A coastal town in the province of Batangas, known for its rich marine biodiversity.


Guide to Anilao

Diving in Anilao – located in a coastal town in Batangas, Philippines, Anilao is known for its rich marine biodiversity, and distinctive dive sites, while providing exciting opportunities for macro photography. Diving highlights include:

Coral Reefs

Anilao is renowned for its stunning coral gardens and diverse coral species. The vibrant and healthy reefs serve as a colorful backdrop for underwater photography and provide a thriving habitat for a multitude of marine life.

Macro Photography

Anilao is a popular destination for macro photography enthusiasts. Divers can encounter a wide range of small and elusive critters including pygmy seahorses, colorful nudibranchs, frogfish, and various species of shrimp and crabs.

Muck Diving

Anilao is famous for muck diving, with dive sites featuring sandy bottoms that serve as habitat for a variety of rare critters. Divers can explore sites like Secret Bay and Bethlehem, where they can encounter a wide variety of unique critters, like ghost pipefish, crocodile fish, mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, and other strange-looking creatures.

Marine Life

Known for its teeming diverse marine life, Anilao is home to various species of reef fish, including pygmy seahorses, sea turtles, cuttlefish, vibrant nudibranchs, various octopuses, and other rare creatures.

Cave and Wall Diving

The mix of underwater landscapes in the region, which includes wall dives and caverns, provide opportunities for divers to enjoy underwater adventures in sites like Cathedral and Sepok Wall which are teeming with marine life.

Night Diving

Anilao is renowned as one of the best dive destinations for night diving. Divers can encounter and observe a variety of fascinating nocturnal marine life including bobtail squid, mandarin fish, Spanish dancers, and other interesting critters.

Diving Conditions

In general, visibility in Anilao is good, often exceeding 20 meters (65 feet). Water temperatures are warm, and range between 26°C to 30°C (78°F to 86°F), making it an ideal diving destination.

Dive Sites

Anilao is home to a multitude of dive sites, each with its unique ecosystems and marine life. Well-known sites include Secret Bay, Beatrice Rock, the Mainit Muck Dive, and many other exciting dive locations.

Diving in Anilao is a rewarding experience for divers seeking to explore vibrant coral reefs, encounter diverse marine life, and enjoy unique opportunities for macro photography and muck diving. The region’s accessible location from Manila, combined with its underwater wonders, makes it a favorite destination for underwater enthusiasts.


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