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Philippines Finest with Mustard

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Philippines Finest with Mustard
Far East - Philippines
From £3395 inc. flights*
The Philippines is well known for the fantastic photo opportunities that you can find underwater, but one of the hottest areas to visit is up and coming macro mecca Anilao. Move over Lembeh....! Here you find some of the rarest critters, and with pro Alex Mustard to hand throughout the trip, this is an unmissable opportunity to take your macro photography to a whole new level! Don't delay - book your space and sprinkle some photo magic on your shots and discover the Philippines at its most photogenic. 

Goals of the trip

Anilao might be home to some the world's strangest and rarest critters, but relatively few UK photographers have yet to venture this far. It is only 2 1/2 hours from Manila, with an alluring range of dive sites - reef and muck dives, caves and piers... there is more than enough to keep even the most ardent photographer busy underwater! Small dive groups (max 4 divers) are guaranteed! Relax as you practice advanced lighting techniques. Hone your skills in the calm environment.

Alex will be giving daily lectures, with an emphasis on how to creatively compose and light your macro photography. On most evenings there will be group review sessions to give feedback on your photos and to get ideas and inspiration from what others are producing.  

Want to experience even more of the Philippines? Alex will be running an informal extension at Atlantis Dumaguete Atlantis Dumaguete for 5 nights (4 days diving). This is the perfect mix, with yet more outstanding muck and macro... total immersion in the Philippines' Finest with Mustard. Speak to your travel consultant for more info

Diving highlights

Many a photographer heads to Anilao for the chance to shoot rhinopias. These charismatic critters can be hard to find, but are regularly seen in this part of the Philippines. Sea dragons are another local speciality. Head to Secret Bay or Basura and you will discover dives to rival anywhere else in the world. Love frogfish? They come in all shapes and sizes here! From tiny, teeny clown frogfish to the downright extravagant hairy frogfish. Be amazaed by wonderful wonderpus otcotpus? Or fall in love with flambouyant cuttlefish. There's really no limit to what you might find!

Quick Facts

  • Average Water Temp: 26 - 29 C
  • Average Air Temp: 26 - 30 C
  • Average Visability: 5 - 25 m
  • Good for: world class macro and muck diving
  • Suitable for beginners: No
Alex Says...
  • Join Alex Mustard on a critter hunt in the heart of the Philippines, stopping at not one but 2 marco meccas! Once you arrive in Manila you be picked up and taken by land and the Aiyanar Beach & Dive resort.

This is a typical example of the Philippines Finest with Mustard itinerary. The schedule is subject to change according to prevailing weather conditions and is only given as a example of what you would usually encounter during your holiday.

Scuba Travel have custom built this itinerary along with Alex Mustard

Trip Duration
The Philippines Finest will spend 7 nights at the Aiyanar resort in Anilao. There is then the option of another moving to the Atlantis Dumaguete for 5 nights for the ultimate in macro fixes.

On arrival you will be met in Manila and taken by land to Aiyanar resort. This takes about 2 1/2 hours in the comfort of a private, air conditioned bus for the group.

Aiyanar resort: Anilao
You will have 7 nights at Aiyanar in a casita room (2 people sharing) on a full board basis. There are 3 boat dives a day (total 15 dives) as well as unlimited house reef diving. Groups will be kept small with a max of 4 per guide, so you have plenty of time and space in the water to shoot.

Alex will run presentations and sessions at the end of each day. There will also be opportunities throughout your stay for 1:1 time with Alex.

At the end of your time here you will return to Manila for your flight down to Dumaguete.

Atlantis resort: Dumageute
You will be met in Dumaguete and taken to the resort (approx 30mins). Here you have 5 nights in a deluxe room (2 people sharing) on a full board basis. There are up to 5 dives per day, with 4 day boat dives and 1 night dive.

This is an informal atmosphere, with more emphasis on putting into practice what you have learnt the previous week. Alex will still be on hand, but there will not be any presentations.

At the end of the trip you will fly back to Manila for your international flights home.

Do speak to your travel consultant if you are interested in adding any time in Manila or a stop over en route.

If you would like to add an extension, combine this with another product or tweak the itinerary give us a call so we can discuss your dream diving holiday.


Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort

Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort

A short drive from Manila and you can be in paradise. Aiyanar beach and dive resort is an undeniably stylish resort in the heart of Anilao, an upcoming macro mecca in the Philippines. Perched on the mountainside, Aiyanar's loc...

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This promises to be a very productive workshop week with the potential for really exciting subject matter on my Philippines Finest with Mustard itinerary.

Tubbataha is widely predicted to become the next must see destination in SE Asia, like others including Raja Ampat, Lembeh or Sipadan have in the past. It is a pair of remote atolls, way out in the middle of the 4000m deep Sulu Sea. The only atolls in the Philippines. Rising from the deep, the reef are a true oasis of pristine reef life bathed in clear ocean waters. 50m (180ft) visibility is common. Tubbataha is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photographically it is wide angle heaven, with rich SE Asia reefs, in the clearest water. Coral walls and slopes covered in giant sea fans, sponges and corals surrounded by thousands of anthers and other small reef fish. The area is best known for bigger creatures: schools of bigeye jacks, barracuda, bump head parrotfish, mantas, mobulas and abundant sharks.

Whitetip reef sharks and grey reefs are most common, but people see plenty of more exotic species too. That said, the sharks do tend to keep their distance. The reefs are also famed for turtles, with both hawksbills and green turtles being very abundant. Think of Sipadan 30 years ago, but on a bigger scale and with very few divers. Oh and lots of mantas too. There is plenty of Philippine macro subjects too, such as pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs, although the focus of the workshop will be wide angle.

If you would like to add an extension, combine this with another product or tweak the itinerary give us a call so we can discuss your dream diving holiday.

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