Black forest is a fantastic Balicasag dive site that is very well known for the large numbers of black corals that can be found in the area. The corals are black on the inside but have a light green and yellow outside structure.
The dive is a slight slope and is covered in the black corals starting at around 5 metres going down to about 30 metres or more. The best parts of the dive, with the most coral cover, are at around 20 metres and there is normally only a moderate current coming through. Visibility is good and ranges between 10 metres and 30 metres.
The deeper sections of the dive offer chances to see schools of big-eyed jack fish, large groups of barracuda, and sometimes a group of Napoleon Wrasse. Out in the open ocean, it is common for divers to spot large schools of mackerel, blue fin tuna, and groupers.
There are a large number of garden eels as well, that have colonised the deeper parts of the sloping corals. Turtles are common and up in the shallower areas, there are many different types of reef fish.
Divers can find squirrelfish, parrotfish, scorpionfish, anthias, damselfish, triggerfish, and anemone fish amongst the reef. From May to June, the triggerfish are at their most aggressive and divers should take care when around the nesting fish.