Aside from being a home of beauty queens, the Philippines is also gifted with white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and the most pristine islands in the world. On the large island of Luzon, just to the south of Manila, a popular destination for divers and snorkelers is a paradise called Anilao and here are 3 reasons why you should book your trip ASAP:
Great diving conditions
The thrilling seascapes can be experienced all throughout the year but the months of March until May is the best to book your trip with a water temperature of approximately 27°C. The currents are gentle and can be sometimes strong for those who are up for some challenge, be sure to visit the Mainit Muck also knows as the Secret Bay. The visibility can range from 3m to 20m depending on the season and the tide.
Amazing Dive sites
1. Beatrice Rock
This tantalizing beauty offers a series of short drop-offs with channels in between from 5m to 27m. Due to strong currents, this site gave birth to hard corals that attract tuna, rainbow runners, and several species of rays, and when you’re lucky enough, you may also encounter a whale shark.
2. Secret Bay
This is a world-class macro photography site. With a maximum of 21m, photographers from all over the world appreciate an immense biodiversity. It is a niche of beautiful nudibranchs with electric colors contrasting with the dark bottom. The quality and a huge quantity of critters make the fans of diving photography drool over this site.
3. Bonito Island
This heart-shaped island is a fun-filled diving escapade. During your stay, you can go fishing, island hopping, snorkeling, wind surfing, kayaking, and more. Coral head on huge sandy slopes is an evidence of vibrant marine life sheltering sea urchins, sea cucumbers, stingrays, and moral eels.
4. Kirby's Rock
The dive starts from the rocky islet that extends down to a sloped sandy 30m bottom. At 35m, there’s one big boulder of solid rock that is clothed with small sea cucumbers. Aside from divers, this is often visited by black and white frog fish, a golden pygmy sea horse, and twin spot lion fish.
Rich marine life
The crystal clear water of Anilao is a portal leading to the most divers and panoramic marine life. The masters of camouflage can be sighted not in the corals but in the sandy or silty areas and sea grass beds. Pelagic creatures such as schooling Jacks, Turtle, Barracudas, Bluefin and Giant Trevallies, and Reef Sharks are usually sighted here. Shrimp, crabs, nudibranchs, small squid, and cuttlefish, are all more plentiful than almost anywhere else.