Submariner Diving Center - the best PADI Five Star resort and IDC center in El Nido, Palawan!
With close to 1,800 islands and islets making up the island province of Palawan, there is simply no better way to explore Palawan than underwater! This is where Submariner Diving Center in El Nido has got you covered. Submariner Diving Center specialise in scuba diving and has been rated Number One on Trip Advisor among all the dive centers in El Nido, Palawan, for five consecutive years. We are also fully certified PADI diving center.
We offer a wide range of diving courses and fun dives that will amaze and captivate you in this tropical paradise, as well as seafaris that allow you to explore Japanese shipwrecks from World War II. It doesn’t matter if you have not been scuba diving before, if you can’t swim, if you have just been certified or if would like to do a specialised course - we offer dives that cater for all comers. Fun dives, night dives and sunrise dives are designed to deliver an experience you will never forget. We also offer a wide range of PADI diving courses that include Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, EFR, DiveMaster and Master Scuba Diver.
We also conduct various PADI speciality courses (Nitrox, Sidemount, Deep, Night and many others). With over 20 dive sites in El Nido, and some as deep as 30 metres to choose from, you will have ample opportunity to practice many of your new learnt skills under the watchful eye of our experienced professionals. As well as the above, we are also qualified as a PADI TecRec centre meaning that we can teach tec40, 45 and 50. Our experienced team will help you find the right dive trip or diving course to suit your needs. From next season, for the more adventurous, we will also be offering cave diving.
Submariner Diving Centre also provide you with only the very best PADI licensed diving instructors who are professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Their job is to assist you every step of the way and make your diving experience that much more memorable.
Located on the main beach in El Nido town proper, the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, Submariner Diving Center is ideally positioned. When you have finished your scuba diving adventures, you can get a meal at our popular Habibi restaurant that has a wide selection of local and international dishes. With glorious views overlooking Bacuit Bay, you will be spellbound by the best restaurant views El Nido has to offer. Or if you fancy a relaxing drink, you can visit Eagles Sports and Cocktail Bar and even sit out on the sand and really wind down. At Submariner Diving Center, there is something for everyone.
Palawan was ranked number one in 2017 as the best island in the world by the very reputable website Travel + Leisure. It was also voted the best island in the world in 2016 and 2013 and with so much natural splendour and beauty, it's easy to see why! Palawan is loaded with amazing coral and marine life and is also home to sea turtles as well as Japanese shipwrecks from World War II. With 1,760 islands making up the province of Palawan, so there is much to see and do above and below the water.
El Nido, located at the north western tip of Palawan Island, is one of the most popular places in Palawan. As such, it has become a managed resource protected area. With 45 of its own islands and islets, El Nido is famous for its limestone cliffs, lagoons, powdery white sand beaches and amazing coral reefs. There is no shortage of activity and adventure in El Nido with everything from island hopping, snorkelling and scuba diving, right through to the canopy walk and kayaking.
Bacuit Bay, El Nido’s main bay, is adorned with dozens of islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited. With some of the clearest blue water you will ever see, El Nido is abundant with marine life that includes 813 species of fish, just over 100 species of coral, 4 species of endangered sea turtles and 3 major marine habitats. Throw in 50 white sand beaches and dozens of lagoons and you will discover why El Nido is such a popular place for tourists.
OUR PROCESS - DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
Have you ever wanted to try scuba diving without the need to complete any certification? Have you wondered what it feels like to be weightless and breathe underwater? Submariner Diving Center offer this experience with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
This recreational diving program is open to everyone over the age of 10 (8 to 10 children can participate in a bubble maker activity), and requires you to be in a reasonably good physical health. You will learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a trained diving instructor.
The program involves three dives during a full day trip. The trip starts at 8am with two morning dives at different dive spots. Afterwards, lunch is provided onboard the boat before we proceed to our third and final dive spot. We then return to El Nido Town around 3pm. If you would like to only do two dives, you are welcome to use the extra time to snorkel around or just relax on the boat.
This is what you get:
1. Learn about the scuba equipment
Here you will learn how to put on your gear including the air tank and breathing apparatus. You will also learn how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
2. Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
Here you will learn how to breathe underwater at depths of 2-3 meters. You will also learn safety techniques such as retrieving your breathing apparatus should it become dislodged from your mouth at depth. You will also learn how to equalise your ears underwater in situations where the water pressure is too much.
3. Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
Here you will learn about buoyancy control, mask clearing when your mask becomes foggy, regulator recovery and equipment fitting.
4. Have fun swimming around and exploring.
Here you will get to fully experience scuba diving as you get to explore the marine life and corals that make El Nido such a hotspot for scuba diving enthusiasts. This will be done at depths of 5-12 metres.
5. Learn about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.
Here you will learn more about what is required in order to become a PADI certified diver. If you wish to take up this course, we will be more than happy to assist.
Included with the discovery dive package is your equipment, lunch and 1 instructor per 2 people maximum.
OUR POINTS OF DIFFERENCE -
1. Our Instructors and DiveMasters are all PADI certified and have over 50 years collective diving experience
2. We are a TecRec qualified center
3. Trip Advisor 5 star rated dive center for five consecutive years
4. We pride ourselves in catering to our customers needs and keeping them safe at all times
5. Scuba diving is a technical sport and best to be undertaken with an experienced high performing team. We do not take risks with your safety. Groups of students are limited to two people per instructor rather than the PADI approved four
6. We offer a seafari that takes your diving experience to a whole new level with a 4 day, 3 night adventure that takes you to Coron with some of the most spectacular diving this country has to offer
7. We are located right in the middle of El Nido town proper which makes us very accessible and easy to find
8. We have a restaurant and bar to help you relax and reflect on the memories from your diving adventures