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El Galleon Dive Resort, Puerto Galera

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Stayed for a week in June 2109 with the wife. We made our way to the island via bus and ferry on our own after a few days in Manila. This was substantially cheaper than the resort price but we've traveled for years on our own so it was not a big deal without the hand holding. If you are coming directly from the airport in Manila the resort scheduled transit to the resort would probably make sense. We were picked up from the ferry dock by boat as pre-scheduled for the trip to the resort. June is low season so not many persons at the resort during our stay. Nice room, clean, 2nd floor with large bathroom and all necessary amenities. 3 meals a day, all food good with varied selections off-menu. Diving excellent with good divemasters. most trips within 15-20 minutes max from the resort. A good variety of fish and corals and other sea life. Most of the divers on the boat were interested in macro photography.

We also took a day trip to Verde Island which was a part of our package. You MUST go to Verde Island. We were the only people on the boat (again slow season). The weather cooperated with no rain during dive times. Good happy hour, San Miguel beer, tropical drinks... 5-minute walk to town. Bulk water available there and refills (bring your own bottle) also had laundry done (wash and fold, a good deal) in a town near the end of the week as we were moving on to Singapore. Resort much better looking and location than Atlantis in town.

The diving was very much worth the trip. Diving previously mainly in the Caribbean the coral life if very different (more and more beautiful) fish life very abundant, rays, eels, turtles, sea horses, frogfish, octopus, lionfish .... more clownfish and anemone varieties than you can count, giant clams, nudibranchs. the macro photography divers (locals?) were very helpful in pointing things out along with divemasters when we were around them. Most dives <60 ft/20m so long bottom times. We always were under a minimum of 60 minutes.

Puerto Galera is a good spot for diving, close to Manila for serious (eat sleep dive) divers. I would definitely recommend El Galleon as the place to stay while there.

Visited on 06/2019 - Submitted on 03/11/2021
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