Anilao Travel Guide

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Anilao Highlights

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     great snorkeling and diving, good food, friendly staff, beautiful sunset 

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     rocky and the waves makes it impossible to swim 

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     exciting! 

Anilao Things to Do

  • Swimming with sharks!

    I did it for a few minutes, kind of panicked when I saw the 6 or so baby sharks swimming underneath. So I swam back to safety. :) Unusual fun and definitely not for for the faint-hearted.

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  • Diving, island hopping, wind surfing

    On Sombrero Island - On the surface, this island resembles a hat underwater, so its profile makes the name Sombrero even more appropriate. The rim of the "hat" stretches a long way underwater from north to south. Gorgonians, black corals, shells, turtles, rays, grunts, jacks, snappers and a great variety of soft corals are scattered all over the...

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  • fun cLImb..!

    yepyep.. that's what you call it if gulugod baboy is not much a challenge from your point of view..things are indeed easier said than done. unless you try mounting your feet onto vertical degrees of stuffy stuffy...stuff..uhmm.. you'll find out how far your tank could take you.it's fun to do. ahhh.. dyu get me?just try. the perimeter is "climbing"....

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  • Diving and Snorkeling

    Diving or snorkeling are the top things to do around here. For diving, the resort offers an intro dive (about $20) which includes all the gear and the dive master who will guide you. This will be around 15 mins in about 5 meters deep waters. This is actually just in front of the resort (walk a few feet from the shore). Quite an experience...

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  • SCUBA Diving

    There are more than thirty dive sites around the Mabini & Tingloy bay-- more than enough reason why you should try diving in this wonderful place.

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  • Sombrero Island

    Sombrero Island is farther out from Anilao coastline. The waters surrounding it is deeper (~50ft deep) so it's good for scuba-diving and snorkeling. You can see different fishes and corals.Sombrero means 'hat' in the Philippines. See for yourself. :)

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  • Snorkeling at Dive and Trek

    Dive and Trek (resort) has a fenced, protected area (where they teach intro scuba diving). Fishing is not allowed here so the water is teeming with fish, large parrot fishes mostly. There aren't any corals in these shallow waters but it's really cool to be in the midst of wildlife. Even if you are not booked at Dive and Trek, you can still go...

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  • Divers needed (only responsible ones)

    This is a continuation of the Gangsters' Paradise tip and some bad reports I received from local divers about some ultimate gangsterism underwater here in Anilao. I don't mean to say bad things about this group of people, but their behaviors are total beyond tolerate-able measure. Please don't swear first before I tell you what's happening...

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  • This one won't bite, but watch out for...

    The Common Lionfish has very long pectoral and dorsal fins. The body is covered with red to black bands on a pale background.This species has extremely venomous dorsal fin spines. When disturbed by a diver it often makes little effort to swim away. Instead it points its dorsal fin spines towards the intruder. The Zebra Lionfish can be distinguished...

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  • Gangsters' Paradise

    Gangsters Paradise - Coolio As I walk through the valley of the shadow of deathI take a look at my life and realise there's not much leftCause I've been brassing and laughing so long thatEven my mamma thinks that my mind is goneBut I ain’t never crossed a man that didn't deserve it....Sorry, I almost got carried away by the song. Here I mean to say...

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  • Keep on diving

    Most established dive sites at Anilao are quite shallow and with proper decompression stops, you should be able to keep on diving. During the decompression stops, the residual "microbubbles" present after every dive will be reduced from diver's body through the lungs. If they are not given enough time to leave safely or more bubbles are created...

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  • Soft Corals

    I have mentioned earlier that corals are animals and I personally prefer soft corals than hard corals, with the exception of Gorgonian Sea Fan. I like to see the soft corals sway from side-to-side whenever the currents cause them to. It gives me that kind of graceful moves, but don't get me wrong and I didn't say that I admire the attitude of...

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  • Sea squirts

    I like to call it sea squirts because it's easier to pronounce and no need to be too technical about it. Just look the beautiful array of colors found on these sea squirts. If I didn't share information about them, I will be considered failed to become a responsible diver.This tip is one of the FYI tips, and you don't have to rate it.Urochordata...

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  • Misconceptions....

    CoralsCorals are animals. Yes, Corals are of the Class of Anthozoa (Kingdom: Animalia; Phylum: Cnidaria) and breed by spawning, with many corals of the same species in a region releasing gametes simultaneously over a period of one to several nights around a full moon. Corals are major contributors to the physical structure of coral reefs, which in...

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  • Powerpuff Girls kind of fish

    When I show my nephew this picture, he straight away says this is Powerpuff Girls kind of fish. This has given me the inspiration to write about bigeyes. I first thought that this fish is a squirrelfish, but my search in the net show that it's more of a Priacanthidae (bigeye), no further classification of its name.If you click on the extra...

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Anilao Restaurants

  • Best food!

    No need to go anywhere for the food. Full board accommodation is a great arrangement here because they serve the best and yummiest food! Everything is tasty and eat all you can! :) It's always a pleasant surprise what they will serve for the day.

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  • Try their Adobo!

    Very friendly staff, great service. I enjoyed the buffet lunch & dinner. Their breakfast is also perfect, they allowed me to cook my own omelet! I liked their adobo! They also have great desserts here!

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Anilao Nightlife

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    by littlegirl0130 Written Nov 21, 2006

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    outside the regular evening parties, night outs...I call this Night In as you get in the water to dive! what more unique and fun way than that! =) And the excitement of seeing nucturnal creatures under the sea...beat that =)

    Dress Code: your scuba equip and gear plus your special flashlight for night diving

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Anilao Transportation

  • Boats for hire

    At any of the Anilao resorts, you can easily hire a boat that can take you out to sea for snorkeling. One trip is around P1500 but this is for a limited area. If you want to go island-hopping, you need to pay more.Boats have lifevests.

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  • Tagaytay-Lemery route to Anilao

    If you are going to Anilao from the Cavite area, you can opt to take the route through Tagaytay and Lemery instead of the Star Highway. The view is a lot nicer - mountains, overlooking Taal Lake and I think it's a lot closer. Or it could just be that I was enjoying the drive and didn't notice the distance. :)

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Anilao Shopping

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    by DarleneCMF Written Jun 20, 2006

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    If you stop by Sepok Beach in Anilao, you will be met by 'manongs' selling locally made necklaces and other abubots.

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Anilao Warnings and Dangers

  • Tough finding a place to eat

    When you are in Anilao, make sure you plan your meals. Spontaneity is not rewarded here. We were out snorkeling near Sombrero Island, got hungry and decided to look for a place to eat. Went to Sepok Beach but the food is exclusive for Eagle Point visitors, stopped by two more resorts and it's the same story, they are exclusive. Going to the market...

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  • Strong current during full moon

    Take note of the day when you are scheduling snorkeling in Anilao. We were there during full moon (during daytime!) and the current/waves were really strong. You can easily drift away from the boat. Three persons in our group got really dizzy and threw up...

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Anilao What to Pack

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    by littlegirl0130 Written Nov 21, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: just a backpack and your scuba equipment bag

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: your change clothes, flip flops, swimsuit preferably two piece, scuba gear (skin, bootoes, fins, mask, snorkel,etc.), sunblock

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: first aid kit for yourself, of course your personal toiletries

    Photo Equipment: YES! underwater camera is a must!

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Anilao Off The Beaten Path

  • Gulugod Baboy

    Mount Gulugod Baboy (Pig's Spine) is a 2-hour trek when you take the steeper and shorter route. For someone who only jogs once a week, the trek was difficult. Just goes to show how out of shape I was. :-) The top of the mountain is a vast curvaceous grassland with lots of cows and cow dungs. But the peak offers a beautiful 360 degrees view of...

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  • Trek up Gulogud Baboy

    Guloguod Baboy literally means "Pig's Spine". So called because how the countour of the mountain looks. It is about 2 to 3 hours trek up and 30 to 60 minutes trek down. Up there you get a beautiful 360 degree view of the beach, the neighboring towns and islands. We would usually spend the night here and trek down the next morning, rest at a resort...

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