Finding the perfect scuba diving spot, the Philippines has many amazing dive sites and on top of this list is in Anilao where Eagle Point Beach Resort and Hotel in Batangas is strategically situated. This dive spot is recognized as one of the favorite hangouts of people looking for a weekend getaway destinations. Being just a couple of hours away from the national capital of Metro Manila, it is a suitable spot alternative for city residents who want to take a dip in its resorts or engage in scuba diving or snorkeling. Aside from its world-class amenities, Anilao is home to the biggest contingent of various marine life species, including more than 90% of coral species and a huge number of nudibranch.
Diving in Anilao reached its peak during the early years of the 80’s when divers from different parts of the world discovered the place and started diving the area extensively. However, the diving place was still due for development during that time. Aside from that, Anilao was affected by dangerous style of dynamite fishing by the local residents. Consequently, foreign divers began to look for other dive sites in the Philippines, such as Tubbataha or Palawan. However, slowly but surely, Anilao is getting back on its feet after local efforts to preserve natural wildlife went into full swing. Dive sites in the area are perfect for beginners as well as expert divers. Local and foreign divers can look forward to comfortable temperatures throughout the year. The customer service is exceptional and commonly the local personnel will take care of the itinerary of their clients. Dive sites in Anilao offer affordable prices and are truly a worthwhile diving experience.
At some dive sites, beginners don’t like to indulge in scuba diving for fear of getting into situations they can’t handle, but Anilao offers several alternatives in the nearby resorts lined-up on the coast. Some of the more popular dive sites in Anilao include Cathedral and Twin Rocks. Both provide a guarantee of an enjoyable diving experience for beginners and experts alike.
Anilao is a town in Batangas that is a famous destination for weekend trips, especially for diving. Many resorts in Anilao offer great diving packages to excellent dive sites in the area. There are about 24 dive sites in Anilao. Among these dive sites are the following listed below.
- The Cathedral – This dive site is a marine sanctuary in Anilao. The Cathedral has two big mounds where a cross was planted in between these mounds. The dive site looks like an underwater roofless amphitheater. The Cathedral is a famous dive site in Anilao where many types of reef fish can be found. The Sombrero Island – This dive site is a drift dive in Anilao. The name of the island is derived from its appearance during low tide, shape like a hat or sombrero – a local term. The Sombrero Island is a good dive site for coral lovers.
- The Mainit Point or Hot Water Point – This is a dive site in Anilao that has everything to offer. Hard corals, nudibranches, ribbon eels, and mantis shrimp are among the marine life that can be found in the Mainit Point. Occasionally, sharks can be found in this dive site. This dive site also has natural hot springs where you can boil eggs in them.
- The Mapating or Shark Cave – This dive site in Anilao is a challenging one even for experienced divers. Strong water current prevails in the Mapating. A great variety of sharks, pelagic fish, and other marine life are rich in this dive site, which has a series of drop-offs.
- The Twin Rocks – This is a dive site that has a capsized barge wreck. The giant clams, batfish, frogfish, and mushroom corals are among the things that you can find in the Twin Rocks in Anilao. Some blue spotted stingrays are also present in this dive site in Anilao.
- The Ligpo Island – This is a dive site in Anilao that can be circumnavigated in just one dive. The Ligpo Island is also a good dive site for coral lovers where different types of corals can be found including large gorgonians. Various reef fish and sometimes, pelagic fishes can be seen swimming nearby in this dive site.
The dive sites mentioned above are just some of the wonderful sites in Anilao, Batangas. Anilao is about two-and-a-half hours away from Manila, Philippines. Buses traverse daily in this route from Manila to Anilao. Anilao, Batangas is a wonderful place to go for weekend diving trip with its plenteous dive sites around. It is truly invigorating and refreshing when you visit the various dive sites in Anilao. Although designed as a resort and diving site, Anilao likewise offers other amenities for customers who are not inclined to diving. Visitors can look forward to spa and massage treatments. Snorkeling is a very popular alternative to diving. Situated on the northeast area of Anilao is Lake Taal, where majestic Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest volcano, is located. Residents from this city can likewise tour this natural wonder which has another lake within the volcano’s crater. Guests could even consider going on a hiking trip towards the slope of Taal Volcano. Finally, there are other diving alternatives which visitors can delve in outside Lake Taal.
So when looking for dive spots in the Philippines, always consider Anilao, you won’t be disappointed. For more info about scuba diving, company outing and hotel accommodations, you can visit our website at www.eaglepointresort.com.ph