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Dive Review of El Galleon/Asia Divers in
Philippines/Puerto Galera, Anilao & Donsol

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by David Richardson, Wa., USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 4796
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, Bahamas, N Carolina, California,
Canada, Hawaii, Thailand, Fiji, Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
I was lucky and there were few divers and sometimes I was alone with the DM
so I dove per my conservative Sunto computer as long as we could safely.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
They did the best they could with camera folks. You are diving  generally
on outrigger canoes so there are no camera rinse bins but the dive sites
are so close there is no need for them. There are separate wash bins for
cameras after the dives so they respect UWP. Great place to bring your
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
I stayed at El Galleon while in Puerto Galera. One CANNOT do wrong staying
here. It is only 3 minutes walk from the fun stuff in Sabang but is a world
unto itself in privacy. The restaurant is good, the accomodations and
facilities excellent but the staff and people make this place special. Even
though I was movin on to better diving it was hard to leave El Galleon.
Check out their web site and sign up for their weekly e-mail newsletter and
you will be hooked.

I did the requisite research and knew what to expect in the Philippines but
fell in love with it anyway. On your first visit to the Philippines PG is a
good stop as it is close to Manila. The dive Sites of Canyons (major
current) and Giant Claims (muck diving) are world class.

You will want to come back to experience all the wonderful places to dive.
Two places you need to seriously research are Anilao which is only about 3
hours from PG as the diving is much better (the muck diving is getting
better and better as they discover each new site--the one I dove 7 times
was not even listed on any web site or book being so newly discovered) and
Donsol which requires a plane ride from Manila but is a guaranteed whale
shark encounter at the right time of the year. If you have never been
diving in the Philippines go now as even the gov't is starting to realize
the bargain and is pressing the shops to increase prices to help preserve
the reefs.
The only place that is high risk for tourists is the outer, remote  parts
of the country and I found the country safe and very friendly. Almost
everyone speaks Englsh in some fashion. Remember this is the northern apex
of the coral triangle of biodiversity--expect to possibly see ghost pipes,
pygmy seahorses, flying gunards, frogfish, ribbon eels, banded coral
snakes, waspfish, mimic octopi, etc.
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