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Underwater Photo Location: Anilau, Batangas

Underwater Photo Location: Anilau, Batangas

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We stayed at Dive 7000, a small family-run "resort" with adequate air-conditioned rooms and good food. The diving is world-class literally right off the steps of the resort but you can go out on a banka each day to many of the other fabulous dive sites. Don't expect to see big critters here. Concentrate on the 2500 species of reef fish, the beautiful coral, multitude of nudibranches and other invertebrates. Excellent for Macro photography. I've been diving around the world for 29 years and this is the best! You will see more in one dive here than you see in an entire week somewhere else. Frog fish in every color, large and small, leaf fish, ghost pipe fish in at least 4 varieties, seahorses (one curled it's tail around my outstretched finger!), mandarin fish, flamboyant cuttlefish, dragonetes. Half the time I have to photograph something and look it up later. Many of my photos contain surprises when I see them on the computer like a small shrimp in bubble coral or a ghost pipefish in a crinoid that I hadn't noticed when I took the photo.
I'm convinced that this is the best kept dive secret there is! Spectacular night diving.
Three hours drive south of Manila. The resort can send a driver for you. Best part, besides it being very reasonably priced? They do everything for you. Come out of the water and strip off your gear and it will magically appear all dry and laid out for your dive the next morning! I like that. Actually there are two "best parts." There were NO mosquitoes at all, which is why I usually do live-aboards instead of land-based dive sites. Best time to go--the dry season March-June. Water temp is about 81-82. I was too hot in a 3.2 mil wetsuit and was much more comfortable when I dived in a skin and a very thin shortie.

After Anilau we flew to Dumaguete to dive Bahura and Apo Island from the Bahura Resort, more upscale rooms and food but they don't rinse your wetsuit for you. The diving is just a spectacular there but night diving is not allowed unless you get permission from the Mayor. We did get permission for one fabulous dive. Water temp 82-84.
Next trip will be to Tubbataha on an Explorer Boat but I'd love to stop by Bahura Resort and Dive 7000 in Anilau again if I have the time.
Facts about Anilau, Batangas
Dive types
dayboatshorewreckwallnight

Marine Life
smallcoral

Diving facilities
airinstructionguidedfriendly

Photo facilities
macrowideangle

by Patrick Neumann
Also Crabs in Anilao :) taken wit Canon 400D/Hugyfot housing+100mm lens

by Patrick Neumann
got ya in Anilao with Canon 400D/Hugyfot + 100mm lens

by Patrick Neumann
Coleman shrimp taken with Canon 400D/Hugyfot

by Patrick Neumann
Nudi ... Canon 400D/Hugyfot

by Larry Polster
Unusual nudi in Anilao, Philippines D300 105VR

by Larry Polster
unknown crab with eggs, Alnilao, Philippines D300, 105VR

by Derrick Lim
Skeleton Shrimp, look at it's hook! Photo capture by Canon G9 with single INON strobe and double INON macro lens @ Anilao, Philippines.

by James Ong
Look Carefully !!!... it's a Nudi carrying a Smiley buddy with coconut tree like hair on her back... Taken with canon G10 in Anilao.

by Derrick Lim
Xeno Crab. Photo capture by Canon G9 with Inon single strobe and double macro lens @ Anilao, Philippines.

by Derrick Lim
Porcelain Anemone Crab with black pearls.... Photo capture by Canon G9 with single Inon strobe and macro len @ Balai Resort house reef, Anilao, Philippines.

by Larry Polster
One of many beautiful nudis of Anilao, D300, 105

by Derrick Lim
I'm not sure it was eating or contributing... anyway, it was a really tiny creature. Photo Capture by Canon G9 with INON single strobe and macro lens. Full frame, no cropping.

by Nautilus King
Giant Frog Fish

by Shi Boon Wong
Hairy Squat Lobster

by Shi Boon Wong
Yellow Pygmy.

by Shi Boon Wong
White Giant Frog Fish

by Nautilus King
Nudibranch feeding.

by Nautilus King
Orange Pygmy

by Shi Boon Wong
Lizard Fish

by Nautilus King
Colourless pygmy, very small. Decided to shoot black & white.

by Lance Teo
Say ahhhhhhh....

by Suzan Meldonian
Can you see what's on my mind?

by Marteyne Van Well
Lucky shot of squid having just caught a lizard

by Nihat Cine
Like a make up...

by Jun V Lao
fun in the sun

by Marcus Yee
0% Edit, 0% Crop Title: Burn!! When : Jan 2015 Where : Anilao Kit : Sony T-900, Marine Pack, Torch

by Marcus Yee
Title: Humpback Coral Shrimp Cam: Sony T-900 Housing: Sony Marine Pack Diopter: N/A Strobe: N/A Torch: F.I.T 2400 WSR

by Wei-Lun Hsieh
Flamboyant cuttlefish

by Zaflee Md Suibarek
Doubleline clingfish

by Patricia Sinclair
"Defiant"

by Raffaele Livornese
cardinal fish with eggs in the mouth

by Raffaele Livornese
Skeleton shrimp with family
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