To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
The MDA 5-Star Club is for divers seeking adventure! It includes discounts at all MDA locations, preferred rates on rentals and air fills, special club rates on diving and discounts at our sponsor businesses all over Guam.
Anilao is emerging as a popular destination for the world’s dive community and more specifically as an underwater photographer’s paradise. The area’s Marine Sanctuary status provides an environment rich in thriving coral and biodiversity and rare underwater subjects abound. For Guam’s divers it’s an easy-to-reach destination, just a few hours south of Manila by car/shuttle with no additional domestic flights required.
Photo (right): “Aegires villosus” by Chad Ordelheide – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
HOW TO GET THERE
Outgoing (Guam to Manila):Use Philippine Airlines morning flight PR0111, operating 7 days a week.
Return (Manila to Guam): Flights depart in the evening, around 10pm, and arrive in Guam around 4am the following day. PR 0110 on PAL.
For travel to Puerto Galera & Anilao: Your package will include air conditioned van transfers between the Manila International Airport and your resort.
Whether you’re an underwater photographers or just looking to check several unique creatures off of your “seen it” list, you’re in for a treat. Divers can find mimic and blue-ringed octopus, hairy frogfish, bobbit worms, mantis shrimp and much more. The area’s dive operators excel at meeting a photographer’s needs and guides enjoy finding and pointing out Anilao’s many unique residents.
When To Go – Diving in Anilao is available year-round. April and May tend to have the best weather. Dry season extends from December – May, with a wet season from June – November.
Permits & Fees
Please be aware of required local permits and airport departure fees.
These must be paid in cash at your destination and are not included in travel packages.
Permits are purchased through the tour operator at your destination. Departure fees are paid at the airport upon departure.
Dive & Land permits
The Marine Sanctuaries of the Philippines provide incredible diving and require small fees for diving and camera use. These are relatively inexpensive and may vary depending on where the day’s diving takes you. Sanctuary fees are paid directly to your dive operator and are not included in dive packages.
There are no departure fee’s required in Anilao.