This is the fifteenth in a series of reviews of the best dive resort locations around the world. In this post, the focus is Anda, Bohol, Philippines.
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Have you ever been diving in Anda before? If so, I’d love to know about your experience. What dive shop or liveaboard did you use? Which dive spots are the best and what are the conditions there regarding the visibility, current, water temperature, sealife attractions, etc.? Please post your response in the comments section at the bottom and we’ll all learn something we can use.
Anda Scuba Diving Review
Anda is located on the southwest coastline of Bohol Province in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Although more remote than the more famous Bohol dive destinations of Panglao, Balicasag and Cabilao Islands, it is reasonably easy to access. Flights and ferries from Cebu to Tagbilaran are frequent. From there a two-hour overland voyage across a beautiful forested landscape is all that is necessary to get to the beachside resorts of Anda.
From the white sand beaches of Guindulman to Anda is a 14-km (8.75-mile) fringing reef most of which includes a wall to 30 meters (100 feet) in depth. In the shallows just offshore is a rich hard coral garden which is excellent for scuba diving or snorkeling. From 5-10 meters (16-35 feet) the gentle slope becomes a vertical wall covered in hard and soft corals, sponges, bommies and sea fans. The biodiversity is amazing. There is a resident whale shark, dolphins, one site with 30 turtles and huge bumphead parrotfish. Probably the biggest claim to fame for Anda, though, is the great variety of macro life and muck diving. A list of exotic critters of note include: pygmy seahorses in their gorgonians, scorpion fish, frogfish, nudibranchs, mandarin fish, wonderpus, mimic and coconut octopus, flying gurnards, dragon sea moths, Napoleon snake eels, sea cucumber crabs, longhorn cowfish, dragon shrimp, zebra crabs, Xenia soft coral crabs, wire coral crabs and Coleman shrimp .
The best time to dive Anda is from November to May when the winds come from the northeast, there is little or no rain, and a smooth surface. From June to November the winds are from the southwest, the surface is choppier and it is the rainy season. Typhoons usually by-pass Anda. October is the wettest month and April the driest.
Air temperature daily highs range from 25-32°C (78-90°F) with the hottest time in July and August. Water temperature is also fairly warm all the time with a range of 25-32°C (78-86°F). A lycra suit may be all that you need for skin protection. The greatest thermal protection required for most is a 3 mm wetsuit.
Visibility is 20 meters (68 feet) or greater most of the time and the current is generally mild.
There is diving suitable for all skill levels and excellent areas for training and beginners.
Selected Popular Anda Dive Sites
Wonderwall – steep wall with many nooks and crannies to 25 meters (83 feet), speedboat wreck at the bottom in the sand, macro life including pygmy seahorses and mandarin fish
Coco White – wall from 4-30 meters (12-100 feet), good macro life including nudibranchs and orangutan crabs, Spanish mackerel, wide cave at 27 meters (90 feet)
Lumayag (near Coco White) – famous for huge schools of jacks off the wall from 10 meters (35 feet) on down
Snappers Cave – wall from 4-30 meters (12-100 feet), a cave at 25 meters (83 feet), named for snappers that used to be there, now gone, several chambers, box shrimp in the cave, pygmy seahorses in gorgonians outside the cave
Paradise Gardens – coral garden 2-5 meters (6-16 feet), wall to 20 meters (68 feet), seahorses, a colony of 20-40 turtles nest nearby, occasional blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, giant trevallies
Neptune’s House – a cave at 31 meters (103 feet), blue-spotted stingrays
Titanic Rocks – (near eastern mangrove area on the map) 8-18 meter (25-60 feet), pinnacles with nudibranchs, shrimp and other macro critters
Bacong – steep wall to 20 meters, rich corals, sea fans, seahorses, stonefish, turtles, large resident bumphead parrotfish
Vergin – two walls to 27 meters (90 feet) with a sandy bottom, rich reef, turtles, and triggerfish
Dap Dap – rich corals in 3-5 meters (10-16 feet), wall to 20 meters (68 feet), big variety of marine life
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Currently, none of the major liveaboard yachts cruising the Philippines make trips to Anda. Fortunately, there are a number of resorts and hotels there ranging from budget to luxury. Many of them are equipped with dive shops. Otherwise, there are several quality diving operations nearby. This website is a good source for the available options and can arrange a booking:
It is suggested to ask your hotel to advise you on arrangements from Tagbilaran to Anda. They can help organize the most comfortable means.
A land tour to the Tarsier Sanctuary and Chocolate Hills are a must do.
Anda Photo Opportunities
With the macro life, beautiful, diverse coral reef and lots of fish, there are many excellent photo opportunities. For information and reviews of diving cameras, click here:
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