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El Galleon Resort

3 star hotel
Small Lalaguna Beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
30 rooms
FREE Internet

Asia Divers

5 star dive center
Onsite Show address

Small Lalaguna Beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines

Resort Highlights

  • El Galleon is a beautiful beachfront resort complete with on-site PADI CDC
  • Fresh, airy and well-appointed rooms with all modern amenities and comfy beds
  • Visit the Le Palm Spa or enjoy activities like motor biking, kayaking or beach hopping
  • Open-air, seafront restaurant and three bars
  • Dive on a variety of coral gardens, reef walls, wrecks and crevies 
  • Astounding amount of marine life (3000+) and coral varieties (400+)
  • Chance to spot lionfish, sea slugs, shrimps, clownfish, pufferfish, turtles and more
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Dates & Prices

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You only need to pay 48h after your booking is confirmed.

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10% CHEAPER on average than booking rooms & diving direct.
EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS such as free DAN dive insurance.
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation terms

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 100% (downpayment)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 37 days prior to arrival
  • 35% will be charged if you cancel between 37 and 22 days prior to arrival
  • 55% will be charged if you cancel between 22 and 14 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 14 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the El Galleon Resort

Resort Description

El Galleon resort is surrounded by tropical, lush foliage and occupies an attractive spot just five minutes from the busier parts of Puerta Galera.

Found on the North East tip of Mindoro, El Galleon resort offers comfortable and air-conditioned rooms, offering views of the ocean or pool. The penthouse apartment offers a big private balcony, kitchen and adjoining living room.

The resort features an open-air, water front restaurant, three bars (each offering a distinctive atmosphere),  a swimming pool, Le Palm Spa and free WiFi. There are many excursion opportunities, including sunset cruises, beach BBQs, Tukuran River treks, local Mangyan Village tours, golf, sailing and more.

The on-site PADI Career Development Center was the 1st in the Philippines and offers access to the waters around Puerta Galera, declared a Marine Reserve when its biodiversity was discovered in the 1980s. A study by the California Academy of Sciences found the area around Verde Island was ‘the center or the center’ of marine diversity worldwide, home to numerous rare and threatened species.

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What to see

With over 1200 marine species, 75% of the world’s coral species and the second largest coral reef in the world, you are sure to see something new and amazing in Mindoro.

Mindoro is a great area for spotting barracuda, emperor fish, scorpion fish, moray eel, tuna, batfish, Moorish idol, trevally, and flute mouth. On the more unusual side of things, Mindoro is also home to lionfish, triggerfish, pygmy seahorses, trumpet fish, mantis shrimp, unicorn fish, wrasse, squid, parrot fish and octopus.

Pelagics are plentiful near Pandan Island and Apo Reef. Sightings might include whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, devil rays and sharks such as hammerheads and reef sharks.

Wherever you travel to in Mindoro, be it Puerto Galera or Apo, you’ll be filling up your dive logs faster than you can say, “It’s more fun in the Philippines.”

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Asia Divers is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built, waterfront PADI CDC
  • Good balance between experience (28+ yrs) and freshly-built facilities (<2yrs)
  • Large pontoon steps from the shop, complete with seven local bangka and speed boats
  • Epicentre of one of the most incredibly biodiverse regions in the world
  • Dive with thousands of rare and threatened marine species and coral varieties
  • Dedicated camera room with exclusive rinse tank and computer
  • Retail shop, filling station and an organised gear storage and rental zone
  • Courses, diving, and support for Technical Diving at all levels.

Description

Asia Divers was created 28 years ago to provide divers with a top-class diving service, right in the heart of this amazing dive destination. 

As the first PADI Career Development Center in Puerto Galero, it offers high-quality training across all courses from discover scuba all the way to dive master and instructor courses. The building was built only a few years ago, and you’ll find a dedicated camera room.

There is a storage zone with a large selection of rental gear, quiet filling station, retail shop and large pontoon with seven local bangka and speed boats at the ready.

The size of the shop is large enough that even when busy, you won’t feel crowded, and group sizes are kept small so that this feeling of space extends to your time spent underwater.

The guides, instructors and boat crew share local knowledge and experience of the waters in this region.  

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DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Underwater Propulsion Vehicle
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Technical Diving Courses
  • Other Specialties

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Beach Front Location
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Filipino
  • Swedish

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Jet Skiing
  • Nightclub
  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food
  • Gluten Free Food
  • Kosher Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services
  • Yoga

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Rebreather-Friendly

Great for families

  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Gbp)
  • Cash (Aud)
  • Cash (Nzd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Cycling
  • Beach Volleyball

Amenities & services

  • Camera Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there

Arrival

  • Private transfers arranged via the resort from Manila are the most convenient and quickest way to reach the resort. This entails a 2hr air conditioned car/van ride from Manila to Berberabe Pier, followed by a 1hr ride on a brand new Navicat vessel to the resort. Other options are available (see details below).
  • Please book a flight arriving from 3am until 2pm.
  • Please read the instructions for pickup carefully and keep them on hand for guidance when you have arrived. If you cannot find the driver, please call the resort on +63 43-287-3205, +63 928-503-3314 or +63 917-814-5107.

Pickup from Manila Terminal 1

  • Having collected your luggage, walk through the customs area and go outside the airport. You will be standing on the ‘arrival terminal access road’.
  • Look across the road and you will see two ramps (left and right). You can take either of the two ramps as they end up in the same area below.
  • When you reach the bottom, you will be at another access road.  Look for the duty free store and stand with your back to the duty free store.
  • Look across the street for someone wearing an Asia Divers white T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name on it.
  • Identify yourself and be prepared for a short walk to the car. Assisted by the driver, you will be on your way soon.

Pickup from Manila Terminal 2

  • Once you have all your luggage, walk through the customs area and go outside the airport.
  • Proceed to the arrival’s access area, turn right and find the BAY #18.
  • Look across the street for someone wearing an Asia Divers white T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name on it.
  • Identify yourself and be prepared for a short walk to the car. Assisted by the driver, you will be on your way soon. 

Pickup from Manila Terminal 3

  • Once you have all your luggage, walk through the customs area.
  • The exit area has a glass wall where all arrivals/passengers can see who’s waiting for them outside, please go in front of Burger King.
  • Look around for our driver wearing an Asia Divers white T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name will be there.
  • Identify yourself and be prepared for a short walk to the car. Assisted by the driver, you will be on your way soon.
  • Pickup from elsewhere in Manila
  • Private transfers from a hotel or private residence can be arranged. Just provide the resort with the address/hotel name, phone number and room number. 

By Plane

  • You may catch a daily flight via sea plane to Puerto Galera with Air Juan Manila. 
  • Please allow ample time (3hrs) between landing and your connection. 
  • See http://www.airjuan.com/book-now.php.

Public Transport

  • It is possible to reach the resort by public transport but only advised for the seasoned traveller with limited baggage. 
  • Catch a regular aircon bus from Manila (BLTB or JAM bus stations in Pasay) to Batangas Port where local boats and ferries run to Sabang, and Muelle in Puerto Galera. If you arrive at Puerto Galera you will need to get a bangka boat to our private pier at El Galleon, Small Lalaguna. 

Departure

  • Having checked out, you may return to Manila Airport or your onward destination via the same transport options as your arrival. 
  • Speak with the resort for assistance or to organise private transfers. 

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