El Nido, Palawan snorkeling tour, March 2015

 

As usual, our snorkeling trip to El Nido, Palawan, Philippines gave us the opportunity to see a variety of interesting critters as well as explore a diversity of rich habitats that possessed abundant and beautiful coral reefs. We had giant jellies (read about them here), dozens of species of nudibranchs, a multitude of reef fishes (including the Springer’s damsel above), and since our tour coincided with the new moon, lots of sex on the reef! Our group was fortunate enough to see mating seahorses and nudibranchs and several species of brooding fishes with eggs including banded pipefish and dendritic jawfish (read about it here).

With great weather and even better accommodations and logistics (a big thanks to El Nido Resorts!), our wonderful group of snorkelers explored the entirety of Bacuit Bay, visiting sites such as Binangculan Bay, Matinloc Island, Pinisil Cave, Miniloc Island, Big Lagoon, and Snake Island. It was hard to say what site was the overall favorite; each one provided something special and unique for us! Seahorses over here, giant trevallys over there, amazing coral gardens everywhere!

How could we not visit this place again? Please check our website for future departure dates to one of the world’s most incredible destinations.
 

close up of coral polyps

Coral polyps…

Lined Nembrotha (Nembrotha lineolata)

A lined Nembrotha…

Pregnant male zebrasnout seahorse

A male seahorse…

Snorkeling bacuit bay, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Snorkelers enjoying…

spanish dancer egg ribbon

Close up of a…

juvenile may-spotted sweetlips

The gaudy juvenile…

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