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.

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Dive Sites: The Canyons

(30m/100ft)

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.


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Coral Species That Can Only Be Found in Puerto Galera

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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.

Dive Sites: Alma Jane Wreck

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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.

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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.