With its diverse marine life, the shallow waters of Nat-Nat are home to an incredible array of corals, fish, and macro life. From the majestic turtles to the sleek yellow tail barracuda, trigger, rabbit, trumpet anemone fish, this dive site promises a feast for the eyes. One of the highlights of diving at Nat-Nat is the opportunity to witness the many species of nudibranch that call this reef home, making it a must-visit location for underwater photography enthusiasts.
Twin Rocks, situated on the North side of Miniloc Island, boasts a distinct rock formation that appears as two separate islands from the surface, but are actually connected underwater. Divers can discover natural caverns, swim-throughs, and a variety of marine life including blue spotted stingrays, ribbon tails, and Ghost Pipefish in the sloping depth of 13-21m with a sandy bottom. The site is also adorned with a profusion of table corals, sea whips, and sponges.
South Miniloc is a highly popular dive site in El Nido, located between Miniloc and Simizu islands near the famous Small and Big Lagoons. The area benefits from fresh nutrients brought by the current, resulting in a diverse range of marine life. Although occasional strong currents may occur, divers are rewarded with stunning coral gardens, schools of fish, and a chance to encounter pelagic such as tuna, mackerels, and big barracuda. Frogfish, ribbon eels, and nudibranchs can also be found in the shallow coral garden.
Located in the south-east of Dilumacad Island, also known as Helicopter Island, this dive site features three distinct areas, including a southern reef, a large sandy patch, and a northern reef. It can be divided into two separate dive sites, and due to its proximity to El Nido town, it is a popular spot for diving in Bacuit Bay.
The west side of Entalula Island features a wall dive suitable for all levels of divers seeking a deep dive experience. The dive begins on a reef at 5 meters and descends to a maximum depth of 35 meters. Along the way, small caverns offer opportunities to spot hidden fish. Marine life includes nudibranch, fire clam, octopus, lyonfish, anemonefish, filefish, mimic filefish, bristle-tail filefish, and stingray.
Popolcan West, also known as Popolcan Underwater Forest, features pinnacles covered in soft and whip corals. Accessible by a 45-minute Bangka boat ride from El Nido town, the dive offers an easy shallow option following the slope or a deeper dive jumping from pinnacle to pinnacle. Divers should use a compass to avoid getting lost between the coral blocks. Currents are common in the channel, and visibility can vary.