The 21st most popular snorkel dive spot in Philippines.
Wednesday 14 February 2018 07:01 GMT
South of Manila and southwest of San Pascual in the Balayan Bay, the snorkeling at Anilao offers a rocky coastline with excellent visiblity. It is well known for plentiful marine life. There are numerous shallow, shore-accessed snorkeling spots. While snorkeling Anilao, you may encounter giant clams and sea turtles.
The best Anilao snorkeling can be found at Outrigger House Reef, Cathedral Rock, Twin Rocks and Secret Bay. Right from downtown Anilao, the Outrigger House Reef is found near Matutunggil Rock. It can be accessed from shore or by boat in 6m deep water, and you’ll find numerous transplanted giant clams along with anemone. A little southwest of town, the snorkeling at Cathedral Rock can be found to the northeast of Babalangit Point. It can be accessed from shore or by boat, and is within a marine sanctuary. This snorkeling spot started in the late 1960’s when several giant clams were transplanted. Now, it’s habitat to nudibranches, damselfish, surgeonfish, moray eels, batfish, angelfish, pufferfish, moorish idols and butterflyfish. At the southwest tip of the Anilao peninsula, the Twin Rocks snorkeling spot can be found to the northwest of Calzador Point within a marine sanctuary. There is a daily limit of 20 persons max in this shore or boat accessed spot. The water depth ranges from 2m to 30m. You’re likely to encounter anemone, sea turtles, butterflyfish, batfish and damselfish. Lastly, the Secret Bay snorkel dive is located off the southeast tip of the peninsula near Maricaban Island. At this shore and boat accessed dive spot, the water ranges from 3m to 25m deep. It is known for sand flats with steam plume rising from the sea floor. You may encounter shrimp, crabs, stonefish, worms and urchins. Overall, many Philippine snorkelers feel that the Anilao snorkeling offers the best marine life in the country.
To reach snorkeling at Anilao from Manila, you’ll need to either drive (2 hours) or take a bus to Batangas City (5 hours). The Manila bus departs from the Buendia Terminal and arrives into the Bauan Terminal in Batangas. Then you can catch a taxi to Anilao. Anilao is very popular with weekend tourists and can get extremely crowded.
The Philippine archipelago consists of over 7,100 islands stretching 1,840km and presents a snorkelers paradise. The warm, crystal clear waters are a haven for diverse marine life. With visibility up to 60m, the waters of the surrounding Pacific Ocean, Celebes Sea and South China Sea are habitat to 400 species of coral and over 2,000 species of fish including sharks, rays and turtles.
Overall, the Philippines are divided into the three main tourist regions, from south to north, of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon. Each region has numerous tropical beaches and shallow reefs. The best time of year for snorkeling in the Philippines is the cool and dry months of December through March. The months of June to October are the rainiest months and are known to have typhoons.
To reach the Philippines from other countries, most people fly into Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) located on the south side of Manila in the Luzon region. It is served by 30 international airlines. Alternately, there are five other smaller international airports including Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) in Lapu-Lapu City (serving Australia, Singapore and Japan), Davao Airport (serving Indonesia and Singapore), Clark Airport, Subic Airport and Laoag Airport. Once in the Philippines, the main inter-island airlines are Cebu Pacific Air and Air Philippines. In addition to inter-island airlines, many of the 7,100 islands are interconnected by small ferry companies (usually very crowded). Recently, a newer high-speed SuperFerry has started to connect some of the islands and is known to be less crowded.
Overall, Anilao is the 21st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 30 snorkeling dives in Philippines.