Anilao 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 trips to Anilao during Nov. 2015.
Highlights: Incredible dive at Cathedral with a large cuttlefish. Finally, after looking for two years, finding two Coleman Shrimp on a Fire Urchin. A wonderful starry night octopus during another incredible night dive.
Dive sites: Kerby’s, Bethlehem, Sombrero, Secret Bay (Muck Dive), Arthur’s Rock (Night Dive), Devils Point, Sepoc Wall, and Cathedral. Five consecutive dives at Twin Rocks.
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!”