Anilao

Anilao Philippines Dive Map Location Scubahive

Description :
Located about 3 hours drive south of Manila on the island of Luzon in the municipality of Mabini, Batangas Province of the Philippines, Anilao is so-called the birthplace of scuba diving in the Philippines. Famed for its incredible diversity, rich reefs teeming with a variety of marine life, unexpected critters, and nudibranchs turning up at every corner. This makes Anilao a macro heaven for underwater photographers, to which many have compared it to the greats like Indonesia’s Lembeh Straits, and Malaysia’s Mabul Island.
Where is it :
Municipality of Mabini, Batangas Province, Philippines
Number of dive sites :
Over 45
Type of Diving :
Guided – shore, boat, deep, drift, wreck, night
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Macro – frogfish, pipefish, seahorses, rhinopias, wonderpus, mimic octopus, blue-ringed octopus, cuttlefish, bobbitworm, and more!
Average Water Temperature :
27.5°C (81.5°F), but in January and February temperatures can drop to 25°C (77°F)
Seasonality :
All year round with October to June being the main diving season which peaks in April and May.
* Note: July and August may see strong monsoons so it’s best to avoid these months.
Typical Visibility :
Ranges from 15m (49.2ft) to 20m (65.6ft)
General Current Conditions :
Mild to moderate
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Yes
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Snorkelling, kayaking, island hopping
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
Yes, in the Municipality of Mabini
Availability of Medical Facility :
Yes, in the Municipality of Mabini
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Twin Rocks :
• Maximum depth: 40m
• Currents: Mild
Depending on the currents, the dive here can be one way or return to the boat. Dive down and you will see a capsized barge on a gradual slope and two big rocks less than a meter apart, hence its name. An ideal place for macro and wide-angle photography. And expect to catch sight of a variety of tropical fish including the jawfish, spanish dancers, schooling jacks, batfish and more.
Beatrice :
• Maximum depth: 28m
• Currents: Moderate to strong
A well-known site for its tantalizing beauty. Dive into a series of small falls with canals between them, ranging from 5m to 27m. The seascape is lined with barrel sponges, gorgonians, black corals, soft corals and is densely populated with reef fish to keep you occupied throughout the entire dive. Currents can be strong at times, but when that happens, keep an eye out for the orchestra of anthias dancing with the current.
Kirby’s Rock :
• Maximum depth: 32m
• Currents: Moderate to strong
Dive along a beautiful reef wall filled with life where it is often visited by black and white frogfish, pygmy seahorse, lionfish, sea snakes, gobies and trevallies. Exploring the crevices at the bottom of the wall may reward you with some moray eels harboring inside.
Secret Bay :
• Maximum depth: 20m
• Currents: Low
This is the muck diving spot in Anilao for the macro aficionados. With little currents and typically shallow dives, you will be extending your bottom time inspecting the volcanic sand for mimic octopus, frogfish, ghost pipefish, wonderpus, seahorses and more. It is often compared to the muck-meccas such as Lembeh or Mabul. Guess it’s not so much of a secret after all.
Bonito :
• Maximum depth: 24m
• Currents: Moderate to strong
Dive into a vibrant marine sanctuary with patches of coral heads on sandy slope. Some call this site a “diver’s paradise” for its wide sandy sloping stand with a mix of scattered big and small rocks exhibiting a large basket of corals and soft sponges. Currents can be fierce here, making it necessary to find sheltered patches, and watch the marine life go by.
Nearest Airport :
Ninoy Aquino (Manila) International Airport (IATA: MNL)
Notes :
Flying into Manila airport is your gateway to Anilao with airport transfers to the dive resorts (~3 hours by car) typically included in the trip itinerary for your convenience 🙂

If you are already in Manila, you can alternatively take the bus to Batangas City Terminal (~PHP160/way) and from there, take a jeepney to Mabini (~PHP50) to Anilao Port, and finally hire a tricycle to your resort (~PHP100/way).

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