Anilaois considered as the birthplace of Philippine scubadiving. The firstdiveresortssetup operation in the 1960’s and whilevariousislands in the Philippines have alsobeenknown for
scubadiving, Anilaoremains to be the most popular weekend dive destination for Metro Manila folks. It’swhere most of usgotinitiatedinto the wonderful underwaterworld. And it onlytakes 1.5 hours drive south of Metro Manila via the SLEX-STAR (TR3) connection.
Finding Nemo in D&T
Anilao is actually a barangay in Mabini, Batangas but scubadiversuse the name to collectivelyrefer to the municipalities of Mabini to Tingloy, which has all the dive sites. The area is so diverse that it has something for everyone, from beginnerdivers to advance and eventechnicaldivers.
Anilao has one of the highestconcentrations of marine biodiversity in the planet and is designated as the “nudibranchcapital of the world” by the folks at UnderwaterPhotography Guide. The
coralsareextremelyhealthy, thanks to the efforts to preserve it by the earlierdivers, and it’struly a haven for underwaterphotographerswhateveryourinterestmaybe. Secret Bay, Twin Rocks, and Basuraaresome of the favorite sites of macrophotographerswhile Beatrice has one of the most beautifulunderwater scenes for wide-angle enthusiasts. Sharks and biggerpelagicareoftenspotted at Ligpo or Mainit Point wherecurrent is usuallystrongest. Thereareperiodic sightings of pelagic drifters in one of the dive sites, whaleshark, mantas, and most recently a mola-mola (sunfish)!