Getting to Puerto Galera

Plus information on communication, currency, medical & insurance

You have many options to get to our resort from Manila. When you make your reservations with us, please specify which option you prefer, and we’ll help you. Below are additional details.

Direct Private Transfers to/from Manila

This is the quickest and most convenient way to reach us in Puerto Galera. Transfer from hotel or private residence in Manila. Just let us know when and where you wish to be picked up from. If you wish to be collected from a hotel in Manila we need the hotel name, phone number & your room number. From a private residence we need the full address and if possible directions to assist the driver as well as a contact phone number.

It’s a 2 hour air-con car/van ride from Manila to the pier, followed by about 40 minute boat ride directly to El Galleon Pier.  Total journey time usually 2.5 to 3 hours.

The water taxi can only cross in daylight hours so please plan to arrive in Manila no later than 13:00 if your arriving at the airport.

We STRONGLY recommend that you read through the directions carefully and PRINT THEM OUT to bring with you. We are constantly trying to update and improve the service we provide, so recommend that you print the details even if you have done the journey before.

Private transfers:

Vans: The cost for the van is, $90.00 USD per van, each way. The van can accommodate 6 pax max with not too much luggage/ 5 if bringing alot of dive gear.

Water taxi: The cost for the water taxi is $210 USD. This rate is based on a max of 8 pax. The boat can take up to 12 pax for an additional $10.00 per person

Contact us for pricing information and booking. We will let you know pricing based on your group size. email:admin@asiadivers.com

Extra fees:

The porters can be a bit aggressive at Beberabe port and we are not allowed to have our staff or the water taxi staff interfere with the handling of luggage.

We would prefer to handle all of this to make it easier for your group. We can add directly to your bill here.

You can count on one large bag at $1 (50 peso) per person. This will need to be paid at Beberabe port upon arrival and departure as well

USD3.00-port fee – this is a onetime fee upon arrival at Beberabe port for each person. No need to pay it on the way out.

USD3.00 -EUF fee-This is a onetime government imposed for entry to Puerto Galera. The “Environmental User fee” applicable to all tourists . It will be paid upon arrival in Sabang port. No need to pay it on the way out.

Keep in mind that these fees can change

Airport Pick-up Information for pre-booked transfer,

Car/Van and boat

Please call one of the following numbers In the event of any problems you might encounter so we can advise you.

+63 43-287-3205 El Galleon Resort front desk land line. Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
+63 917-814-5107 El Galleon Resort front desk cell phone. Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Rhuby Soderstrom, Resort Manger +63 917-839-8530
Sherly Dizon, Booking Coordinator +63 928-503-3314
Ashley  Maranan, Booking Assistant +63 906-321-5571

Please follow AIRPORT PICK UP INSTRUCTIONS for your transfer from the terminal number you have arrived at. Your driver will be wearing an Asia Divers white T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name on it.

If you require any further information about the airport itself, you can visit the website at https://www.mnl-airport.com/

Terminal 1 – AIRPORT PICK UP INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1) Once you have your entire luggage, walk through the customs area and go outside the airport.

Step 2) Cross the road and go down either ramp (left or right).

Step 3) Look for the DUTY FREE STORE and stand with your back infront of the DUTY FREE STORE.

Step 4) Look across the street from the Duty Free store for someone wearing an Asia Divers white T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name on it.

TERMINAL 2 – AIRPORT PICK UP INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1) Once you have your entire luggage, walk through the customs area and go outside the airport.

Step 2) Proceed to the arrival’s access area, turn right and find the BAY #20

Step 3) Look across the street for someone wearing an Asia Divers white T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name on it.

TERMINAL 3 – AIRPORT PICK UP INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1) Once you have your entire luggage, walk through the customs area.

Step 2) The exit area is at Gate 5. Your driver will be waiting for you at Bay 6

Step 3) Our driver will be wearing an Asia Divers white T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name will be there.

Other transportation options:

There are of course options with using public transportation or perhaps even using a private car and a public boat. Keep in mind that of course things don’t run as smoothly using public transportation and there can be delays. Please email us directly and we can help you to organize this.

Public Bus and Public Ferry Information

The public transportation is a relatively inexpensive way to travel to us. However, this option is only recommended for the seasoned traveler who is traveling without much luggage. The best way to get to El Galleon/Asia Divers by public transport is to take a bus from Manila directly to Batangas pier. (BLTB or JAM bus stations in Pasay) to Batangas port where ferries run to Balatero pier in Puerto. If you arrive at Balatero pier in Puerto Galera you will need to take a tricycle to Sabang. From Balatero Port it’s a 30 minute drive to Sabang than a 10 minute walk along the beach to our resort. If you like we can organize a tricycle to pick you up at the port for p300 or a Jeepney for p600. Let us know when you’re in the tricycle and we will have our staff meet you in Sabang to assist you with your luggage etc.

Pick-Up Point Maps

Batangas Pier: (Terminal 3)

Google Maps

Berberabe

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Communication

US Dollar / Peso cash are preferred (obviously and the best way!) We accept other major currencies as payment; please check with us before you arrive. We also accept bank transfer, Gcash, Mastercard. Alipay and WeChat pay.

El Galleon and Asia Divers accept personal cheques from both US Dollar and Peso accounts in the Philippines

Puerto Galera has three ATM’s and there are two in Sabang.  In Puerto Galera they are: PNB Allied Bank, Rural Bank of Puerto Galera, Card Bank near ORMECO office.

Please do keep in mind that these bank machines are not always working so it’s always a good idea to have cash.

Currency

US Dollar / Peso cash are preferred (obviously and the best way!) We accept other major currencies as payment; please check with us before you arrive. We also accept bank transfer, Gcash, Mastercard. Alipay and WeChat pay.

El Galleon and Asia Divers accept personal cheques from both US Dollar and Peso accounts in the Philippines

Puerto Galera has three ATM’s and there are two in Sabang.  In Puerto Galera they are: PNB Allied Bank, Rural Bank of Puerto Galera, Card Bank near ORMECO office.

Please do keep in mind that these bank machines are not always working so it’s always a good idea to have cash.

We also use WeChat Pay and ALIPAY. Contact us if you would like to use one of these to pay before you arrive.

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To make payments via WeChat Pay, please scan the QR code below.

El Galleon QR code

Medical Information & Insurance

No malaria in the area, but inoculations for Hep A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus are recommended, always check with your doctor.

Bring high factor sun creams and insect repellent if you are prone to that type of thing, it’s a rare occasion that you will need to put on more than shorts and a t-shirt.

We strongly advise all divers and students to purchase dive accident insurance and will ask any diver not covered to sign a Disclaimer acknowledging that the Facility, management and staff will not be held responsible for any costs incurred in the event of any evacuation or medical treatment being required.

We can however assist you with a policy through Diveassure with Basic ( Philippines only ) or Platinum ( Worldwide ) cover at the following rates:

Basic

  • 1 Day : $9.00
  • 1 Week: $39.00
  • 2 Weeks: $49.00
  • 3 Weeks: $59.00
  • 30 Days: $69.00
  • Annual: $99.00

Platinum

  • Annual: $99.00

Diveassure is primary coverage, and is for diving to any depth, covers mixed gas diving, Rebreathers and overhead environments. Medical Expenses to $50,000.00 ( Basic ) and $250,000.00 ( Platinum ), besides additional costs for accommodation and travel, lost gear etc.

You can sign up on arrival with us, or do it before hand here:

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DAN Insurance

For scuba divers worldwide, DAN means safety, health and peace of mind. Committed to improving the safety of diving for all divers, we are Your Buddy in Dive Safety.

DAN is a global network of not-for-profit, member-based organizations and DAN Asia-Pacific has a region of responsibility that extends throughout Asia and the Pacific region.

Wherever members live or dive around the world they have peace of mind knowing that DAN is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to assist in the event of an accident. Guests can register with DAN for Short Term Dive Accident Insurance in the dive shop, or visit the DAN website for annual coverage.

DAN AP Short Term Cover

  • 1 day / $10 USD
  • 2 days / $20 USD
  • 3-5 days / $30 USD
  • 6-10 days / $40 USD
  • 30 days / $50 USD

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