An impressive biodiversity

El Nido is at the heart of one of the largest marine protected area in the country. With more than 850 species of fish, 120 of corals and many other creatures endemic to Palawan. This is some of the best marine life variety you can see freediving in the Philippines.

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On any given dive, you are likely to see an abundance of reef fish: parrotfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, pipefish, clownfish and many others. Grouper, snapper and trevally are common, and you may see large schools of mackerel, bat fish and barracuda.

Four different types of sea turtles have chosen to nest on nearby beaches. You are likely to meet hawksbill and green sea turtles while freediving. Additionally there are occasional sightings of eagle ray, manta ray, black tip reef shark, bump head, napoleon and if you’re lucky, a whale shark.

If you enjoy looking at the smaller criters, there is a very interesting macro life, with many shrimps, crabs and nudibranchs. We also regularly see lobsters, cuttlefish and seahorses. Night dives also offer a different set, with all the crustaceans in the open, octopus, squids, and a magical display of bioluminescence!