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“ANILAO DIVING IS INCREDIBLE”

Anilao Diving Tour - Pacific Blue Dive Center
Reviewed 11 October 2014 via mobile

This is not a review for any diving operator in particular. This is a review on diving in Anilao as a whole.

Anilao is an excellent diving destination. Considering it is 2.5 hour drive from Manila (do not trust/believe anyone who promises it faster), it's a real jewel.

However, be mindful of whom you hire as your dive operator. As in many things when traveling, it pays to do research and to get recommendation on whom to hire.

With the right diving operator and cooperative weather, you are CERTAIN to have a wonderful time in Anilao.

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Reviewed 2 April 2013

No, this is not about Pacific Blue Diver Center, but about diving in Anilao in general. It is quite surprising that no Tripadvisor reviews have been written about Anilao as a sports scuba diving destination in the Philippines. Here is my contribution which I hope will entice scuba diving enthusiasts to share their experiences..

Anilao is THE scuba diving destination south of Metro Manila. Anilao has a very long history of scuba diving, starting from days of double hose regulators and horse collar BCDs. Yes, it has survived all the threats of climate change, overfishing, coastal development or overdevelopment during the last 4 decades or so. The former dynamite fishermen and cigarette smugglers of yore are now legitimate scuba diving service providers, with most of them, probably retired by now.

Underwater Anilao is simply splendid with very colourful and diverse marine life. There are lots of anthias and other beautiful reef associated fishes and large communities of branching corals. With the protection it is now being given (marine sanctuaries) swirling schools of food fish like Horse Eye Jacks are now commonly encountered. It is not uncommon now-a-days to encounter a marine turtle in one of the dive spots. Anilao has also become a macro-photography haven with numerous interesting minute marine life (e.g. pygmy Sea Horse). Dive spots in Anilao vary from easy “walk in the park” diving to more advanced conditions (deep dive and current dive) around the end of the Calumpang Peninsula and nearby islands of Caban, Maricaban and Sombrero.

As for lodging, the price range and type of accommodations vary from the most luxurious ones like Vivere Azure (US$330.00) and Eagle Point (US$100.00) to modest ones like Dive and Trek, Balai, Aquaventure Reef Club, Scubabro and bed breakfast joints like Bontoc in Batangas. The average package in these places is about P2,500 for overnight stay, 4 meals and snacks. In Bontoc in Batangas one can have a fill of the house’s rum and coke concoction and huge dose of lecture on conservation as the owner is the former country director of a major international conservation organization.

The coastline of Calumpang Peninsula, where Anilao is located, is quite long and Anilao is only one of the baranggays (village), so as a general rule, stay in a resort closest to the intended dive spots. For single travellers and first timers, stay in a resort with a diver center. These resorts are equipped with rental gears and usually have organized dive tours. But even without organized tours, dive groups are a friendly bunch and almost often happy to accommodate another diver in their group. In such arrangement, boat rental and dive guide fee is evenly divided among the dive group members. Just make sure you carry your C-Card and dive log to show proof of training and diving exprerience.

Travel from Manila to Batangas City by bus is very convenient. There are a number of bus stations along EDSA, particularly at the corner of Kamias and EDSA in Quezon City. Bus service from Manila to Batangas Port is 24/7. It is best to take the very early morning (like the 4 or 5 AM bus) to make it to Anilao by mid-day. The bus ride is about 2 to 3 hours depending on the traffic along the South Luzon Expressway. Alight at the foot of the flyover that leads to the Batangas Port. From there find a jeepney that goes to Mabini or direct to Anilao. Bus fare is P150.00 one way and the jeepney fare to Mabini or Anilao is P30.00. If the jeepney ride ends up in Mabini, a final jeepney ride to Anilao is needed. In Anilao, one can take a tricycle to the resort of choice. For resorts located along the coast to the right of Anilao Pier (as you face the sea) like Dive and Trek, the access is by boat and the resort has a boat service (for a fee). The tricycle ride to the resorts along Calumpang Peninsula (to Brgy Solo, Barangay Bagalangit) is about P30.00 per person. If not shared, the passenger will have to pay the full amount of P90.00.

Warning to first time visitors, there is no ATM in Anilao, so take enough cash for the trip. The traffic in Bauan (the final jeepney ride) can be terrible because it goes through a market. So it is best to travel really early to beat this traffic.

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Reviewed 22 July 2010

I went to Anilao- Batangas last Nov 28-29 2009. It was an awesome experience because I was able to leave Manila with it's traffic jams, noisy places and stressful job! It's a nice getaway because it's just 3 hours from Manila and the place offers serenity and calmness. It's far from Boracay, Palawan or Puerto because there are only few tourits there. We stayed at Aguila Beach Resort and it's a convenient place to stay because it's just a walking distance from the public market. We only paid 1400/ night stay for 2 persons, you just need to pay 350 pesos for additional person with a one free meal for everyone. You can bring your own food and drinks inside the resort but there is also a store inside where you can buy it. I checked out the beach the moment I dropped my bag in the room and got camera to take some pictures. It was around 10 am when we arrived and the water was so blue and peaceful. I dipped with a friend and my boo took pictures because he wasn't in the mood yet to swim. I felt the cold water of the beach and it was so refreshing. I sat and watched the boat far from us. I had some chit chat with my friend and we enjoyed the water. I am amazed with fishes swimming with us...
I said that the water is healthy becuase there are fishes near the shore. I watched the sunset and it's amazing!!! I realized how beautiful the creation of God is. It was nice to see clear water, sunset, clean beach- what a perfect vacation!!! I wish to go back there and just enjoy the serenity of the place... God is awesome!
I stayed @ Aguila Beach Resort see link below.
http://www.aguilabeachresort.com/

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Reviewed 23 August 2018
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