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

Asia Divers/El Galleon: "Asia Divers at El Galleon", Jun, 2017,

by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9670.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving USVI, BVI, lesser Antilles, Bonaire, all three Caymans , Coco Island,
Revillagigedos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines,
Micronesia, Red Sea
Closest Airport Manila unless seaplane is used Getting There Fly to Manila, then either take a land shuttle to Batangas and then a ferry or take a seaplane from Manila to Puerto Galera.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Try to keep with group, but once recognized as competent, dive leader didn't enforce. Max depth indicated each dive. Most dives finished shallow for off-gassing while submerged.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The camera room was on the second floor of a building by the dive dock. It was well provisioned with adequate power sources, air hoses, towels ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments There are perhaps 50 dive operations in Puerto Galera. The waterfront is wall-to-wall resorts and dive shops. Asia Divers at El Galleon Resort is a well-oiled operation. Divers were placed 4-8 per group and generally stayed with the same dive leader all week, although my group experienced three different leaders, but one main one. Most dive sites were nearby, within 5-15 minutes max. Visibility was somewhat disappointing, 30-40 feet often. A dive on the sunken Alma Jane produced a well-decorated large frogfish and a small school of spadefish. Two trips to Verde Island nearby (an extra charge), maybe a half-hour ride, gave us the 100 visibility many seek. These excursions also showed us the only large fish w ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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