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The colorful warm shallow water with it’s amazing cabbage coral garden, snappers, turtles, school of barracuda and big-eye snappers hovering over like reef guardians make this the most spectacular dive site in ElNido (many say the best they have seen in the entire world). Occasionally, big characters like Eagle rays, Whale shark and Mantas can be spotted, it’s perfectly suited for open water, advance open water, fun dives and sunrise dives.
This superb scuba dive site is suitable for open water courses, advance open water courses, fun divers and discover divers. It sports healthy corals, giant rock formation swim throughs as well an abundance of pelagic fauna. It also hosts the largest school of Jack fish in the area. If you are lucky, you will also dive with the black tip reef shark, bumped head parrot fish, sea turtles, unicorn fish and even luckier when the whale shark show up! A superb way to swim with some of those species!
Helicopter Tunnel was discovered in early 90’s by the Japanese divers located at the north west corner of the Helicopter Island with a 45 meters long. It has a sandy bottom and ceiling holes that only advance open water divers can only enter and discover this tunnel with lots of different sea slugs, frogfish, scorpion fish, moray eels and at the sandy bottom where you can find small reef fish, different types of crabs and a “electric” filament shells!
West Entalula is located to the south of Miniloc island. The Island supports a diving wall that is packed with the soft “sea fans” or soft corals and other marine life such as moray eels, orangutan crabs, sea lion, scorpion fish and if you’re lucky enough, bigger fish can be seen like marbled groupers and marble rays. Recommended to all levels of divers.
Nat-Nat is the closest dive site to the ElNido township. It’s located on the majestic limestone Island adjacent to the town. The site is composed of sandy patches surrounded by the impressive collection of corals, nudibranchs and fish such as Spanish dancer, sea turtles, yellow tail barracuda, trigger, rabbit, trumpet anemone, fusiliers, shrimps and if you’re lucky you can see a cat shark and flying gurnard. It is also home to one of the largest sea Turtles in the National Marine park, its name is Lolo and it has become a local favorite with divers from here and affair. Nat-Nat is perfect for beginners to do discovery scuba diving and experienced divers like licensed open water divers and it is highly recommended to those who wants to do the night dives.
Paglugaban is a beautiful island located in the Miniloc area. Travel time from El Nido town is about 40min depending on sea conditions. The main point of interest in this site is the amazing rock formation with numerous swim-throughs inhabited by a large variety of nudibranchs. Paglugaban is home of porcupine, puffer fish, lion fish, grouper and barramundi code. The site goes down up to 50 meters and the dive starts by passing on narrow pathways between huge boulders. On your way to the rock formation you have the chance to glide along its coral garden where you have a good chance of seeing sea turtles.
It is called Twin Rocks because from the surface, the rock formation looks like two separated small islands. They are actually connected underwater. Located on the North side of Miniloc island, near the famous Small Lagoon, this great dive site slopes from 10-25m and has a rich sandy bottom. This sandy area is inhabited by numerous blue spotted sting rays and ribbon tails.