Scuba Diving Day trip around El Nido, Palawan

Diving El Nido: Scuba Diving Day Trip In Palawan



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Preston and I decided to start off the visit to El Nido with a dive trip. Barely 24 hours after he had arrived in the country, we were suited up with scuba gear and underwater to see the different varieties of sealife that live around Palawan. I’m still biased towards Apo Island being my favorite place to go, but the inter-island boat trip alone was worth the price of admission.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Preston and I were up first thing in the morning to go over to the dive shop and get fitted for our scuba gear.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    I couldn't tell what kind of fish were gathered into this large school, they darted away when I got too close.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    After about an hour underwater it was time to head back to the surface.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Preston hung like a monkey from the outrigger of the pump boat.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    For lunch we stopped at Entalula Island, just a short boat ride from Popolcan Island.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    I think Preston and I were both pretty excited to be having lunch in such an incredible place.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Before we ate, I had to get a few scenic photos like this one (click here for a close up view of this photo).

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Preston took the opportunity to lay down and rest off some of the jetlag. After all, he had only been in the country barely 24 hours at this point.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    We had a traditional Filipino lunch of fish, rice and mangoes.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    This is another one of those classic Palawan scenes that makes everyone want to visit here (click here for a close up view of this photo).

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    After lunch we headed to South Miniloc Island for the second dive of the day.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    The boat trip over to the dive site was our first exposure to El Nido's awesome diversity of small islands nearby.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Preston hadn't been diving for a while, but he got back in the hang of it pretty quickly.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    A-ok.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Only a few minutes in to the dive, we spotted this brightly colored eel.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    From this angle it almost looked like a sock puppet to me.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Here's another one of those yellow submarine looking tunicates.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    The visibility was better at South Miniloc than at Popolcan Island.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Here's a shot of a giant clam, they are endangered in many parts of the Philippines.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Bubble corals like this one are pretty common though.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    I'm not exactly sure what this is, I need to check with one of the folks at the Marine Lab.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    I'm pretty sure this is a goronian, but I need to check that for sure as well.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    The first dive of the day was the Popolcan Forest.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    This trevally swam close to inspect the divers.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    This large crocodile fish blended in pretty well and was just resting on top of this coral.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    It's just waiting for an unsuspecting victim to swim by so he can snatch it for a meal.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Towards the end of the dive we encountered a large school of these brightly colored little fellows.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    There was also this school of small yellow snapper.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Their colors really popped out with the light from the underwater flash.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    These needlefish swim perpendicular to the bottom. All the better to see the stuff to eat that lives there I guess.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    I tried not to get too close to this jellyfish when taking the photo.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Now you can say you've seen a jellyfish's butt.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    This species of nudibranch is pretty common throughout the places that I've been diving in the Philippines.

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    So is this species of clown fish!

  • El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005

    El Nido Diving, Palawan - February 2005
    Wherever you find them, they are always willing photo subjects.