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7 Hours

Duration

7/10

Physically

El Nido Palawan

Location

2 Fun Dives with a 5 Star Diveshop

Discover the gorgeous reefs and diverse marine life in Bacuit Bay with your choice of two fun dives. Sessions start with a safety and boat briefing and include lunch on the boat.

Boats usually hold a maximum of twelve divers and each dive master works with no more than four divers. The packages are inclusive of full dive equipment and dive computers as well as lunch (cooked fresh and using local ingredients) and drinks (hot coffee or tea, cold water or juice).

Before signing up, note that you’ll be asked to present your dive C-card and logbook. You will also need to specify your certification level, total number of dives and date of last dive. If you have not dived for a year or more, expect to undergo a reactive or refresher course.

Useful Informations

Visibility
January to February
3 – 10 meters

March to May
10 – 30 meters

June to December
10 – 12 meters

Current
The current in El Nido is usually caused by tidal currents which are very slight to moderate depending on the tidal conditions. Very manageable and divers can still swim back to the boat.

Water temperature
25 – 29 degree Celcius

Participant Guidelines

Please visit the Diveshop a day before for fitting gears and signing paperwork. Kindly also bring your Dive c-card and logbook with you.

USUAL ITINERARY

08:15 AM – Meeting at Deep Blue Dive Seafari
10:30 AM – First Dive
12:00 PM – Buffet Lunch
01:00 PM – Second Dive
04:00 PM – Return to El Nido Town Proper
* Time & Itinerary may vary

Dilumacad Reef – Dilumacad 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 Hawcksville and Green Turtles, nudibranch’s, 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 –This underwater tunnel is located in the northwest part of Dilumacad . The cave 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 – Shallow reef/between 5 meters at the buoy to a flat triangular area of 12 meters and slope down to 40 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 wall 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. One of the sites most affected by tidal currents, especially during full moon.

Paglugaban – 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 Intalula – 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, orang-utan 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 Intalula – this site is a flat reef and drop off with plenty of nudibranch. Very good for beginners, welcome dives, and Open Water courses. To the south there is a small wall with a very nice overhang that makes this a very easy and enjoyable dive.

Popolcan – 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 crossing–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.

Cauayan rock – this site is considered be the shark point, the “black tip”. It’s conveniently located next to the resort. It forms a channel from the open seas into Bacuit bay where the black tips come to cleaning stations – though very shy creatures. Here we can also spot Eagle Rays flying by and the lonely barracuda near the surface. It has some interesting rock formations where if explore can find lobsters and other crustaceans.

Pacanayas – 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.

West Matinloc – Rock/Shallow cave: This Island is located in the west of El Nido. This island has beautiful and interesting dive sites. Here you will find a tunnel that slopes down from 15 to 22 m.

Tapiutan – Another great place to see Black Tip and White Tip Sharks. Is a channel between Tapiutan Island and Matinloc Island very near the open Ocean – where the bigger fish find their way into the bay.

Miniloc front – Miniloc Front is a reef is famous for a big school of very big Jack Fish. Is a good welcome dive and sometimes feeding shows are done.

Twin rocks – on this site are plenty of scorpion fish and stone fish. Also 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.

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. The dive the continues to South Miniloc Reef.

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