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. Dove in July and August 2016.
Highlights: I’ve been looking for a Rhinopia for three years and when I finally found a beautiful purple Rhinopia a second one crawled over while I was taking photos! Watching an octopus use three shells to hide itself. Following a very friendly squid out into black water during a night dive.
Dive sites: Mainit Point, Bethlehem, Sand Castle, Secret Bay, Kerby’s, Caban Cove, Bethlehem Left, Apol.
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!”