Located on the edge of the Calumpang Peninsula near Batangas, the area around Anilao is the closest diving locale to Manila. Just 2 - 2.5 hours road journey from the Capital, Anilao is a great destination for short breaks and is often combined with other Philippines destinations to make fascinating multi-center stays.
The peninsula is backed by lush green hills and mountains running down to shingle coves and the clear blue waters of the sea. Its location within the Coral triangle means that the waters are rich in marine and coral life. With sheltered waters and good visibility this is an excellent place for fun-divers, especially those with limited time available. We especially recommend it for those looking to have a long weekend form the City and for those looking to pack in a great deal of diving on a weekly stay without too much travel and no-fly time.
Historically, Resorts in Anilao have focused on budget accommodation and low cost diving specifically aimed at local dive groups. More recently though a number of new boutique and mid-size Resorts have been opened that provide great value accommodation with a focus on service levels and diving experience with international guests as the primary market. We are pleased to advise that we work with these new resorts as they develop their business and clientele. A good destination for both divers and non-divers (the snorkeling is excellent) this is primarily a place to spend time in and on the water. Our featured Resorts provide very comfortable rooms backed by first class diving facilities ensuring that you have the most relaxing stay.
Anilao is reached by direct road journey from Manila. Using the south bound highway and local roads journey time is approximately 2.5 hours and transfers can be arranged 24 hours a day.
Anilao is a year round diving destination. November to June is the driest time of year whilst December and January are the coolest months. There is an increased chance of rain from June to August but this is also the quietest time with less divers in the water.
Considered to be the birthplace of Philippines Diving Anilao has long had a reputation as a great destination for muck diving, critters and macro-photography. With over 40 dive sites in the area and with day trips often provided to both nearby Verde Island and Puerto Galera there are plenty of choices here! Much of the diving is along sandy slopes, coral gardens or smaller walls and drop offs. Attracted by quite strong currents that wash the area and bring in rich nutrients there is a wide array of marine life inhabiting the coastline here.
Smaller critters regularly pointed out by expert dive guides include mandarin-fish, leaf an dfrog fish, cuttle-fish, different species of octopus, rare shrimps and crabs, sea horses, ghost pipefish and of course many different types of nudibranch. For those carrying wide angle lenses then batfish, groupers, triggerfish, jacks, mackeral and occasional solitary large tuna are all frequent visitors to the reefs. There are impressive reefs with some extremely rate hard and soft corals to be found in the waters around Anilao.
Three of the best known sites are Sombrero Island, Bajura and Mainint. These sites can sometimes be a bit challenging because of the running currents but they are home to prolific amounts of fish-life, including occasional passing pelagics and are generally all on experienced divers wish lists for Anilao.