Puerto Galera’s main claim to fame is as a world class scuba diving destination and can boast over 30 dive sites within a 10 minute boat ride of busy Sabang Beach. There are a dozen or so dive schools based here offering basic PADI learn to dive courses but it is best suited to intermediate and experienced divers, especially with often strong and unpredictable currents. In fact it is one of the premier technical diving destinations in Asia and several places offer TDI courses including Nitrox and advanced Trimex.
Times are staggered through the day so that reefs rarely get overwhelmed with divers. Basic PADI open water courses for beginners are around US$400-$500 and single dives start at US$30.
Prices for diving courses and single dives for the qualified are generally similar whichever dive operator you choose. Many are accredited five star PADI IDC development resorts offering decent value dive and stay packages and most operators tend to visit the same dive sites each day.
Safety records and quality of equipment is very high for Asian standards and all dive operators provide training in at least English and Spanish.
Recommended Puerto Galera dive operators
Asia Divers Dive Resort, Small Lalaguna Beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, tel +63 917 814 5107, website: www.asiadivers.com.
Pacific Divers, White Beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, tel: +63 919 888 6763, +63 920 626 3323, website: www.philippines-diving.com.
Action Divers, Open: 07:00-20:00 (Monday-Saturday), 07:00-19:00 (Sunday); Small Lalaguna Beach, tel: +63 43 287 3320, website: www.actiondivers.com.
Frontier Scuba, Open: dive times: 09:00, 11:30, 14:30, 16:00 & night (daily); West Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera, tel: +63 43 287 3077, website: www.frontierscuba.com.
Mermaid Dive Resort, Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera, tel: +63 43 287 3301, website: www.mermaidresort.com.
Octopus Divers, Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera, tel: +63 43 287 3065, website: www.octopusdivers.org.