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Anilao Photo Academy

1 Barangay Road Anilao, Barangay San Jose, Mabini, Mabini, Luzon 4202 Philippines
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We've moved "anilao PHOTO" to a new location and given it a new purpose. Instead of providing you with merely a place to stay, dive and take pictures, we are committed to also offer more enrichment thru developing underwater photography skills. We have only 12 simple rooms that caters to the specific need of underwater photographers. A dedicated camera dry-room, editing stations, power outlets, camera wash/rinse tubs, air guns, wet and dry camera work stations and 15mbps internet line. Our packages rates are all-inclusive and we offer the best underwater photography guides and staff and boatmen that know how to handle photographer needs. All rooms are air-conditioned with attached bathrooms. Each room is equipped with multiple international power-points and sufficient camera work-space for no less than 2 DSLR systems. We use only the top spotters in Anilao to ensure photographers are always kept shooting non-stop, assisted and coached. Booking is necessary as we do not cater to walk-in guests.
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Luis S wrote a review Mar 2020
Puerto Rico6 contributions1 helpful vote
If You want to visit a special place APA is the way to go Rina,Wayne,and Tim treated us special and we're súper friendly and the tips for underwater photography make You jump onto the next step. Our dive guide Jason was awesome and truly a helpful in everyway..i Will recomend this place to anybody who loves underwater photography, and if i could rate this place 6 stars i would....... Thanks APA again for a dream vacation.....
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Vigfus A wrote a review Dec 2019
Fuchu-cho, Japan5 contributions1 helpful vote
Me and my friend are experienced divers and have been doing UW photography for 10 years. We stayed with Anilao Photo Academy for four nights this November. The rooms are spacious with two nice workstations for setting up your UW camera gear. The food is plentiful. There are big rinse tanks for the camera gear and plenty of work stations for the camera gear in the common area with air pressure functionality. When they are at close to full capacity there are boats leaving in the morning at 30 minutes intervall which makes the morning routine run smoothly. How they organized the Black water dives was also good and smooth. We had a ration of 1 dive guide per 1-2 divers depending on me doing a photo course. All the time Rina and Tim will make sure you feel at home and check if you need anything else. Just to give you an idea of how service minded they are: Since we have been to Anilao a few times we asked the night before if it was possible to adjust the dive sites to our liking one day and without hesitation it was. While I was taking the photo course with Tim he lent me gear to get better strobe positioning to increase my value of the course. Anything to improve on? We travel to Indonesia or the Philippines more or less once or twice every year so we've seen quite a few places and we usually end up talking what we would improve to a "Swedish" standard, which is usually quite a few points. The only small improvements we thought of here would be a slightly better shower in the room (the ones by the water you use after diving are great) and try to increase the overall level of the food as it was outstanding one day and just OK another day. Overall I think you will be as pleased as we were staying with Rina, Tim and the crew over at Anilao Photo Academy. /Andreas
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Date of stay: November 2019
ReefNut wrote a review Nov 2019
Delta33 contributions11 helpful votes
If you love to, or want to, take incredible underwater macro photography pictures then this is the place for you! Set in one of the premier underwater macro areas of the world, the dive operation and guides are what sets this place apart from the rest. With your own dedicated guide to find the macro creatures you are seeking and help you with lighting, camera settings etc. you’ll be taking those pictures you’ve always dreamed of. Led by Tim Ho and Rina Yumol Jones, you have access to infinite photography experience and expertise. You can even try out different equipment configurations from their extensive collection at no charge. Want to try blackwater or bonfire photography? This is the place. My first time and my photos are amazing. I have never had the pleasure of having my expectations so vastly exceeded. The rooms are clean and quiet. The food is very, very good. Everyone is friendly and eager to please. This is an underwater macro photography resort and nothing else. If you love to dive and take pictures like me, you won’t do better than this. I spent 10 days here and loved every minute.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
chin yong c wrote a review Nov 2019
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Tim Ho broke down the fundamentals of UW photography in easily digestable building blocks and reinforced with practical "tutorials" during the practise dives. He demonstrated the application of these fundamentals across the camera system we used. Resort is well suited to cater for a wide spectrum of photographers with its ideal work station design and offerings of lens and equipment for testing or purchase. Rooms are cleaned daily and staff are ready to assist if you need them.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Hyzue wrote a review Nov 2019
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Dive site lives up to its name with plentiful charismatic micro creatures! Extremely affable dive master who knows the seabed at the back on his hand. Sincere and warm hearted staff hosting you in a welcoming yet affordable resort stay. Rooms are clean and spacious with work desk suited up to meet the demands of serious and or beginner underwater photographers! Tim's lessons are well curated - peppered with stories and simple scenarios to grasp the difficult nature of underwater micro photography. He's able to bring his lessons live with actual underwater coaching which marvels the light out of a newbie like me! Center is equipped splendidly with local delicacies, rather steady Wi-Fi, hot showers and air-conditioned. There are books and camera related equipments like lens and frames for you to use and try before deciding how your future camera set to look like. Two pugs are part of the family welcome party - what more can you ask for a budget yet comfortable dwellings lining up the brilliant Anilao beaches!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Anilao Photo Hotel
PhilippinesLuzonCalabarzon RegionBatangas ProvinceMabini
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Frequently Asked Questions about Anilao Photo Academy
Which popular attractions are close to Anilao Photo Academy?
Nearby attractions include Mt. Gulugod Baboy Trail (2.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Anilao Photo Academy?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, airport transportation, and laundry service.
What are some restaurants close to Anilao Photo Academy?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hillside Dining at Seascape Resort, OMG! Olvida & Myra's Grill, and Frido's.
Does Anilao Photo Academy have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Anilao Photo Academy offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Anilao Photo Academy?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Anilao Photo Academy?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Taal Heritage Village (8.5 miles).