Our third trip to the Northern part of the "Coral Triangle", this time to Anilao. We
stayed at the Aiyanar International Resort, a three hour drive southwest from Manila
(easy, no internal flights needed). It can be a little "resorty" at weekends being so
close to Manila but has a fantastic dive operation that uses fast fiberglass hulled
boats--way quicker than the traditional wooden outriggers that most of the local
operations still have. We covered a lot of distance and a lot of areas. I ended up with
way more images than expected for a nine day dive trip , including many new species.
Thanks to Vernie, our expert dive guide and critter finder. All the staff at Aiyanar
were friendly and incredibly helpful, be it food preparation, room and most
important, the dive staff and crews who handled all the gear and tanks. The heaviest
item I had to lift the entire trip was an icy cold bottle of San Miguel Pilsner at the end
of the day.
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