Although Peter and I did our PADI Open Water certification (all about that here) in its entirety during our trip to El Nido, we spent most of our time out on the boat or actually diving and not nearly as much time in the classroom as you would think.
Over the course of 3 days, we did 5 dives which all varied in depth, time and location. Ronnie, our dive instructor and Levi, our boat captain took us to West Entalula Island, South Entalula Island, Shimuzu Island, the Abdeens, and Paglugaban.
Each spot had beautiful coral reefs and a variety of fish and underwater creatures. It was amazing to see these things for the first time as a new diver and I hope that I can always keep that same excitement and awe as I continue diving.
I also hope I lose some of my ‘Hey we could all just die down here ya know’ thoughts. But I didn’t have too many of those, I promise. I was way too excited about being underwater and focused on being physically and environmentally safe to actually worry much.
By the last dive of our trip, I was actually getting pretty tired, but I’m so glad that I didn’t miss out on the final dive. We were extremely lucky to see a green sea turtle at Paglugaban.
It seemed massive and was so elegant as it was easily gliding through the water.
Just shortly after we happened to see a huge bumphead parrotfish.
Seeing something that unfamiliar, large (bumpheads can grow up to 1.3 m/4.3 ft and 46kg/101lbs) and close by was quite intimidating at first, but as with most underwater life you encounter while diving — the bumphead really wasn’t that interested in us. It was much more interested in eating coral.
Overall I would definitely recommend scuba diving in El Nido. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like the contact info for our dive instructor, Ronnie.
I hope that Peter and I can go back to El Nido again one day (third time’s a charm?) and I sincerely hope that this beautiful paradise and its lovely reefs and underwater life are maintained and not destroyed as the area becomes more developed.