As a writer at times tranquility is a treasure. It is a rare commodity when you yearn for that piece of inspiration. It is for that very reason why Anilao Beach holds a special place in my heart.
I can never forget the day when I first gazed across the azure waters of Anilao from the shores of the Calumpang Peninsula. The waving coconut palms and the caressing breeze serve not only as a welcoming beacon but also as an enchanting antidote for the stressed mind and soul.
Despite the soothing and calming scenic view which Anilao Beach offer its visitors, Anilao’s true beauty lies under the water.
For many divers, Anilao is a popular destination. The clear blue water is bursting with marine life and sprawling coral gardens.
The area is actually known as one of the diving paradises in the Philippines. Its popularity is further enhanced by its close proximity to Manila.
Serviced by a network of modern sealed roads and well developed public transportation systems, Anilao is only a 3 hour journey from Manila.
Anilao Beach Background
Composing of two barangays (sub divisions), “Anilao proper” and “Anilao east”, in the municipality of Mabini, Batangas.
Anilao is located south of the Philippine capital, Manila. It is easily accessible by both land and sea. From Anilao town to the barrio of Bagalangit, along the Northwest shore of Calumpang Peninsula, you will find rustic thatched bamboo hut resorts that cater to both local and foreign tourists.
Initially, Anilao was a jump off point to the well known dive sites. During the mid 1960’s, an artificial reef was created, which now host some amazing coral formations.
The coral reef flourished and has made Anilao beach into one of the premium dive sites in the Philippines. The sprawling coral gardens and crystal clear water represent an excellent opportunity for those into underwater photography. Apart from underwater photography, snorkeling and diving are some of the other main activities here in Anilao.
Where should I stay in Anilao?
Anilao has various accommodation from huts to resorts, so no matter what your budget you will find something to suit you here.
As Anilao is a small dive community all the resorts are on the water with the vast majority having swimming pools.
Below is a list of the resorts in Anilao that I have either stayed in or have had friends stay in and reported back to me. By the way they are in no particular order, other than alphabetical!
Anilao Outrigger Resort
The Outrigger Resort in Anilao has received mixed reports, you must remember that this is basic accommodation and you should not anticipate a modern western resort.
When I stayed there it was simple, clean and tidy. The resort staff were friendly and helpful.
The Outrigger is a little bit old now and probably needs a bit of an upgrade, it is a budget hotel, don't forget that.
I have not stayed at the Vivere Azure in Anilao, but I would love to!
One of my good friends stayed there and absolutely loved this cozy resort. They had nothing to complain about and were blown away by the service, food, rooms and the sunset! Now I know the Vivere Azure did not arrange the sunset, but I think you get what I'm trying to say!
Anyway if you want a touch to paradise you cannot go past the Vivere Azure in Anilao!