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About El Nido Dive Sites

Diving in El Nido is calm and relaxing. With its rich marine biodiversity, beautiful sceneries and fair sea conditions, the archipelago is perfect for first-time and experienced divers. Underwater sights include vertical walls that drop down as far as 50 metres, gently descending slopes, sandy bottoms and colourful reefs full of life. Due to our sheltered position behind the small limestone islands, rough winds are not expected. Bacuit Bay is divided into 3 areas offering more than 30 dive sites. Cadlao Island boasts of many beaches and coral reefs. It is ideal for those learning to dive, as the reefs and shallow waters are among the most protected from currents and waves. For more experienced divers, it is home to an incredible macro life. Miniloc Island is at the centre of Bacuit Bay. Famous for the Small and Big Lagoons, Miniloc offers enjoyable dives with its coral gardens, barracudas, groupers and bump heads. When a light current is present, expect to see trevallies and mackerels hunting schools of fusiliers. Entalula Island offers beautiful wall dives, relaxing shallow drifts above rich coral reefs and fantastic rock formations with numerous swim-throughs.


El Nido Dive Sites - What are they like? Underwater sceneries include vertical walls that drop down as far as 50 metres, gently descending slopes, sandy bottoms and colourful reefs full of life. Due to our sheltered position behind the small limestone islands, rough winds are not expected. Tidal changes sometimes create strong currents, but we always have the choice to dive on sites unaffected. There are over 40 dive moorings in Bacuit Bay and more dive sites all around. El Nido Dive Sites - Cadlao area Cadlao Island is the most oversized island of Bacuit Bay. It is populated by numerous amazing beaches and coral reefs. Those…


El Nido Marine Life: An abundant diversity

With more than 800 species of fish, 120 species of coral and 1700 crustacean and nudibranchs, El Nido Marine Life life offers is extremely rich and varied. On any given dive, you are likely to see an abundance of reef fish: parrotfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, pipefish, clownfish, sweetlips, and many others. Grouper, snapper and trevally are common, and you may see large schools of mackerel, batfish and barracuda. You are also likely to encounter hawksbill or green sea turtle and the less attractive scorpionfish and moray eel families. There are occasional sightings of eagle ray, manta ray, blacktip reef shark, bumphead, napoleon and if you’re lucky, a whale shark.

We also regularly see lobster, cuttlefish and seahorse. There is also a fascinating macro life, with many shrimps, crabs, jawfish, gobies, nudibranchs and worms. Night dives and Sunrise Dives also offer a diverse set, with all the crustaceans in the open, octopus, squid, and even bioluminescence!

Let’s dive green, El Nido!

We are helping to not disturb El Nido Marine life and to protect it!

But what does that mean? It means limiting waste with wise consumption and recycling. We brief you on sustainable diving practices into our day-to-day operations; and taking advantage of vacation time to learn about the environment. Give something back to the part of the world you’re visiting. Sea Sphere Dive centre sticks to the Green Fins organization standards.

Our experienced divemasters are highly knowledgeable about the reef inhabitants and fish behaviours, with a wealth of different areas of knowledge and interest. Sit down with us, consult the fish book, and we will help you identify what you saw on your dives. Even after thousands of dives, we are still just as excited to see our reef inhabitants as if it was our first day.


Anemonefish, Cuttlefish, Lionfish, Juvenile pufferfish, Manta shrimp, Murray eel, Nudibranch, Pufferfish, and Maple puffer Sweetlips, Bumphead-parrotfish, Blue-spotted Stingray, Green Sea Turtle, Cowfish.


On the tip of Cadlao Island this divesite offers a big variety.

Helicopter Island

In front of the beach of Helicopter Island there are big reefs separated by sandy patches. In the sandy area you almost always find some turtles eating the gras. The reefs have a huge variety of corals. We often find cuttlefish, scorpion fish and turtles. From the most northern mooring line (Helicopter 3) we can also do a drift dive in the direction of Cadlao Island.

Dilumacad Tunnel

In the northern wall of Helicopter Island there is a tunnel at about 12m depth. Diving through the tunnel you can find electric clamps and small school of snappers, which throw a spooky shadow in the light of your torch. About half way in, there is a small cathedral. There are holes in the ceiling so that some light shines through. Behind the exit of the tunnel you’ll find a rock formation.

North Rock

A Rock that you can dive completely or partially around. Shallow or deep, there is always something interesting to find. Sometimes even a shark. There is an amazing looking swim through rock formation and a variety of corals.

South Miniloc

The most frequented dive site in bacuit bay. There are always schools of big and small barracudas and a big school of yellow snappers swimming over the cabbage corals. WE often see moray eels and turtles as well.

Twin Rocks

At the bottom of Twin Rocks is the home of the stingrays. Scorpionfish, Turtles,




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