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Dive Review of Asia Divers/El Galleon in
Philippines

Asia Divers/El Galleon: "El Galleon/ Asia Divers in Puerta Galera Philippines", Apr, 2018,

by Michael Patrick Guerin, NC, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 10270 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Our second trip back was for two weeks and every bit as wonderful as first. 3 or 4 dives a day. Boats are traditional bank or speed boat. NO issues with either boat - ladders are better on the bank. Nudibranchs of all spectacular colors and designs are all over the place. A turtle here and there. Viz was cloudy and water temp was 77 at beginning of trip and 81 at end.

Be mindful that many of the sea view rooms require traversing several steps but there are rooms around the pool. Rooms were nice with an electric water maker for hot tea or coffee - no mini fridge...room had safe.

Our package included "full board" which we won't do again as I believe we can order from the pay-as-you-go menu and end up paying less. Full board includes breakfast, lunch and dinner each three courses - that's way too much food for us. Food is awesomely delicious and plentiful. Restaurant folks greet you by name and are the sweetest ladies ever.

The folks are Asia Divers are the best also. Most of the dive masters point out those special critters you might pass right over especially the little stuff. Dive sites are quite close with longest maybe 10 minutes away. Verde Island is a MUST SEE and a longer boat ride with surface time spent on the island itself - a must do experience. Your dive gear is all handled by folks on the dock including rinsing your wet suit - amazing. We would find out suits, socks and booties sitting on the bench when we arrived on dock in the morning !

ElGalleon/Asia divers have their own dock so you don't have to wade thru the water for initial boarding of boat as is necessary at other resorts in the area.

Our package included a private taxi 2.5 hours south from MNL where we boarded a bangka for a one hour ride to resort.

Yes, we have a third trip already on the books.
Websites Asia Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cozumel, Great Barrier Reef, Bahamas, Philippines, Roatan
Closest Airport Manilla MNL Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77-81°F / 25-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-70 Ft/ 9-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions you could "mostly" dive own profile as long as you didn't lose sight of dive master. Dives tended to start 90-100 feet then gradually move shallower as usual...dives were 60 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was a camera room at the resort however we cannot comment on it as we charged cameras in our room.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Greg Bruce in WA, US at Nov 16, 2018 13:38 EST  
Thanks for the report. I will be going over for 11 days next April- looks like you were there this April. Likes like the water temp increased considerably during your stay. What weeks of the month were you there? Thanks again.
By report author: Michael Patrick Guerin in NC, US at Nov 17, 2018 14:57 EST  
We were there first two weeks in April. We are going back May 2020 as water should be a tad warmer
By Greg Bruce in WA, US at Nov 17, 2018 17:01 EST  
Thanks for the reply- We will be there the first 2 weeks of April.
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