In the mid-1960′s in Anilao, a whole coral reef was transplanted onto a large rock formation close to the shore. Contrary to popular belief at the time that the adventure would fail, the coral has flourished. As a result, diving has developed and is at the forefront of the industry in the Philippines, Anilao, to this day.
In Anilao, visibility is good and the opportunities for photography are excellent. Unfortunately, as Anilao develops, so some of the more negative aspects of this have become evident. In particular, collection of corals and shells and over fishing are just some of the problems that Anilao and Batangas have to face. Fortunately, these problems are being addressed to. Most of the best dives are actually found around the islands of Sombrero and Maricaban, a short boat trip away from Anilao. Contrary to popular belief at the time that the adventure would fail, the coral has flourished. As a result, diving has developed and is at the forefront of the industry in the Philippines, Anilao, to this day.
A short dive north of Anilao is the quiet town of Nasugbu where good diving is also abundant.
Best Time To Dive
Diving in Malapascua Island is best experienced in the daybreak when you’ll be able to swim through along with amazing thresher sharks. Malapascua has a couple of seasons which are wet and dry seasons. Wet season falls every June to December and the best time to dive is during dry season which falls every January to May.
The huge diversity of marine life in Malapascua includes hammerhead sharks, whitetip sharks, mandarin fish, countless nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, frogfish, cuttlefish, endless crustacean species, beautiful unspoiled coral gardens and much more...