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“Couldn't recommend this dive company enough!”

La Salangane Dive Center
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Owner description: If you are looking for a dive center that has just that little extra, this is the place for you! In La Salangane Dive Center, we believe there is more to diving than the time you spend under water. That is why we want to make sure you enjoy your travel time on our spacious "banka" (local boat) as much as your time in the ocean. We keep dive groups small, offer healthy snacks and drinks in between the dives, customize the lunch to your needs and more. A lunch that you will enjoy on a tropical beach that is totally postcard material!! When it comes to diving courses, El Nido has it all! The amazing seascape offers perfect conditions for beginners as well as more challenging dive sites like a tunnel and deep underwater forests for those who like to improve their skills through continuing education. Our multilingual dive masters and instructors have years of experience in this area, making them experts in the local marine life.
Reviewed 18 August 2015

I settled on La Salangane for my open water after investigating and visiting a number of dive companies in El Nido. El Nido is not the cheapest place in the Philippines to do your open water, but it's definitely a beautiful place to do so. I wanted to get my open water before going to Coron (we were headed there next), so I wouldn't have the chance to do it elsewhere at a cheaper price. That being said La Salangane provides competitive prices in El Nido and my boyfriend who already had his open water, kept explaining how much value I got for my experience. I chose La Salangane because I got a good feel for the people during my visit. I could tell it was a smaller company, but that the people were very friendly, loved diving and would be a good fit for my first dive. I was a little scared, so I was apprehensive to commit to my open water until I had tried it out first. They made me feel comfortable and let me include my discovery dives, as part of my open water. The equipment was in good shape and the boat crew was great. They let my boyfriend sit in as a refresher as they walked me step by step on how to assemble the gear. There were very few people out on the boat with us, at max there were 2 other divers, besides my boyfriend and I. I had the dive instructor Delila to myself for all of my open water instruction dives. The dives were wonderful and both Delila and the other dive masters were great at pointing out interesting sea life. When it was time for lunch they picked quiet islands for us to have a private meal with beautiful scenery and delicious food. My boyfriend had paid for a couple days of diving, but didn't want to dive every day I was doing my open water. Therefore, they let him come out on the boat and snorkel while we dove free of charge. I can't thank Delila and the rest of the staff enough for making my open water a wonderful experience and inspiring my love of diving. I would definitely recommended going with La Salangane if you are making a visit to El Nido.

Thank mill0660
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

Great dive shop, friendly, cost effective, good equipment. Sebastian and the crew were professional, and great. Lunch was a treat fresh fish! Saw my first turtle, schools of barracuda, yellow snapper. Totally awesome experience. And private- low season has the advantage no crowds.

Thank Jamie S
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Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

great dive shop. the staff was amazing and very intune with our needs. both profesional and fun. by far the best dive shop in El Nido. they have several dive courses in different languages. dalila is the manager and instructor, she is incredible and turned this adventure to an unforgetable one!!! lots of fun on the boat and under water!!! and the price is right.

1  Thank Yuda B
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Reviewed 17 May 2015 via mobile

We liked the place from the first visit, the approach is more customer oriented than some others we had checked, groups are smaller, 2-3 dives per day possible, with great quality lunch on the beach, if weather allows.
Dive masters are amazing, open and patient, helpful both above and under the water.
Also the side restaurant is cute and has great view. Everything located just by the sea next to artcafe. Prices same as everywhere or lower

Thank mikocot
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Reviewed 10 May 2015

When we arrived in El Nido, one of the person we met was Dalila at the Salangane (restaurant). she introduced herself and we finally discover that she was the responsible of the Salangane Dive center. My cousine and I told her that we could be interested by diving but we were really scared because we never tryed before... and yet, we already met others responsible of dive center in our life. There was a kind of feeling that there had been with no one else.
We can definitely say that one of the best experience of our life. The monitors take their time to explain and create a kind of confidence that allow you to leave your fears. We also had the chance to get one teacher by person; what is not the case in the others dive center.
If we come back in El Nido soon, we will pass our graduation (open water) for sure! we recommend la Salangane Dive center especially if you never dive before ! For the advanced divers, you could also have some fun following the professionalism staff of this dive center !

Celine and Anaïs

Thank Céline M
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