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Two muray eels at Verde Island, Philippines

Puerto Galera - Stunning Dives at Verde Island (Philippines)

The Philippines has an amazing number of SCUBA dive regions. If you are looking for a place close to Manilla the town Puerto Galera is a great option. This lovely local village is all about SCUBA diving and the dive spots are incredible!



Located on the North coast of Mindoro Island the cozy beach town of Puerto Galera is a popular tourist destinations having all the comforts you need for a great dive holiday. There are lots of tourist offices, restaurants, (floating) bars, shops and massage salons around without the crowded touristy feeling. Compared to all the other towns I saw in the Philippines I would say Puerto Galera is a place that has it all.

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Soft corals at Verde Island, Philippines

Diving is one of the main things to do and it is good! From the many dive shops around I selected the Dive Dojo because I do not like being lured into dive shops by people on the street. Dive Dojo is different, a small shop with a local dive instructor Victor being happy to talk about all our options.

Being a martial art lover it is quite funny to see they have a small dojo in their dive center for private use. What I really like, but this is personal of course, is that this is a technical dive training facility. This gave me the opportunity to rent a dive harness instead of a BCD/Jacket.
Country Philippines
Dive area name Mindoro, Puerto Galera
Dive center Dive Dojo
Famous for Soft corals, wrecks, critters, macro, pelagic.
Price Ask the dive center
Hotel recommendation Jack Daniel Apartments


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Yellow Sea Cucumbers tree at Verde Island, Philippines

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Beautiful shrimps on an anemone at Verde Island, Philippines



There are over 20 dive spots in the area. Close-by you have Sabang where you can have some easy dives with a lot of corals and great photo opportunities. If you are looking for one of the best dive spots around you have to organize a 2-tank trip to Isla Verde, Verde Island. Verde Island is about one our by boat from Puerto Galera and it is more out in the open with often strong currents.

There are so many marine life species here you can find 'new things' on every dive. Being right in the coral triangle is it no surprise the marine diversity is enourmous. From all kinds of Nudibranch species, some incredibly shaped and colored to schools of big fish like Bannerfish and Barracudas. There are so many Damsels and Antias swimming on the coral reef you will see a rainbow of colors moving in waves.

Reef CREATURE Identification
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Tropical Pacific
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1600 Animals!



Comparing dive destinations

Bottom structure Reef structure Pelagic
(big stuff in the blue)
Big reef
(bigger stuff on the reef)
Macro
(small stuff on the reef)
Current
(stream)
Flat bottom with bumps/big rocks/pinnacles Hard corals tree-shape
(not moving)
Sharks Turtles Nudibranchs
(snails)
No current
Slope
(going down slowly)
Soft corals tree-shape
(moving)
Rays Eels/snakes Sea horses Small
(you can easily swim against it)
Wall
(steep but you see the bottom)
Table-/fan-shape Trevally/Jacks/Tuna Groupers Scorpion/frog fish Medium
(you can swim against it for a little while/higher air consumption)
Drop off
(steep and you can't see the bottom)
Anemones Barracudas Lobsters/crabs Octopus/squid Strong/reef hooks
(you cannot swim against it)
Blue
(no reference)
Sponges Sardines/herrings Puffers Shrimps Pumping/washing machine/OMG/hold your regulator
(superman)


* The transparent boxes are the things I have seen down below and / or are spotted on almost every dive in that area.
* The dark blue boxes are the 'things' that are unavailable - things I have not seen and/or that are uncommon in that area.
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Impressions of diving around Puerto Gallera

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Marine life around Puerto Galera, Philippines

Puerto Galera - Stunning Dives at Verde Island (Philippines)


About the organization of Dive Dojo

This small dive shop offered a very personal and knowledgeable day of diving at Isla Verde and dives nearby in the Sabang area. The dive boat is a banka, an outrigger canoe with a sort of thin tree floating on each side. As mentioned before they offer technical diving as well, a great location to try this if you like.

Destination information: Puerto Galera
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Puerto Galera, Philippines



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