Thursday, 18 October 2007

Puerto Galera

Date: 18 Oct 07 - 20 Oct 07 [3D/2N]
Location: Sabang, Puerto Galera, Philippine
No. of dives: 6

Accessibility to dive sites: 8.5
Marine Animal Density: 8.2
Dive site terrain Quality: 8.5
Marine Animal Diversity: 8.5
Visibility: 7.5
Overall Score: 8.2

Entry: Boat
Difficulty: OW
Dive Sites: Fringing reefs/Wrecks

Camera: Canon Powershot A80
Underwater casing: Canon Waterproof Case WP-DC900 for Powershot A80 by Canon
Strobe: NIL
Oraganizer: Dan
Members: Sam, KL Tan and CS Law
My reason to go there: Have been hearing about this place for sometime, so I wanted to dive and see what’s so special about P.G. 

Puerto Galera has become the top diving destination in the Philippines. Excellent diving is found less than 5 minutes from the Sabang area. The diving generally focuses around the areas either side of Escarceo Point which is famous for its current rips. Strong currents are a feature of the diving in Puerto Galera and it is good advice to employ the services of an experienced local guide or dive centre. There are upwards of thirty dive sites all within a 5-10 minute banca ride from Sabang Beach. Marine life is highly diverse. 180+ species of nudibranchs are found in the area and most species of fish can be seen A variety of wrecks have been sunk over the years in addition to the one genuine wreck of an engine of a WWII Japanese patrol boat.

So I was in the Sabang Barangay(is the native Filipino term for a village or district) for 3 nights, and I did 6 dives. Viz wasn't good that time, with the addition overcast sky made it worst. However if you are in heaven, no matter how bad it is, it will still be good. Diving is good there, with lots of little critters to see, wrecks, cheap and best of all dives sites are only a 5-10 minutes boat ride all the time.

As I was on a backpack trip around Luzon, I couldn’t possibly have brought my own equipments, so I had to rent….. to my surprise I managed to find a dive operator that offered me 6 dives at 120.00USD, inclusive of full equipment rental. That’s like diving at Redang, good price huh!


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