Diving Malaysia and Anilao in the Philippines
Muck diving, wall diving, and wreck diving are among my favorite types of dives. The top 3 muck diving sites in the world are Lembeh Straits in Indonesia, Mabul in Malaysia and Anilao in the Philippines, where I’m currently writing this article.
Unfortunately a common misconception is that muck diving means bad viz. Muck diving simply means diving over a featureless bottom like a sandy bottom. Visibility on my dives yesterday was easily 80ft. At first glance, why would anyone want to skip diving over a beautiful coral reef to see “nothing but sand”? That’s because if you look closely enough, there are an amazing array of wonderfully camouflaged critters hidden in the sand. Just in one dive yesterday, I saw ghost pipefish, frogfish, leaf scorpionfish, seahorse, crinoid shrimp, emperor shrimp, squat lobster, cuttlefish, blue ringed octopus, coconut octopus, wunderpus and the world famous mimic octopus.
But all is not lost when I return from a week long dive trip to Anilao because Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach boasts one of the better muck diving sites on the West Coast. On a typical dive you’ll be able see baby reef octopus, horn sharks, target shrimp, thornback rays, California scorpionfish, flatfishes, nudibranchs, decorator crabs and sarcastic fringheads to name a few. So get out there and go diving. The underwater world awaits!