Puerto Galera in a Nutshell - Malapascua Island is one of the few places in the world where divers have a great chance to see Thresher Sharks up close every morning when they come to get cleaned.
Water Temperatures: Vary from a maximum 30+ C/86+f in summer to 25C/77f in winter. A skin or shorty wetsuit will suffice in the warmer months, but a 3 or 5ml full suit and a vest/hood is recommended for winter.
Visibility: Averages between 15-25 meters / 50-80 ft, sometimes offering up 30+m/100+ft in some locations.
Average Depth Range: 5 - 50m (16 - 164 ft)
Best Time to Dive - You can dive here all year round. Wet season generally starts in June, with showers popping up regularly in the afternoon/evening. July through September are wetter, then late October and November bring the beginning of drier weather. Typhoons are regular visitors to the Philippines during wet season, so while visitors during this time might enjoy amazing weather, they must be prepared for whatever mother nature delivers.
Topside & Non-Diving Activities - Need a day off from diving? Most resorts will help arrange boat or jeepney transportation to any number of lovely nearby beaches… White Beach is buzzing with many bars and restaurants, while Ininuan and Talipanan are smaller and quieter. No visit to Talipanan is complete without a lunch or dinner visit to Lucas for pizza. There are tours to Taal volcano, Tamaraw Falls, Tukuran falls and the Manyon villages. You can even enjoy 9 holes of golf at The Ponderosa, a course built into the side of the mountain, boasting some of the best views you'll find anywhere in the area. Hint: don't use your best balls, and take plenty of them!
Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
Electricity: The standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 60 Hz.
Vaccines: Please check the CDC website for updated information on vaccines, health concerns, etc. It is recommended that you are up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis and Polio for any trip to the tropics.
Visa: U.S. citizens may enter the Philippines for purposes of tourism without a visa if they present a valid U.S. passport and a return ticket to the United States or an onward ticket to another country. Upon your arrival, immigration authorities will stamp an entry visa valid for 30 days on your passport
Language: Filipino and English are the official languages in the Philippines
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