Great diving school. We did our OWD course there and it was an unforgettable experience. Very professional, nice crew and a great instructor. The diving spots were also really nice, although we don't have a comparison here. The heart of the diving school is the staff member Joy, who always greets you with a nice smile
I had an incredible experience at Tabanka Divers in El Nido for 5 days in a row :-) It was perfectly organized, and safety was a top priority. The crew is amazing and super friendly. The crew's camaraderie added to the positive atmosphere. Dive trips on a Filipino boat added an exciting twist as we explored different spots based on the coast guard's daily mood ;-) El Nido's dive spots offer diverse marine life, though slightly smaller in size compared to other places I've dived. I spotted numerous turtles and various small marine species. I stayed in one of their rooms, just steps away from the dive center, available through Airbnb or Oliver (the manager) directly. They even provide free drinking water in the room what I liked a lot. Just keep in mind there's a nearby hostel that can be noisy due to their parties every evening/night, but if you join in, it's more fun ;-) Oliver was fantastic with pre-communication, ensuring my dive experience and training was perfectly planned. Leaving those great guys after 5 days was bittersweet, as I had to say goodbye to the incredible memories and people who made it special. I miss it already. If you're looking for a dive school that combines safety, adventure, and genuine camaraderie, I highly recommend Tabanka Divers. It left me with great memories and a hughe desire to come back.
I did a discovery dive a few years ago and my girl had never been diving. We both got our open water PADI licenses here. We loved it. The staff are great. Our instructor Mark had been diving since 1986 with an incredible number of dives under his (weight) belt. He was so confident and made us both feel very comfortable through the whole experience. Absolutely recommend this place if you are in El Nido.
We were doing 3 fun dives with Tabanka. We really booked last minute which was absolutely no problem. Everything was ready when we came over for the dives. The owner Oliver even informed us in the morning that we don't need to rush because they still did some lectures with the OW students. During the trip, they served a nice Lunch on the boat. The equipment is good and the dive masters are well trained. We saw many turtles and a school of Baracuda. So all in all a very good experience. Highly recommended diving school. Attached see pics from where we had Lunch.
Spent two days with instructor Mark and the Tabanka crew to get my PADI open water license. The team was super friendly, made us all feel at home from the moment we got there and made the dives special moments to never forget. Highly recommend joining them if you go for a dive in El Nido!
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