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Puerto Galera, Philippines

22 – 29 August 2020

Verde Island, Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera was originally a fishing community, and in the 1980s, the Philippines Government declared the area a Marine Reserve. Once a thriving fishing village, Puerto Galera soon became the premier scuba diving destination in the Philippines. El Galleon Beach Resort and its dive centre, Asia Divers, are renowned for their serene and quaint beachfront surroundings fronting Small Lalaguna Beach in Puerto Galera.

The resort has air-conditioned rooms, some with majestic views of Sabang Bay and Small Lalaguna Beach. Rooms also include, flat screen TV, a fully stocked mini bar, and free Wi-Fi. El Galleon also has a swimming pool, three bars and a lovely outdoor spa. The restaurant extends to the water’s edge, offering great value in international cuisine.

El Galleon is a family-friendly resort, with plenty to keep your kids occupied and having fun! The waters in front of the resort are excellent for swimming and snorkeling, and we even have the Bubblemaker scuba course for kids age 8 and up!

Puerto Galera is situated on the northern coast of Mindoro Island, which is separated from Luzon by the Verde Island Passage. These waters are flushed by the current of the South China Sea, resulting in strong currents of up to 6 knots. This makes the area well known for its spectacular scuba diving and abundant sea life.

Clown fish at Puerto Galera Philippines
Clown fish at Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera has dozens of dive sites, with lots of options whether you are just learning to scuba dive, or are a seasoned professional. You’ll find shipwrecks, exhilarating drift dives, and incredible muck diving sites that are an underwater photographer’s dream!

  • Tour Leader Lee Johnson 
  • 7 nights ex-Perth
  • Return airfares Singapore Airlines to Manila via Singapore
  • 7 nights poolside room – twin share
  • All meals included
  • Return airport transfers
  • Up to 5 dives per day – 5 dive days 
  • Tanks, weights, air fills & dive guides
  • Day trip to Verde Island including lunch & drinks
  • FREE Nitrox for Nitrox certified divers
  • Download our Trip Flyer 
  • Book online (use booking reference ADE1297)

The centre of the centre of marine biodiversity!

Experts have called The Verde Island Passage the “centre of the centre” of the world’s marine biodiversity. Life enhancing nutrients from the Pacific mix with waters of the South China Sea. You would never guess that beneath the surface are spectacular reef formations with more than 300 species of corals and underwater rock canyons that host nearly 60 percent of the world’s known shorefish species.

The World Conservation Union describes it as the marine counterpart of the Amazon River basin,” which put the passage at the peak of the “Coral Triangle” that spans the Sulawesi and the Sulu Seas in the southern Philippines and nearby Indonesia.

El Galeon Beach Resort, Puerto Galera

The resort we’re visiting is located on the shores of the Verde Island passage and one of the most amazing dives is the Verdi Island drop off located only 20min away from El Galleon/Asia Divers resort.

An underwater photographer’s paradise!

One of the big reasons so many divers come to Puerto Galera is the amazing macro life. Underwater photographers are delighted with the vast selection of different nudibranches that they can see on just one dive site! Pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish, frog fish, sea moths, dragonets, stick pipefish, wonderpuss, mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish are some of the special things that divers can see.

All the dive sites are replete with huge numbers of splendid fishes, huge basket sponges adorned with hundreds of multi-coloured crinoids; vast numbers of hard and soft corals and gorgonian sea fans.Turtles, octopus, mantis shrimp, crabs, seahorses, and cuttlefish make guest appearances as well.

Puerto Galera also has a few shipwrecks that provide perfect habitats for vast amounts of corals, fish and other marine life.

The dive sites in Puerto Galera offer amazing scuba diving experiences for all levels, from ‘Bubble Makers’ (scuba diving for kids) to recreational holiday divers, and professional underwater photographers and even technical divers.

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