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Dive Review of Arkipelago Divers/Punta Galera Beach and Dive Resort in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

Arkipelago Divers/Punta Galera Beach and Dive Resort: "Great Diver Shop in a Poor Location", Sep, 2017,

by Rose Mueller , TX, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9796.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Most places it's warm
Closest Airport Manila Getting There We flew United on the last flight before the airport closed. We were directed to LA in lieu of Narita. We did go through Narita and then on ANA to Manila. We had to overnight in Manila

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Respect for the reef and the fish. I would imagine that they'd accommodate any reasonable request if the diver were competent and it were safe.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments They are very careful with the equipment and the dive sites are close so there is little need for a soak tank. They have a special tank to soak the ca ... 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 2 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments A former employee of Atlantis recommended Arkipelago Divers as most of their dive masters had gone there. It is operated by Pedro Magsino. He is a dive instructor and VERY knowledgeable about sea life and environmentalism. We paid for our private guide, Chris Robles, who likewise had been with Atlantis. We did not know the hotel was Chinese owned. It made for a difficult time. The design is poorly appointed. It is small. The Chinese smoke and smoke. Finally after much debate the owner agreed no smoking in the dining ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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