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

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Robert S Kuhn, IL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6079
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Curacao, Bonaire, Hawaii, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Nekton
Liveaboards, St. Croix, Cozumel, Aruba, Grenada
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Limits varied on dive site, divers abilities and dive conditions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
No dry tables or dunk tanks for cameras on boats, don't really need it
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
When you look at El Galleon one has to really consider and review three
items, the rooms (accomodations), the restaurant and the dive shop and dive

The restaurant is the best in the area and the daily specials are a
bargain.  Local Beer is about $1.25 USD cold and pretty good after diving. 
There is both a covered and open eating area the serves an extensive menu
all day long.  We were never disappointed as we ate several meals at the
resort during our stay.  The food choices and preparation far exceeded our
expectations and much better than other restaurants in the area. El Galleon
also offers several packages to groups and individuals.  

The Scuba Diving with Asia Divers was excellent, the boats left on time,
many types of diving from Muck, Coral walls, Canyons, Drifts and Wrecks. 
Both Nitrox 32 and Air are available. Do yourself a favor and get Nitrox
certified before you arrive, you'll be glad you did.  Dives are available
for all levels of divers, Great visibility  35 - 75ft., great experienced
DM's with years of local experience and boat crews.  Diving is 5 - 15 mins
from the dock and you can easily get in 4 dives a day.  We compare it to a
liveaboard without the boat. Asia Divers is a first class dive operation
who  has the only pier for diving and dive operations in Puerto Galera. 
They dive sites are determined by currents divers experience and your
input.  Verde Island is a must during your stay.   We did 24 dives and
never repeated a site.   Ask for Ally - She rocks !!

Price for a Nitrox dive was a little under $30.00 USD.  We did three dives
a day and could easily do 4 with optional night dives for a slight
additional cost.  Water temp was 81 - 84f. and depending on currents you
often had both warm and cool water mixing.  Most divers used a 2 or 3mm
wetsuit or shorty.  I dove with a Lycra skin all week and my wife has a
3/2mm.  Bring along a small dive light to look into the many little
undercuts and ledges at many of the sites.  Bring along a 3-4ft. safety
sausage and reel with 40ft. of line.  Computers are a must.

My wife and I spent 11 nights at El Galleon in the Penthouse suite.  We
were expecting the best room in the resort with a great view and were a
little disappointed.  The view of the ocean was blocked out by trees and
vegatation overgrowth, the kitchen was lacking, the refrigerator was in
disrepair, the living room does not have its own A/C.  It was clean and
roomy but we had much higher expectations for the price.  It needs some
work with new cabinets, refrigerator, kitchen utensils, Microwave, A/C in
living room, new living room furniture, and a good tree trimming.    The
room has lots of potential.    Internet connectivity was an issue for us
and other guests but the locals seemed to have it working for themselves.  
  The cable TV was nice, hot water showers worked all the time and the
towels and room was clean.  

We would stay at El Galleon and dive with Asia divers again.  Highly
recommended.  The worst part was the airfare from the US. 
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