Taytay Dive Center
The islands of Palawan form a long sliver that lies in-between the Sulu Sea and the South China Sea. The largest province in the Philippines by area of jurisdiction, Palawan consists of the main island of Palawan and almost 2,000 islands and islets surrounding it. The hub of Palawan is the city of Puerto Princesa which is known as the cleanest and most beautiful city in the Philippines.
Palawan has a colorful history that has resulted in a melting pot of cultures on the islands and some 50 languages. In the 12th century, Malay immigrants arrived to the islands and were followed by Indonesians in the 13th century. Islam was then introduced to the south of Palawan via Borneo and Palawan became a trading hub with Chinese, Arabs, Japanese and Hindus frequenting the ports. The 19th century saw Palawan controlled by the Spanish, which eventually lost to the Americans, which were overcome by the Japanese in World War II. The islands were liberated in 1945 just after the war.
Palawan is unique compared to the rest of the Philippines and its flora and fauna shares more similarities with Borneo. The island has many endemic species of bird and plants and more than half of Palawan is covered in forest. There are also extensive areas of grasslands, mangrove forests and 6,835 square miles (11,000 square km) of coral reef.
Diving in Palawan
Expect healthy coral reef awash with the different colors of reef fish like angelfish, parrotfish, surgeonfish, trigerfish, butterflyfish, frogfish, pufferfish, groupers and schools of lunar fusilier and yellowtail snapper, to name a few. Sandy bottoms often reveal bluespotted sting rays. Green sea turtles are also frequent visitors, and lookout for other critters like eels, nudibranch, ghost pipefish, cuttlefish, Octopuses, squids and crabs and many more.
The water temperature in Palawan is usualy between 28 and 31 degrees.
15 of the 25 marine mammals in the Philippines are found in Palawan.
4 of the 5 Filipino marine turtle are found in Palawan.
379 species of coral, 82% of the coral species recorded in the country.
It is one of the twenty three (23) municipalities of Palawan. Aside from being one of the province’s oldest municipalities, Taytay is also the first ever capital city of Palawan.
Taytay is to be found in the northern part of Palawan. It has gained its title as "The Star of the North", since it is the first capital city of the province of Palawan. This town is rich in historical, cultural and environmental value. It was founded in the year 1623 during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines.
A proof of the town's historical richness is the "Fuerza de Santa Isabel" also known as the Taytay Fort. It was named in honor of Spain's Queen, Queen Isabela II. It was used as a military station and was mainly used to defend against Muslim warrior-raiders in their colorful war boats while the Spanish soldiers fire at them with their huge cannons. The cannons are still present in the Taytay Fort up to this moment. It was well preserved and still in tact.
What can you do in Taytay aside of visiting Fort Isabella and diving with us?
Island-hopping, snorkeling around the many islands, swimming in the hidden lagoon (cave), kayaking on the beautiful Lake Manguao, Irrawaddy Dolphin watching in Malampaya Sound, and swimming in the refreshing Canique Waterfall, hiking in the highest peak in northern Palawan whith is the Mt Capoas, or simply take a walk along the port from the market place to the Taytay Fort Santa Isabel. Its so peacefull and beautiful there, specially at sunrise or sunset.
Diving in Taytay
If you come dive with us, you will notice the exeptional amount of giant clams, and a lot of parrot fishes, which is very good for the coral's health. And the coral here, is the healthiest and diverse that we saw in Palawan.
The marine animals that we usually see here are:
All kind of colorfull reef fishes, blue spotted sting rays, different kind of nudibranches, lots of healhy coral species, schools of goldband fusiller, schools of trevally, some butterfly fishes, some clownfishes, all kind of sweet lips, tangs, cuttlefishes, squids, hawksbill turtles, green turtles, banded sea snakes, giants puffer fish, niddle fishes, groupers, file fishes, scorpion fishes, crocodile fishes, lion fishes, jaw fishes, and more...
We have an island with a very good amount of green turtles just in front of the beach as well. Most of our places are good for snorkelers and divers.
Some more rare animals that we saw so far since we are open, on the 8th of november 1018:
Black tips sharks, Devil ray, bumphead parrot fish, eagle ray, giant trevally, and a big nurse shark.
Rare animals that other people saw in Taytay bay are:
Whale shark, treasher shark, hammerhead shark, dugong, manta ray, black tip sharks, and dolphins.
The water temperature is always between 28 and 32 degree celsius at the surface. More close to 28 from January to April, with sometimes some thermocline that can bring the temperature down to 26ish degrees.