Philippines, Far East & Australia
The Philippines offers scuba diving holidays with some of the most diverse coral reef scuba diving in Asia. Located in the famous 'Coral Triangle', Puerto Galera, on the island of Mindoro, offers diving for all levels, learn to dive holidays and great value accommodation with some of the best scuba diving in the Far East. As an island nation, with over 7000 islands, the Philippines is bordered by the Pacific to the east and the Sulu And South China Sea to the south. Consequently, the feeding currents produce an outstanding diversity of marine life - more than The Great Barrier Reef!
Puerto Galera is well established for diving holidays because of its numerous scuba diving locations. The area was designated a Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO in 1973 and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in Asia located at the very heart of the 'Coral Triangle' with over 15,000 square miles of coral reef. Calculations show that there are more than 3000 varieties of fish here - that’s roughly 50% more than the Red Sea. The water and air temperature are warm year round and the marine life here is spectacular. Dive sites are easily accessible by land, where you can drift dive along the spectacular walls, explore the swim-through or just marvel at the schools of snapper, emperors, eagle rays, barracudas, turtles, tuna and the occasional shark. Puerto Galera there is something for every diver - from novice to advanced, with dive sites to suit new divers with plenty of shallow sites. More experienced divers will find Puerto Galera is also the perfect location to experience the a marvellous varity of deep dives, drift dives, wreck sites, with astounding macro life - a wonder for underwater photographers. More >
Based on the island of Mindoro, Puerto Galera is located approximately 100 miles south of Manila. There is plenty to do when not diving - kayaking, snorkelling and sunset cruises, golfing, trail mountain biking or trekking the Tukuran river, Tamaraw falls and visiting Mangyan village on a day trip. The area also features numerous pocket beaches and stunning tropical scenery to explore. Puerto Galera museum chronicles the history of the Spanish colonial era. Close by you’ll find the local town of Sabang, with numerous bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. Puerto Galera and Sabang are noted for their nightlife throughout the Philippines. This is an ideal location for a combination shore and liveaboard itinerary to get best locations for the time of year followed by a week in one of our recommended dive resorts ashore - ideal to combine diving and more time to relax in between.
Wrecks of Coron
Located in the very north of Coron Bay, Sangat Island is just one of over 90 islands and islets which make up the Calamian Island Group in the northern sector of Palawan Province. Known for its pristine natural beauty, it's surrounding tropical seascapes are protected, provide a thriving safe haven for countless varieties of plant, animal and aquatic species endemic to the area. Edged by limestone cliffs and dense jungle forest and a 455m mountain peak, with spectacular bird life, flora and fauna. Sangat Island also features it's own tropical fruit and nut plantation, a twisted maze of evergreen mangrove thickets which line much of othe western coastline, a natural geothermal hot spring and two vibrant and flourishing marine eco-systems: the Sangat House Reef, and the Sangat Coral Gardens. Year round water temperatures are from 28-30C with visibility up to 30m. More >
Best Time: Year Round (Oct-May)
Average Air temps: 30°C
Average Water temps: 21-24°C Dec-Feb, 25-30°C Mar-Nov.
Top Dive Sites: The Canyons, Donsol area, Verde Island passage, Chicken Feather Island hot spring and Verde Island coral garden. Dugon Wall famous for Nudibranchs and Flatworms, Sabang Wreck, Shark Cave & Hole in the Wall. Coral Gardens (easy). Giant Clam (muck). Many outstanding wall dives. More >
Great Reasons to Dive in the Philippines