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Dive Review of Asia Divers/El Galleon in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Liz Wagstrom, IA, US
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5228
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Hawaii, California, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemaster on each dive. Allowed to dive own profile, did end some dives on
time rather than air/deco time (but never ended before 50+ minutes)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
No facilities (other than a milk crate) on banca for the cameras - handed
down over the side after backrolled in.  Dedicated tank in wash area for
cameras and a camera room was fine, but couldn't handle large number of
divers with cameras comfortably.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
I was with El Galleon and Asia Divers after the worst of the typhoons in
Luzon.  We had reduced visibility, and some increased waves due to the
typhoons up north.  Currents varied from none to ripping, and were hard to
predict. Almost all dives were done as drift dives. The dive staff were
great and accomadated me even when I was the only diver at the resort for 2
of the days.  Only dive complaint was charges for nite dives - $9
advertised, but there is another $29 boat charge that wasn't clearly
spelled out.  Just need to clarify the charges in advance.

Lodging was basic and food was great. My budget room was not tight and had
numerous insects.  Housecleaning did fine.  Hot water was hot and
plentiful!  Wireless internet available in the public areas.  Staff was
helpful and friendly.  I was on full board, and there is a reduced menu for
full board. You may risk extra charges if you order off the regular menu.

Dive boats were basic, but worked fine.  Sites were close to resort, and
overall I had a very good dive experience.  I would come back, but likely
would upgrade from the budget room!
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