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Aiyanar House Reef in Anilao

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by Randallr, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Randallr

    Randallr Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New York, NY
    Hi all -
    I’m planning a trip to Anilao in the spring, specifically for macro photography. We’ll be staying at Aiyanar, which sounds great, from the reviews here. Does anyone have specific thoughts on Aiyanar’s house reef as a photo and exploration site?

    I’ve been spoiled by my frequent trips to Blue Heron Bridge in Florida. I know the marine life doesn’t compare in the least, but I love that it never gets deeper than 20’, and you can tool around for 2+ hours on a tank of air, just poking through rubble and finding fascinating things. I’m wondering whether Aiyanar’s house reef allows that kind of easy, leisurely discovery.
  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    Good question. It is OK, but not super. A bit murky. Interesting critters, of course, but nothing like the sites the boats go to. I've done it twice, will be back in the Spring and probably do it again. One issue is they send a guy out to sit on the dock and watch your bubbles and help you into and out of the water. It is a better night dive than day dive, and even has some Mandarin fish available. I think, other than as a night dive, its best use is early in the trip to sort yourself and your gear out prior to a full day of diving.
  3. D_Fresh

    D_Fresh ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    I cannot help you regarding Aiyanar's house reef, but since you'll be in the area, you might want to check out Dive & Teek's house reef. They offer usage to non-guests for a small day use fee. It's close enough that it would be worth checking out.

    Full disclosure: it's my regular Anilao site :wink:
  4. mlsantos

    mlsantos Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Quezon City, Philippines, Philippines
    Aiyanar's house reef is great for critters and yes we do have a mandarin fish dive. To the right though there is a wreck graveyard with a banca, a couple of speedboats a jetski and a helicopter. Max depth to the right is about 85 feet down a slope.
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