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El Galleon Dive Resort

3 stars

Philippines, Far East & Australia

For your scuba diving holiday to Puerto Galera in the Philippines in the Far East, El Galleon Resort offers a choice of budget, seaview or penthouse suite plus 2 bedroom Waimea houses.  With PADI 5* CDC Asia Divers and spacious dive centre and jetty on site plus pool, spa restaurant, sociable bar and 30 excellent dive sites close by - you have everything to hand.

The Resort lies in a beautiful tropical garden and is comprised of ten bungalows, located around an inviting large pool with waterfall and jacuzzi. It’s a 2 hour transfer from Manila to Berberabe Pier, followed by an hour boat ride directly to El Galleon Pier. Total journey time usually 3 hours. he area has beautiful beaches, coves and spectacular dives sites of Puerto Galera are all within easy reach from your hotel. The view of Puerto Galera harbour is breaktaking. Locally you can enjoy excursions to local beaches, markets, cultural or more active tours.

The resort has 30 air conditioned rooms that have been constructed in the tropical hillside, protecting their wonderful natural surroundings with majestic views of Sabang Bay and Small Lalaguna Beach. There is a choice of accommodation from Budget, Poolside, Superor, Family or seaview rooms and Penthouse Rooms. Rooms are equipment with either single, twin or double beds, flat screen TV, mini bar (with items payable locally), in room safe box and free WiFi. 

Budget Rooms (4) come with a queen size bed or two single beds, air-conditioning, mini bar. Simple, basic accommodation, with old fashioned bathrooms without a view - ideal if you are on a budget and wanting to spend more time divng than in your room.

Poolside Rooms Deluxe and Economy (12)  are equipped with a queen size bed, air-conditioning, mini bar and storage space with own bathrooms all with a vanity area. 

Seaview Rooms (10)  offer fantastic waterfront views which are more spacious and well appointed rooms. All 10 seaview rooms are fitted out with a queen size bed, mini bar, air-conditioning, storage space and bathrooms equipped with a vanity area and accessible by wooden stairs, so only suitable for those with no mobility issues.

Family Rooms (3) offer one queen size bed (extra beds on request) air-conditioning, mini bar and more spacious ensuite bathrooms.  Triple and Quad room occupancy is possible on request in advance.

Also available are One bedroom Penthouse Apartment with private kitchen, private balcony and adjoining living room, with a spectacular sea view.

'Waimea' Annexe
El Galleon now offers a more private, unique local style of Studio apartments (for two people) and houses (for four people) in a private annexe. Stay at Waimea for additional space and enjoy some of the best views in Puerto Galera. Just a 5 minute walk from the El Galleon beach resort, 5 houses are set behind a high wall with attractive garden area and 2 swimming pools and 24 hour security. Three of the houses have a self-contained studio flat downstairs, independent of the main house. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms, living area, kitchen area, mezzanines and balcony with pool or ocean views. The Waimea Studios have an en-suite bathroom, kitchenette, sea or pool views with lush jungle around you.


The hotel is situated directly on the small Lalagua beach in Puerto Galera. The main 'Arthurs' restaurant, overseen by French chef Antoine, sits over ooking the beach area with 
breakfast 6:30 – 9:00am, Lunch 12:00 – 14:30pm, Dinner 18:00 – 22:00pm offering a mixture of European and Asian cuisine. Times are approximate and may be subject to to change locally. In the same area is the bar and coffee area and adjacent swimming pool, with some sun shades and chairs. After a day's diving The Point Bar just above teh dive shop and jetty, offers a sociable atmosphere for drinks. Aromatheraphy, beauty treatments and Thai or Swedish body massage is available at the hotel's La Palm Spa. Groups can book the 25 person Conference room above the restaurant, with TV/Video playback, whiteboard and air conditioning. You can walk directly into the centre of Puerto Galera with it's many alleyways, shops, bars and restaurants. Free WiFi is offered through the resort, although certain areas may benefit from stronger signal.

The dive centre is onsite offering  scuba diving to suit all ability levels with a choice of over 30 sites all within 15 minutes travel from the El Galleon Dive Resort's own jetty, with up to 5 dives, 7 days a week, in small groups, with PADI instruction onsite - it couldn’t be more convenient. More >

Our Opinion
An excellent value, no frills hotel with superb diving facilities and jetty right on your doorstep. Sundowners in the The Point bar are social, ideal to swop dive stories over a drink or two, and we recommend the walk up the steps is worth it for the Superior room views.

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Diving Conditions

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Best Time: Year Round (Oct-May - dry season).

Average Air temps: 30°C

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

Visibility: 15-40m.

Top Dive Sites: Superb drift diving at The Canyons in Puerto Galera, incredible marine diversity at Dauin Norte in Dumaguate, dive with Thresher Sharks at Monad Shoal in Malapascua, and dive the numerous Wrecks of Coron at Sangat Island.  More >

Philippines Dive Centres:
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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'
  • Thresher Shark diving in Malapascua.



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.