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

Asia Divers/El Galleon, Oct, 2009,

by Liz Wagstrom, IA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5228.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawaii, California, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divemaster on each dive. Allowed to dive own profile, did end some dives on time rather than air/deco time (but never ended before 50+ minutes)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments No facilities (other than a milk crate) on banca for the cameras - handed down over the side after backrolled in. Dedicated tank in wash area for cameras and a camera room was fine, but couldn't handle large number of divers with cameras comfortably.

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

Accommodations 3 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 $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I was with El Galleon and Asia Divers after the worst of the typhoons in Luzon. We had reduced visibility, and some increased waves due to the typhoons up north. Currents varied from none to ripping, and were hard to predict. Almost all dives were done as drift dives. The dive staff were great and accomadated me even when I was the only diver at the resort for 2 of the days. Only dive complaint was charges for nite dives - $9 advertised, but there is another $29 boat charge that wasn't clearly spelled out. Just need to clarify the charges in advance.

Lodging was basic and food was great. My budget room was not tight and had numerous insects. Housecleaning did fine. Hot water was hot and plentiful! Wireless internet available in the public areas. Staff was helpful and friendly. I was on full board, and there is a reduced menu for full board. You may risk extra charges if you order off the regular menu.

Dive boats were basic, but worked fine. Sites were close to resort, and overall I had a very good dive experience. I would come back, but likely would upgrade from the budget room!
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