Best Nabat Island Snorkeling

The 19th most popular snorkel dive spot in Philippines.


  February 14, 2018

Off the northeast end of Palawan Island, the snorkeling on Nabat Island offers a remote protected cove to explore. This boat-accessed snorkeling spot is located within the El Nido Marine Reserve. The best Nabat Island snorkeling is on its west coast. It is well known for exceptionally high visibility and hard coral gardens with staghorn. Some snorkelers consider it to be the best snorkeling in Palawan. During Nabit snorkeling, you may encounter sea turtles, spade fish and damselfish.

The Philippine archipelago consists of over 7,100 islands stretching 1,840km and presents a snorkelers paradise. The warm, crystal clear waters are a haven for diverse marine life. With visibility up to 60m, the waters of the surrounding Pacific Ocean, Celebes Sea and South China Sea are habitat to 400 species of coral and over 2,000 species of fish including sharks, rays and turtles.

Overall, the Philippines are divided into the three main tourist regions, from south to north, of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon. Each region has numerous tropical beaches and shallow reefs. The best time of year for snorkeling in the Philippines is the cool and dry months of December through March. The months of June to October are the rainiest months and are known to have typhoons.

To reach the Philippines from other countries, most people fly into Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) located on the south side of Manila in the Luzon region. It is served by 30 international airlines. Alternately, there are five other smaller international airports including Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) in Lapu-Lapu City (serving Australia, Singapore and Japan), Davao Airport (serving Indonesia and Singapore), Clark Airport, Subic Airport and Laoag Airport. Once in the Philippines, the main inter-island airlines are Cebu Pacific Air and Air Philippines. In addition to inter-island airlines, many of the 7,100 islands are interconnected by small ferry companies (usually very crowded). Recently, a newer high-speed SuperFerry has started to connect some of the islands and is known to be less crowded.

Overall, Nabat Island is the 19th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 30 snorkeling dives in Philippines. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Nabat Island including El Nido, Miniloc Island, Tubbataha Reef, Matinloc Island, Bacuit Bay and Taytay Island.

Local Contacts:  Palawan Divers, El Nido +63921-6205469; Philippines Department Of Tourism (632) 459-5200

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Luxury Loding:  El Nido Beach Hotel 63-813-0000

GPS:  10.988817, 119.636358

Date Published:  2/14/2018

ID:  25327

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