Scuba Diving in Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera offers some of the best Scuba Diving in the Philippines!

Puerto Galera is situated on the northern coast of Mindoro Island, which is separated from Luzon by the Verde Island Passage. These waters are flushed by the current of the South China Sea, resulting in strong currents of up to 6 knots. This makes the area well known for its spectacular scuba diving and abundant sea life.

Puerto Galera has dozens of dive sites, with lots of options whether you are just learning to scuba dive, or are a seasoned professional. You’ll find shipwrecks, exhilarating drift dives, and incredible muck diving sites that are an underwater photographer’s dream!

Dive Sites of Puerto Galera

PADI Scuba Diving Courses for everyone from beginners to professionals

Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, we have Scuba Diving Courses available for all skill levels, from beginners to career professionals.

“The center of the center of marine biodiversity.”

Experts have called The Verde Island Passage the “centre of the centre” of the world’s marine biodiversity. Life enhancing nutrients from the Pacific mix with waters of the South China Sea. You would never guess that beneath the surface are spectacular reef formations with more than 300 species of corals and underwater rock canyons that host nearly 60 percent of the world’s known shorefish species.

The World Conservation Union describes it as the marine counterpart of the Amazon River basin,” which put the passage at the peak of the “Coral Triangle” that spans the Sulawesi and the Sulu Seas in the southern Philippines and nearby Indonesia.

We are located on the shores of the Verde Island passage and one of the most amazing dives is the Verdi Island drop off located only 20min away from El Galleon/Asia Divers resort.

An Underwater Photographer’s Paradise!

One of the big reasons so many divers come to Puerto Galera is the amazing macro life. Underwater photographers are delighted with the vast selection of different nudibranches that they can see on just one dive site! Pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish, frog fish, sea moths, dragonets, stick pipefish, wonderpuss, mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish are some of the special things that divers can see.

All the dive sites are replete with huge numbers of splendid fishes, huge basket sponges adorned with hundreds of multi-coloured crinoids; vast numbers of hard and soft corals and gorgonian sea fans.Turtles, octopus, mantis shrimp, crabs, seahorses, and cuttlefish make guest appearances as well.

Puerto Galera also has a few shipwrecks that provide perfect habitats for vast amounts of corals, fish and other marine life.

The dive sites in Puerto Galera offer amazing scuba diving experiences for all levels, from ‘Bubble Makers’ (scuba diving for kids) to recreational holiday divers, and professional underwater photographers and even technical divers.