Scuba Diving: Anilao, The Cathedral

About the Cathedral
The Cathedral is one of the more famous dive sites around the Anilao area. It became famous when former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos placed a concrete stone cross which was even blessed by Saint John Paul II. This cross is located between the 2 giant rocks making the view look like an altar in a cathedral. It is a relatively easy dive site and is it where most diving students do their check-out dive. I did a night dive here before during my check out dive for my advance course few years back.

Here we are, fish feeding at the stone cross

What to expect?
The dive starts with a shallow reef with soft corals all around. You then proceed to a sandy area with small coral mounds all around. You will then see a small man-made castle which is about the size of what you will see in a toddler’s playground. Upon passing the small castle, you will now see the stone cross in between 2 giant rocks which are now covered with corals and filled with fish. This is where you will spend most of your time diving and most likely some fish feeding.

One of my very first dives way back 2013. The depth of the cross is around 18-19m
The 2 giant corals surrounding the stone cross.

Lots of hard and soft corals, sea fans, angelfish, butterfly fish, wrasse, trigger fish, moorish idols, damsel fish, puffer fish, surgeon fish, and the occasional green sea turtle, octopus, frog fish. Local dive masters say that there are black tip sharks somewhere at 38 meters.

The sandy bottom area leading to the cross.

Dive Site: Cathedral
Location: Anilao, Batangas, Philippines
Dive Season: All year. Best time to visit is summer (March to May)
Minimum License Requirement: Open Water Diver
Difficulty: Easy. Recommended for new divers
Max Depth: 10-18 meters
Current: No to mild current
Dive Type: Fun Dive
Visibility: 10-20 meters

Total dives: 5
Last visit: April 5, 2014
Bottom Time: 50 mins
Night Dive: Yes

Dive Operator: DiveNet Philippines
Instructors: Hernel & Joy Castillo

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