After an unprecedented year that saw travelers cooped up at home, there were also things to celebrate — after all, if there’s anything we Filipinos know how to do, it’s how to always see the bright side. So we’re counting some of the best things that Make Us Smile. Here’s reason #3:
Divers have access once again to some of the world’s best dive spots, as the town of Mabini, home of the world-renown dive destination Anilao, reopened on 10 October 2020.
Anilao is the jump-off point for trips to over 30 dive spots, including the Verde Island Passage — recognized as the world’s “center of the center of marine biodiversity”. As one of the country’s busiest scuba diving hotspots, Anilao was key to helping the Philippines win the distinction of World’s Leading Dive Destination from the World Travel Awards in 2019.
Most of the resorts in Anilao have earned their Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) from the Department of Tourism, which allows them to start accepting guests once more. Visitors are required to bring proof of booking or reservation, the results of a swab test result taken within the last 72 hours, a medical clearance certificate, and a valid ID.
You’ll find that the province of Batangas has plenty to offer dry-land enthusiasts as well. Trails in places like Mt Gulugud Baboy, also in Mabini, or Mt Daguldol in San Juan are already open for hikers — so it’s time to get a workout in while taking in an exhilarating view of surrounding towns.