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Aiyanar - A Resort Designed With Divers In Mind
Feel as much at home above water as you do in the sea
Planning your next diving trip to the Philippines? Look no further than Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort, a family-run property that understands and delivers what divers need: superb diving facilities, easy access to exquisite diving sites, and excellent accommodation and customer service for a relaxing stay.
Aiyanar’s bright and spacious rooms are nestled into the mountainside and have verandas facing the ocean and the resort’s sprawling landscape, creating the perfect blend of land and sea.
Take a dip in the infinity pool, which also has a 15-foot-deep training area for new divers.
Want to get some downtime between dives? Snorkel the house reef right off the dock, sample delicious local fare at the open-air dining hall overlooking the sea, or relax at the sun deck with a book and a refreshing smoothie.
You can also head down to the short span of beach – the shore is rocky, so best to put on aqua shoes – and enjoy the clear waters. If you’re lucky, you might spot a school of fish swimming nearby or a turtle that regularly turns up near the shore.
Apart from diving, the resort offers water sports, including jet skiing and wakeboarding. You can also cap off a day of diving and swimming with a relaxing massage at the spa, or hang out in the game room with your buddies and a bucket of ice-cold beer.
Aiyanar boasts a spacious, well-organised dive centre that caters to divers from all backgrounds, from the curious first-timer to the seasoned underwater photographer.
It was also designed with the underwater photographer in mind - the resort has custom-designed boats offering more space for underwater photography equipment, as well as a dedicated camera room with air hoses and table surfaces padded with non-slip rubber.
A hotbed of marine biodiversity, the Verde Island passage between the provinces of Batangas, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon encompasses more than 1 million hectares. Situated in the centre of the passage is Verde Island; its diving highlight is ‘The Wall’, boasting more than 300 species of coral alone and guaranteed to be a dive to remember.
One of the Philippines’ top diving destinations, Puerto Galera has more than 30 dive spots and offers something for everyone. Newbies can enjoy the Sabang Wreck and Monkey Beach, while experienced divers who want more thrill can go for technical and drift dives in The Canyons and Monkey Wreck.
A paradise for veteran divers and underwater photographers, Anilao offers several diving spots with marine life that will blow you away. Cathedral Rock is a classic and should be on your list if you’re new to the sport. Secret Bay is a favourite muck diving site for macro photographers; don’t miss the wonderfully diverse underwater life at Twin Rocks as well.
The efficient and experienced dive guides make sure you have an enjoyable trip, whether it’s your first dive or your hundredth.
Aiyanar is located in Anilao, Batangas, just two hours’ drive from Manila.
Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort