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Dive Review of Asia divers in
Philippines/El Galleon

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by R Villemarette, VA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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