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Dive Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is one of the oldest Spanish settlements within the Philippines. As early as the 10th Century, Malaysians, Chinese and Indonesian merchants were already doing business with local traders. Puerto Galera is where they replenished their provisions and was also known as the Port of Galleons. The harbour was an excellent location for the Spanish Galleons to refuge from heavy storms and typhoons.

These days, you'll find paradise. Puerto Galera is blessed with one of the world's most beautiful natural harbours. Now known as the "Pearl of Mindoro", it is world-famous for splendid beaches, coral reefs, and exquisite dive sites for new and experienced divers alike - all in a relaxed, laid-back beach atmosphere.

  • Puerto Galera Geographical Information

    Puerto Galera is located on the northern peninsula of the island of Mindoro, 130km south of Manila (2.5 hour drive) and about 14 nautical miles from Batangas city (1 hour boat ride). Behind the irregular coastline with its clear water and wide sand beaches are the huge and mostly unexplored mountain ranges of central Mindoro. The terrain is rugged with sometimes dense jungle. Indigenous tribes still live scattered over the mountain sides.

    Puerto Galera is a popular destination for its beautiful bays and natural harbour offering a safe anchorage, a selection of 32 beaches to visit and for its delightful scenery. Sabang Beach, including Big Lalaguna and Small Lalaguna Beach, is the main resort area for foreign tourists while White Beach is popular amongst local (Filipino) tourists and has seen a big development boom in recent years. Both have numerous restaurants and bars along the beachfront and an active nightlife.

    The Batangas/Puerto Galera area forms the centre of the golden triangle - The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia - renowned for their coral and fish species. 

  • Things to do in Puerto Galera

    Puerto Galera is one of the top scuba diving and snorkelling destinations in the Philippines. Kayaking, sailing, boating, beach hopping, sunset cruises and fishing are other watersport activities. Trekking through the jungle and mountains alongside rivers and waterfalls is an adventurous way to see some of the best scenery Puerto Galera has to offer. Take a Mangyan village tour to learn about this indigenous culture, play golf or explore trails on mountain bikes.

  • When to Travel to Puerto Galera

    Because of its geographical location, Puerto Galera is well protected from ocean swells and typhoons by the nearby small islands and mountains, making diving a year-round activity.

    March to May is hot and dry.

    The low season of June to October is usually marked with more rain (mostly in the afternoon or at night) and occasional windy periods. Although this is typically also typhoon season, Puerto Galera is protected by the hills and mountains surrounding it. For diving, this time of year has some of the best visibility.

    November to February is pleasantly cooler and dry.

    Peak tourist season is from mid-December up to May and although the weather is better, visibility can be lower.

    Water tempertures range from 21°- 24°C from December to February and 25°- 30°C from March to November.

  • Hotels and Resorts in Puerto Galera

    Atlantis Resort Puerto Galera Philippines Atlantis Resort
    Beautifully built into the hills of Sabang Beach
    Budget: $$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: 1
    Restaurant: 1
    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: Yes
    Gym: No
    Spa: Yes
    Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
    El Galleon Beach Resort Puerto Galera Philippenes El Galleon Beach Resort
    Located at Small La Laguna beach
    Budget: $-$$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: 1
    Restaurant: 1
    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: No
    Spa: Yes
    Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
    El Galleon Beach Resort Puerto Galera Philippenes Scuba for Change (at Aninuan Beach Resort)
    Walking distance to White Beach
    Budget: $$-$$$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: 1
    Restaurant: 1
    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: Yes
    Spa: Yes
    Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
  • Scuba Diving in Puerto Galera

    Scuba Diving Puerto Galera PhilippenesMindoro Island is separated from Luzon by the Verde Island Passage. Here the water is flushed by the South China Sea currents. For nearly 50 years Puerto Galera has attracted scientists studying the eco structure of micro–organisms, animals and plants. The diving is famous for its diversity and divers return time after time to marvel at creatures large and small. There are dives for all levels, from easy training dives amongst pristine coral to thrilling drift dives. The area is noted for its opportunities for macro photography, fish and invertebrates, but there are plenty of larger subjects to photograph.

    There is good snorkelling along most of the rocks from the eastern end of Sabang Beach to Escarceo Point. The Verde Island passage is very deep making it one of the main technical diving destinations in Asia. A variety of wrecks have been sunk in the area. The 30+ dive sites are all within a 10 to 15 minute bangka ride from the beach, which makes for easy and convenient dive planning. Each dive site offers a multitude of marine life, consisting of trevally, lionfish, moray eels, nudibranchs, triggerfish, parrotfish, turtles, sharks, eagle rays etc.

    Due to tides and currents the visibility varies between 12 metres to 40 metres. The water temperature varies between 22°C to 30°C. We recommend that a 3mm to 5mm wetsuit be used in the cooler months.

    Puerto Galera Dive Sites

    La Laguna Point

    A short wall from 12m to 15m with lots of small reef fish, nudibranchs and colorful crinoids. Usually clam with a gentle current. Visibility can reach 20m.

    Ernie's Cave

    Dive Puerto GaleraErnie was a large lone grouper, sadly departed. There are actually two small caves, one at 22m and the other at 27m. There is plentiful fish life, as well as as the smaller reef fish and occasionally, sharks. There are good stony and soft corals, sponges, small gorgonian sea fans and crinoids. Usually calm with medium-strong currents. Visibility can reach 20m

    Pink Wall

    Located east of the southeast corner of the southern headland of Escarceo Point. Here an overhanging wall at 10m is covered in pink soft corals and cup corals. This can be recommended as a good night dive. Usually calm with little current, can become rough with a strong current. Must be dived on a flood tide, when visibility can reach 20m.

    The Washing Machine

    Dive Puerto GaleraLocated at the center of the south side of Verde Island. Accessible by banca or live-aboard boat. A high-voltage dive comprising a series of small canyons at 15m with currents going in all directions, throwing you around. This dive is often done as a day trip. Recommended for more advanced divers; can be very rough.

    Shark Cave

    The Shark Cave is an overhang 30m long. Sharks rest up here during the day. There are lots of different species underwater. The area is teeming with the smaller reef fishes which open out when the current is running. Located East of Escarceo Point. Very rough with fierce currents. Visibility can reach 20m.

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