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

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Renee Ross, OR, US
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Most divers stayed with the divemaster, but a few divers were notorious for
going away on their own and surfacing on their own for the boat to find
them later.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No rinse for cameras on boats. No specific area to keep cameras onboard,
but usually an area near front of boat for cameras, etc. Camera rinse area
near dive shop with specific camera benches for drying.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
First I must tell you that I am now spoiled for future dive trips to equal
this place.  The dive sites were all within 5 to 20 minutes from shore. 
Boats were very seaworthy bangkas, only 6 divers max with one divemaster. 
Easy backroll off the boat.  Staff would lift your bc out of the water for
getting back on the boat via sturdy ladder. Reef diving with currents
varied from zero to very thrilling.  The reefs are generally healthy,
colorful and tons of small fish in places.  Actually the most amazing
health of the reef both hard and soft in places where it made me wonder why
I would ever want to go back to Caribbean diving!  No big fish though
except the white tip reef sharks at one site.  Verde Island and Hole in the
Wall were exceptional reef diving, just amazing color, current and tons of
small fish everywhere. Wreck dives, several, the divemaster seemed to drift
toward the wrecks instead of the colorful reef diving I was expecting.  The
wrecks were surrounded by fish, tons of lionfish, batfish but not much
growth on the ships. So many nudibranchs everywhere in a variety of colors,
starfish everywhere, giant clams.  Amazing diving every day, 4 dives a day
in the package with Island Dreams group (website: all meals,
and a hotel like room, very small, but very clean, 10 nights, for about
$1600 per person.  Staff at El Galleon were excellent in service and
respectful to all guests.  Food was amazing, buffet, or you could order off
the menu.  Resort is landscaped, has a small pool, and very basic.  Ocean
view rooms have tons of stairs to get to them so be sure you ask before
reserving one of those units.  No road to the resort, accessible only by
boat.  Fly into Manila and overnighted in red light district hotel that was
clean enough, then on a nice bus for 3 hours south to a bangka ride for  1
hour to resort. Our group did a jungle tour onland, very pretty island and
the people there are very friendly.  Town of Sabong was near the resort, an
easy 5 minute walk along the shore.  Shoreline along the resort was clean
with no apparent garbage.  We could smell some sewer running into the bay
from town though.  Overall a very relaxing trip, great dive shop, great
dive guides that knew the current well, and took good care to make sure
everyone was safe in the current.  We looked at Atlantis Dive Resort while
there and I'd say the location at El Galleon and Asia divers is much nicer.
 Main difference is a nice dive dock at Asia divers, and a new dive shop
right at the water is being finished now.  Email me for pictures or more
info.  I am happy to share.    
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