“ANILAO” is a small barangay in Mabini, Batangas, Philippines that served as the jump-off point of divers to the various dive sites scattered along the coastline of Mabini & Tingloy in the early 80’s when the roads to the other barangays were not yet operational. This barangay used to be a small barrio and got its name from the towering Anilao tree that stood prominently in the northwestern boundary of Mabini and Bauan.

Although it is a misnomer, “Anilao” is still the term popularly used by divers when referring collectively to the municipalities of Mabini & Tingloy, which boasts of world class dive sites. Anilao is regarded as the birthplace of Philippine diving. It is often called the “nudibranch capital of the world” and is excellent for underwater macro photography. What’s best about Anilao is that diving maybe done year round and is only two hours away from Manila via the SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) and the STAR tollway.

CLICK on the pictures to view the photo gallery:

arthur1.jpg ARTHUR’S ROCK

cathedral12.jpg THE CATHEDRAL

mainit21.jpg MAINIT POINT

twin01.jpg TWIN ROCKS & BARGE

daryl44.jpg  DARYL LAUT



  1. […] to points of the coast of Mabini and Tingloy back when roads to these areas were lackluster. Anilao is still the generic term for these great dive destinations and is regarded as the birthplace of […]

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