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Diving in El Nido

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When to go to El Nido

The best time to dive is March to May, when the surface conditions are the best. The average air temperature ranges from 22-33C/72-91F. The coolest temperatures are usually during January, while the hottest temperatures are in April and May. The average water temperature ranges from 24-26C/75-79F from December to March and from 26-29C/79-84F from April to November. The water visibility ranges from 3-10m/10-33ft from December to February, 10-30m/33-98ft from March to May, and 10-15m/33-49ft from June to November. The currents range from very slight to moderate, depending on tidal conditions.


What to see

Divers can see abundant marine life, including dugongs, turtles, manta rays, occasional whale sharks, dolphins, and an amazing array of colorful reef fish. There are also plenty of colorful corals and sponges.

Scuba diving in El Nido

El Nido is a first-class municipality and managed resource protected area in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is located in Bacuit Bay. The closest airport is in Puerto Princesa, that is located in 230 km. El Nido is one of the most visited sites in the country. It has 45 islands and islets as well as other surrounding areas. Most of the islands and islets here are endowed with fine, white-sand beaches and coves. The forests of El Nido house over 100 bird species, the majority of which are native to Palawan. Its clear waters are home to 200 varieties of tropical fish, over 100 species of corals, and three varieties of endangered sea turtles.


Most popular dive sites

Some of dive sites in El Nido are around the Miniloc Island. The Wall, Twin Rocks, Tagbao Island, Biet Point (these 4 are at Miniloc), Dilumacad Island, and Banayan Point are the best dive sites in El Nido.