Sarah and I were lucky to explore a region in the Philippines which is re inventing itself as a dive destination. Anilao lies just a few hours south of Manila and became a relatively popular dive spot during the 80’s and 90’s. Since then the focus has fallen to other locations which offer more in the way of reef and fish life. However the true treasures of Anilao are increasing being recognised by the diving community, especially from photographers and macro/critter enthusiasts.
We can honestly say this is well justified. We arrived at Crystal Blue Resort from neighboring Puerto Galera and with limited time quickly met with our dive guide, a quick briefing and kit up and we were ready to head off to a sand slope north of the resort. The dive guide informed us he had seen 2 Lacy Rhinopiah at this site only yesterday, dutifully he found them within 20 minutes then went on what I can only describe as a ‘critter rampage’ . Now I’d just spent a week in Lembeh which dubs itself as the critter capital of the world but after 2 dives at Anilao I can honestly say I saw more interesting species, more diversity and more abundance at Anilao.
To find out more about diving in Anilao and the Philippines contact us here or pick up the phone and speak to me on 0800 955 0180.
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