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.
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.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
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.