Dive Sites: West Escarceo

(30m/100' multilevel)

A dive site suitable for all levels. The reef starts in shallow water and follows a steep slope down to 30m/100' . Depending on the current you may find yourself being propelled towards the Canyons or the Hole In the Wall or simply hanging amongst the schools of fusiliers and tunas. Always lots to point out both above and on the reef. Some very large boulder corals and table corals in shallow water make it a favourite for photographers.


Dive Sites: The Canyons


An advanced dive that requires a good dive guide to allow for the currents to sweep you into position. Racing over several small drop-offs below the Hole in the Wall covered in soft corals and sponges, you can duck into and one of the Canyons for a respite from the current. There is much to find on the bottom but primarily it is the large schools of snapper, emperors, sweetlips, barracudas, jacks, trevally and occasional sharks that make this an exciting dive. The dive ends at a 1½m/5' anchor embedded in the coral, where the group can gather before being swept off to the safety stop in the current. Excellent Nitrox dive. The most popular dive site in Puerto Galera – you'll want to go back time after time.


Dive Sites: Batangas Channel

5m/17ft to 15m/50ft

The channel slopes off gently to a sandy bottom, and in the shallows staghorn coral is abundant, along with large tree corals, sea fans and basket sponges. There is a huge variety of small tropical fish in this area. Anemones with their clown fish families, yellow tail and cleaner wrasse, parrotfish and triggerfish are all common, and if you have a good eye, frogfish can be found camouflaged in the corals. It is best to dive this site on the ebb tide when currents will assist you traveling, this can be a nice drift inside the channel.

Clown Frogfish / Anglerfish (Antennariidae)

Dive Sites: Manila Channel

6m/20ft to 18m/59ft

The dive starts in shallow water (about 5m/17ft) on a beautiful reef, alive with hard and soft corals, hundreds of small tropical fish like anthias, damsels, butterflyfish and many more. The reef slopes off to a sandy bottom and as you follow the contours of the reef on a flood tide, clear water from the Verde Passage helps you drift into the channel. Here the reef drops off to around 18m/59ft past a small wall covered with sea fans and whip corals. At the end of this wall the reef slopes back up to shallow water, where basket sponges, sea fans and green tree corals predominate. This site is best for diving during flood and high tide.

Basslets (Pseudanthias dispar) - Photo courtesy: Pacific Divers

Dive Sites: Talipanan Reef

15m/50ft to 40m/132ft for Advanced Recreational dives
45m/149ft for Advanced Nitrox dives
60m/198ft for Technical Nitrox dives
Up to 80m/264ft for Trimix dives

A 25-minute boat ride west of Puerto Galera is a pinnacle 500m/1650ft off-shore. The top is at 15m/50ft and has a huge diversity of small fish, basket sponges, hard and soft corals. On the north-west face it drops off to over 80m/264ft where gorgonian fans are abound. A plateau in the shallow depths drops off vertical at 24m/79ft. In mid water there are shoals of surgeons and unicorn fish; often giant tuna come in from the depths to feed.


Below, schools of midnight and black snappers appear to swim towards you, breaking away at the last minute. Large schools of batfish, barracuda and big Spanish mackerel stay close to the wall. Sharks are often seen on the deeper dives. Multilevel dives can be planned but Nitrox is recommended due to the depth of the site. Technical dives can easily be done provided there is minimal current.

Dive Sites: Alma Jane Wreck

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.

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.

alma jane 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.