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Dive Review of Anila Photo Academy in
Philippines/Anilao

Anila Photo Academy: "Excellent Way to Improve Photography Skills & Great Blackwater Diving", Oct, 2022,

by Rik Pavlescak, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports with 17 Helpful votes). Report 12219.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments An acquaintance recommended that I check out Anilao Photo Academy and I am very glad they did. Rina and Wayne are gracious hosts and go out of their way to make sure that their guests have everything needed to have a great time and meet their photography goals. With clear communication in scheduling my trip, with detailed instructions on where to meet my driver at the Manila airport, through daily check-ins each morning and after every dive, Rina showed that she is concerned for every guest.

The resort is clearly designed by divers for divers. My room was spacious and perfect for a photographer. It contained a very comfortable bed with a night stand. Along one wall was a lengthy (8' or longer) desk/counter with two shelves above it and an outlet with power strip and over counter light. Perfect for laying out photography gear,miscellaneous dive gear, batteries, chargers, etc. Also useful for laying out clothing, as there is no dresser. There are several hooks on t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Costa Brava, Roatan, Key West, Cozumel, Key Largo, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Philippines, Bali, North Sulawesi, St. John, St. Croix, Curacao, St. Eustatius, Fiji, Komodo, Lembeh
Closest Airport Manila Getting There From US--Turkish Airlines from Miami to Istanbul (11 hour flight). Turkish Airlines has a great program for long layovers (9+ hours) where they will transfer you to a hotel and pay for it--and bring you back to airport for your connecting flight. I had an 11 hour layover and then 11 hour flight from Istanbul to Manila. If you can fly in business class, Turkish Airlines is a treat--and they have a great lounge in Istanbul as well.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A 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 Per my review--excellent in room set up, as well as camera area in dive shop with rinse tan ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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