Diving in Anilao
Anilao is located about 3 hours drive south of Manila on the island of Luzon, in the Batangas province of the Philippines. Divers and underwater photographers are attracted to Anilao for the incredible diversity, rich reefs, variety of fish, unexpected critters and nudibranchs turning up at every corner. The beachfront resorts are nestled against the jungle and provide exotic scenery while riding to and from dive sites.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGVzZPbFQxTmNFcWclMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A barangay in the municipality of Mabini – Batangas, Anilao is as a Marine Protected Sanctuary that is commonly regarded as the birthplace of scuba diving in the Philippines. Plus, with its close proximity to Manila (which is only 3 hours away) it has truly became a favorite destination for local and international divers, and most especially for beginners who are doubtful about traveling to far places in the country when it comes to their first diving experience.
Some trivia that you should know about Anilao:
- Experienced divers refer to it as the best spot for underwater macro photography (small sea critters)
- A photographer’s paradise — wrecks, caves, fishes, corals, they got it all!
- A nudibranch paradise (meaning that it is filled with colorful shell-less marine mollusks)
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=””][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title=”Best time to Dive in Anilao” tab_id=”1498054069702-250e3418-5510″][vc_column_text]It’s technically possible to dive all year; however, if you’re looking for the main season to dive, it would have to be sometime during early November to end of May with the best time during April and May. Just take note that during those months, diving sites can get crowded especially during weekends.
For months to avoid, that would be July and August and that’s mainly because of the monsoons — it’s typically the rainy season and typhoons can happen; therefore, the seas can get very choppy and visibility can be very poor.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Getting There” tab_id=”1498054069737-afffe652-f9a4″][vc_column_text]Getting to Anilao is very easy. Simply fly into Manila, and usually your dive resort will pick you up for a 3 hour ride south to your resort. Puerto Galera also is a 40-60 minute speed boat ride away, on another island.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Dive Sites” tab_id=”1498054126232-cc63c093-1363″][vc_column_text]
- Twin Rocks
- Mainit Muck (Secret Bay)
These dive sites are consistently target rich environments for underwater photographers. Beatrice has some great wide-angle opportunities of schooling anthias. For very advanced divers wanting a dive with strong currents, healthy current and pelagics, try Mainit point early in the morning. I saw trevally’s there, a shark and several great barracuda hunting. Devil’s point is well known for prolific soft coral.
“Secret Bay”, also known as “Mainit Muck” -is one of the most famous, yet “secretive” muck-diving dive sites in Anilao. This dive site is one of the most productive dive sites I’ve ever been to for muck diving. Secret Bay (Mainit Muck) is excellent at any time of the day, but especially at night. the best diving is between 10ft and 70ft deep (3-21 meters).
Mantis shrimp, gobies, wonderpus octopus and nudibranchs are prolific during the day. Squid and cuttlefish are easily found at night. Seahorses, ghost pipefish, ambon scorpionfish, tiny frogfish, colemani shrimp, and bobbit worms are all readily found.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][kleo_button title=”Book Trip” style=”primary” position=”center” size=”xl” icon=”0″][/vc_column][/vc_row]