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With 7,101 islands 18,000 kilometers of shoreline and 27,000 square kilometers of coral reefs, the Philippines lies in the center of the coral triangle which boasts the most biodiversity and marine-rich waters on earth. Priding itself as Asia's Dive Capital, the Philippine seas are home to a species of aquatic resources - over 800 classes of corals, over 400 fish species and more than 500 fish families. Underwater enthusiasts are sure to be treated with an unforgettable and rewarding diving adventure.

Anilao is a small town on the Calumpan Peninsula, a rocky, 10km protuberance of land that juts out into the Verde Island Passage about 120km south of Manila. The town itself sits in the middle of a broad indent in the west coast of the peninsula, called Janao Bay. Back in the days when diving and water sports were first gaining a foothold in the Philippines, Anilao had the best to offer the recreational diver. Extensive coral reefs and even volcanic sea vents made it possible to provide visitors with an up-close and personal experience of the region's weird and wonderful underwater wildlife. Best of all, it was an easy drive from Manila.

The Resort...

Build like a house by the sea, the Balai Resort is perched atop a rocky slope in San Teodoro Mabini, Batangas. Architecturally designed with vast open spaces, all rooms offer sweeping views of the sea. Scattered around are groves of trees, left to grow in their natural habitat, frame the view from each of the decks of the Nipa and bamboo cottages. The resort can only accommodate up to 22 persons at a time and the restaurant served sumptuous meals in buffet style.

The Diving...

Anilao is abundance in wide variety of corals, reef fishes, and pelagic fishes as well. The reefs play host to a huge range of macro life including nudibranches, crustaceans, ribbon and moray eels, frogfishes, mimic and blue-ringed octopus, mandarinfish and etc. It's just simply offers mind-blowing macro diversity. You will also regularly see jacks, snappers, trigger fishes and angelfishes.

At certain sites the strong currents may attract turtles, white tip and blacktip reef sharks. Blue-spotted and eagle rays are often seen in the deeper waters. There is also a profusion of hard and soft corals and sponges in these waters. Most of the diving in the Anilao consists of coral slopes or steps of small drop-offs and shallow coral gardens among sandy patches.

Getting There...

The best route to Anilao, Batangas is catch a direct flight to Manila Airport, there you will be met and transfer by air-conditioned coach to Anilao and the journey will takes about 2 and half hours.

Climate - The Philippines is tropical with just two seasons. Hot and dry from November to June, with March to May being the hottest months. Wet from July to October, the coolest months are from November to February. Average temperature is ranging between 25 to 32ºC year-round.
Water Temperature - Water is cooler from December to March, between 24 to 27ºC and between 28 to 29ºC during the rest of the year.
Dive Season - You can dive Anilao all year round, but the best season is from November to June. Typhoon season intensifies between July and September resulting in choppy waves and poor visibility.

Anilao More Details

RM1,980.00 per pax


  • 4 nights twin sharing accommodation at Balai Resort
  • All meals in the resort
  • Return land transfers
  • 3 guided boat dives daily except on arrival and departure date
  • Unlimited shore entry
  • Tanks, weights and weight belt are provided
  • Flights to or from Manila and KL, or elsewhere
  • Airport tax (PhP750 which is around RM50)
  • Meals outside of the resort
  • Alcohol and carbonated beverages
  • Equipment rental

Day 1
Flight arrive Manila and transfer to Anilao
Arrive at resort, check in and then breakfast
Starts xploring the mind blowing Anilao's dive sites
2 guided boat dives and unlimited shore entry

Day 2, 3 and 4
3 boat dives daily and unlimited shore entry
Sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner in buffet style

Day 5
Breakfast at resort
1100 - Check out and then transfer back to Manila
Sight seeing, shopping or ect after arrived at Manila
1900 - Transfer to airport for departure

Preferred Airline
Cebu Pacific Airlines
We do not recommend flying with Air Asia since they're flying to Clark Airport instead of Manila Airport, which is further away to our destination.

LCCT to Manila
Flight No: 5J502
Depart: 0120 hrs
Arrive: 0500 hrs
Duration: 3 hours and 40 minutes

Manila to LCCT
Flight No: 5J501
Depart: 2055 hrs
Arrive: 0035 hrs
(Flight arrives one day later)
Duration: 3 hours and 40 minutes

Cebu Pacific Air Baggage Allowance
Checked Baggage: 15kg
Hand Carry: 7kg

The province of Batangas is bounded on the north by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna, on the south by the Verde Island passage, on the east by the provinces of Quezon and Laguna, and on the west by the South China Sea. It has a total land area of 316,580 hectares, 50% of which has a grade of less than 15 degrees. The terrain is generally rolling while the rest are mountainous and hilly.

The population of the province totals 1,905,348 as of May 2000.

Time Zone
UTC / GMT +8 hours (same as our local time).

The most common and widely spoken languages are Pilipino (Tagalog) and English.

82% Roman Catholic, 9% Protestant, 5% Muslim, 3% Buddhist.

Currency Philippine Peso (PhP)
Notes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000
Coins: 1, 5, 10, and 25 Centavos, and 1, 5 and 10 Pesos

Country Dialing Code + 63

Electricity 220 volts, 50Hz
European plug with two circular metal pins Japanese-style plug with two parallel flat blades (We suggest taking an adaptor for your appliances)

Airport Tax
Passengers departing on international flights have to pay an airport tax of 750 Philippine Peso.