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Dive Review of Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort in
Philippines/Anilao

Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort: "Great diving, but very basic accommodations", Apr, 2018,

by Matthias Kowalsky, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 10247.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Komodo, Raja Ampat, Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Palau, Hawaii, Red Sea, Caribbean, Mexico
Closest Airport Manila NAIA Getting There Transfer from/to airport can take somewhere between 2.5 and 4 hours, depending on traffic conditions in the Manila metro area, so allow plenty of time especially on departure day

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Generally best to follow the very experienced dive guides, since this is muck diving and the dive guides can point out all of the macro critters
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Extensive UWP camera facilities with camera room, charging area, setup area, bins for extras, etc. There was an onsite UWP photo pro who was available for general questions as well as offering v ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 2 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 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments On balance, Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort is probably one of your best options in the Anilao / Mabini area as it is a cut above the more established resorts in the area (and, hence, also more expensive). The focus is obviously on macro diving & underwater photography and not on the comfort of the accommodations, which appear a bit like an afterthought. The dive operation itself is well-run, comfortable boats (two of them are speed boats), and good dive support with staff handling tanks and all other gear. The dive facilities are large and well-organized, with lots of space to store personal belongings, hang wetsuits, etc. Nitrox was consistent at 31-32% and was ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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