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 full days of diving and a Day Trip in February 2016.
Highlights: Spotting at least 11 brand new nudibranches over the course of two days of diving. Finding over ten pygmy sea horses of a sea fan. Watching the extremely rare Hairy Frogfish devour a lizardfish that was the same size. Floating along with a large hawksbill sea turtle in the middle of the blue ocean.
Dive sites: Mainit Point, Bethlehem, Sombrero, Twin Rocks, Koala, Darylaut, and Secret Bay.
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!”