Coral Species That Can Only Be Found in Puerto Galera


Anacropora puertogallerae is a type of coral species that can only be found in Puerto Galera and can be seen in some of the dive sites, particularly in Coral Garden.

Coral Garden is one of the most beautiful dive site in Puerto Galera, considered the best snorkeling in the area and a great dive for novices and photographers. The reef starts in very shallow water and gently slopes off to a maximum depth of 10m/33ft. Between the white sand and large coral outcrops, brain corals and giant plate corals are abundant, along with basket sponges and colorful soft corals.

Coral Garden – Photo Courtesy of © Action Divers

Almost every species of tropical fish can be seen here — angelfish, pipefish, lizardfish, rock cods, anthias, damsels and gobies to name but a few.

Many small creatures such as nudibranchs and ribbon eels make it a fantastic site for underwater photography. Small whitetip reef sharks can be found sleeping in some of the small caves under large rock formations. Like most sites in Puerto Galera, it is a great drift dive at mid-tide.

Puerto Galera is indeed among the top diving destination in the Philippines and can be categorized as one of the most biologically diverse dive destination in the world.