In the northwest of the Bacuit Bay, lays the island of Pacanayas, also known as Picanayas or Bicanayos rock. This dive site is a circular reef, which offers a lush garden of corals, such as table coral and Daisy coral. The wall of the reef drops until a sandy patch. Surge is present very often, so the experience is required.
Scorpionfish, mantis shrimp, turtle, barracuda, titan triggerfish, trevally, unicornfish and time to time blacktip shark can be also encountered.
Tagbao island is located off the northwest point of Miniloc Island. This small island is also known to many as “Tres Marias” in reference to three important reefs nestled between Tagbao and Miniloc. This place is suitable for beginner level divers since it’s a shallow site. Divers can expect to see a lot of reef fish, corals, and bountiful crayfish.
Twin Rocks is a site that slopes 13 to 21 meters similar to Biet Point and has a sandy bottom. It is found on the north side of Miniloc Island. It is characterized by corals, sea whips, and sponges. Divers may encounter stingrays and schools of angelfish here.
Paglugaban is another limestone cliff island near Miniloc best known for macro diving as it has an incredible variety of nudibranchs. Divers may also encounter Bumphead Parrotfish, marble rays, turtle, lionfish, and grouper.
Diving Wall – El Nido – The Entalula wall is probably one of the most impressive. Entalula Island is located south of the famous Miniloc with its Small and Big Lagoon. Travel time from El Nido town is about 45 min depending on sea conditions. In this area, we mainly have 2 diving spots, the Wall and the Drift.
The wall is suitable for all levels of divers with a depth ranging from 5 to 30m. This vertical drop off is covered by beautiful soft corals, whip corals, and sea fans. It is one of the best sites for finding small inhabitants along its’ wall, like nudibranchs, crabs, pipefish and shrimps. One bizarre creature you can encounter in this area is the electric oyster.
The Drift is suitable for all levels of divers with depths ranging from 5 to 20m. The extensive reef covers the whole south-western front of Entalula Island. This makes it a perfect location for a drift dive. The coral garden is teeming with marine life, from schools of fusilier and yellowtail barracuda, varieties of angelfish, triggerfish, butterflyfish and Sea Turtles.
Matinloc Island is quite similar to the Miniloc island when it comes to diving sites, it has various diving sites surrounding it that offer many different kinds of fishes that serve as eye candies for diving enthusiasts.
Matinloc Island is an island inaccessible by boat. You have to swim underwater through an opening until you break through the water and find a strip of white sand bordering a hidden cove. The island houses the Kulasa Beach and dives sites namely, Banayan point, Bikanayos Rock and Inbogal Point.
Dilumacad Island or Helicopter Island as the island looks like a helicopter when approaching from El Nido has multiple dive sites and it’s best known for its cave dive.
The entrance of the caves is situated at 12 meters depth and the tunnel is about 35 meters long. This spectacular dive site is for advanced divers only. The sandy bottom of the cave is home to small fishes and crabs, while the rocky area near to the exit is inhabited by large fish such as Spanish mackerel and jacks.
South Miniloc is definitively the most popular dive site in El Nido. The reef is located near the famous Small and Big Lagoons. The dive site sits between two islands: Miniloc and Simizu island.
The current between the 2 islands carries fresh nutrients to the area making it populated with a wide variety of marine life. This can be one of the only dive sites in El Nido where we can encounter occasionally strong currents.
What makes this dive site so popular is the coral garden and schools of fish that can be encountered. Be amazed by the view of the cabbage coral garden (yellow paper scroll corals) and the big school of big-eye snappers. The highlight of this dive site.
You have a good chance to encounter pelagics from time to time. Tuna’s, mackerels and big barracuda like to visit this dive site. But not only bigger fish are present. Frogfish, ribbon eel and nudibranch can be found in the shallow coral garden.
Nat Nat Beach, located in the southern part of Cadlao Island, it’s another dive site in El Nido. It consists of a reef with sandy patches at maximum deep of 20 meters. This site has an incredible variety of coral, fishes and macro life. Divers can see nudibranch, eel, stonefish, anemone fish, turtle, and seahorses.