Puerto Galera is since 20 years the most famous SCUBA destination in the Philippines and many tour-operator offering Puerto Galera as a single trip or a combination with other nearby destinations. Puerto Galera is around 150 km south of Manila in the province of Mindoro Oriental . Going to Puerto Galera you fly to Manila. From there you have a two hour drive to the city of Batangas where you catch a ferry to Sabang, where the most Resorts and dive-shops can be found. If you travel on a package-tour your Resort will organize all of that for you and picks you up at the Manila International Airport.Puerto Galera is famous for its diversity of different dive sites. Shallow colorful easy diving for beginners, ripping high speed drift dives or deep Tec-diving, there is almost no limit in Puerto Galera. Most of the more than 30 dive-spots are just a short boat ride away. Most of the diveshops are also offering daytrips to the nearby Verde Island with usually two or three dives.
Diving is good all around the year with the hot and dry season from March to June. With many diveresorts and shops located in Sabang, Big and Small LaLaguna there is always something available in your budget.
There are simple rooms available from US$ 7 per night. Guided dives can be booked for US$ 20. If you are are “hardcore” diver look for the valuable non-limit-packages with up to 5 dives per day.
The Canyons, Sinandigan Wall (Nudibranch-city) or Hole in the wall are only some of the “must-do” dives. Who wants it a bit more thrilling can take a ride at the Kilima Drift and get rocked at the washing machine at Verde Island. Most dives in Puerto Galera are gentle drift-dives. Your diveboat will follow the group. you guide will use a Surface Marker Bouy at the end of the dive and after a safety stop the group ascents together and goes back on the waiting boat. Don’t miss the world class night dives at the Sabang-Wrecks and join the hunt for the colorful Mandarinfishes at LaLaguna Point and The Hill between the Batangas and Manila channel.
Most dive operators offer very valuable Nitrox packages, and if one tank is not enough you will find some very well equipped Tek-shops in Sabang and Small LaLaguna.
uncountable bars and restaurants invite you for a drink after the last dive. Many resorts also offer great sunset-cruises to one of the white-sand beaches in one of the bays of the neighborhood islands. Make a trip to the Tamaraw Waterfalls on your off-gasing day and enjoy the relaxing Massages in one of the SPA-center or offered directly at the beach. As there is no real nice beach in the Sabang Bay, go for a ten minute walk to Big LaLaguna or rent one of the local bancas for a picturesque boat ride along the beautifully coastline to reach Whitebeach or Talibanan Beach.
Puerto Galera is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 21,925 people in 4,424 households. It is the northwesternmost municipality in Oriental Mindoro.
This coastal town is well known among tourists for its numerous pocket beaches and many snorkeling ang diving spots.
Among the famous beaches in Puerto Galera are White Beach and Sabang Beach. Both have extensive beaches with first-class or economy-class accommodations and an active night life with their numerous beachside bars and restaurants. Puerto Galera is quite full during the Holy Week.
X’mas in Sabang is a bit of quite but is fun.
Thank you for your comment Rochelle,
I actually don’t think xmas is quiet in Sabang, at least not the 4 years I was working there. But maybe it changed. Also chinese new-year is quite packed with Asian guests…