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About Anilao

Anilao is known around the world for its beautiful crystal clear waters, warm white sand beaches and excellent diving conditions. Experience a whole new underwater paradise that depicts the immense beauty of the Philippine Islands, above and below sea level.

  • Anilao

    Anilao

    The first class province of Batangas , also known as Kumintang, in the Philippines is situated in the Calabarzon region just southwest of Luzon. Bordered by the Laguna and Cavite provinces is the capital of Batangas City. The province has many famous resorts, hotels and beaches and has the most popular diving spots in the world known as Anilao in general.

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    There are more than 40 known dive sites in Anilao and each is just 5 minutes away from each other. There is a wide variety of choices if you plan on diving in Anilao, as it caters to beginners, novices and professional divers. There are thousands of species of plants and animals that are unique to Anilao, ranging from the big pelagic fishes to the various coral species. Every single dive is a unique experience on its own as you will discover new and exciting things at every dive. Unlike other seaside municipalities, the Anilao beach is not recommended for swimming.

    The Philippine paradise that is Anilao, Batangas is a natural haven with rich cultural history, an abundance of wildlife and corals and simply nature at its finest. Climbing is also a popular activity at Anilao as the area has various high mountains situated near resorts and hotels.

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  • History

    The Anilao region is a combination of mountain plains and ridges, and home to the smallest volcano in the world known as the Mt. Taal which is located at the center of the Taal Lake and elevated 600 meters. The Philippines main producer of sugarcane and its byproducts, the Central Azucarera Don Pedro is in its municipality of Nasugbu.

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    Anilao in theBatangas province has a rich cultural heritage that dates back to a time that is long before the Spanish colonization. Natives of the area bartered and traded with China, Japan and India for the 13th to 15th century. From then on the locals of the province have adapted much cultural influence, beliefs, religions and customs.

    At Spanish colonization, Nasugbu was a very important hub for trading. At American and Japanese occupation, the area witnessed several fights between European forces and attacks up on its bay. It was not until after the Second World War that Batangas could finally settle as a tourist destination.

    In the Post American period General Douglas MacArthur makes his mark in history at the beach of Batangas, and later marks Luzon’s liberation after travelling to Nasugbu.

    In the 1960′s, critics were originally against the transplant of a large coral reef to develop the rich abundance of sea plants and wildlife, until the venture succeeded and has since made the area of Anilao a popular diving and snorkeling destination for tourists.

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  • Getting to Anilao and Around

    To get to Anilao enter the South Luzon Expressway from either AlabangMuntinlupa or Magallanes and take the exit at Balagtas, Batangas. This is achieved by merely taking the Expressway to the Start Toll and taking the Diversion Baunan exit. Take precautions when crossing since this area is accident prone. You can proceed from there to Bolbok diversion road until you reach the only flyover. From there take a right to Bauan, Batangas. After that left turn you can then go directly to Mabini, Batangas and finally Anilao, taking either a car or a tricycle directly to your location.

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    If you have made bookings or arrangements with a hotel or resort then you will be able to arrange for transfers directly to your accommodations, either from the International Airport at Manila or from local ones in Batangas.

    The means of getting around the area is either by the public passenger jeepney or a tricycle. Resorts and hotels are located all around the Mabini area for accomodations.

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  • Useful Information

  • Climate

    AS the Philippines is strategically at the equator, sunny skies abound the November to June months. The rainy season is from July to October yet diving during any period throughout the year is possible as you will be able to experience an abundance of various sea creatures any time of year. The temperature at the area ranges from 24C to 32C.

  • Currency

    The official currency of Anilao and of the Philippines in general is the Philippine peso. Most establishments only accept their local currency especially if these are low scale or in barangays and municipalities. Because of this it is best to have your cash changed at the airport or at the hotel you are staying at if currency exchange is available. Acceptance of foreign currencies, either US dollar of the Euro, is only limited to particular resorts, restaurants and hotels In the area.

  • Electricity

    The electricity is at 220 volts at 60 Hz. The flat 2 pin plug or the US style 2 plug system is the most commonly used at the area yet the round pin is also available. Three pin sockets however are rare so you may want to bring your adapter along with you for your appliances. Adapters are also available as the airport and hotel shops.

  • Time Zone

    The time zone is at PHT (UTC +8)

  • Telecommunications

    Most resorts at Anilao provide internet connection and wi-fi services to their clients. Depending on the particular accommodation, these may be available free of charge or with a minimum fee for guests.

  • Immigration

    To get to the Philippines you will need to have your passport with you. To get to Anilao in Batangas however, this will not be necessary.

  • Anilao Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the activities common in Anilao aside from diving?

    The visibility at Anilao makes it the perfect location for photography. You can experience both underwater and out of water photography as the area is very beautiful and rich in natural beauty and wonder, perfect to capture on the camera. Sightseeing and mountain climbing also attracts tourists especially because of the course around the island for trekking. The food experience at Anilao is also very unique and distinct and to dine the traditional Anilao way is a must for any traveller in the area.

    What are the dive packages available?

    There are packages for both the fundivers as well as the students. Class preparation normally starts at 8 in the morning to 9 at the evening. You can take up to 2 dives in the afternoon batch which is from 1:30 to 2pm in the afternoon. For professional divers you may visit sites at Anilao, Mabini and Tingloy for up to 4 day dives and a night dive.

    How to speak with the locals?

    The Batangenos speak their local dialect and mostly Tagalog. There are some people who understand tagalog but cannot properly express themselves when they use it. The hotels and popular tourist destinations and travel areas have English speaking staff yet to really get what going on at the island, it is best to have some knowledge on Filipino to help you out with your endeavors.

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