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From humble beginnings as a quick and easy place to dive at the weekend for people from Manila, to an internationally recognised dive destination for superb macro diving. Photographers from all over come to shoot its wonderfully diverse life forms.

Located a 3 hour drive from Manila, Anilao is where recreational diving started in the Philippines back in the 70’s. From humble beginnings where divers used to meet up in Anilao town centre, a huge range of dive centres and resorts are now on offer, although you never really feel it’s a busy place because they are spread out over such a wide area.

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About Diving

There is a huge number of dive sites in the area, offering different kinds of environment, from reef dives to a half hearted wreck dive, but for us the primary reason for going to Anilao is for macro and muck diving.

Good to know

  • Best time of year: Diving all year round, but best between October to May
  • Dive Qualification: Open Water dive qualification suitable.
  • Favorite dive sites: Buceo Anilao house reef, Anilao pier night dive, Secret Bay and Twin Rocks
  • Off gas day: Kayaking, windsurfing in Anilao Bay or go for a trek in the hills for stunning views across Mabini.
  • Sunset drinks: From anywhere at Buceo Anilao you’ll have great views of the sun setting.
  • Try food at: The original Anilao foody place, in Anilao Town – Marylin’s Eatery

Anilao – on the map

Resorts and Dive Centres

Guide Price


Per person. Twin share

  • 7 nights B & B

  • 15 dives

  • Domestic transfers

Buceo Anilao Beach & Dive Resort

         Buceo Anilao is the new kid on the block in Anilao and what a great job Carlos, Cristina and David have done; every possible thought for what a diver needs has been taken into consideration, including one of the best camera rooms around. If you are choosing to go to Anilao, chances...

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Guide Price


Per person. Twin share

  • 7 nights Full Board

  • 18 dives

  • Domestic transfers

Crystal Blue Resort

              Perfectly located along the coastline of the Municipality of Mabini, Crystal Blue Resort offers easy access to all the main dive sites of the area. The vast majority of divers coming to Anilao are photographers and macro diving lovers; Crystal Blue is designed to make them feel right at...

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