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Puerto Galera has some 40 prime dive sites for recreational and technical divers. These sites are between 5 to 40 meters in depth and water temperature is averaging between 26 – 29 Degrees Centigrade. Currents are common in the area and often brisk, creating conditions which may at times prove challenging for novice divers. But it is due to these currents that Puerto Galera is teaming with an healthy and plentiful marine life. But there are also more shallow and calmer no-current dive sites that are ideally suited for beginners and the visibility is usually ranging from 15-25 meters but can reach also to 30-35 meters.
The M/V Alma Jane Wreck; a man-made dive site, located in Small La Laguna. This 30m steel hull and wooden Filipino cargo vessel was sunk in March 2003 by the local dive community and has turned now after many years into a beautiful dive site, teaming with fish and other marine life. The Wreck is resting in 30m of water, a perfect training site for different dive courses such as Nitrox and Wreck-diving but also exceptional for some recreational dives. Here you find schools of sweetlips, batfish, jacks and snapper cruising around and many other exotic marine species hiding in the Wreck.
M/V Alma Jane Wreck – Photo Courtesy of © DiveVIP
Puerto Galera is highly recommended for underwater photographers, marine biologists and enthusiasts alike for its marine biodiversity with its varieties of soft corals, gorgonians, crinoids, colorful sponges and many other critters that are found on many of the dive sites in the area.
I sheer heaven for MACRO-PHOTOGRAPHERS, Puerto Galera has one of the best varieties of “NUDIBRANCHS” some species are found nowhere else, but even some of the house reefs located in front of many dive resorts offer an incredible amount of marine life.
Mindoro Island, the location of Puerto Galera has attracted many experts over the years studying the marine bio diversity, land animals and plant life on this island.
The University of the Philippines Marine Biological Station was set up in 1934 and in 1974, the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program International declared the area a research center and the reefs a marine reserve. The great ecological complexity and the abundant species have earned Puerto Galera a reputation as one the best dive destinations in the Philippines and Asia.