Anilao is considered as the birthplace of Philippine scuba diving. The first dive resorts setup operation in the 1960’s and while various islands in the Philippines have also been known for scuba diving, Anilao remains to be the most popular weekend dive destination for Metro Manila folks. It’s where most of us got initiated into the wonderful underwater world. And it only takes 1.5 hours drive south of Metro Manila via the SLEX-STAR (TR3) connection.
The small town of Anilao provides access to fantastic scuba diving. Sitting on the western side of the Calumpan Peninsula on Luzon Island, this section of coast is just a few hours’ drive from the capital, Manila. The peninsula juts into the Verde Island Passage and the landscape of steep hills edged by craggy shores leads to a series of coral-clad terraces.
The diving here may come as a surprise as years back these reefs gained a reputation for being wrecked by poor fishing practices. However, education by environmental and conservation groups has meant the marine realm was allowed to rejuvenate and is now healthy and prolific. Dives sites that lie parallel to the shore are rife with soft corals small animals like the barbiganti pygmy seahorse while the small bays that cluster around the southern tip of the peninsula are amazing muck dives fed by hot water sea vents.
Whether it’s total relaxation or access to world-class dive sites, Anilao Beach Club is your perfect choice! Located within a short 2 hour drive south of Manila, the resort is situated on a private stretch of beach overlooking beautiful Balayan Bay. Designed to provide a sanctuary from the hectic city life, the primary goal for all that attend to your needs at ABC is your complete satisfaction! The environment is so peaceful and calm, you cannot help but to relax. You can spend time in one of our loungers facing the peaceful Balayan Bay, have a professional massage on the beach or spend time playing games in one of our day-use “Kubos”.
For your room accommodations, you have your choice of traditional style casitas or our new deluxe rooms boasting new, flat-screen televisions with cable connections. All rooms have hot and cold water, private bathroom and shower facilities, whisper-quiet air-conditioners, complimentary tea and coffee. High speed internet access is available throughout the resort and is totally complimentary!
Anilao Beach Club is one of the premier dive facilities in the Philippines. We are an SSI (Scuba Schools International) Platinum Instructor Training Facility as well as an ANDI (American Nitrox Divers International) facility. Our air quality meets or exceeds ANDI standards which are the highest in the world. We can provide Enriched Air Nitrox mixes, in any oxygen percentage, to all Nitrox certified divers. All of our tanks are blended by an ANDI certified gas blender with mix averages within 1% of the target mix. Anilao Beach Club is also a certified tr-mix gas facility for those serious tech-divers.
All of our dive equipment is well maintained and our dive guides carry redundant breathing systems (RBS) consisting of a completely seperate side mount system. Our Divemasters are all certifed with certifications renewed annually and have been diving these dive sites for many years. Our group sizes are generally small and are typically no more than 5 divers to 1 dive guide. Our dive guides will provide you with a safe and rewarding diving experience you will surely remember for years to come!
Not certified to dive yet? No problem! We have multiple certified instructors on-site who can provide instruction and certification as an Open Water Diver.
Diving in the Anilao area can be done all year round, even in the rainy season. However, some of the areas on the penninsula can get pretty rough during the Habagat (southwest monsoon) making launching boats too difficult.
Not so at Anilao Beach Club; because the beach faces northeast, the rollers/high waves go by us further out to sea. This allows divers to launch boats or do shore dives all year round.
What may seem odd though, is frequently the visibility in front of the resort during rainy season is generally better than at other times. This works well for fun divers and also instructors who want to dive with their students for certifications.
So come join us for some of the best diving the Philiipines has to offer!
Just a two-and-a-half hour drive south of Manila, Anilao, is regarded as the birthplace of diving in the Philippines. There is something for everyone here – from snorkeling, to sites for both novices and the experienced diver.
In the mid-1960’s, a whole coral reef was transplanted onto a large rock formation close to the shore. Contrary to popular belief at the time that the adventure would fail, the coral has flourished. As a result, diving has developed and is at the forefront of the industry in the Philippines to this day.
Visibility is good and the opportunities for photography are excellent. Unfortunately, as the area has developed, so some of the more negative aspects of this have become evident. In particular, dynamiting, collection of corals and shells and over fishing are just some of the challenges that Anilao and Batangas must face. Luckily, these are being addressed. Most of the best dives are actually found around the islands of Sombrero and Maricaban, a short boat trip away from Anilao.
from MANILA, take a BUS with sign board BATANGAS CITY PIER. drop off at BATANGAS GRAND TERMINAL.
ride a jeepney going to MABINI ANILAO, then drop off at MABINI CROSSING.
take a tricycle going to ANILAO BEACH CLUB.
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