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How to get from Manila to Anilao

Last updated on August 7th, 2022 at 04:11 pm

Anilao is located south of Manila with an amazing marine life especially in the northwest shore of the Calumpang Peninsula. This is where most local resorts are found and from here you can rent boats to go island hopping and diving. We will write how to get from Manila to Anilao  and if you want to know more things to do in Anilao, click here and read our full travel guide.

Anilao is really a quiet place and a perfect destination for diving, snorkeling and relaxing in the province of Batangas. It’s a perfect getaway from Manila or even from Angeles City where we are based.

Read here where to stay in Anilao and Batangas tourist spots!

Best time to visit Anilao

As a beach destination, the obvious choice would be to visit Anilao in the summer months of March to May. While this is a sensible option, it is also the peak season for all beaches in the Philippines so make sure to book everything in advance.

The best time to visit Anilao is from November to February as this is the dry and cool season. Little to no rain can be expected while the sun is not as hot as it is during the summer. For those who are going to this paradise mainly for diving, the best time to visit Anilao is October to early June as well as January to March.

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How to get from Manila to Anilao

How to get from Manila to Anilao by Bus

If you want to get from Manila to Anilao. There are buses leaving for Batangas regularly. You can board the buses from Alabang, Buendia or Cubao where there are hourly trips to Batangas. It takes 3 hours to reach Batangas and costs around 150 PHP, or $3 USD.

Upon arriving in Batangas, there are several ways to reach Anilao. One option is hiring a tricycle for 300 PHP ($6 USD) for a 40-minute ride. Another way to get to Anilao from the bus terminal is to ride a jeepney. It costs 35 PHP per person to reach the municipality of Mabini’s market, then you can take a tricycle to your resort.

You can also reach Anilao from Mabini by getting off at Anilao Port instead of the market and hailing a tricycle from there. The ride from the port lasts 10 minutes and costs around 60-100 PHP per tricycle.

Jeepneys don’t travel directly to the resorts, only tricycles do. However, it was quite hard for us to deal with the tricycle drivers in Anilao. They charged 100 PHP per person, which was way overpriced and more than the 45 PHP rate that it typically cost. When we found out we’ve paid too much on our way to the resort, we made sure to pay the right amount on our way back.

How to get from Manila to Anilao by Car

If you want to get from Manila to Anilao by car . You have to take South Luzon Expressway on the way to Batangas. You have to reach Bauan and keep going until Manghinao bridge. And from here just straight to Mabini. The trip Manila to Anilao will last 2-3 hours depending on the traffic. Try to leave early morning to avoid the traffic crossing Manila.

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Transportation Around Anilao

The best way to reach Anilao’s resorts from Mabini Market and Anilao Port is through the tricycle. Fares are negotiable and can go as low as 45 PHP for a ride to the port or 90 PHP for a trip to the market. When you reach your resort in Anilao you will spend most of the time inside and you will hardly leave to go around. The fee for renting a boat in Anilao to go diving or island hopping comes with the dive or tour package that you will avail.

You can get a boat for a day trip in Anilao for 2500 PHP good enough for 8 people. So affordable you can get 300 PHP per person and spend an amazing day island hopping and snorkeling. You can visit Sombrero Island (200 PHP entrance fee) and also Sepoc Island is worth it to visit.

What to do in Anilao

Kayaking, Diving and Snorkeling

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There are many activities to do in Anilao like Kayaking, snorkeling, diving, island hopping and paddling. The water are so clear and there is too much to explore around the islands and many great spots for snorkeling. Try to do all of them while spending your days in Anilao.

Day Trip to Sepoc Island

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You can have a day trip to Sepoc Island get there at around 15-20 minutes by boat from Eagle Point Resort. The island was so quiet and really beautiful. Once you’re there, you can swim and do snorkeling. You can walk around the white sand and enjoy the paradise. You can also visit Sombrero Island close to Anilao.

Getting a Massage

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It doesn’t matter if you’re coming from scuba diving or just want to be pampered. You should get a massage (or hilot in Filipino) in Anilao. This destination is for relaxing and when you aren’t island hopping or snorkeling best thing to do is getting a massage.

Where to Stay in Anilao

Vivere Azure Resort

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Vivere Azure Resort is one of our favorite hotels in the Philippines. From our room with views that were dreamy to the clear water and the islands on the landscape, we loved everything! It was our first time to encounter this with hotels so hands up to Vivere Azure for that! Yes, we were surprised of such good treatment from the staff so we can recommend 100% if you are looking for a place where to stay in Anilao.

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The room was big enough for us three and it had a desktop, a couch and a balcony as we mentioned above where we were enjoyed the views while working or just having a coffee. The food was amazing, the place so beautiful and the staff so friendly and helpful. Plus internet connection was working great in paradise!



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Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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