4 Stars


19 Hours + Overnight

Beginner, All

From £2595

El Rio Y Mar

Beautiful long private sandy beach and serene views out over the ocean!

Located in San Jose in Coron, the El Rio Y Mar Resort offers a romantic ambiance combining the serenity and beauty of the natural environment with its unique flora and fauna making it the ideal getaway. This beautiful resort is nestled amidst a 500 metre stretch of pure white sand beach with distinctive panoramic views of enchanting mangroves and breath-taking neighbouring islands. The sparkling surrounding waters are filled with underwater delights including green and hawksbill turtles, sponges, sea cucumbers, sea stars and an array of fish such as damsel fish, butterfly fish, batfish, snappers and fusiliers.

El Rio Y Mar is an intimate resort with 24 beautiful designed room options including 15 beachfront superior and deluxe cabanas and 9 casa rooms in imported cedar and native wood. The rooms are designed to provide you with comfort and luxury. All rooms are on the beach facing the bay and surrounded by lush mangroves with the best view of the sunset from your own veranda.

Dine at the in-house Al Fresco restaurant where you can enjoy a selection of freshly cooked a la carte and buffet style Asian and international cuisine.

Dugong Dive Centre is a fully equipped PADI dive operation providing a full range of diving packages based at the Club Paradise just 5 minutes boat ride away from El Rio Y Mar. Visit Apo Reef Natural Park, the Kyokuzan Maru ship wreck, Tara Island or go on a full day excursion searching the feeding grounds of the huge and amazing dugongs.

At El Rio Y Mar you will never be bored with all the possibilities the resort offers. Have a cocktail at any time of day or snorkel by the stunning Port Caltom’s Reef Bar. Sunbathe by the infinity pool, lounge in the cosy library or indulge in the Island Spa. For activity seekers, El Rio Y Mar Resort also offers water sports, natural hiking trails and trips to neighbouring islands.

Board Basis

  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily breakfast and dinner

Native Cabana - Superior Room

The 11 superior cabanas are spacious, well-designed and come with air conditioning and a bay view veranda to kick back and relax on. These bigger duplex units are ideal for families.

  • Mini Bar
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Mini Fridge
  • Veranda
  • King bed
Cedar Cabin

Cedar Cabana - Deluxe Room

The 4 deluxe cabanas are air-conditioned and made from imported native cedar wood with a thatched roof for an authentic feel. Unwind on the spacious veranda after a day's diving with magnificent views of the bay.

  • Mini Bar
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Mini Fridge
  • T.V.
  • Veranda
  • Video Facilities
  • King bed

Casa Rooms - Standard Room

The 9 standard rooms are a good size with air-conditioning and private bathrooms with hot water. The spacious veranda allows you to unwind after a day's diving enjoying wonderful views of the bay.

  • Mini Bar
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Mini Fridge
  • Veranda
  • King bed


Air Temperature

Water Temperature


Monday, 03 August 2015

Underwater Transformation

It’s probably one of those things Instructors get used to, as the number of students they work with increases the smaller details may tend to lose their sharpness.

Underwater Transformation

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Dugong Dive Centre

El Rio Y Mar

Dugong Dive centre is a fully equipped PADI 5 Star dive centre located at the El Rio Y Mar in Palawan which is a well-known scuba diving area. The dive centre has a range of house reef and shore dives, PADI courses, Nitrox and special trips to Apo Reef and the Coron Wrecks. Here divers can get up close and personal with Dugongs, an endangered marine mammal that can measure up to 3 metres long, weighs about 400 kilos and feeds on sea grass. Dimakya Island is one of the few areas in the world where dugongs can be observed in their natural habitat. A professionally-produced ecotourism program, dugong-watching takes the divers and non-divers on a trip along the lengthy

Dimakya Island has been under protection for 15 years and is a world renowned nesting ground for turtles and the dive centre boasts an extensive rearing and releasing program. The beautiful and untouched house reef is accessed via walking in from the shore. The fully qualified and knowledgeable staff are eager to share these rich surrounding waters with you and regardless of your experience you can be sure you will be well looked after.

Dugong Dive Centre has a brand new fiberglass Yacht “Tashina” that offers faster trips to Apo Reef, Coron Bay and the Tara Islands. Please refer to boat trip costs as these are dependent on distance and are to be paid at the dive centre.

Important notices:

Marine Park fees for APO Reef per diver valid for 48 hours PHP350
Marine Park fees for Coron Wrecks and Barracuda Lake per diver per day 50 to PHP200
Marine Park fees are payable in Philippine Pesos and will be collected by Marine Park Rangers

Please Note:

All courses apart from Advanced Open Water include equipment and instructor services. All courses include certification but manuals are not included and will be charged at the dive centre. Manuals approximately 35 Euros. Coron Wrecks: 50 Pesos. Barracuda Lake: 200 Pesos

Equipment Rental:

Tashina(Yacht) Rental:

PADI Scuba Diver

This course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Dive Course. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, The PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you.

The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:

PADI Open Water Diver

This is the most popular dive program in the world! And can be your chance to have a lifetime of intense adventures.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge Development ( online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

The Advanced Open Water Diver program gives you the opportunity to take your diving skill to the next level through three new areas of diving.
You complete your Deep Dive, Underwater Navigation Dive, Night Dive and two other dives for a total of five to attain your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

This certification includes five dives, including the Deep Diver, the Underwater Navigation Diver and three of the following: You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

PADI Rescue Diver

Become a Rescue Diver. A great level to be. You will have the skills to aid your fellow divers in an emergency.

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

PADI Scuba Review

Refresh your scuba diving skills and knowledge. Go over important dive safety concepts.

You’ll go over important dive safety concepts, dive planning essentials and problem management. Your PADI Professional will have you practice putting your gear together and doing a pre-dive safety check with your buddy. In the water, you’ll review all the basic scuba skills with a focus on good buoyancy control.

PADI Scuba Diver to Open Water Upgrade

This program will allow you to dive to depths of 18 metres and achieve the most popular dive program in the world!

From the beginning to end of the course, you will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including areas such as dive equipment and techniques that will give you the confidence and skill to become a responsible diver.

PADI Divemaster

Be a leader who mentors and motivates others. Gain dive knowledge, supervision abilities, and become a role model to divers around the world.

The PADI Dive master course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, water skills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include: