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 Anilao and Batangas

Philippines, Luzon

English (Translate this text in English): Anilao is a superb world-class dive site located just an hour or two's drive (depending on traffic) from the capital of Manila. Take the new Star Highway to get there even faster and open up your car on the wide highway! Its best to take someone who knows the area cause the Philippines does not have the most travel-friendly roads and directions.

Known the world over for its multitudes of ecclectic species that reside basically 10 metres from the beach. With dive sites like Cathedral, Sombrero and Mapating, the variety of reef life is unrivaled in all the dive sites I have seen throughout the world. Not the best place for big things, but in terms of species per square foot, it is amazing. A classic dive spot that traces its roots back to the infancy of Philippine Scuba Diving in the 70's, it has its own legends and lore, including a 25 foot Great Hammerhead that supposedly resides behind Sombrero island. Stay at Club Oscellaris, or Seafari, the oldest divecamp in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): Anilao is a superb world-class dive site located just an hour or two's drive (depending on traffic) from the capital of Manila. Take the new Star Highway to get there even faster and open up your car on the wide highway! Its best to take someone who knows the area cause the Philippines does not have the most travel-friendly roads and directions.

Known the world over for its multitudes of ecclectic species that reside basically 10 metres from the beach. With dive sites like Cathedral, Sombrero and Mapating, the variety of reef life is unrivaled in all the dive sites I have seen throughout the world. Not the best place for big things, but in terms of species per square foot, it is amazing. A classic dive spot that traces its roots back to the infancy of Philippine Scuba Diving in the 70's, it has its own legends and lore, including a 25 foot Great Hammerhead that supposedly resides behind Sombrero island. Stay at Club Oscellaris, or Seafari, the oldest divecamp in the area.

Anilao is a superb world-class dive site located just an hour or two's drive (depending on traffic) from the capital of Manila. Take the new Star Highway to get there even faster and open up your car on the wide highway! Its best to take someone who knows the area cause the Philippines does not have the most travel-friendly roads and directions.

Known the world over for its multitudes of ecclectic species that reside basically 10 metres from the beach. With dive sites like Cathedral, Sombrero and Mapating, the variety of reef life is unrivaled in all the dive sites I have seen throughout the world. Not the best place for big things, but in terms of species per square foot, it is amazing. A classic dive spot that traces its roots back to the infancy of Philippine Scuba Diving in the 70's, it has its own legends and lore, including a 25 foot Great Hammerhead that supposedly resides behind Sombrero island. Stay at Club Oscellaris, or Seafari, the oldest divecamp in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): Anilao is a superb world-class dive site located just an hour or two's drive (depending on traffic) from the capital of Manila. Take the new Star Highway to get there even faster and open up your car on the wide highway! Its best to take someone who knows the area cause the Philippines does not have the most travel-friendly roads and directions.

Known the world over for its multitudes of ecclectic species that reside basically 10 metres from the beach. With dive sites like Cathedral, Sombrero and Mapating, the variety of reef life is unrivaled in all the dive sites I have seen throughout the world. Not the best place for big things, but in terms of species per square foot, it is amazing. A classic dive spot that traces its roots back to the infancy of Philippine Scuba Diving in the 70's, it has its own legends and lore, including a 25 foot Great Hammerhead that supposedly resides behind Sombrero island. Stay at Club Oscellaris, or Seafari, the oldest divecamp in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): Anilao is a superb world-class dive site located just an hour or two's drive (depending on traffic) from the capital of Manila. Take the new Star Highway to get there even faster and open up your car on the wide highway! Its best to take someone who knows the area cause the Philippines does not have the most travel-friendly roads and directions.

Known the world over for its multitudes of ecclectic species that reside basically 10 metres from the beach. With dive sites like Cathedral, Sombrero and Mapating, the variety of reef life is unrivaled in all the dive sites I have seen throughout the world. Not the best place for big things, but in terms of species per square foot, it is amazing. A classic dive spot that traces its roots back to the infancy of Philippine Scuba Diving in the 70's, it has its own legends and lore, including a 25 foot Great Hammerhead that supposedly resides behind Sombrero island. Stay at Club Oscellaris, or Seafari, the oldest divecamp in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): Anilao is a superb world-class dive site located just an hour or two's drive (depending on traffic) from the capital of Manila. Take the new Star Highway to get there even faster and open up your car on the wide highway! Its best to take someone who knows the area cause the Philippines does not have the most travel-friendly roads and directions.

Known the world over for its multitudes of ecclectic species that reside basically 10 metres from the beach. With dive sites like Cathedral, Sombrero and Mapating, the variety of reef life is unrivaled in all the dive sites I have seen throughout the world. Not the best place for big things, but in terms of species per square foot, it is amazing. A classic dive spot that traces its roots back to the infancy of Philippine Scuba Diving in the 70's, it has its own legends and lore, including a 25 foot Great Hammerhead that supposedly resides behind Sombrero island. Stay at Club Oscellaris, or Seafari, the oldest divecamp in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): Anilao is a superb world-class dive site located just an hour or two's drive (depending on traffic) from the capital of Manila. Take the new Star Highway to get there even faster and open up your car on the wide highway! Its best to take someone who knows the area cause the Philippines does not have the most travel-friendly roads and directions.

Known the world over for its multitudes of ecclectic species that reside basically 10 metres from the beach. With dive sites like Cathedral, Sombrero and Mapating, the variety of reef life is unrivaled in all the dive sites I have seen throughout the world. Not the best place for big things, but in terms of species per square foot, it is amazing. A classic dive spot that traces its roots back to the infancy of Philippine Scuba Diving in the 70's, it has its own legends and lore, including a 25 foot Great Hammerhead that supposedly resides behind Sombrero island. Stay at Club Oscellaris, or Seafari, the oldest divecamp in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): Anilao is a superb world-class dive site located just an hour or two's drive (depending on traffic) from the capital of Manila. Take the new Star Highway to get there even faster and open up your car on the wide highway! Its best to take someone who knows the area cause the Philippines does not have the most travel-friendly roads and directions.

Known the world over for its multitudes of ecclectic species that reside basically 10 metres from the beach. With dive sites like Cathedral, Sombrero and Mapating, the variety of reef life is unrivaled in all the dive sites I have seen throughout the world. Not the best place for big things, but in terms of species per square foot, it is amazing. A classic dive spot that traces its roots back to the infancy of Philippine Scuba Diving in the 70's, it has its own legends and lore, including a 25 foot Great Hammerhead that supposedly resides behind Sombrero island. Stay at Club Oscellaris, or Seafari, the oldest divecamp in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): Anilao is a superb world-class dive site located just an hour or two's drive (depending on traffic) from the capital of Manila. Take the new Star Highway to get there even faster and open up your car on the wide highway! Its best to take someone who knows the area cause the Philippines does not have the most travel-friendly roads and directions.

Known the world over for its multitudes of ecclectic species that reside basically 10 metres from the beach. With dive sites like Cathedral, Sombrero and Mapating, the variety of reef life is unrivaled in all the dive sites I have seen throughout the world. Not the best place for big things, but in terms of species per square foot, it is amazing. A classic dive spot that traces its roots back to the infancy of Philippine Scuba Diving in the 70's, it has its own legends and lore, including a 25 foot Great Hammerhead that supposedly resides behind Sombrero island. Stay at Club Oscellaris, or Seafari, the oldest divecamp in the area.

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Aquaventure Housereef - / -
7 m 10 m CMAS * / OW
Arthur's Rock 6 / -
14 m 18 m All divers
Beatrice Rock - / -
14 m 27 m CMAS * / OW
Bonito - / -
18 m 25 m CMAS * / OW
Cathedral Rock 8 / -
19 m 30 m All divers
Daryl Laut 6 / -
16.2 m 45 m CMAS * / OW
Dive & Trek House Reef 3 / -
12 m 25 m CMAS * / OW
Layag-Layag - / -
20 m 30 m CMAS ** / AOW
Ligpo Island 3 / -
24.4 m 45.7 m CMAS ** / AOW
Mainit Point 12 / -
15.2 m 30.5 m CMAS * / OW
Malajibomanoc Island - / -
15 m 25 m CMAS * / OW
Mapating Rock - / -
20 m 40 m CMAS ** / AOW
Sepok Wall - / -
13.7 m 24.4 m CMAS * / OW
Sombrero Island - / -
22 m 40 m CMAS ** / AOW
Twin Rocks Marine Sanctuary 4 / -
18 m 25 m All divers
Verde Island Wall - / -
20 m 80 m CMAS ** / AOW
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Sombrero Island
Door Ofir1
dec 16, 2009
Day 3 dive 3/3 - Last dive of the trip. good site with rich marine life.... watch out for the rock fish and the blue triggers hiding in the rocks
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Sepok Wall
Door Ofir1
dec 16, 2009
Day 3 dive 2/3 - Another great dive ... strong currents, lots of eels!
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Beatrice Rock
Door Ofir1
dec 16, 2009
Day 3 dive 1/3 - Great dive with lots to see... there is an old turtle there so try and find him as he doesn't mind divers getting close to him.
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Mainit Point
Door Ofir1
dec 15, 2009
day 2 dive 2/4 - Mainit bubbles... no bubbles due to volcano eruption down south but nice dive anyway
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Mainit Point
Door Ofir1
dec 15, 2009
day 2 dive 1/4 - Deco dive... coral garden, didn't see the "hot water springs" but good dive
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Trip: Anilao
Door Ofir1
Van dec 14, 2009 tot dec 16, 2009
Went to Anilao to see whats the fuss all about while I am in Tagaytay.Nice dive trip but I wont make a huge effort to go there next time.   
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