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Palawan - Diving

Hanoi, Vietnam
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Palawan - Diving

Hi guys.

My wife and I will be going on a diving trip to the Philipines for our honeymoon.

We'll be spending most of our time on Palawan. My wife does not have her PADI yet, so we'll be doing that course.

Can anyone recommend a well regarded diving company? Is El Nido a good choice of locations to do the PADI, or should we do the PADI elsewhere, and then just go for random dives around El Nido.

Any thoughts on the whole activity would be welcomed. Thanks!

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1. Re: Palawan - Diving

Where are you going aside from El Nido? SCUBA lessons are cheaper in Puerto Princesa than El Nido but the diving sites in El Nido are better.

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2. Re: Palawan - Diving


In El Nido, I spotted 3 dive shops -

Palawan Divers (link to their rates)


Sea Dog Divers


and another on on the main drag called El Nido Diving (or something like that.

Palawn Divers is apparently an off shoot from Sea Dogs i.e the guy who runs it used to work for Sea Dogs. It has the most impressive shop, but is the more expensive.

We went for a 3 dive package (we are already qualified OW) with Sea Dogs (who are the longest running shop) and had a great day out. We paid 3,000 pesos (cash) including all equipment and lunch. On the day trip was a guy who had just done his OW with them and his diving technique was very good for a beginner. We have dived with worse more experienced divers.

Whether your wife qualifies there or elsewhere I would recommend diving South Miniloc (we swam through a very large shoal of yellow snapper) and North Rock (saw 3 octopus).

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3. Re: Palawan - Diving

Not exactly sure yet, we're only going for about 10 days, and want to relax and dive, so don;'t want to try and cram a lot of islands into the trip.

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