Friday, April 7, 2017

Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort: A Taste of Paradise in Anilao

Planning a trip to a pristine vacation place need not be far away from Manila.  All-year-round, Anilao in Mabini, Batangas offer a range of beach resorts and water activities that the whole family can enjoy.  For most part, when one think of Anilao, it is scuba diving or wind-surfing that comes to mind.  Thanks to water enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers, Anilao has evolved in the past 20 years as a destination of fun, and relaxation for Filipinos and foreigners alike.

Underwater photography haven. Porcelain Crab by Iggy Tadlip are common finds in Anilao.

Conscious of protecting the marine environment is utmost to resort owners.  It is known that the Balayan Bay, which connects out to the Verde Passage, is known to be the center of marine bio-diversity in the whole planet.  Through the years, marine scientists and locals alike are vigilant in preserving this part of the Philippines, and at the same time, let everyone enjoy what Anilao has to offer.

As a scuba diver, I have had the privilege to stay in many resorts in Anilao.  Over the past 19 years of diving around the Philippines and other nearby countries, I have come to appreciate one of the resorts in Anilao, wherein I also teach mermaid swimming... Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort.  I am happy to share with you this piece of paradise under the sun.

The Guest Rooms

Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort has 24 guest rooms, all air-conditioned, with a spectacular view of the sea.  Clean and luxurious, each room has a spacious bathroom complete with amenities, and equipped with a hot and cold shower.

Standard room.
Bathroom with hot and cold shower.
View from bedroom balcony.

Superb Dining

The open kitchen is well-equipped and very clean.  It boasts of well-trained staff, from pastry to hot kitchen and gourmet chefs.  The resort offer buffet meals for breakfast lunch and dinner, with the option to go ala-cart.

Clean, open kitchen.
Dining area has a relaxing ambiance. Scuba Diver Hall of Fame Amanda Cotton explains to Monch Henares the basics of underwater photography.

Everyone gets famished after hours of activities under the sun.  Aiyanar knows how to satisfy hungry divers with superb dishes. A wide array of choices in the menu are available for local and international tastes.

Green salad.

Corned beef with rice and eggs.

Carbonara pasta.

Lava chocolate cake.

Spacious Facilities

With nature in mind, the landscape blends well with the mountain on one side, tapering down to the sea at the other.  Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort is known for its magnificent infinity pool, with a dive training deep pool.  

Infinity pool.
Cabanas in the garden. Perfect place to get a soothing massage.

Swimming pool reflecting the twilight sky.

There is a camera room for avid underwater photographers with only the best facilities in mind.  For those who would like to take diving courses, there is an air-conditioned classroom, and a complete, world-class dive operation facility.

Well-equipped camera room. Dive Master Alia cleaning up a camera equipment.

Dive briefing area.

Drying area.

Never run out of air.

Water Activities

There are numerous water activities for the whole family.  It is also a superb venue for team-building activities. Aiyanar offers different activities for divers, and non-divers alike.  All water sports are guided by friendly, and professional staff, with safety as its utmost priority.

Scuba Diving

Mermaid Swimming





Other activities are: Banana Boat, Snorkeling, Volleyball, Water Scooter, and Paddle Boarding.

Staying in Anilao has never been this divine! 

Images courtesy of: Monch Henares

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Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort
Sitio Looc, Brgy. Bagalangit, Mabini
Batangas, Philippines
Telephone: +63 917-594-0056, +63 917-866-6332, +63 917-883-1439