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Dive Review of Acacia Resort and Dive Center in

May, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Joel Snyder, AZ, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Fantastic diving at reasonble prices with a friendly staff"
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Hawaii, Oceania, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There
Manila is well-connected;
Anilao can be reached by land
from Manila airport in about 2

Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions on time or depth, but most dives were within 100 feet and
you spend most of your time at 60-70 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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Acacia Dive Resort Trip Report (Anilao, Philippines)
May, 2015

The Anilao stretch of coastline is a short (2-3 hour) drive from Manila,
which makes it ideal for divers who have a short layover and don't want to
fly.  A number of resorts, perhaps 15 or 20, are stretched along the beach,
which makes the diving from all of them very similar.  You can pick your
price-point for the resort and comfort level, but all the diving seems to
be run in about the same way.  

Obviously, more expensive and larger resorts might have in-house
divemasters who are there full time, but the smaller ones (and most of the
places here are small) make heavy use of free-lance divemasters and boats
to accommodate shifts in demand.  

Technically, Anilao is not the right name for this area, although this is
what it is called by divers.  The area is really the Mabini peninsula and
Tingloy island, just south-west of Batangas and north of Puerto Galera. 
But the historic path to these dive sites ("go to Anilao and take a
boat") gave it the name, even if there are now roads and you can drive
directly to the resorts without going through Anilao city. 

We picked the Acacia Dive resort, but other popular ones in the area
include Crystal Blue, Eagle Point, and Solana.  

This was our second trip here.  The facility is small: 16 rooms.  1-4 are
lovely upper-level large-sized rooms ("suites"); 5, 7, 8, and 10
are small double rooms ("deluxe"), with 6 and 9 double-sized with
two double beds in each (also "suites").  The small deluxe rooms
are definitely not much more than a bed and a bathroom.  Ours had a cooler
which was poorly maintained and noisy, and a toilet that ran continuously. 
Overall, the place is a bit more run-down than it was 2 years ago; it
doesn't look as if any real changes other than basic maintenance have
occurred since then.  

There are another 6 rooms which are considered "standard," which
I never saw; I think those were packed into the building above the
registration area and had no view or deck.  I think that the difference
between deluxe and standard rooms is the deck and view, not the room. 

Getting to Anilao you can do inexpensively or n ...
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