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Philippines :: El Nido

South of Coron, on the northwestern coast of Palawan Island is El Nido. The area is dotted with some 2,000 islands and Palawan is regarded as the last nature frontier in the Philippines. It lies in Bascuit Bay which, in 1991, was declared a marine reserve.There are some 54,000 hectares of marine waters.

Diving can be good year round and is very varied with lots of pelagics and excellent wall and drift diving. There are towering limestone cliffs, great beaches and clear waters. The bay is home to dugong, dolphins, turtles and an amazing array of colourful reef fish.

Due to the diversity of sites, we have focussed on the main ones, with mention being made of the smaller sites. Local knowledge will help you get the best out of the area. To the south, Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, is a good place to arrange live-aboard trips to Tubbataha Reef.


El Nido at a glance

Accommodation : all types

Currents : medium

Average cost of a dive : $25

Dive Sites : 20+

Dive Operators : 6+

Getting there : by air from Manila direct to El Nido or via Puerto Princesa.

Off Season : July to Sept

El Nido

The map below is interactive so click on the dive site to get more details.

el nido dive sites


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