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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!

Diving
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 >

Puerto Galera
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. More >

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 >

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Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving Tech Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

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Best Time: Year Round (Oct-May)

Average Air temps: 30°C

Average Water temps:  21-24°C Dec-Feb, 25-30°C Mar-Nov.

Visibility: 15-40m.

Top Dive Sites: Puerto Galera - Dive Sites The Canyons, Donsol area, Verde Island, Dugon Wall Sabang Wreck, Shark Cave & Hole in the Wall. Coral Gardens (easy). Giant Clam (muck). Many outstanding wall dives. More >

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Great Reasons to Dive in the Philippines

  • Over 3000 species of fish.
  • 15,000 square miles of reef.
  • Plenty of dives for new divers.
  • Drift dives (some 5 knots+)
  • Numerous critter sites.
  • Whale shark and Giant Pacific mantas (Feb-May) at Donsol & Reef shark
  • Nesting & hatching turtles.
  • Photographers heaven.
  • Wrecks of Coron 'Mini Truk'

 

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.