Mainit can be an exhilarating drift dive but it is also an excellent dive when the current isn’t running. Due to the currents, there are frequent sightings of large schools of barracuda and fusiliers but there is also a lot of macro life. The boat will drop you on one side and pick you up on the other, so there is no need to swim against a current – instead you can just let the drift pull you along while you watch the scenery.
The dive site starts with a sandy slope that gives way to soft and hard coral, as well as a lot of colorful sponges. If you look closely at the barrel sponges in particular, you will see that they all grow in the same direction along the bottom, a result of the current almost always running one way. Turtles and blue spotted stingrays as well as other larger fish are common, in the sandy area you can sometimes also spot flamboyant cuttlefish.
“Mainit”, in the local language, means “hot”. At the end of the
dive you will pass an artificial reef of car tyres and then enter an area with sulphur-rich
yellowish sand. Placing a hand in the sand will allow you to feel the heat coming from
underneath, in some places so hot that you will burn your fingers, indicating the volcanic
nature of the area.