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Anilao - Macro Heaven

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.

Trip for Sardine and Whale Shark

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A couple of hours drive southwest of Cebu city will deliver you to Moalboal and some truly spectacular diving. There are numerous sites around the immediate area and others slightly further off the coast.

Around the main resort area of Pangasama, from Ronda Bay to Tuble Reef are a number of sites that offer divers the opportunity to view a good variety of coral life. Just off the Panagsama beach area in Moalboal there is a massive school of sardines. They are constantly swimming around but seem to stay mostly near the surface. Sometimes you’ll see medium sized trevally feeding on them which causes the school of sardines to move like a swarm of bees in the water.

At the south end of this beach is Tongo Point. Dives are deeper here - reaching 30m and so is ideal for both beginners and the more experienced alike. The area benefits from numerous caves and crevices that house a good variety of reef fish and the occasional shark. The site is ideal for photography.

Oslob, used to be a small village close to Moalboal. Several years ago, the fishermen found some whale sharks swim in the shallow bay all the time, then start feeding them everyday, Now, Oslob becomes one of the most famous sites for whale shark watching in Philippines now. Swimming with these giant creatures side by side will become an unforgettable experience in your life.

Sipadan - A diver's dream

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Sipadan Island is considered the pinnacle of diving in Malaysia and one of the top diving destinations in the world. Diving here is always good and sometimes it is simply awesome. The tiny rainforrest covered oceanic island forms the top of an ancient volcano that rises up from a 600 meter abyss in the northern Sulawesi Sea. There are several outstanding dive sites dotted around Sipadan's local reef system where you are likely to see sharks, turtles, manta rays and other big pelagics. Diving here is great for walls, drop offs and drift dives, it was only discovered as a dive destination in 1984 and even received an international boost when Jacques Cousteau spent several weeks here filming.

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.

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