This site is on the southern tip of the island and ranges from 13-21m. There are plenty of lettuce corals and sponges. You’ll encounter jacks, barracuda, squid, cuttlefish and angelfish. The site is very sheltered, so it’s a good all year round spot to explore.
On the north side of the island, this site again slopes from 13-21m and has a sandy bottom. It is characterized by a profusion of table corals, sea whips and sponges. You will see small stingray and angelfish here.
The Dilumacad Underwater Tunnel is one of the El Nido’s wonders!
The Tunnel was discovered in early 90’s by a japanese diver. Ask from your diving guide to show you the memorial plate placed at one of the entrance! Located at 1.5 mile from El Nido, Dilumacad Island – known as Helicopter Island, because of its chopper like shape-, is pretty famous for its cave dive sites named the Tunnel. This dive is on the North side and there is no mooring there. Due to its situation, this dive should not be attempted when there is a strong North wind.
- The Dilumacad Underwater Tunnel: how is it?
The Dilumacad Tunnel starts at 12 meters depth and is 35 to 40 meters long. It has a few ceiling holes which makes this dive an incredible spectacle. The entrance is wide enough for two divers to penetrate together and a 15-20 meters tunnel leads to a cavern at the centre. The bottom is sandy where small fish and crabs can be seen. The way out is more narrow and only one diver can exit the 10m tunnel at a time. It will bring you out to a rocky area some 20 meters from the entrance and you may see larger fish here. For advanced divers only!
- The Dilumacad Underwater Tunnel: diving information
- Depth: 5-12 meters • Viz: 10 meters
- Current: moderate
- Getting there: 15 minutes by boat
- Best months: Nov-May.
- The Dilumacad Underwater Tunnel: what you will see
Soft Coral • Electric Oyster • Ringed Pipefish • Sea Sponge • Black Sweeper • Coral Banded Shrimp • Scorpion Fish • Lion Fish • Map Pufferfish • Moray Eel • If you are lucky: Napoleon Wrasse
HELICOPTER ISLAND DIVE SITE
Helicopter Island Dive Spots have Great Chances to see Turtles!
Helicopter island dive spots offer a very wide variety of marine life and an amazing (and unique) collection of corals. The real name of Helicopter Island is Dilumacad. Locals and tourists named it due to its very special and recognizable shape.
There are actually 3 different dive spots around Helicopter Island. One of them is our secret diving place with pristine corals and huge schools of fusiliers! Very close from El Nido (6km), it is a great place for beginners and students. With rich and shallow reefs, it suits perfectly to fun divers with a beautiful drift dive. When sea conditions are not that good (it happens!), you might spent your time between Helicopter and Cadlao Island.
During summer season, sea grass grows on the sandy bed. It becomes the feeding ground for green sea turtles. This is also the only place where you can find all 7 species of anemon fish present in Bacuit Bay.
Helicopter Island Dive Spots: what you will see?
Massive Corals • Nudibranche • Staghorn Corals • Table Corals • Plate Corals • Seahorse • Trumpet Fish • Titan Trigger Fish • Juvenile Spadefish • Green Sea Turtle • Hawksbill Sea Turtle •Yellow Snapper • Yellow Tail Barracuda (schools)• Anemone Fish • Fusillier (schools).
If you’re lucky: Great Barracuda • Eagle Ray • Cow Tail Stingray • Flying Gurnard • Dragon Sea Moth
Helicopter Island Dive Spots: Is it recommended for you?
If you are a beginner, Helicopter Island Dive Spots are perfect location to try scuba diving. Dilumaced has a rich and shallow reefs. If you want to get a diving license, you will do a part of your Open Water course there.
Our El Nido Best Dive Site -Twin Rocks: the “Stingray Airport”
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 13-21m and has a rich sandy bottom. This sandy area is inhabited by numerous blue spotted sting rays and ribbon tails. That’s why Twin Rocks has been nicknamed the “Stingray Airport” by the Palawan Divers team.
Our El Nido Best Dive Site -Twin Rocks: A beautiful reef
Twin Rocks houses some tremendous and original rock formations such as a natural cavern and a beautiful swim through. It is also characterized by a profusion of table corals, sea whips and sponges. From December to March, Twin Rocks is the best dive site in El Nido to spot Ghost Pipefish. They are find in coral reef or muddy bottom, changing color and shape to minimize visibility. Our experienced divemasters and instructors know where to find the famous Ornate or Harlequin Ghost Pipefish.
Our El Nido Best Dive Site -Twin Rocks: an Incredible Collection of Marine Life
What you will see: Giant barrel sponge • Tree coral • Table Coral • Blue spotted stingray • Mantis shrimp • Reef octopus • Unicorn fish • Crocodile fish • Yellow tail barracuda • Spadefish fusillier • Sea turtle • Moray eel
If you’re lucky Ornate Pipefish • Bumphead Parrotfish • Eagle Ray
Twin Rocks is one of our best dive sites in El Nido for a good reason: There has to be something in it for everyone! From beginners and students to very experienced divers will find out more in Twin Rocks.
NAT NAT CADLAO
Nat-Nat: a great dive site on the door steps to El Nido
Thanks to its nearness to El Nido town and to its high variety of marine life, Nat-Nat is excellent for ending a diving day or for night diving. It is fringing reef with sandy patches located south of Cadlao Island. Its shallow waters house an incredible collection of corals, fishes and macro life. Turtles, yellow tail barracuda, trigger, rabbit, trumpet anemone fish are always there. You will be amazed by the numerous species of nudibranch that you can encounter there.
During night time, this dive site comes to a different life. Seahorses are a common sight along with a variety of hermit crabs and shrimps. Cat Sharks, Spanish Dancers and Helmut Gurnards are the uncommon species to watch out for.
- Nat-Nat: what you will see? Mushroom Coral • Nudibranche • Sea Anemone • Seahorse • Dendritic Jawfish • Spanish Dancer • Sea Turtle • Yellow Snapper • Yellow Tail Barracuda • Anemone Fish • Fusillier. If you’re lucky: Cat Shark • Helmut Gurnard
If you are a beginner, Nat-Nat is a great location to try scuba diving: Discovery Scuba Diving. Nat Nat is a rich and shallow dive site. If you want to get a diving license, you will do a part of your Open Water Course there
Nat Nat is our favorite site for night diving. You will get there for your Adventure Night Dive training.
Close to town, shallow and home of an incredible collection of macro life, Nat Nat is a great place for night diving
North Rock: A Great Dive Site for Pelagic
North Rock is themost Northern island of the group of Tres Marias, a marine protected area. Located near Miniloc at the center of Bacuit Bay, his location makes it a great dive site for pelagic sight. It is an ideal stop over for deep-sea fish that want to get checked by the resident cleaner wrasses. That’s why we are always excited to go there! You never know what can stop by!
North Rock is a Great Dive Site for Pelagic. But not only!
North Rock has an amazing variety of topography and different diving environments. On one side, you can find a vast flat reef with huge table corals, massive corals and stag horns. This is where we can encounter black tip shark!
Toward the channel located on the Southern part of the island, there is a really nice swim through. It is composed by huge rocks. There is a cleaning station on the top of a beautiful branching cup coral frequently visited by golden jacks and big pompano fish.
These reefs are inhabited by a huge schools of Barracuda, Big Eye Jack fish and Golden Spade fish. You have to be lucky enough to dive when they are hanging out in the shallows. If you are, you will be experiencing a truly breathtaking sight!
If you are in a blessed day, from October to December, you might see Whale Sharks!
Large School of Jacks hunting in shallow waters
North Rock: A Great Dive Site for Pelagic – What you will see!
What you will see: Spade Fish • Jack • Sea Turtle • Crocodile Fish • Angel Fish (8 different species) • Reef Octopus • Unicorn fish • Brown Marbled Grouper • Yellow tail barracuda • Massive Corals •Table Corals
If you’re lucky 🙂 Black Tip Reef Shark • Eagle Ray • Manta Ray • Bumphead Parrotfish • Eagle Ray • Branching cup coral
South Miniloc – The most popular dive site in El Nido
South Miniloc is definitively the most popular dive site in El Nido. The reef is located nearby the famous Small and Big Lagoons between two islands: Miniloc and Simizu. The common light current carries fresh nutrients to the area making it populated with a wide variety of marine life. Be amazed by the view of the extensive cabbage corals (actually lettuce corals) and the numerous school of fish that inhabits this famous El Nido diving spot.
South Miniloc – Why it is the most popular dive site in El Nido
What you will see : Giant Barrel Sponge • Tree Coral • Blue Spotted Stingray • Mantis Shrimp • Reef Octopus • Unicorn Fish • Crocodile Fish • Yellow Tail Barracuda • Spadefish • Fusilli
What you will see : Giant Barrel Sponge • Tree Coral • Blue Spotted Stingray • Mantis Shrimp • Reef Octopus • Unicorn Fish • Crocodile Fish • Yellow Tail Barracuda • Spadefish • Fusillier • Sea Turtle • Moray Eel
If you’re lucky Ornate Pipefish • Bumphead Parrotfish • Eagle Ray
Paglugaban Diving Site – Home for Nudibranchs in El Nido
Paglugaban is a beautiful island located in the Miniloc area. Travel time from El nido town is about 45min 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.
Common: Nudibranch, Green Sea Turtle, Hawksbill Sea Turtle, crocodile fish
Rare: Eagle Ray, Marble Ray, Ghost pipefish, Bumphead parrot fish
Paglugaban Diving Site – Few Facts anout Nudibranchs
What is a Nudibranch? A nudibranch is a member of the Nudibranchia, a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shells after their larval stage. They are one of the divers’ favorite crittere for their often Nudibranchs are often casually called sea slugs, but many sea slugs belong to several taxonomic groups which are not closely related to them. Nudibranchs are often brightly colored as a warning that they taste bad. Some nudibranchs are even known to store the poisons of the animals that they ingest as a defense mechanism.
Why is it named Nudibranch? The word “nudibranch” literally translates to naked gill, reflecting the fact that the animal’s gills are normally exposed along its dorsum.
What does a Nudibranch eat? Most nudibranchs are carnivore and feed on soft corals, snails, anemones, hydroids, bryozoans, ascidians, and/or sponges.
Extraordinary colours and striking forms. Currently, about 2,300 valid species of nudibranchs are known.