27 – 31 March 2010
The province of Batangas has more than a 30-kilometer long coastline – Balayan Bay in the west and Batangas Bay in the east. To the north is the town of Bauan, and on the south is Maricaban Strait. Known to scuba divers as Anilao, the prime dive sites are found within the waters of Mabini and the island municipality of Tingloy just across it.
Diving can be done almost all year round except when occasional typhoons hit Mabini, Tingloy like the rest of the Philippines. Geographically located between Maricaban and Mindoro Straits called the Verde Island Passage, Anilao is a place of extraordinary marine life sometimes called the “Center of the Center of Marine Biodiversity”.
We used to live in Cavite, Manila in the Philippines before immigrating to Australia in 2003. Our house in Cavite was about one and a half hours by car from this incredible critter diving place Anilao, Mabini, Batangas and yet we hardly went there. Instead we traipsed around Asia and the Pacific until finally leaving Manila for Oz. But once upon a time, we fantasized about buying a house by the sea here . . .
Now we’ve come back and it was a glorious four days of diving. We surfaced every dive to a constant high. We had forgotten how good it was in Anilao. Other than so many nudibranchs, we encountered marine creatures and wonderful characters we thought we’d only see in Lembeh.
And we found so many cephalopods (cuttlefish and octopus) – some of our favorite marine animals of all time . . .
Wunderpus photogenicus is a recently described species by Drs. F.G. Hochberg, Mark D. Norman & Julian Finn.
But not to forget that other than muck diving, the coral reefs are beautiful in this marine protected area. Yogi insisted that our Anilao visit will not be complete without a dive in current prone Beatrice.
And some colorful and cryptic looking fish . . .
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