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Philippines :: Puerto Galera : Verde Island

This is a favorite site in the area, situated between Puerto Galera and Anilao in the aptly named Verde Island Passage. It lies off the northeastern tip of Mindoro Island.

Verde Island Wall
There are three sites worthy of mention, but by far and away the most well-know and interesting is Verde Island Wall. You wil notice it immediately on the southeastern tip of the island by the rocks sticking out of the sea there. The wall descends almost vertically to unfathomable depths. Just after the initial descent, you will find some calm areas where you can collect yourself before really exploring.

Star corals, giant gorgonians and cascading soft corals are everywhere and you will amazed at the colours around you.

Marine life is prolific and large wrasses, mantas, eagle rays, and whitetip and blacktip sharks may be seen. In addition, schools of jacks and tuna are common and sweetlips, batfishes, emperors, surgeons, soldiers and tangs are everywhere.

You should take care with bouyancy and depths. Saftey stops can be made on the wall. Photography is excellent. This is a world-class dive.

Spanish Galleon and Drift Dives
There are opportunities for drift dives along the west coast of the island. Reef fish are not so prolific here as they tend to shelter form the currents. A Spanish galleon sank off this coast and whilst there are no noticable remains, treasure hunters may still be lucky enough to find some fragments of pottery or musket balls.

 

Depth: 5-80m

Viz: 10-30m

Currents: medium to strong

Getting there : 1 hour by boat

Best months: Nov-May.

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