Puerto Galera in a Nutshell:
Centrally located, Puerto Galera is a hub of marine biodiversity, offering some of the best diving in the Philippines. It is home to a variety of dive operators and accommodations that are sure to suit the most discerning dive enthusiast and photographer.
Puerto Galera Dive sites:
Puerto Galera's dive sites are as varied as the species you'll find there. There are walls, sloping reefs, and the occasional small wreck, all only a very short boat ride away. Many of the dive sites rank right up there on the 'pretty' scale, offering excellent wide-angle scenery. 'Muck' dive sites like Boatyard and Manila channel are home to a huge array of macro critters, including nudibranchs, reef octopus, hairy frogfish, mimic octopi, seahorses and the like.
The Canyons is the adrenaline junkie's site of choice during times of strong currents, boasting a thrilling ride with rests in the bowls as you watch in amazement while schools of trevally, tuna, and sometimes barracuda hang effortlessly in the current. The Alma Jane wreck is a favorite among wreck enthusiasts, is easily accessible, and is home to several giant frogfish, big schools of batfish, and small tropicals. Of course, no trip is complete without a two-dive trip to Verde Island. Large schools of big fish, monstrous sea fans, walls and stunning reefs are the rule here and warrant at least one 2-tank trip. Most of the other sites are lovely, and there's never a shortage of interesting things to see.
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!
Trips to Puerto Galera can most easily be combined with Anilao, just a short 1 hr boat ride away. Many other great destinations in the Visayas can be reached via short, relatively inexpensive flights from Manila. And remember that the Philippines offers much more than diving! If you have the time, there's everything from the rice terraces of Banaue and Batad to the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, just to name a couple. Wherever you go in the Philippines, you can easily meet some friendly locals and experience the culture.
Best Time to visit:
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.
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 varies with the prevailing weather and currents, but averages between 15-25 meters / 50-80 ft, sometimes offering up 30+m/100+ft in some locations.