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Dive Review of Arthurs Resort in
Philippines/Anilao

Arthurs Resort, Sep, 2003,

by Joseph Gallagher, IN, US A . Report 809.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cairns, Australia, West Palm Beach, Fl, Gloucester, MA, Gilboa, OH
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 0 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Shore diving was problematic, the visibility depended very much on the current which could raise havoc with the silt on the ocean floor and the plankton. Off shore diving 15min to 30 min ride on a small craft was fantastic. The currents, sometimes strong, provided outstanding visibility and in the protected parts of the reef great subject matter and outstanding photgraphic opportunities.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Anilao in Batangas is a two to three hour taxi ride (depending on Manila traffic) from downtown Manila. Leaving early, 5-6 am, makes a day trip possible arriving back to Manila between 5-8 PM. The roads in Anilao can easily be blocked by heavy rainfall, so check conditions before leaving.

The off-shore diving makes the trip well worth the ride and if you have the time for an overnigth stay will provide great opporunities for grat dives. Accomodations at the dive resorts in Anilao are rustic by most Western standards, but most provide direct access to the beach and have facilities for rinsing dive equipment. Arthur's Place provides tanks and weights and dive equipment for rental as well as a small motorized boat to reach the better dive sites. The dive masters are very friendly and accomodating willing to let the diver set the pace and depth of the dive.

The Philippines offer breathtaking diving with all types of little critters, nudibranchs are especially abundant, living on vibrant reefs of soft and hard coral. Anilao is no exception and is the most accessible dive spot from Manila.
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