El Nido is best known for it’s white sand beaches and laid back, tropical island vibe. If you are hoping to dive and enjoy some relaxation time then El Nido ticks all of the boxes. Chill out in a hammock, watch the sunset with a cocktail or spend some time with the friendly locals. El Nido Town has a traditional charm combined with an array of restaurants, bars and places to stay, which makes it a destination that’s difficult to leave. As the gateway to the Bacuit Archipelago you’ll be mesmerised by the stunning coral reefs, myriad of marine life and the staggering limestone cliffs. El Nido is definitely one of the highlights of Palawan Island.
Best Scuba Diving Spots in El Nido
El Nido Sea Life
El Nido showcases a wide variety of marine life from passing pelagics to unusual critters. Macro highlights of the area include seahorses, nudibranch, scorpion fish, a plethora of crustaceans and cephalopods, jawfish and blennies. Big fish sightings include reef sharks, passing eagle and marble rays, schooling jacks, snapper, barracuda and groupers. Turtles are seen at most dive sights.
How To Get There
El Nido Airport, also known as Lio Aiport, is located approximately 4 kilometres / 2.5 miles from El Nido Town. There are daily flights from Boracay, Manila and Cebu. Once you arrive at El Nido Airport it is around a 20 minute motor tricycle ride into El Nido Town. It is also possible to access El Nido over land from Puerto Princessa Airport in central Palawan which receives flights from Cebu and Manila. The journey is around 220 kilometres / 137 miles and takes 5-6 hours. There are regular bus and van transfers from Puerto Princessa and although it is a longer route, there is stunning scenery along the way.