Enjoy some of the best Scuba Diving in the Philippines!
Puerto Galera is situated on the northern coast of Mindoro Island (the 5th largest island in the Philippine archipelago chain of 7,107 islands), which is about 12 nautical miles south of Batangas City, Luzon.
Luzon is the largest island of the Philippines and the island upon which Manila is found. Nowadays, with modern highways up and running, you can leave the airport in Manila and arrive here within a few hours.
Mindoro Island 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, exhilarating drift dive and abundant sea life.
The Verde Island Passage is very deep, so clear water is very common to the dive sites of Puerto Galera, along with a fantastic variety of underwater flora and fauna.
“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.
A Photographer’s Paradise!
One of the big reasons to dive here is for 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.
There are also a few wrecks teaming with fish, that have been sunk purposely to turn into dive sites.
Dives here are suitable for all levels, from your 8-year old Bubblemaker to recreational holiday divers, to serious underwater photographers and even technical divers.