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Philippines :: Puerto Galera

Situated on the northern shores of Mindoro Island, Puerto Galera is renowned worldwide for its diving and snorkeling. Just 130 kms south of Manila and 14 nautical miles from Batangas on Luzon island, the dive sites are easily accessable with most only an hour away from whichever beach or cove you are staying at. Snorkeling is usually good just offshore. Sabang is the most popular tourist spot around Puerto Galera and it has no shortage of dive shops and resorts along with a couple of floating bars.

You will not be disappointed with the diversity of diving on offer. Currents can be very strong and some sites are for experienced divers only. Since 1996, six artificial reefs have been created around Sabang by sinking derelict vessels in the area such as the MV Alma Jane.

A place of outstanding natural beauty, Puerto Galera is one of the most popular areas for diving in the country. It is also a jumping off point for live-aboard boats visiting Apo Reef, Coron Bay and The Sibuyan Sea. Once visited, the lure to return will be strong.

Latest news: Sampling Sabang’s sub-aqua scenery (April 2008)


Puerto Galera at a glance

Accommodation : All types, plenty of tourist facilities

Depth : 20-80m

Viz : 10-30m

Currents : can be fierce

Average cost of a dive : $25

Dive Sites : 25

Dive Operators : 20+

Getting there : 2 hour drive to Batangas pier. 1 hours by boat to Sabang or other beaches

Off Season : July to Sept

The map below is interactive so click on the dive site to get more details.

puerto galera dive sites


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