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In our experience, Puerto Galera is the most popular and energetic dive destination in the Philippines. Strong currents, huge diversity, exceptional macro… macro nuts are seriously going to love this place. And then there’s Verde Island… we challenge you to find a more fish populated dive site in the Philippines.

Puerto Galera is located on Mindoro, an island separated from mainland Luzon by the Verde Island Passage. It is situated 130 kilometers southwest of Manila so it is an easy couple of hours land transfer from Manila International airport then an hours crossing via banka boat. Around the coastal town of Puerta Galera is well known to tourists and locals alike mainly for scuba diving, beaches, a busy night life though many enjoy exploring the mountain ranges of central Mindoro.

 

About Diving

The main difference in diving in Puerta Galera over other places is that due to the tidal currents and the way the land is shaped and where it is situated along the Verde Strait, it gets ‘flushed out’ twice a day by tidal currents. Divers will be based in nearby Sabang bay, Small or Big Lalaguna bay where the majority of dive sites are about 8-10 minutes away. From a divers perspective its one of the few places in the Philippines where you have to pay attention to the tide table. You can use this to your advantage so that a dive at Kilima Drift is a proper adrenaline dive! From a biological viewpoint, the tides changes promotes the most amazing diversity if marine creatures to exist.

Good to know

  • Best time of year:Best time is Oct/Nov though to June
  • Dive Qualification:Open Water dive qualification suitable.
  • Favourite dive sites:Our favorite dive sites: Verde Island, Giant Clams and Kilimar Steps on a full moon
  • Off gas day:Things to do on off gas day: Golf, zip line, go kart, paint ball.
  • Try food at:Bavarian breakfast at Hemmingways, Pizza at Cucina, Italiana in Talipanan Beach
  • Sunset Drinks:Happy hour at sunset in the Point Bar.

Puerto Galera – on the map


Resorts and Dive Centres


Guide Price

1545

Per person. Twin share

  • 7 nights B & B

  • 15 dives

  • Domestic transfers

Atlantis Puerto Galera

          With possibly the highest standard of accommodation, with its own professional dive operation, Atlantis Puerto Galera offers very comfortable surroundings with excellent service and arguably one of the best restaurants in Sabang.   The corner stone of the Atlantis offering is most definitely its service. From every part of the resort, whether it is...


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Guide Price

885

Per person. Twin share

  • 7 nights B & B

  • 15 dives

  • Domestic transfers

Asia Divers & El Galleon Resort

         One of the cornerstone dive resorts of Puerto Galera, if not the Philippines. An extremely well run operation with facilities that lead the way in how a professional dive centre should be equipped. Of course the best asset of the dive centre and resort are the staff, who will always be around...


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Guide Price

885

Per person. Twin share

  • 7 nights B & B

  • 15 dives

  • Domestic transfers

Asia Divers & Waimea Resort


Owned by Asia Divers, Waimea Luxury houses & Studios are a short walk from El Galleon and offer secluded luxury and self-catering opportunities. Waimea is the luxury annex of Asia Diver/El Galleon. Set back in the hill behind El Galleon, it’s a 5-minute walk to the exclusive and secure garden grounds, where 2 fully furnished 2...


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Guide Price

900

Per person. Twin share

  • 7 nights B & B

  • 15 dives

  • Domestic transfers

Fisherman’s Cove resort

        Fishermen’s Cove is a gem of place, nestled in a small cove close to the small town of Puerto Galera, but far from the hustle, bustle and noise of Sabang.   Over the last couple of decades, Giuseppe, the owner, has made the resort into what you could call a little piece...


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Guide Price

915

Per person. Twin share

Tech Asia Divers Institute & El Galleon Resort


Probably the best known and with the highest reputation Technical Diving Centre in the Philippines, if not South East Asia. Dave and Sam have been here since time began and can offer everything a techie needs. Tech Asia took over the original Asia Divers location in Small Lalaguna in 2000, when Asia Divers relocated to The...


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