Good to know before going to El Nido

  • Our new location: Lugadia Beach, CorongCorong. 5 Minutes from town.
  • There are 4 ATMs available in El Nido but not always loaded
  • Payment by card or online + 6% fee
  • Online bookings: Mandatory briefing day before diving at 5pm
  • Trips start at 8am and return 3.30pm
  • Bring swimwear, towel, sun protection, drybag
  • Water temperature: 25°C (Feb - April), 27°C (Dec - Jan), 31°C rest of the year
  • We use 3mm longsuits
  • Diving is possible all year long
  • Best visibility: May - November (+ 15m)
  • Plankton Season (poor visibility): February - April
  • June - mid January: rain season, wind + waves can affect the choice of dive sites
  • Our local 'banka' boat is designed for scuba diving
  • Excellent conditions for beginners
  • Plenty possibilities for experienced Divers incl. Tunnel, Wall and Drift Dives
  • Most dive sites are reached within 30 minutes by boat
  • Certified Pure Air
  • Oxygen, first aid, spare equipment and communications on board
  • There is NO MALARIA in El Nido. In rain season Dengue can appear.

How to get to El Nido? Update 2018.

There are three ways to get to El Nido, Palawan


1. Fly from Manila or Cebu to Puerto Princessa (PPC), Palawan. If you book early in advance, this is the cheapest way. Make sure you book extra luggage online if you bring own scuba gear (eg with Cebu Pacific, Air Asia or Philippine Airlines). From PPC take a mini van to El Nido. Departure is right at the airport all day long, usually a reservation is not needed. The ride takes 6 hours including 2 stops, it's about 500php.


2. Direct flight from Manila or Cebu to El Nido Airport with AirSWIFT. This is by far the most convenient way as it takes only 45 minutes. Connections are 4 times per day from Manila and once per day from Cebu. It costs about 7000php one way including only 10kg check in luggage. Another 10kg extra luggage can be booked in advance. Flights in high season are sold out early in advance.


3. Boat from/to Coron, Busuanga. 5 hours, 1800php one way by'Montenegro' Speed Ferry and 'Phimal' Speed Ferry, 1800php. Reservation is needed some days in advance. IMPORTANT: Check the weather forecast. Depending on wind and waves (June - Jan is rain season) it can be a rough ride or even cancelled. Bring motion sickness tablets! If you are planing to fly out from Coron, Busuanga to Manila make sure to book tickets in advance as flights are often fully booked.

Tabanka Divers Map

Tabanka Scuba Diving Inc

Lugadia Beach, Brgy Corong Corong

5313 El Nido - Palawan - Philippines

+63 (0) 905 2253464 +



What is Discover Scuba Diving?”

With Discover Scuba Diving we show you the safe and easy way to explore the wonderful underwater world of El Nido, Palawan. Meet us the day before diving around 5pm in Tabanka Divers, El Nido, to watch an introduction video, sign a waver and check your equipment. You need to be fit to dive, so there is also a medical questionnaire to fill out. Keep in mind that you can not dive with a cold or congestion. If not done yet, thats also when you pay a deposit. It takes only 30 minutes. On the day of diving itself we meet at 8am. We will go on a boat trip until 4pm latest. Don't worry, fresh food and water are on board. A dive professional will take care of you at all time for your safety and fun. He or she will give you an easy to understand and entertaining briefing. A group usually consists of 2 Beginners with 1 Pro. All equipment that you need is included, also a wetsuit to keep you warm. You need to bring only swimwear, towel, sunscreen. A dry bag is quiet useful. Your training starts in shallow water with pool-like conditions surrounded by an amazing landscape. Every diver has to learn some basic skills in the beginning. After maybe 20 minutes of practice we can already swim to the reef and explore the aquatic life. Its your choice if you want to do 2 or 3 dives in 1 day. You do not get a Scuba Certificate for Discover Scuba Diving but it credited towards the Open Water License. If you decide to continue the Open Water Diver Course with us we will give you a discount on the course price. To confirm the booking we need a deposit in advance.


 „What is the diving like in El Nido?“

With more than 20 dive sites the Bacuit Archipel offers perfect conditions for both beginners and experienced divers. It's all about great coral diving. With 888 species of fish and 5 species of turtles you can always expect a nice surprise. Highlights are big schools of fish like Yellow Snapper, Tunas, Barracudas or Jacks. We do see Black Tip sharks and different kind of Rays (Eagle, Devil and sometimes Manta) but we can not promise that. Whale sharks pass by in December - March. On a lucky day there are huge Parrot Bumpheads around as well as tiny Pipe Fish, tons of Nudie Branches and Sea Horse. Don't miss the famous Cabbage Corals in South Miniloc and the Dive-throughs in North Rock and Paglugaban. For experienced divers we organize dives in the Dilumacad Tunnel, a very unique underwater experience.


I never dived before, what are my options?”

For beginners we recommend Discover Scuba Diving. A one day experience with 2 or 3 dives and a dive professional taking care of your fun and safety all the time. You start with practicing breathing underwater and some skills in pool like conditions. If you enjoy it and feel comfortable you can go for an Open Water Dive Experience on the second dive to maximum depth of 10 - 12 meters. You will not get certified – but it's a big step towards it and maybe you get addicted.


How to get my Open Water Diver License?”

Learn diving with us. It takes only 3 – 4 days in which you watch videos, read a manual and practice skills with a Open Water Diver Instructor. Small groups and big fun are guaranteed. You will do four Open Water Dives while your course. After passing the final exam you get certified to dive to a maximum depth of 18 Meters.


Why become an Advanced Open Water Diver?”

Scuba Diving can be so much more than just following your guide. Take pictures and videos. Go new places. Find new species. Gain more experience. In the advanced course you do five Adventure Dives including a Deep Dive to a maximum depth of 30 meters and a Navigation Dive. And for sure you will never forget your first Night Dive.


My friends do not dive, can they join ”

Of course!!! Your friends can join us on the boat, enjoy the great landscape and go snorkeling. The more people, the more fun!!!

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