El Nido Dive site

Dive Site Description El Nido Palawan

Visibility:

3m -10m à January to February

10m – 30m à March to May

10m – 15m à June to December

Current: The current in El Nido is usually caused by tidal currents and moon cycle and tend to be slight to moderate.

 

Water Temperature: 25 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius

Dive sites

Name Maximum Depth             Minimum Depth             Level                    Description
Dilumacad Reef 43 meters 5 meters all levels Flat & slope Reef
Dilumacad Tunnel 15 meters 10 – 12 meters AOW 24 M   Tunnel, Cavern dive
South Miniloc 43 meters 5 meters all levels Flat Reef & Slope on both side
Paglugaban 30 meters 8 meters all levels Slope & Reef rock
West Entalula 36 meters 5 meters all levels Drop – off Reef
South Entalula 21 meters 4 meters all levels Flat Reef
Popolcan Forrest 30 meters 5 meters AOW Slope Reef
North Rock Crossing 30 meters 12 meters AOW Slope Reef
Cauayan Rock 24 meters 10 meters all levels Step Slope Reef
Pacanayas 15 meters 8 meters all levels Submerge Reef
Tambalanang 24 meters 5 meters all levels Rocks
West Matinloc 21 meters 8 meters all levels Rock/Shallow Cave
Tapiutan 24 meters 10 meters all levels Rocks and Arches
Miniloc Front 30 meters 2 meters all levels Slope Reef
Twin Rocks 40 meters 5 meters all levels Slope Reef
Miniloc-Simizu Crossing 24 meters 5 meters AOW Sandy/Rocks in Channel

Dive site description

Dilumacad Island

Dilumacad reef - El Nido Palawan - PADI 5 star IDC - Deep Blue Dive SeafariDilumacad reef is a flat and slope reef with depths from 5 meters to 40 meters on the south side of the island.   It’s a perfect site for training in all levels from Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Rescue courses. It has one of the most beautiful beaches in El Nido and under the sea we can often see Hawksville and Green Turtles, nudibranches, several species of Anemone fish. Also the most frequented site for Night Dives where we can sometimes see squids, cuttle fish, fluorescent plankton, Spanish Dancers and crustaceans.

 

Dilumacad tunnel - El Nido Palawan - PADI 5 star IDC - Deep Blue Dive SeafariDilumacad Tunnel

This underwater tunnel is located in the northwest part of Dilumacad. The tunnel has an entrance wide enough for two divers to enter together at a depth of 12 meters. The length of the Tunnel is 38 meters. In the center there is a small air pocket with Halocline that it is of interest to many. The bottom is quite sandy where you can see transparent cleaner shrimp, sting rays, a local puffer fish and crabs. Outside is a fantastic place to see some really special and different species of nudibranches that are not found anywhere else in Bacuit Bay.
 

South Miniloc Reef

Shallow reef/between 5 meters at the buoy to a flat triangular area of 12 meters and slope down to 32 meters on the east side and 28 meters on the south west side. This is the most famous and visited dive site in El Nido. It is said that Jack Cousteau visited here in the 1970’s and discover the outcrop of Cabbage Coral which is one of the highlights of this dive. There is a resident school of big-eyed snappers and other species like blue ribbon eels, pipe fish, turtles, marbled groupers and many more. Good to dive 2 or 3 times on different days. This is one of the sites most affected by tidal currents, especially during full moon.

Miniloc – Simizu Crossing – channel between Simizu and Miniloc Island. At a depth of 24 meters there is a resident school of barracuda and big-eyed soldier fish, also soft corals, rock formations that form a beautiful contrast with the white sandy areas and we continue the dive to South Miniloc Reef.
 

Paglugaban Reef (Rock Formation)

This site is a deep dive with plenty of squids and nudibranch, crocodile flathead, scorpion fish, turtles and barracudas. Also very famous site for macro for a diverse species of nudibranches. Highlight of the dive is this huge rock formation with cracks and swim holes.
 

West Entalula (wall Dive)

This is the best wall dive in El Nido. Starts with a flat reef of about 6 meters and as you turn east you enter the wall. Species to be found here are moray eels, orangutan crabs, lion and scorpion fish and on the deeper 35 meter area bigger fish like marbled groupers and marbled rays. On a clear day we can spot Eagle rays swimming in the channel.

South Entalula (slope reef)

This site is a flat reef and drop off with plenty of nudibranches, very good for beginners, welcome dives, and Open Water courses.   The south there is a small wall with a very nice overhang that makes this a very easy and enjoyable dive and to the north we can to a slight drift dive to West Entalula. There is a beautiful mushroom rock formation in the shallow area

Popolcan Reef/Forest (slope reef/ rock formation)

Popolcan is a great Deep Dive – also called Popolcan Forest. At 27 meters you find this group of rock Formations which is home for some nice Sea fans, very large and unique nudibranchs and other soft Coral. Also the island has a slope reef/wall that is quite amazing with plenty of fish like scorpion, lion and turtles.

North Rock reef / crossing (slope reef/ rock formation)

One of the best sites in Bacuit bay. We start the dive on North Rock which offers schools of Batfish, crocodile scorpion fish, school of Barracudas and one of the best sites for Black Tip Sharks. On the channel on the way to Tres Marias you find sandy areas with plenty of blue-spotted stingrays, rock formations with soft corals and quite often turtles. Sometimes a good place for Pelagic and bigger fish.

Pacanayas Reef (Flat reef)

Pacanayas is a site with full of healthy corals – probably only second to South Mniloc. It a flat reef with an average depth of 12 meters. Here we can see some beautiful hard corals, table corals and rock formations. Home to schools of snappers and yellow fins barracudas.

 

Twin Rocks (Slope reef)

On this site are plenty of scorpion fish and stone fish, home of a resident Giant green Sea Turtle – seen mostly feeding on the shallow areas or on a Night Dive resting on one of the ledges of the wall. This is a great deep dive with maximum depth of 35 meters. Advise to watch the currents which can become strong enough which make it hard to return to the buoy.
 

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Scuba Diving El Nido, Palawan

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