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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.

Duli Beach, Palawan
The Duli Beach Resort seen from the snorkeling area.

How to get to the Duli Beach snorkeling spot

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, El Nido snorkeling map
Duli Beach, El Nido snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling Duli Beach

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.

Duli Beach snorkeling exploration tips

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.

Coral reef at Duli Beach
The coral reef at Duli Beach.

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.

Lined surgeonfish at Duli Beach
A lined surgeonfish at Duli Beach.

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.

Ocellaris anemonefish at Duli Beach
The ocellaris anemonefish is probably the cutest fish species at Duli Beach.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

This location is the Duli Beach Resort’s house reef.


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Maximum depth12 ft/3 m over the reef
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersWaves/swell in winter
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, at the Duli Beach Resort

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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.