El Dive
About
We are a cosy and professional dive shop with PADI certificate instructors and brand new Mares equipments. We take time for our guests, want to create an unforgettable experience and would like you to enjoy the surroundings of El Nido, on surface and offshore, it's not only about the diving, it's about the heart of the sealife! Therefore our slogan is: take your time, go slow, definitely no rush!
El Nido, Philippines
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Diana F
Kazan, Russia6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
When we were selecting the diving center for my first diving experience we found El Dive diving center, where the guys from the first step were super hospitable: explained and shown the map of the diving sites, shown the equipment and elaborated on the prices (includes lunch) and diving schedules.

It was my first experience in diving and it was super fun and not scaring at all! My first instructor Glen provided me with all the instructions in details at the diving center before going to the open water and then trained me in the shallow water. Even during my slight panic in the shallow, he managed to help me with the stress and then 2 dives (12 and 11 meters) were nice, fun and relaxing. The guys at the centre also take pics of you underwater and sent it the same day.
Written January 25, 2020
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Miko O
6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
My boyfriend and I went on a 3 days diving class and I am very happy that I had Glen as my instructor. I personally concider him as a very good and professional diving instructor. He is very directly and on point, which makes it easy for you to understand and learn.

I was also a bit afraid to have anxiety during the diving, but I felt completely safe and that gave me an unique, relaxed and amazing experience under water.

I sincerely recommend Glen if you want to make sure to understand important theory to pass your exam... and best of all - give yourself an awsome experience. 👌🏼
Written February 24, 2020
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Serene L
3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
If you're looking a professional and fun diving experience/ certification course, El Dive is the place to go! Before starting the course, I was greeted and welcomed by the shop owner, Yoshi-san. He made me and the other divers feel very welcomed. Thanks for the hospitality! And I was so lucky to have Glen as my instructor! I was very anxious and uncomfortable during my first dive as it was my first time diving. At one point of time, I was actually considering about giving up.. thankfully, Glen managed to calm me down with detailed explanations about how I'm supposed to feel underwater and how to make myself more comfortable. I'm so glad that I persevered as I'm now a certified diver! Thank you Glen for being so professional :) All in all, I would definitely recommend El Dive for fun dives or diving courses
Written June 13, 2022
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Josef H
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
I did the Open Water Diver Course here at El Dive. Master Yoshi had a spot open for me very spontaneously. I actually just came to the shop to get information for the course but I could immeditely stay for the theory lesson.
Our Instructor Glen explained everything very understandably and answered our questions calmly.
He eased us into our first diving experience and teached us the necessary skills in such a calming way that we got very comfortable under the water.
In general the instructors and boatcrew of this dive shop are really nice and friendly people. You don‘t get hurried to get into the water and you can take the time you need which is not only comforting but also necessary to have a safe experience.
You get lunch on the boat for 3 dice fun-dives and the licence courses which is really fresh & very delicious.
I like that payment can be completed by cash, credit card or paypal.

Thank you for everything Glen & Master Yoshi and see you some time!
Written June 14, 2022
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Peter G
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Solo
If you want to go diving in El Nido I can highly recommend El Dive.

Super friendly and courteous staff, going the extra mile for your experience.

Yoshi the owner is super nice and easy going, explaining the divetours and everything you want to know.

I loved diving with my divemaster Mark, hes a chill guy. Very calm and relaxed diving, showing me many fish, even camouflage cuttlefish and octopus he saw easily which I would have never found.
The pictures he sent me were amazing quality and will be saved for lifetime.

Thank you all so much! Arigato-gozaimasu! ❤️❤️❤️
Written November 13, 2022
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Sopha
9 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Many thanks to Yoshi and his team for the quality of their services. We really enjoyed diving with El Dive. The dives were great ! We saw beautiful turtles among so many other fishes. The islands and lagoons on the way to the dive sites, are just stunning. It’s like having a tour while diving. Yoshi, the dive master, was very kind, knowledgeable and helpful. We could feel the Japanese style in the service : reliable, organized, mastered and incredibly focus on the customers. Thanks again for your help Yoshi, we will not forget you. The tea you brought us and your kindness the days after. We wish you the best in life. Arigato Gozaimasu.
Written May 9, 2022
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Dorothée B
3 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
My friends and I decided to do an open water course with El Dive in El Nido and we were not disappointed! The course is organised as three dives per day, which were quite exhausting as a novel diver, but the dive sites were absolutely spectacular! The crew looked after us so well, and the lunch was delicious!

A special shout out to Glen, our dive instructor for being so patient and calm, I felt very safe. Also Yoshi, the shop owner went above and beyond to ensure we had a good experience with El Dive but also in El Nido in general. Thank you everyone!
Written March 27, 2023
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Thomas J
3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
My friend and I took the open water certificate with Glen and it was a great experience all way through. You feel very safe under his guidance, and he really makes sure that you are comfortable and okay the entire time.
Dive sites were beautiful, the lunch is incredible and I did not imagine getting an instructor for two people, when we just came barging in the door randomly and asked if we could do a dive certificate the next couple of days.
Would highly recommend.
Written April 18, 2022
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Mansoor G
Seattle, WA16 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
This is the best PADI certified dive center in El Nido. Mr. Yushi was extraordinary and very graceful explaining the program and making me comfortable to take three fun dives. The dive masters and the boat crew were so accommodating and proficient. The dive master took close to 100 video and photos at no extra charge and they were my best dive pictures ever. El Nido dive sites were my best dive ever getting to see so many wonderful fish, corals, and encounter three turtles very close.
Written January 24, 2024
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Prem K
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
The hospitality shown to us made us feel very welcome and comfortable even when we were Underwater. We were given a full rundown on our equipment and how to properly use them. Our instructors we certified experts with many years of experience under their belt. More than all this they were very warm and welcoming people who were very patient with us and made us feel safe and calm throughout the entire experience. I 110% recommend El-Dive for your SCUBA experience in the Philippines. Sending LOVE and RESPECT to Yoshi Sensei and Glenn from India.
Written November 27, 2023
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