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Dive Review of Acacia Resort and Dive Center in
Philippines/Anilao

Acacia Resort and Dive Center: "Fantastic diving at reasonble prices with a friendly staff", May, 2015,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 8213.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawaii, Oceania, Australia
Closest Airport Manila Getting There Manila is well-connected; Anilao can be reached by land from Manila airport in about 2 hours.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments 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.

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