Live out a real diver’s dream at Aquaventure Reef Club, Anilao, Batangas — Luzon’s premiere watersport haven and family resort.
Aquaventure Reef Club is located in the Anilao area of Batangas, Luzon’s premier dive destination. It is a two and a half hours drive south of Manila but once you get there, you are a mere five minutes away from an unforgettable diving adventure. The resplendent colors of corals found in Anilao’s waters make the place ideal for underwater photography. Need to take a break from diving (although we can’t imagine why you’d want to)? Our location is also perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Or get out of the water and have a beach picnic. Better still, explore the many neighboring islands on our outrigger boats.
Lecture room are readily available for dive lectures and training. We also have our own clinic to care for your medical needs.
No worries about a place to stay when you go diving. Our diving packages offer a variety of comfortable accommodations to choose from.
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TRAVEL TIPS FOR PHILIPPINES
The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands covering a land area of 115,739 sq. m. (299,764 sq. km.). Main island groups are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Capital city is Manila and the time Zone is GMT + 8 hours.
March to May is hot and dry. June to October is rainy, November to February is cool. Average temperatures: 78°F / 25°C to 90°F / 32°C and the humidity is 77%.
The May 2000 national census indicates the population is 76.5 million Filippino. Population growth is estimated at 2.36 percent annually. Luzon, the largest island group, accounts for more than half of the entire population.
The two official languages are Filipino and English. Filipino which is based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is also widely used and is the medium of instruction in higher education.
Some 83% of Filipinos are Catholic. About 5% are Muslim. The rest are made up of smaller Christian denominations and Buddhist.
UNIT OF MEASURE
The Metric System is used in most trade and legal transactions.
220 volts a/c is the common standard. 110 volts a/c is also used, especially in major hotels.
The Philippines’ monetary unit is the peso, divided into 100 centavos. Foreign currency may be exchanged at any hotels, most large department stores, banks, and authorized money changing shops accredited by the Central Bank of the Philippines. International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Bank Americard, Master Card, and American Express are accepted in major establishments.
(Information taken from the WOW Philippines site)
- Dress for the weather – hot! Light clothing is ideal year-round, and absolutely during the hot and dry months from March to May. Temperatures average from 78°F/25°C to 90°F/32°C. Mean humidity is at 77%.
- Never leave home without your rain gear, umbrella, and heavy clothing during the wet season from June to October.
- When shopping in a public market, it is perfectly acceptable to haggle for the cheapest price.
- English is the most widely spoken next to Filipino/Tagalog, the national language. Learning the basic local phrases may come in handy. Over 111 local dialects are spoken in the country.
- Comfortable yet sturdy footwear are best, as traveling the islands will often involve some walking.
- When headed to the remote areas, come prepared with an insect repellant and even your own water in handy containers. Always have the island map with you.
- Prepare to hop in a jeepney, tricycle, or pedicab – exotic modes of land transport that are the most commonly available for going around. Always bring loose change when taking public transport.
- Know the transport schedules. Some destinations are only being serviced intermittently, not to mention extreme weather conditions that will affect these schedules.
- Air-conditioned taxis should cost PhP25 on the meter. An extra PhP2 will be added for every 500 meters.
- When traveling by car, be mindful of the number coding ordinance for vehicles that is being implemented strictly in selected cities.
- Do not miss visiting during the summer, when there is a concentration of major festivals, celebrations, and events.
- Adopt to local customs; accept local differences. The Filipinos are divided culturally into regions a total of 16, at present, each with its own distinct traits and traditions.
- The Philippine monetary unit, the peso, is generally preferred for financial transactions. Money-changing shops are available in key cities and towns.
- Tipping is expected for many services. The standard amount is 10% of the total bill. Tipping is optional on bills that include a service charge, which is often 10% as well of the total bill.
- Be sure to sample the endless variety of native delicacies and local cuisine, which differ in every region. The Philippines is made up of 7,107 different flavors that you will want to take home with you.
- For tourist information and assistance, get in touch with the Department of Tourism and any of its accredited offices nationwide.
(for more information, visit http://www.tourism.gov.ph/index.asp)