Anilao is only 2.5 hours drive from Metro Manila and has long been a local Dive Destination in the Philippines, with its good mix of reefs, sandy slopes, caves, and piers. In recent years, Anilao has experienced a boom in UW Macro Photography tourism. There has been an influx of foreign divers visiting Anilao in order to photograph its diversely rich underwater subjects and seascapes. This led to the discovery of unique critters such as the Rhinopias and Sea Dragons, which are now regularly spotted in these waters.
Just a boat ride away from Puerto Galera and Verde Island; Anilao makes a perfect staging area to access all these well-known Philippine Dive Destinations.
Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort has every tool to make a diver's and, especially, an underwater photographer's stay a pleasant and seamless experience. The boats have been custom-designed to be longer and wider to become better-suited for carrying UW photographers and their equipment. In addition, Aiyanar has 4 fast boats of different sizes to make dive trips to farther destinations such as Verde Island and Puerto Galera, more accessible.
The Dive Center is complete with gear and tools to suit all diving needs. It sits on more than 120 sq. of a well-designed space that assists in the efficient flow of divers departing and arriving at the resort during peak operations.
|Scuba Review||Php 3,500.00|
|Discover Scuba||Php 4,200.00|
|Discover Scuba Follow Up Dive||Php 3,000.00|
|Scuba Dive (10 years old)||Php 16,500.00|
|Open Water Diver||Php 25,000.00|
|Advanced Open Water Diver||Php 21,000.00|
|Rescue Diver||Php 25,000.00|
|Nitrox Diver||Php 14,000.00|
Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort offers dive packages to dive sites in and around Anilao, Batangas, including Verde Island and Puerto Galera. For more information, please send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anilao, Batangas has long been a local Dive Destination in the Philippines, its good mix of reefs, sandy slopes, caves and piers make for a really interesting Dive vacation. Just a boat ride away from Puerto Galera and Verde Island; Anilao makes for the perfect staging area to access all these well known Philippine Dive Destinations.
In recent years, Anilao has experienced a boom in UW Macro Photography tourism. There has been an influx of foreign divers visiting Anilao in order to photograph its diversely rich underwater subjects and seascapes. With the increasing interest in underwater photography in Anilao, more critters such as the Rhinopias, and Sea Dragons, thought to have only been in Lembeh, are being spotted regularly in these waters.
Underwater Camera Room
The camera room can comfortably house 18 Photographers actively working on their cameras; with provisions for double the number, if needed. It has been dubbed as one of the best equipped Camera Rooms in Anilao, Batangas.
Details such as air hoses are in place, ready for blasting and drying wet cameras. Camera Tables are covered in a non-slip rubber material helps keep all your parts in place while you prepare for your dive. The Aiyanar Camera Room is truly a space designed by Underwater Photographers to service Photographers.
Over the years, Anilao remains to be one of the most popular diving destinations in the Philippines. Strategically located in Mabini, Batangas, only 2-3 hours drive from Metro Manila, Anilao is known to be home to the beginnings of majority of the diving population of the Philippines. Divers who take their open water course in Manila or in any location within Luzon most likely have their first taste of real open water in Anilao, for example. In addition, it's accessibility to Manila makes it a favourite among weekend warriors and excursionists.
Decades ago, Anilao was merely a secret haven for locals. Today, resorts line the coast of Mabini catering to a myriad of clientele. It is a town built upon the love of diving. As such, development in Anilao strictly abides by the rules of conservation and sustainability. Locals proudly hold that Anilao has been a protected marine area since the 70's, and are determined to maintain it as such.
Today, there is an international boom in the interest in the Philippine diving industry, highlighting Anilao and its many diving opportunities. It is a haven that caters to divers of all skill levels and interests.
For example, those who like bigger animals will find that Anilao has no shortage of sharks, rays, and other good-sized schooling fish like trivially barracuda. It is also not unlikely to spot the occasional whaleshark or other bigger animals while diving. These can be found at the more advanced sights with good currents and some deeper reefs (eg.mainit point, bahura kanto, mapating larry's garden and twin rocks).
In turn, those who prefer nice easy diving and colourful soft and hard corals will be fully-satisfied in Anilao. Located right in the middle of the coral triangle, Anilao boasts of some of the widest diversity of coral life that can be found on a dive. Good-sized hard corals such as brain, table and staghorn corals are on almost every dive, mixed with an array of soft corals, large sponges and gorgonian fans and you can have the most picturesque dive.
Lastly, for those with a keen eye and a love for critter photography, Anilao delivers critter diving that rivals the best critter diving in the world. Sites such as the more recently discovered "Secret Bay", and the Anilao classic "Basura" offer critter diving that equals the shores of Dauin, and even Lembeh in Indonesia. Critters such as the frogfish(the giant, clown and the hairy), wonderpus, flambouyant cuttlefish, and, lately, even the pinnacle of critter diving, the rhinopias, have been spotted on a regular basis off the shores of anilao and have been photographed on a regular basis.
With a rich marine biodiversity within an environment maintained and protected by the local communities, Anilao proves to be one of the foremost marine conservation and diving destinations of the Philippines.