenith and I am Deep Blue Seafari Secretary. I am in charge with all the Administrative paper work in the shop, keeping in track of the equipment rental and other guest needs. I will be the first person to greet you when you arrive.

Richard Guimao

Richard Guimao

PADI Divemaster

Hi! My name is Richard and filling tanks and giving our divers clean/fresh air is my responsibility. I am also a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and I am doing my EFR and PADI Rescue Course and now. i join as a Safety Diver when Dive Masters need my help to make sure everyone is safe and comfortable. My goal is to become a PADI Dive Master with Deep Blue Dive Seafari. I always like to communicate with our guest because I know that communication is a very important part of being a good and professional PADI Divemaster.

Dave Catain

Dave Catain

MM3 Boat Captain

Hi! My name is Dave and I am the Captain of Deep Blue Dive Boat MM3. I am very safety conscious and understand that the safety of our crew and guest is my responsibility; I also help the guest to set up their equipment and assist them during their entry and exits of the dive. I like to keep a tight ship so guest is comfortable.

Jeff Mallari

Jeff Mallari

Master Chef

Hi! My name is Jeff and I am the chef. As customer service is one of our top priorities, I always make sure that I give healthy and delicious food to our guest. I also cater to especial diets like vegetarian, vegan or food allergies. It will always make me happy if I see my guest enjoying the food I cook. I handle all food properly to avoid contamination and I am proud of all the comments that our guest made on their reviews about the food aboard in MM3 and their dive trips with us.

Kim Tamondong

Kim Tamondong

Chief Compressor Operator

Hi my name is Kim Tamondong. I‘m the Deep Blue Seafari Chief Compressor Operator. When I’m not filling tanks, i like to play basketball and go on motorcycle travelling adventures. One day I’d like to become a Divemaster or Instructor and travel the world and dive.

Burt Fernandez

Burt Fernandez

Assistant Compressor Operator

Hi my name is Burt Fernandez. I’m the DBS Assistant Compressor Operator. In my spare time i like boxing and football. My favourite food is Adobo 🙂

Green Nido

Green Nido

Keeping El Nido Cleano!

Join with us and with the rest of the Dive Center in our Green Nido “Keeping El Nido Cleano!” a Non – government Organization which we Support and help the El Nido environment to maintain cleanliness in land and underwater. If you would like to Participate to Green Nido, purchase items
like Postcards, t-shirts, Bags and more. Your money will go to the Project and materials of cleaning the El nido area from in land to underwater. Please visit and like our Facebook page “Green Nido” for more news and details.

Scuba Diving El Nido, Palawan