El Galleon Dive 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 30 air-conditioned rooms, some with majestic views of Sabang Bay and Small Lalaguna Beach. Resort facilities also include three bars, a swimming pool and a lovely outdoor spa.
The newly built dive centre is the only dive centre in Puerto Galera with a private pier and diving platform. If it's lazy day in the sun or endless activities and adventures that you're looking for, then this is the place for you. Diving, snorakelling, kayaking, sunset cruises, beach hopping, volleyball, trekking, golf - the list of available activities goes on. You’ll get be spoilt by the friendly and outgoing service here!
The quickest and most convenient way to reach El Galleon Beach Resort is by direct private transfer from Manila. It’s a 2 hour airconditioned car/van ride from Manila to Berberabe Pier - Batangas, followed by an hour boat ride directly to El Galleon Pier. The total journey time is usually between 2.5 – 3.0 hours.
The restaurant extends to the water's edge and is one of the most popular places to eat in Puerto Galera. It offers great value with a good selection of international cuisines.
Resort facilities also include three bars, a swimming pool and a lovely outdoor spa. The Point Bar is open as long as you want it to be. Relax by the swimming pool or at the spa or stay connected with the free WI-FI. There is also a conference room.
The resort's dive centre, Asia Divers, was established in 1987 and offers the most complete diver training facility in Puerto Galera from beginner up to technical divers. Asia Divers is a PADI Career Development Centre and is one of the largest and most professional dive schools in the area. Qualified divers can enjoy over 30 dive sites which are only a 5 to 10 minute boat ride away, and further their qualification at all levels. Beginners can take an introduction to SCUBA or full Open Water course - either way they will be under expert supervision by the team of experienced PADI instructors at all times. Courses are taught in English, Tagalog, Swedish, French, German, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
All rooms are complete with airconditioning, flat screen TV, a fully stocked mini bar, room safe, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are equipped with hot water.
4 Budget Rooms: Suitable for those looking for comfort but without the view and fuss. These rooms come with a queen size bed or two double beds. Bathrooms are old yet still charming.
12 Poolside Rooms: Step outside your room and slip into the pool. The poolside rooms are equipped with a queen size bed, storage space, vanity area, kettle and coffee.
3 Family Rooms: The family rooms are all capable of adding one or two extra beds. They come with one queen size bed (extra beds on request), comfortable bathrooms with vanity area, kettle and coffee.
10 Seaview Rooms: These are the most requested rooms with fantastic water front views. You could literally throw a stone into the sea from any of these spacious and well-appointed rooms. All sea view rooms have a balcony and are fitted out with a queen size bed, storage space, vanity area, kettle and coffee.
1 Penthouse Suite: This is a luxury one bedroom apartment with private kitchen, large private balcony and adjoining living room with a spectacular sea view - your penthouse home away from home.
Waimea: El Galleon also offers luxury villas in an annex called "Waimea", consisting of 5 private luxury villas located only a 5 minute walk from the resort. Four of these properties are available to rent. Upstairs consists of 2-3 bedrooms, living area, kitchen, and in three of the villas there is an independent studio suite below.
El Galleon Beach Resort offers sunset cruises and beach BBQ's. They can also organise a range of tours around Puerto Galera such as a Mangyan Village Tour; trekking the Tukuran River, visiting the Tamaraw Falls, Water Sports, Extreme Sports, or beach hopping tours. You can also play golf, go on a zip-line or explore the area by mountain bike or motor cycle.
Asia Divers has convenient access to over 30 dive sites within 15 minutes travel from the resort and dive centre. These sites are suitable for all experience levels from your 8-year old bubblemaker to recreational holiday divers, to serious photographers and even technical divers.
There are at least five scheduled dives a day, every day at 8:00, 10:30, 13:30, 16:00 and 18:00 (night) with a choice of dive sites at each time. Diving is conducted in small groups guided by experienced instructors or dive masters (six or less) from local Bangka (outrigger) boats and two speed boats.
One of the big drawcards here is for 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, dragonet’s, stick pipefish, wonderpuss, mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish are some of the special things that divers can see.
But macro is not the only attraction. 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, and during the past few years in the colder months thresher sharks have roamed the area. There are also a few purpose sunk wrecks now teaming with fish.
El Galleon/Asia Divers is also located on the shores of the Verde Island passage. One of the most amazing dives is the Verde Island drop off located only 20minutes away from El Galleon Resort/Asia Divers. Day trips to Verde Island & Hot Springs can be arranged at short notice.