A remote area with clear blue waters, a white sand beach, and 35 incredibly beautiful dive sites with rich under water assets is Anilao - the PhilippinesÂ’ diverÂ’s paradise.
A remote area with clear blue waters, a white sand beach, and 35 incredibly beautiful dive sites with rich under water assets is Anilao - the Philippines’ diver’s paradise.
Anilao, a municipality of Mabini, Batangas is located south of Manila. A popular tourist spot in the Philippines that boasts of its enchanting dive sites. It only takes 3 hours to get there if you’re coming from Manila. It’s the perfect spot for divers and snorkelers.
Along the white sand beach are resorts with rustic cabins and picnic cabanas available for rentals. The surrounding waters are filled with rich marine life, beautiful corals and an amazing diversity of fishes. From the resorts you can rent a boat for island hoping to visit the beautiful dive spots and coves. If you love water sports there’s a lot to enjoy like banana boating, pedal boating, scuba diving and snorkeling, speed boating, kayaking, water jet skiing, wind surfing, fishing, cruising and yachting, or arrange for a dive tour. If you have never tried scuba diving, the resorts offer scuba diving lessons to make your Anilao trip and experience memorable.
Among its famous diving sites to visit are the following:
The Bonito Island – It has a depth of 18-24m with strong currents. A marine sanctuary with coral heads on sandy slopes.
The Maricaban Island - It has a depth of 6-7m and the currents are from mild to strong. It has sandy slopes, drop-offs, caves and over-hangs. It’s perfect for macro-photography because of the clear visibility.
The Ligpo Island – It has 20-30m depth with strong currents. There is a cave on the east side and an undersea mount on the west side.
The Malajibomaoc – It has hot springs at 20m, corals, barrel sponges and crinoids are aboundant.
The Cathedral – It has 20-30m depth with strong currents. It’s a marine park sanctuary with beautiful corals that’s teeming with different types of fishes. When there is current you’ll be surrounded by feather stars and inflated soft corals everywhere.
The Mainit Point – It has 50-30m depth with very strong currents. In this site, rocks break the surface and boulders form miniature drop-offs from 5-30 meters.
The Koala – It has 18-24m depth with medium currents that’s best for novices.
The Beatrice Rock – It has 14-27m depth with strong currents. It offers a series of short drop-offs with channels inbetween from 5-27m and is densely populated with most reef fish.
The Mapating Rock – It has 20-40m depth with very strong currents. It’s is a site for experienced divers only as currents are extremely strong.
The Layag-layag – It has 10-18m depth with currents from medium to strong. It features extensive coral formations on a steep, yet shallow slope. It has masses of marine life and often very good visibility.
These are just some of the popular diving sites and there’s more to see, so if you’re travelling to the Philippines Anilao, Batangas is one of the best places to go to for a great scuba diving experience, vacation, adventure, and to make good memories that will last a life time.
Take a peek on the underwater experience of some tourists who went scuba diving. The narration is not in English, but even if you don’t understand the language watching the video would make you feel as if you were there and having that great underwater adventure.
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