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Philippines :: Anilao

Just a two-and-a-half hour drive south of Manila, Anilao, is regarded as the birthplace of diving in the Philippines. There is something for everyone here - from snorkeling, to sites for both novices and the experienced diver.

In the mid-1960's, 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 to this day.

Visibility is good and the opportunities for photography are excellent. Unfortunately, as the area has developed, so some of the more negative aspects of this have become evident. In particular, dynamiting, collection of corals and shells and over fishing are just some of the challenges that Anilao and Batangas must face. Luckily, these are being addressed. 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.


Anilao at a glance

Accommodation : All types

Average cost of a dive : $25

Dive Sites : 25+

Dive Operators : 10

Getting there : 2.5 hours drive south of Manila.

Off Season : July to Sept

The map below is interactive so click on the dive site to get more details.

Anilao Dive Sites


Ligpo Island Cathedral Rock Koala Mainit Point Beatrice Rock Layag Layag Mapating Rock Maricaban Island bonito island Nasugbu