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Scuba Diving the Island Nation of the Philippines

Eagle Point Beach Resort and Hotel in Batangas covers the pristine blue waters that can attract you to swim or to do scuba diving.

 

Anilao Beach Resort in Batangas Philippines

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Eagle Point Beach Resort and Hotel in Batangas covers the pristine blue waters that can attract you to swim or to do scuba diving. Snorkeling and Kayaking are the popular activities in the Batangas beach resort.

As one of the richest macro diving destinations in the Asia/Pacific, Anilao, Batangas is only a few hours by road from Manila and has blossomed from a holiday – camp weekender dive locality, to a major dive location for serious scuba diving, snorkeling and underwater.

The deep waters and rich marine life surrounding Philippines blesses the country with so many scuba diving spots, whose beauty does not disappoint. At the forefront of the scuba diving industry in the country is Anilao, Batangas, the birthplace of Philippine diving sites. There are 24 diving sites in this small town alone, with resorts that cater to amateurs and professionals alike. Some spots even let you swim with the sharks of Anilao.

Diving in the Philippines is usually done on local outrigger canoes called “bangkas.” The smaller ones take between four and six divers while the larger boats have capacity of up to a dozen passengers including dive gear. A simple backward roll takes you into the warm, clear tropical waters and you’re on your way to an adventure you’ll never forget. The country is divided into 3 distinct island groups, Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. It is fortunate enough to have the pleasure of extensively diving in the first two.

Although scuba diving can be found throughout Luzon and its surrounding islands, the predominant diving areas are in the Provinces of Batangas and Oriental Mindoro, more popularly known as Anilao and Puerto Galera. Anilao and Puerto Galera are a photographer’s heaven since despite the much talked about El Nino and La Nina cycles that have devastated many of the world’s reefs, both the hard and soft coral cover in Luzon are amazingly well preserved

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Conveniently, Anilao is a quick two hour car ride from the city of Manila, and is billed as the “Nudibranch capitol of the world”. For those of you with puzzled looks on your faces, nudibranchs are aquatic, snail-like critters that come in a dazzling, near infinite array of colors and shapes. To many divers, they are simply the most fascinating creatures to look for. The hundreds of species found in the country (approximately 700 at last count) make it a photographers dream since there are plenty of opportunities to get just the right shot. Blue ribbon, moray and snowflake eels, lionfish, various species of parrot, damsel and trigger fishes are all common sights in Anilao. Of course, no South Pacific dive trip would be complete without the perennial favorite, amphiprion ocellaris, also known as the clown or anemone fish made popular by Disney/Pixar’s film, Finding Nemo. Additionally, large schools of travelly have started to appear in the waters of Anilao, typically found at a dive site called Twin Rocks. Dive sites of note in Anilao include: Beatrice, Sombrero, Mato, Twin Rocks and Bahura..

Some contents came from Wikipedia

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