Introducing DiveVIP, the Most Affordable Diving Resort in Puerto Galera

Dive Puerto Galera with Dive VIP, the friendliest and most affordable scuba diving resort in the Philippines, and one of the best dive travel bargains in all of Asia. Dive in and discover why adventure travelers and discerning divers choose Dive VIP Dive Resort in beautiful Puerto Galera for the best value on all-inclusive 'Dive & Stay' Philippines scuba diving and resort packages.

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Dive Puerto Galera with DiveVIP

Customers will enjoy seaside accommodation, two boat dives and the best dive guides in Puerto Galera.  Witness the spectacle of Puerto Galera's dazzling coral reefs and relax in Dive VIP's supremely comfortable seaside dive resort.

Nestled in the palm trees on
Sabang Beach, Dive VIP is Puerto Galera's most popular, most friendly and most affordable scuba diving resort and that's why it enjoys the highest rate of repeat visitors from around the world. 

Accessible by boat, Dive VIP is renowned among discerning divers and adventurers for its cozy comfort, bargain prices and relaxed ambiance.Best of all, Dive VIP offers the most competitive rates on all-inclusive, super discount 
Fun Dive & Stay! and Dive Course & Stay! packages plus VIP direct airport transfer to ensure your holiday is 100% hassle-free

Action Divers… Our Latest Dive Operator on Featured Establishments!

ACTION DIVERS Situated in beautiful Puerto Galera, one of the world's premier scuba diving resort destinations, Action Divers offers the highest standards of personalized service, uncompromising safety and exceptional value.  Dive in and discover why discerning scuba divers choose Action Divers for the very best in world-class scuba diving adventures plus kayaking, trekking, golf, sailing, windsurfing, fine dining and great night-life! 

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All dive sites (more than 25) are only a 5 - 10 minutes boat ride away from Action Divers that allows you to come back to the dive centre after every dive. This gives you a great flexibility in your dive planning and other activities between dives.

Puerto Galera has some of the best coral and wall diving anywhere in the Philippines, and Action Divers know the area exceptionally well. The team of international dive professionals at Action Divers are dedicated to giving you the best service, best value and the most memorable diving.

Coral Species That Can Only Be Found in Puerto Galera

DID YOU KNOW?

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.

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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.

Campbell's Beach Resort and Scandi Divers Resort Supports Puerto Galera Dive

We are proud to announce that Campbell’s Beach Resort and Scandi Divers Resort both located in Big La Laguna Beach are the newest partners / sponsors of PuertoGaleraDive.com and their web page ads are already published on our “Featured Establishments” including the contact detail listings on both Resort and Dive Center directory.

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All rooms of Campbell’s Beach Resort are situated right on the beach.

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Scandi Divers Resort offers a full range of PADI diving courses with complete facilities and state-of-the-art dive equipment.

Finding the True Nemo


DID YOU KNOW?
That the main character of
Finding Nemo are actually called false anemonefish. True anemonefish, Amphiprion percula, are nearly identical, but have subtle differences in shape and live in different habitats. Ironically, Finding Nemo, a movie about the anguish of a captured clownfish, caused home-aquarium demand for them to triple.

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Western clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) © Gunther Deichmann

Clown anemonefish are among the most recognizable of all reef-dwellers, they are bright orange with three distinctive white bars. They reach about 4.3 inches (11 centimeters) in length, and are named for the multicolored sea anemone in which they make their homes.

Clownfish perform an elaborate dance with an anemone before taking up residence, gently touching its tentacles with different parts of their bodies until they are acclimated to their host. A layer of mucus on the clownfish's skin makes it immune to the fish-eating anemone's lethal sting. In exchange for safety from predators and food scraps, the clownfish drives off intruders and preens its host, removing parasites.

There are 28 known species of anemonefish, most of which live in the shallow waters of the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, and the western Pacific. They are not found in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, or Atlantic Ocean.

Surprisingly, all clownfish are born male. They have the ability to switch their sex, but will do so only to become the dominant female of a group. The change is irreversible. The average life span of clownfish in the wild is between 6 to 10 years.

Puerto Galera Dive Blog

Our new Puerto Galera Dive Blog will be updated regularly with information on diving, resorts, restaurants and other related topics. We provide you with the latest news from the underwater scene, new discoveries and rare marine life. If you have any information we are only too happy to post this on our blog.
Please contact us at
info@puertogaleradive.com.

Capt'n Gregg's Open-air Restaurant

There is no better place than having a good meal after a day of diving at Capt’n Greggs open-air restaurant right at the waterfront. Capt’n Greggs is one of the best restaurants on Sabang Beach serving international and local dishes at very reasonable prices and don't forget to try out the famous Gin Juice while waiting for your meal. The original Gin Juice recipe is only available at Capt’n Greggs Restaurant.

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The Famous Gin Juice only at Capt’n Gregg’s Open-air Restaurant


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Capt’n Gregg’s Restaurant

Puerto Galera… Not Just for Scuba Diving!

The picturesque beaches, coves and excellent diving of Puerto Galera have been attracting divers since the early 1980’s. Still viewed primarily as a dive destinations, there are a variety of activities that Puerto Galera has to offer. These alternatives to diving were initially set up to give divers something else to do whenever they had a break from the water, and now provide activities for all ages.

Most
dive centers and resorts can organize a variety of other water sports, such as sea kayaking around the coves and islets, water skiing and some windsurfing, and of course snorkeling trips separately or in conjunction with some dive trips.

While on these trips you can camp in one of the many deserted coves around the island. Day trips can also be made to the majestic Tamaraw Falls, where you also may pass through traditional Mangyan (local tribespeople) Villages. Four-wheel drive vehicles or jeepneys can be rented for the day but it is recommended that you take a tour guide who will lead you to the most scenic spots.

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Tamaraw Falls - © Arj Muñoz


Those who are interested in the culture and history of the port, a good place to visit is the Excavation Museum (part of the Philippine National Museum), which is located near the church. The Chinese influence, from the days when Puerto Galera was on the Trade Route, is obvious from the artifacts of display, which include pottery and sculptures from the 9th century.

The well-established Yacht Club is open to guests, as is the nine-hole Ponderosa golf club, which is situated in the mountains south-west of Puerto Galera. There is tremendous view of the harbor and the Verde Passage from the club, which is about 600m above sea level.

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A short visit to the local Museum should be on anybody’s agenda to get a glimpse about Puerto Galera’s
history and environs. - © Arj Muñoz

In the late afternoon, after a day of diving, or exploring the countryside, why not enjoy the sunset with a drink in one of many beachfront restaurants and bars. On White Beach, informal beach volleyball games take place for the more energetic, but hammocks are available for those who would rather spend their time relaxing. Good restaurant and bars serve international cuisine are reasonable prices, and the nightclubs of Sabang Beach will have you partying until the early hours.

Dive Sites: Alma Jane Wreck

DID YOU KNOW?
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.

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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.