What is the status on Covid-19 in El Nido, Palawan? Updated June 2021

The Covid-19 Outbreak in Palawan started late and has not reached it's peak yet. As for now we are not sure if it will be possible to visit us already in early 2022. Here is a summary of the most important facts regarding Covid-19 in El Nido, Palawan.

  • By June 2021 El Nido has over 100 positive Covid-19 cases and numbers are growing.
  • Activities and business in El Nido are limited to essential needs.
  • Palawan is under Quarantine, there are curfews in several areas including the capital.
  •  It's not possible to enter Palawan as a tourist.
  • Rules and regulations change frequently.
  • As for now there are no vaccines available and test-kits are limited.
  • Tabanka Divers paused all scuba diving operations since March 15 2020. Wow...too long!!!
  • Once travelling to Palawan is allowed and safe for both our guests and our staff we will be more than happy to update you here and on our Facebook page.
  • If you are planing a trip to Philippines:  Hopefully 2022 will be a better year but it is still to early to give solid advice. PS: we said the same one year ago about 2021...see text bellow.
  • Stay safe

"At least you are stuck in paradise"

Well yeah, El Nido is more beautiful than ever with less human impact, traffic and noise. Like most cities in the world El Nido is basically in lockdown: social distancing, only go out to get your basic supplies and a strict curfew from 8pm to 5pm limits the fun. No public transport, no travelling within the island, even our own boat can't leave, surely no diving and very few foreign visitors are left here in paradise. This is the status end of April 2020.


Leaving Palawan for any reason seems pretty much impossible now while the Corona-Virus is spreading in Manila, Cebu and has finally also reached El Nido. So we have clearly no other choice than supporting the travel ban and the Enhanced Community Quarantine that has been implemented since mid March. Like people in all other places in the world we can only hope for a fast progress in the development of treatments and the availability of  safe, efficient vaccines. 


Saying so: the editor of this website does not believe that travelling the world and going scuba diving is what people worry most about these days. First everyone need to support her/his families, friends, co-workers and community by being smart, kind, patient and generous when needed. Once things find a new rhythm and balance, travelling to remote areas like Palawan might move back into our focus and we all will double-appreciate being privileged to do so. Than we can happily blow some bubbles together. Certainly not this year but hopefully mid 2021 - we will be here in El Nido waiting for you.


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