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Diving in Puerto Galera

Experience everything from pristine beaches and tropical jungles through to rich culture and nightlife for those who seek it in Puerto Galera. Situated on Mindoro Island you’ll find the surrounding dive sites bursting with healthy, vibrant corals and a diverse mix of marine life including sharks, turtles, schooling fish and unusual critters.

Diving in Puerto Galera

Quick facts

Situated on the island of Mindoro, Puerto Galera is famous for its long stretch of beautiful white sand beach which is discretely backed by numerous exclusive bars and resorts. If you are looking for a chilled out diving trip combined with time on the beach and a variety of dining opportunities and established tourist facilities, Puerto Galera is the perfect destination. Step inland and discover Puerto Galera’s rich nature which includes orchids, endemic birds and forest treks to stunning waterfalls and incredible vistas. Underwater Puerto Galera offers vibrant coral reefs which are bursting with colour and teeming with marine life.

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USD 775Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers
USD 2,191Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers
The Canyons – Three canyons make up this action packed dive site which is a hot spot for schooling trevally, groupers, drummers, snappers and barracuda. Huge gorgonian sea fans and an abundance of soft corals make this a colourful site. Look out for resting turtles, hiding octopus and passing reef sharks. West Escarceo – This long stretch of sloping reef is home to vibrant corals, a plethora of reef fish and huge schools of red tooth trigger fish which occupy the blue. On the reef you’ll find moray eels at all depths and if you venture deeper than 20 metres / 65 feet, look out for blue spotted stingrays on the sandy bottom. San Agapito Point – Located in Verde Island, this is a stunning pinnacle site that will entice pelagic lovers and macro fans alike. Schooling jacks and fairy basslets are a highlight along with frequent sea snake sightings, vibrant corals, huge gorgonian sea fans and a myriad of macro crustaceans. Kilima Steps – As the name suggests, this dive site offers a range of ‘steps’ starting from 5 metres/ 16 feet down to 22 metres/ 73 feet. Start at the deepest point and work your way up for a range of marine life including soap fish, nudibranch, barracuda, moray eels, lionfish and stunning corals. If you like intriguing topography this site is an absolute must. Sinandigan Wall – If you are a macro photographer or nudibranch aficionado this dive site should be on your list. This beautiful coral wall extends down to 30 meters / 100 feet from where it becomes a sloping reef. Look out for macro critters among the colourful soft corals and resting turtles.

What to see

Puerto Galera offers something for very diver. Schooling reef fish, including jacks, snappers, fairy basslets, trigger fish, groupers, trevally, drummers and barracuda, set the scene against vibrant coral reefs and passing reef sharks. Turtles, moray eels, cephalopods and macro crustaceans are all found in abundance.


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Puerto Galera is a municipality in Oriental Mindoro province of Philippines. It has an unending streak of protected coves with beautiful coral gardens and scores of exotic species. The city has a rich history, during which it was a major port where Chinese traders ended up bartering Ming Vases for gold. It was founded in 1572 by Spanish and was the first Spanish settlement in Philippines. It was also the first capital of Mindoro province. The trading history of this city shows that Chinese Malay and Indonesian traders were indulged in trade with locals as early as 10th century. Mindoro and Luzon islands are separated by Verde Passage which has strong currents of up to 6 knots which makes it an ideal location for drift diving. The marine flora and fauna is worth a dive. Puerto Galera has seen a recent surge in popularity among tourists. It was awarded the title of ‘The Most Beautiful Bay in the World’ by UNESCO in 2005. It was only the third bay from southeast Asia to get that award at the time. Puerto Galera is an amazing diving destination. It is one of the best reef diving site and is located at the very heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’. Atlantis is one of the best resorts in Philippines and it is located in Puerto Galera.

Getting there

The main entry point to Puerto Galera is via Manila. From Manila there is a sea-plane option to Puerto Galera Bay. Alternatively (and more affordably) it is possible to take a taxi or bus from the airport to Batangas Pier – ask for the Tollway or Expressway to be sure of the fastest route. If you opt to hire a car, drive through the South Luzon Expressway, turn right to Star Toll gate and then head to Batangas Pier. From there, you can either park your car and ride a ferry going to Puerto Galera or have your car ride a RoRo (roll on, roll off) and take it with you.

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