In the mid-1960’s in Anilao, a whole coral reef was transplanted onto a large rock formation close to the shore. Contrary to popular belief at the time that the adventure would fail, the coral has flourished. As a result, diving has developed and is at the forefront of the industry in the Philippines, Anilao, to this day.
In Anilao, visibility is good and the opportunities for photography are excellent. Unfortunately, as Anilao develops, so some of the more negative aspects of this have become evident. In particular, collection of corals and shells and over fishing are just some of the problems that Anilao and Batangas have to face. Fortunately, these problems are being addressed to. Most of the best dives are actually found around the islands of Sombrero and Maricaban, a short boat trip away from Anilao.
A short dive north of Anilao is the quiet town of Nasugbu where good diving is also abundant.
Dives can be conducted in Anilao all year round. The peak season is from July to September where most people choose to dive in this period.
|Great for||Highlights||Depth||Visibility||Currents||Surface conditions||Water temperature||Experience level||Recommended Length of stay|
|Advanced, Photography,Novices and the Experienced diver||Thresher sharks, Hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, manta rays||5 – >40m||10 – 30m||Can be strong||Can be choppy||26 – 29°C||Beginner – Advanced||5 – 7 days|
4 hours from Singapore to Manila, Philippines, by plane and then Just a two-and-a-half hour drive south of Manila
Mactan Cebu International Airport in Cebu has a regular international flight service to/from Singapore with Cebu Pacific Air
|Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun||Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat|
Depart 00.20 – Arrive 04.00
Depart 19.45 – Arrive 23.25
An alternate airline which also has a regular international flight service to/from Singapore is SilkAir
|Mon and Thurs||Mon, Tues, Thurs and Sat||Wed, Fri and Sun|
Depart 14.35 – Arrive 18.15
Depart 19.00 – Arrive 22.30
Depart 09.05 – Arrive 12.45
Depart 15.25 – Arrive 18.55
*All times are in Singapore GMT +8 hours
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