Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on November 11, 2023
Duli Beach is a wild beach located some 12 miles north of El Nido, Palawan Island’s main seaside resort.
While snorkeling off the beach is quite poor, sea life gathers around the rocks and corals that are found at its western end. This snorkeling location is easy to access and offers a serene and quiet atmosphere.
The snorkeling location is just off Duli Beach’s western end. You can easily get there from El Nido by tricycle, car or scooter. The beach has free access.
Duli Beach location is suitable for both advanced and beginner snorkelers. The recommended water entrance is from the beach, in front of the Duli Beach Resort. It is on your left when you face the sea.
The seabed is quite poor near the resort, but gets much more interesting once you reach the rocky point at the beach’s western end. This is just a few hundred feet from the snorkel entry.
In this area, snorkelers will enjoy healthy and colorful coral. You will note, in particular, some very nice Porites. The depth does not exceed 6 feet over the reef but it does increase greatly on the reef slopes up to 30 feet deep.
Duli Beach area is frequently visited by green sea turtles. Some of the Philippines reefs most beautiful fish are found here, too. The emperor angelfish, the ocellaris anemonefish, lionfish, and small stingrays are often seen on the sandy areas.
The resort takes some measures to protect the turtle’s nests on the beach. Duli Beach is an important nesting site on the island between December and February.
There’s only a light current at this location, but Duli Beach is not always suitable for snorkeling, in particular when swells occur on the coast.
This location is the Duli Beach Resort’s house reef.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
Vibrant coral reef with colorful fish
Vibrant coral reef and seagrass meadows with sea turtles
Coral reef with a nice diversity of corals
House reef with colorful coral and tropical fish