Located at the heart of the Coral Triangle and known as the “center of the center” of marine biodiversity, Anilao is home to more than half of the Philippines’ documented shore fish species as well as over 300 species of coral.

Teeming with marine life, the waters of Anilao are home to schools of jacks, gleaming barracuda, and frogfish. Divers have managed to see mimic octopuses, seahorses, sea turtles, reef sharks, and even young whale sharks—as well as to capture them on camera.

Local tour guides also call Anilao the Nudibranch Capital of the World, with over 100 species of sea slug endemic to Anilao. As recently as 2015, more than 40 new varieties were discovered by CAL researchers!

By now, it might sound like you know all there is to know about Anilao, but believe us: There’s even more to discover beneath the surface.