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Dive Review of Asia divers in
Philippines/El Galleon

Asia divers, Dec, 2010,

by R Villemarette, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5994 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Puerto Galera/El Galleon is one of my favorite places to dive and except for Australia sets the standard I use for diving other places in Asia. If you would like an intorduction to drift diving it has many opportunities to experience the effects of island tides and coveringblarge distances in a short period of time. It also has "canyons" where you can sit below the current and watch the sea life be carried past you in the current. The water clarity can be excellent and when I compare my photographs from other locations it is obvious that this is a good location for taking pictures. The hotel staff is excellent and while not a five star hotel it is more than comfortable. The dive masters with one exception try hard to make your dives memorable. The English for some of the dive masters can be a bit lacking but we had no problems communicating with them. Unfortunately the experience was not 100 percent because we had one dive master who decided the dive was his opportunity to take pictures. Since this was a drift dive my buddy and I were left to trying to swim against the current while this guy took pictures. Perhaps because this dive master was from the US he felt that he did not have to provide the same level of service to visiting Americans.
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