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Asia Divers: "The Philippines is open for Diving", May, 2022,

by Raymond C Villemarette, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 11971 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The Philippines is open for Diving
Puerto Galera/Coron
April/May 2022

I have been informed by Asia Divers that the requirements for entering the Philippines have changed and they are now allowing the entry of fully vaccinated tourists and have dropped a requirement for having medical insurance. For my travel it was necessary to have been vaccinated, have travel insurance of $25K and register at the airport website. For the most up to date requirements I would reach out to the Resort prior to travel but it appears at this time entry is much simpler.
I had intended to stay more than a month in the Philippines but the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC was not accepting visa applications. This meant I had to get a visa on arrival which is good for thirty days. Note your airplane ticket must (repeat must) show a return date of less than thirty days. I traveled on a previous occasion without a return ticket and was forced to book a return while standing in the immigration line in Manila in order to get in the country. Once you are in country you can extend your visa an additional sixty days and this was accomplished at reasonable cost through a travel agent provided by El Galleon resort. Note here is that you need to have easily changed tickets which is usually not the case if you book through a service like Expedia. I had lots of unused Korean Air points and the flight though Seoul is one of the easier connections to Manila. Also Korean Air is very flexible on excess baggage weights and I was bringing my own gear. Also note keep the receipt (the receipt not the letter) for your visa extension! It is marked “Official Receipt” and has a code you will need to exit the country at immigration. I had a few sweaty moments at imagination when I had my letter of Certification but not the associated receipt with the barcode.
Insurance: No longer required but you can get travel and medical insurance through DAN. If you already have DAN the Medical portion is covered but they also offer trip insurance. I had to buy the travel insurance in order to get the previously required letter showing medical coverage and I note this here in case things change and an insurance letter is required. DAN (Divers Alert Network, In order to get the letter you need to buy their trip insurance (Travel Protection Plan). The trick here is unless you really want them to insure your whole trip is you put down a minimum amount for the actual trip insurance. The letter will cover the medical no matter how little of the trip you actually cover.
Website: there is an airport website where you need to submit your travel documents three days in advance and they will also give you a QR code for travel which you will need to board the plane. The website is called “One Health Pass” and you will need to indicate Municipality: PASAY City, NCR, Fourth District (Not a Province), National Capital Region (NCR) if you spend the night in Manila. You may also need a second QR code for travel to Puerto Galera which you can work through the resort. I would check with the resort for the most current guidance. At this time it is my understanding basically you need a return ticket and vaccination card (US CDC works).
The connection to Puerto Galera is made by a van from Manila and then a motor boat from a pier south of Batangas if you work through the resort. This connection can be set up by El Galleon who will arrange the van pickup and the water taxi to Puerto Galera. If you decide to stay at El Galleon they have their own pier and dock so you will have an easy connection to the hotel. There used to be a seaplane connection from Manila Bay (Air Juan) but this now appears to be only a charter service and I do not have the current details. Depending on your arrival time in Manila or how keen you are to go diving you may want to spend a night in a hotel either coming or going and I have had good luck at the Belmont Hotel which is located right across the highway from th ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Maldives, Thailand, Philippines, Hawaii, Okinawa, Australia, Red Sea, Mediterranean, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport Manila Getting There Washington DC/Seoul/Manila

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 27-29°C / 81-84°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-50 Ft/ 3-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions COID documentation checked
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 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Tanks for soaking gear, spaces for photo workshop (Asia divers only) ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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