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Anilao - Macro Heaven

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The small fantastic world is always there, you just need to look, join us in Macro diving - Anilao of Philippines to spend a Big-Small adventure diving trip!

Just a two-and-a-half hour drive south of Manila, Anilao, is regarded as the birthplace of diving in the Philippines. There is something for everyone here - from snorkeling, to sites for both novices and the experienced diver.

In the mid-1960's, 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 to this day.

Visibility is good and the opportunities for photography are excellent. Unfortunately, as the area has developed, so some of the more negative aspects of this have become evident. In particular, dynamiting, collection of corals and shells and over fishing are just some of the challenges that Anilao and Batangas must face. Luckily, these are being addressed. Most of the best dives are actually found around the islands of Sombrero and Maricaban, a short boat trip away from Anilao.

A short drive north of Anilao is the quiet town of Nasugbu where good diving is abundant, so get out your magnifying glasses and your cameras and be prepared to swim with your head down.

Coron - The Wreck City

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Coron Bay is situated in North Palawan, the most westerly part of the Philippines. It lies in beween Busuanga and Culion Islands. There is fabulous diving all around the area, but the bay is particularly well known as having some of the best wreck diving in the world. To appreciate the region, a little history goes a long way.

On the 24th September 1944, The US Navy launched a massive air strike on a Japanese supply fleet that was anchored in Coran Bay. Debate as to whether the fleet was discovered by ariel reconnaissance - the Japanese had camouflaged the ships with trees and photos showed that the "islands" had moved - or whether Japanese radio transmissions were intercepted, still rages today. The fact of the matter was that at the end of the day's air strike, US fighter aircraft and dive bombers claimed to have sunk 24 vessels. Some 60 years on, 12 of the wrecks have been discovered. 8 of them are close together in Coron Bay, the others are slightly further afield.

There are other dive sites that should not be missed as well. As the wrecks have remained fairly inaccessable until recently, the corals in the area are exceptional. It is worth while pointing out that planning is essential for the wreck dives and some are for the experienced only.

Cancun - Dive the Cave

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The Caverns in Mexico or the Riviera Maya Cenotes are in the World Guinness book of records for the longest cave and cavern systems in the world. Just South of Cancun is home to miles of incredible limestone caverns that were once dry. After thousands of years of dripping rainwater, stalagmites and stalactites formed incredible formations that challenge the imagination. Each Cenote is the entrance to an incredible maze of cavern systems, which are filled with crystal clear fresh water with over 500 feet visibility making your cavern diving adventure unforgettable. Each Cenote has it own unique features making every dive location totally different adventure.

Cozumel, the island close by, get you ready for some of the best "WALL DIVING" in the world. With average visibility of more than 130 feet or 40 meters and vertical drop offs to deep blue abyss, this is what Cozumel diving is famous for. Palancar, Santa Rosa, Columbia, San Francisco, Punta Sur, Maracaibo, Yucab, Cordona, these reefs are all famous in the world. Large sponges and beautiful corals are what make Cozumel a must for your dive vacation.

Wreck diving is also great here, the wrecks are Navy Minesweepers the C55 and the C58. You are able to go inside and penetrate the wrecks. You will also see large schools of spotted Eagle Rays.

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