Being one of the most important sites of biological diversity in the country, the El Nido-Taytay Managed Protected Area in Northern Palawan has one of the country’s richest reserves of marine life. Its clear waters are home to hundreds of species of marine life, from the smallest nudibranchs to the gentle whale sharks. It is a diver’s paradise.
There are 20 dive sites near Miniloc Island Resort and Lagen Island Resort in Bacuit Bay, El Nido, and ten dive sites near Apulit Island Resort in Taytay Bay, Taytay. The dive sites range from gradual slopes to drop-offs, wall dives to reef flats. Visibility is generally good with an average of 10 to 30 meters in the summer months of March until May.
All El Nido Resorts are PADI 5-star resorts and offer open water recreational diving and a variety of dive courses. Two day dives are usually scheduled in a day. Night diving can be arranged. Cave diving, however, is not allowed. All dives are no-decompression dives. Divers acclimatize in front of the resort. A dive master handles up to a maximum of six (6) divers at one time. Additional safety dive guides are assigned to bigger groups and novice divers. The dive master controls all dives.
The following dive courses are offered: Open Water, Advance and Rescue Diving. Dive courses must be pre-arranged with the Sales and Marketing Office of El Nido Resorts and require at least five days to complete.
Dive equipment, including BCD, regulator, wetsuit, weight, mask, fins and snorkel are available for rent at the resorts. Divers must bring their C-card, logbook or proof of certification to dive. The resorts strictly follow a “no c-card, no dive” policy.