Acacia Resort and Dive Center

3.75
(1 REVIEW)

 

 Acacia Resort is temporarily closed for renovation until October 2019


Destination: Philippines

Mabini, Batangas, Philippines | Full-board + 2 dives from $139++/ppn

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Acacia Resort and Dive Center Quick Pitch

Acacia, named for the century-old tree the resort is built around, offers luxury accommodations and premier diving.

 

Quick Information 

  • No of Rooms: 16
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: AC, televisions, pool, wifi, bar, nitrox
  • WiFi: Yes, free
  • Nearest International Airport: Ninoy Aquino International Airport
  • Airport shuttle: Yes, surcharge
 

 

How to Get There 

The resort is located in Anilao, approximately 80 kilometers from Manila. Airport transfers are provided.  

 

Dive Overview

With the highest density of marine life in the world, Anilao offers colorful reefs and incredible macro life.

 
 

 

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Accommodations

Types of Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Acacia Resort and Dive Center Accommodation Overview

Guests are accommodated in 6 standard rooms, 4 deluxe rooms, and 6 deluxe suites. Top-notch facilities comprise Acacia’s interior. A queen-size bed which will cradle you to sleep after a long day of adventure. The room’s soft, glowing atmosphere ensures our guests with optimal relaxation. it also provides a more spacious bathroom.

 

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From Left to Right: Standard Room, Deluxe Room & Deluxe Suite

 

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Resort Facilities

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Acacia Resort and Dive Center Features

  • Airport Transfers
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hotel Bar
  • In-room Cable TV
  • Free Wifi Access

 

Acacia Resort and Dive Center Food & Drinks 

All-inclusive, buffet-style meals prepared with international and Filipino influences.

 

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Package & Rates

Acacia Resort and Dive Center Rates

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Acacia Rates 

For information on available packages & rates, contact us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at 310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!  

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Dive Information

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Anilao Dive Sites

Anilao definitely isn’t just for macro photography. The area also offers some great reef and wall dives, sea mounds and coral gardens. Some of these sites are best experienced when the currents are picking up. Though not guaranteed, there are also occasional sightings of sharks, manta rays and eagle rays. Among the most popular sites in Anilao are the following:

  • Twin Rocks – Home to a great school of jackfish, this site is at an easy 20m with a vast coral garden.
  • Cathedral – One of the most famous of all Anilao’s dives, the site is so named because of a concrete cross that sits at 15m in between 2 huge boulders teeming with marine life. The cross was brought down in the 80’s after it was blessed by Pope John Paul II.
  • Secret Bay – At some point, Secret Bay may have defined the kind of diving one could expect to do in Anilao—muck, with the craziest assortment of rare critters to be found. Most of the critters can be found at around 5m, but you can go as deep as 30m and still find things of great interest.
  • Basura – Like Secret Bay, Basura (which means trash in Filipino), is a favorite among underwater photographers. Situated on the shore of one of the local communities, the site was so named after the trash that found its way there from the human inhabitants. This, however, no longer holds true as the local community had taken a stand to protect the site. The trash is no longer there, but the critters remain.
  • Beatriz Rock - A sea mound beside Sombrero Island, the shallow reef starts a mere 6m with a sandy bottom at around 20m. Best with slight current and the bright sun. 

 

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Dive Center Information

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Dive Center Overview

Acacia prides themselves with having some of the best dive crew in Anilao. They employ some of the best spotters specialized to assist underwater photographers to find those rare critters.

The boat and land support crew were trained to handle all your equipment - cameras, tech gear, DPV's and even rebreathers with competency and utmost care.

For those wanting to learn to dive, Acacia offers PADI and GUE courses with some of the best instructors from Manila.

For divers looking for more advanced adventures, there are twin (manifold) cylinders available for rent, along with backplates, wings, deco/stage bottles and regulators available to rent.

 

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Practical Information

  • Electricity: 220 Volts
  • Time zone: UTC+8
  • Languages: Filipino & English
  • Accept Credit Cards?: Yes, Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

And let us book your dream vacation!

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Reviews (1)

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Acacia is a higher end resort in Anilao. Great location, nice people, and excellent diving.

Key highlights for me are as follows:
Excellent location: It is roughly in the middle of the stretch where all the dive sites are, making boat rides very short. The longest boat rides are about 15 min to Anilao Pier (to the north) and Secret Bay (to the south).
Beautiful grounds: The resort is named after a huge and ancient acacia tree in the middle of the property. It is beautiful, as is the rest of the property.
Flexible diving: I've hired private guides and boats and they will follow your schedule. Tell them what critters you are looking for and they'll help you find them.
Good food: Food is buffet style and is plentiful and tasty. The cuisine is Filipino food with some Western influence.
World class diving: read more about it on the Anilao page, but Anilao has one of the highest concentrations of marine biodiversity in the world. There is an amazing variety of fish and critters and Anilao is known as the nudibranch capital of the world, a name that is well deserved..

On the downside:
Cost: Acacia is on the higher end in Anilao and can be a fair bit more expensive than some of the other resorts in the area.
Rooms: The last time I went (2012), some of the rooms were starting to show their age. There was rust and general wear and tear on the furniture and fittings. Rooms are otherwise quite good and are clean with minimalist decor.

Visited on 04/2012 - Submitted on 02/06/2014

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