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Diving in Anilao

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When to go to Anilao

From October to the end of May is the main scuba diving season in Anilao. July and August can get wicked monsoons. The average temperature ranges between 25C/77F and 32C/90F year-round. The water temperature cools down from December to March and stays between 24C/75-27C/81F and between 28C/82F-29C/84F during the rest of the year. The average visibility is good, around 20m/68ft, and the opportunities for photography are excellent.


What to see

Anilao has a large number of species of hard and soft corals, perhaps more than anywhere else in the world. Reef sharks and barracudas are seen down deep, at dive sites with stronger currents. On very rare occasions divers can see small whale sharks. Most species on the muck and macro diving critter list can be found in Anilao. Shrimp, crabs, nudibranchs, small squid, cuttlefish, frogfish, pipefish, seahorse, mimic and blue-ringed octopus and large schools of Jacks can be seen here. Night dives are especially nice and often reveal unusual creatures like sea hares, sea goblins, catfish, eels, ghost pipe fish, mandarin fish and snake eels.

Scuba diving in Anilao

Anilao is a barangay in the municipality of Mabini, Batangas, the Philippines. It is located just a 3 hour drive south of Manila on the large island of Luzon, at the southern end of the Calumpang Peninisula facing Maribacan Island. The closest international airport is Ninoy Aquino that is located in 110 km. Anilao is popular with divers and snorkelers. The reefs of Anilao are pristine and extremely healthy, both at shallow depths and at very deep depths. Divers can explore sandy slopes, drop-offs, overhangs, walls and so on. It is also a great place to find Bobbit worms.


Most popular dive sites

The best dive sites in Anilao are Cathedral Rock, Beatrice Rock, Twin Rocks, Mainit Muck (Secret Bay), Sombrero Island and Sepok Wall. Dive sites are usually 10-25 minutes away from most resorts. Mainit Muck (Secret Bay) is one of the most famous muck-diving sites with the average depth of 27m/89ft and strong currents of around 2 knots. Diving here is suitable for experienced divers.

Dive centers in Anilao