Friday, December 26, 2008
as much as loving dazzling white sand beaches, i too love snorkeling. just weeks back, my brother decided to go to Anilao to bring our father for snorkeling. if there's someone to blame why we love snorkeling so much, it will definitely be our father.if you remember last April, we also went to Anilao for a day trip and i posted it here. we chose Anilao Outrigger Resort during that time but we then figured out that Dive n Trek Anilao is still the best resort for snorkeling. so we chose the latter.this is my second time to visit Dive n Trek, last was in 2006. unlike Anilao Outrigger Resort, for you to reach Dive n Trek, a motor boat will have to transport you there. it is located and surrounded by a rocky cliff. though you can access it by trekking, but that would take an extra time.last time we took the route via the Anilao port, this time we decided to take the route via barangay Ligaya. though both way will have almost the same length of boat ride, the road trip is less busier on this side.boat ride is just about 10-15minutes passing by rocky cliffs covered densely with trees. the boat ride i should say on this route gives you more great views compared to the other route.we passed by some other resorts within the Balayan bay. since it was still off peak season, we were traveling on a special boat trip which allows us to enjoy every moment of the trip.water was quite good due to a fairly good weather, which also means that we will be enjoying snorkeling. boat docked and from there we have good view of the resort.if you are not familiar yet with Anilao, it is part of the Verde island passage which is the world's center of marine shore fish biodiversity, thanks to Sir Howie Severino for sharing me this article on the official proof. because i got confused that sometimes, Rajah Ampat in Indonesia also claims this title.being part of the coral triangle of influence of the world, you can expect endemic species here. Dive n Trek, is popular to snorkelers because of the abundance of giant clams. several clam seeding were conducted here years back.with less cloud and enough sunlight, you'll easily find giant clams all over its area. fishes of different types is a usual sight but the rewarding thing is when you get to find those rare big fishes, eels, lion fish and at times octopus.after crossing the area, took our lunch and rest for a while. food here is already included in the package. food is just fine nothing special but the "Turon", which was served during the merienda was the best there. i almost wanted to ask the cook if she can go with us in Metro Manila.the accommodations are quite good as last time we were here we stayed for two days and a night. the view from the top most deck is beautiful. you can see the reef of the snorkeling area from there.among the many snorkeling sites in Anilao, Dive n Trek has the highest rank along with some other few sites. based on our experience, from the many times that we've visited Anilao, i highly recommend Dive n Trek Anilao. why? because they have a contained and well preserved area of sea species and the best "Turon".thanks to my brother Lucky (featured in the photo below), for this treat. my father and mother definitely had a great time. this is my last travel post for this 2008 as upcoming posts will be a series of a year-ender posts. our tandem trip with travel bud lawstude will be featured next year.