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Anilao
Town/City:  Mabini
Province:  Batangas
13° 45.637N   120° 55.800E
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Anilao, Batangas is a VERY popular spot for diving and snorkeling.  It is known worldwide.  The waters are teeming with marine life, plenty of corals and amazing diversity of fishes.  It is hard to imagine that this beautiful place is just about 3 to 4 hours from Manila.
The northwest shore of the Calumpang Peninsula, from Anilao to Bagalangit,
is lined with plenty of good resorts that cater primarily to divers.  From any of the resorts, you can rent a boat for island hopping or arrange for a dive tour and visit the superb diving spots, coves, and islands like the Sombrero and Maricaban
islands.
How to go there

(Route as suggested by George Vidad)
From Manila, take the South Luzon Tollway from Nichols or C-5 entry all the way
to the south end.   At the end of the tollway, take the exit that points
to Lucena and drive along this main road until you reach the Calamba boundary.
 About 1.5km from the boundary of Calamba, turn right and take the Star
Tollway (Batangas Expressway) up to the Batangas/Lipa exit.  Upon exit,
head westward towards Batangas City.
1.2km from the tollway exit is the Fernando Airbase and about 2.5km from the airbase, there will be a junction the leads to Cuenca.  Head for Cuenca then Alitagtag then head towards (but not all the way to) Sta. Teresita.  About 1.5km from Alitagtag Municipio you will see the
welcome arch of Sta Teresita.  Do not enter Sta Teresita, but instead,
turn left, follow the (shortcut) road toward San Luis.  This 1km shortcut road will hit the national highway.  When you reach the national highway, turn left southward to Bauan.
Right before the bridge before Bauan town proper, turn right at the junction that leads to Mabini, follow the road for about 8.5km until
you see a triangular Y junction.  Turn to the right (northeast) towards Anilao.  This 1.5km winding road will end at a busy marketplace cum jeepney terminal.  This is Anilao proper.  200 or so meters before reaching this marketplace,
there is a road to the left that goes to barangay Solo, Bagalangit and San Teodoro.  Take this road and from here and up to Bagalangit (8km), you
will see all the resorts.

Tips
The Calumpang Peninsula is rocky headland all throughout and there are
very few good beach spots.  The beauty that this place is known for lies
not above the water, but underwater.  When you visit this place for the first
time and plan to go swimming, at least bring a dive mask or rent one.  You would be glad you did.
It would also be important to note that this place called Anilao, which has been known to be a world class dive destination, is actually just a barangay of Mabini town of Batangas.  The dives sites and resorts are actually scattered all over the several barangays of Mabini (Solo, Bagalangit, San Tedoro, etc) and across to the island of Maricaban. Anilao is the name that caught up in the divng community because, years ago, Anilao was the only jump-off point to the dive sites.

Waypoint narrative by: EPPGarcia 2006     follow EPPGarcia on Facebook


Additional narratives or blogs:
Well, my purpose for sending this is to add a teeny weeny info on how to get to Anilao from Manila by public commute, if it is helpful.

Board any Batangas City bound bus at Taft Ave., Buendia terminal. (Roughly 2.5-3 hours travel)
Ask the conductor to drop you off where the Bauan/Mabini jeep terminal is.
Board the Mabini jeep and tell driver to drop you off Mabini, this trip will end at the docking area. (Some jeeps do not reach up to
Mabini if they have no passengers anymore.)
Take the jeep at this area in order to go to the resorts in Mabini, etc. (Last trip is at 5pm, I think, better make it 4pm when planning.)

I remembered going there by commuting when my siblings went ahead early
Saturday morning and I had to attend a class first in 2002. They took my diving stuffs with them so I did not have to bring so much when I
commuted. I boarded a bus around 12:30 pm and arrived at Planet Dive around 4pm. It is important to catch the last trip of the jeepney at the Anilao dock in going to the resorts by commuting. Otherwise, it will be a looooong walk.

By: jasy 2006