|Basura is simply Fantastic. Find Flasher Wrasse Daily at Basura, they do their mating sessions 1700 daily here|
Through the years, a site which has been overlooked by many is the wonder that is Basura Anilao which I have revisited just last weekend doing solo dives.
|Bebot and Me were the first divers to discover Lembeh Sea Dragons in Anilao|
No one can ever claim otherwise... consistenly seen after we posted our first find in 2013
By 2007, some resorts fronting the dive site decided to place artificial reefs, which was quite successful in growing corals and increasing fish stock in the area, which however caused the demise of much of the special critters. By 2008 when Secret Bay was discovered to be abundant with strange and desirable macro subjects plus with the growing fish population consuming all the special critters, Basura became an echo and was dislodged as the No. 1 muck site in Anilao.
|saw six of different types in one coral rock|
|consistently see hairy frogfish from Dec-May (during cold water)|
|Mackarels aboud in the late afternoons|
The Basura dive site to this day is unprotected. Most mornings, some local residents do small scale bottom trawling on the shores. The population density in Barangay San Jose is huge, while knowing its one of the best dive sites in Anilao, the locals exercise their right to do as they please. We can only watch them do what they do in the mornings... there is still hope that the next generation of San Jose residents will have a softer spot for the ocean's residents or hoping they may do their fishing several meters away from shore.