Mabini

Sandwiched between Batangas Bay and Balayan Bay is the small town of Mabini, the so-called “Diving Capital of the Philippines.” The town’s most popular destination, the barangay of Anilao, is believed to be the birthplace of scuba diving in the country.

Due to its close proximity to Metro Manila, Anilao is almost always crowded with city dwellers hoping to get their first taste of diving. The waters aren’t too deep and the current isn’t too strong, making it a perfect location for beginners. It’s also close to the Verde Island Passage, known to be the hotbed of marine diversity in the world. This makes Anilao one of the most diverse dive spots in the country in terms of aquatic wildlife.

There’s a number of diving spots here, with the most popular being Cathedral Rock. Aside from finding friendly and curious schools of fish, you can also spot an underwater cross blessed by Pope John Paul II.

Other popular diving spots include Eagle Point, Koala, and Binukbok. Don’t worry if you’re not much of a diver, you can also snorkel at most of these spots.

Hoping to try out something new? Why not try out your hand at windsurfing. Lessons here run at around ₱2,500 (US$55).

If you fancy yourself as more of a beach bum, you can also go explore the various islands found within the area. A popular one is Sombrero (hat) Island, named as such because of its unusual shape. It’s a well known picnic spot among locals.

Or you can choose to rough it out and camp overnight at Isla Markaban. It’s also known as Isla Puting Buhok (white hair) because of the island caretaker’s signature ’do.

There’s also trekking up Mt. Gulugod-Baboy for those who find themselves getting sick of the water. It’s an easy hike, taking less than half a day, and you’ll be rewarded with a scenic view of Mabini and the bodies of water that surround it.

Mabini just goes to show that you don’t have to venture that far out of the city just to catch a glimpse of island paradise.

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  4. Acacia Resort and Dive Center
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  6. La Chevrerie Resort and Spa
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  7. El Pinoy Dive and Leisure Resort
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  8. Anilao Beach Club
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  9. Lilom Resort
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  10. Crystal Blue Resort
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  1. Mt. Gulugod Baboy
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  2. Anilao
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  3. Vivere Azure
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  4. Camp Netanya
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  5. Aquaventure Reef Club
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  6. Acacia Resort and Dive Center
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  7. Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort
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  8. La Chevrerie Resort and Spa
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  9. El Pinoy Dive and Leisure Resort
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  10. Anilao Beach Club
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Popular Areas in Mabini

  1. Anilao

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