Anilao, Philippines boasts some of the highest concentration of diverse marine life on the planet, including over 90% of the coral species found worldwide and a staggering number of fish, shrimps, nudibranches, and other animal species. Anilao is a peninsula that juts out into the ocean about a two hours drive south of Manila and offers over 40 different dive sites all within a 30-minute boat ride of each other. Coral walls, coral shelves, coral slopes, muck dives, drift dives, and night dives are all excellent and available in Anilao. Two different Day Trips to Anilao in January 2016.
Highlights: Watching the rare and venomous flamboyant cuttlefish hunting for twenty minutes was well worth it and something I will never forget. Definitely one of the top moments of diving ever! Then on the last dive of the day we found a juvenile flamboyant cuttlefish to top the trip off.
Dive sites: Mainit Point, Bethlehem, and Sand Castle. Also dove Secret Bay four times.
Best for viewing: According to a marine biologist from the Smithsonian we met, “Anilao is by far the most bio-diverse place on the planet!”