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

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Downey, PA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Cocos, Galapagos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia, Bikini Atoll,
Socorro, Guadalups, British Columbia, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Rinse tank on dock. All cameras were put on the bottom of the boat, up in
the bow.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
El Galleon is about a 4 minute walk from Sabang center on Puerto Galera.
There are some ground level rooms, ours was up a few steps and overlooking
the small pool. Our room was older, but had plenty of room, a refrigerator,
qne TV. There are slightly smaller rooms with no TV that are less
expensive, and some suites higher on the hill that overlook the water. We
were perfectly happy with our room and the steps going to the suites might
be tricky at night or in the rain. There was a small buffet breakfast
available each morning with cereal, eggs to order, toast, coffee, juices,
mangoes, and home made muffins. Lunch and dinner were from a menu; the food
was quite good. Those with food issues may have a bit of a problem. They
had no soy milk when I asked (I'm sensitive to all dairy) and you need to
ask a lot of questions about what is in the dishes. The staff was great.

We were there to dive, and the dive operation is very well organized. The
dive shop is small but there is a very large dock where you board the boats
and where the roomy equipment storage and compressor are located. Each
diver has his own crate. In the morning, our BC would be on our tank ready
to be Nitrox analyzed. As we excited the dive boat after the first dive,
staff would be waiting for us to analyze the next tank. There were two
camera rinse tanks, plus one for regulatos and one for wetsuits, which got
pretty scuzzy. There were also two hot water showers on the dock. We were
quite impressed with their set-up.

The dive sites were close by and we saw many, many nudibranch, dozens of
anemonefish, blue and black ribbon eels, a few morays, a couple of pygmy
seahorses, a couple of 4" seahorses, and frogfish ranging from
1/2" to one foot. We also dove three or four wrecks, mostly for the
marine life. There were a few interesting "muck" dives that I
enjoyed. We had a guide with us each dive. The visibility could have been
better, but the weather had turned rainy; all in all we had a great time.

It's a two hour drive from Manila airport to the ferry dock and then an
hour ferry ride to Sabang; this was all arranged for us ahead of time.
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