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

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jonathan Bank, AE, US
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Papua New Guinea, Cocos, Hawaii, Belize, Maldives, Red Sea,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
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
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
I really enjoyed El Galeon/Asia Divers.  The dive shop is immaculate, well
organized, and professionally run - you're assigned a spacious cubby area
for your items, suits are hung on a clean, new hangar, and tanks are
professionally filled after every dive.  Nitrox fills are bang on 32
percent every time.  The batangas take you to dive sites that are never
more than ten minutes ride away.  Dive briefings are excellent, illustrated
with good maps.  The dive masters take input from the various members of
the dive group in terms of preference, ensuring that they're aware of the
abilities, experience, and technical aspects (ie: who's diving air, who's
diving Nitrox) of each member of the group.  

All dives were backrolls into near bath warm water.  While there were few
pelagics, the biodiversity of smaller fish and critters to include sea
snakes, octopi, cuttlefish, etc., were on par or better than anthing else I
have seen in the Pacific.  The coral life was in pretty good shape - there
were some areas of bleaching -  but the overall ecosystem seemed in order. 
We did a number of rather enjoyable wreck dives - the Alma Jane is a
particularly excellent wreck - lying in 100 feet at the bottom of a mooring
line - large cutouts for easy penetration, a resident sea snake, some large
boxfish, and excellent nudibranchs really made this an excellent dive. 
Significant assortment of anemones with a variety of clownfish as well as
one with a pair of white ghost pipefish, small as spaghetti.  The Canyons,
Monkey Beach, and other non-wreck sites had currents that ranged from
non-existent to somewhat sporty. Nothing required significant exertion to
stay ahead of the currents/surges.  

As noted, the divemasters were generally excellent  - they managed to keep
track of the groups, although still allowed folks to wander a bit and dive
their own profiles.  Two in particular -- Josh and Eric -- really went the
extra mile to ensure that every dive they led was unique.  Most dives were
50-55 minutes with unhurried safety stops.  From what I could tell, the
instruction appeared to be top notch.  Had I more time, I would have tried
to take an intro tech course as this area appears to be a mecca for tech

The El Galeon resort was first rate.  Rooms were small, spotless, and
comfortable. My room lacked for hot water in the sink - not really a big
deal.  The a/c worked beautifully (my big issue), and the bar has tempting
two for one happy hour drinks that compete (somewhat) with the excellent
night diving.  The food at El Galeon was excellent and well priced;
excellent local fare as well as vacation staples were prepared, presented
and served quickly.  The waitstaff was friendly, attentive, and seemed keen
to get to know the guests -- the exact opposite of the Habitat Curacao. 
Hard to imagine how I could dive in the Caribbean again.
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