Asia Divers and El Galleon Resort
Diving in PG
Puerto Galera has some of the best diving in the northern Philippines and Asia Divers is one of the longest-established operations in the country, run by a dedicated team who have each been there over 20 years.
It is located on the northern shore of Mindoro Island, which is divided from Luzon by the Verde Island Passage. These waters experience strong currents of up to 6 knots from the South China Sea flushing through. As a result, the region is well recognized for its amazing scuba diving and a variety of marine life.
The many dive sites in Puerto Galera offer a wide range of alternatives, whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver. It is an underwater photographer’s paradise, with wrecks, drift dives, and muck diving sites to discover.
The Verde Island Passage has been dubbed the “center of the center” of marine biodiversity worldwide by experts. Life-enhancing nutrients from the Pacific mix with the waters of the South China Sea. Underwater rock canyons that are home to about 60% of the known species of shorefish and beautiful reef structures with more than 300 different types of coral are hidden beneath the surface.
The passage is located at the pinnacle of the “Coral Triangle,” which covers the Sulawesi and the Sulu Seas in the southern Philippines and adjacent to Indonesia. The World Conservation Union defines it as the marine counterpart of the Amazon River basin.
One of the most incredible dives is the Verde Island drop-off, which is approximately 20 minutes away from the El Galleon/Asia Divers resort.
Puerto Galera is also well known for its incredible macro life, especially the nudibranches! You can also see unusual creatures such pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish, frog fish, sea moths, dragonets, stick pipefish, wonderpuss, mimic octopus, and flamboyant cuttlefish.
At every dive site, there are gigantic basket sponges covered in hundreds of different coloured crinoids; hard, and soft corals; and gorgonian sea fans. In addition, cuttlefish, crabs, seahorses, mantis shrimp, turtles, and octopuses frequently appear.
The sites are suitable for divers of all skill levels, including kids, recreational divers, underwater photographers, and definitely technical divers. Asia Divers' offshoot "Tec Asia" has been at the forefront of technical diving in Asia for over 20 years.
El Galleon Resort, AC room
Diving with Asia Divers
Transfers to/from Manila excluded, there are various options
Price per person in USD with budget room
7 nights, 5 days unlimited diving: USD $675
4 nights, 10 dives: USD $480
Seaview rooms +$36 per night
Poolside rooms +$23 per night
Based on double/twin share
Deluxe Seaview rooms
These are by far the most popular rooms at El Galleon. They all have fantastic sea views and come with a queen size bed, WiFi, mini bar, air-conditioning, flat screen TV, and kettle with coffee and tea selection. The bathrooms are equipped with a hot/cold shower and a vanity area.
Please note that these rooms are on a hill, so there are some steps to climb. Some are higher than others, and you can request a lower room on booking.
Great rooms for those that are looking for comfort but without the view and fuss. These quaint rooms are located by the swimming pool and all have a balcony. They come with a queen size bed, WIFI, air-conditioning, mini bar and flat screen TV. Bathrooms all have hot/cold shower.
Step outside your room and drop into the pool. The poolside rooms are equipped with a queen size bed, WiFi, air-conditioning, mini bar, flat
screen TV, and kettle with coffee and tea selection. The bathrooms all have hot/cold shower and a vanity area.