If you are choosing from the many great Philippine diving destinations, one that you should not take out from your list is Puerto Galera. The diving and snorkeling spots in this location are definitely world class. Puerto Galera is about 130 kilometers south of Manila and 14 nautical miles from the Batangas port.
If you are coming from Manila, it is a good four-hour trip to get to Puerto Galera. You will have to travel by land for two hours to get to Batangas Pier and another two hours from boat to get to Puerto Galera. There is a daily ferry trip from Batangas that leaves at 9:00 AM, as well as going back to Batangas for the bus ride, back to Manila. This is one of the easiest Philippine diving destinations to travel to, especially if you are new to traveling around the country.
There are plenty of reasons why you would want to pick and dive Puerto Galera. There are over three thousand species of marine life there that you will be able to see. There are also lots of diving hotspots in the area that you can explore - from wrecks, deep, drift and a lot more. Another interesting dive site that you can go to is in Cebu Island. You can dive Moalboal, which is a small province that is visited by divers regularly because of its quiet diving place.
Many divers have recently answered in a survey that they have thoroughly enjoyed their diving holiday and would definitely come back again to Puerto Galera. This makes it one of the best Philippine diving destinations that you can recommend to anyone who is interested in taking up the hobby or is already a professional diver. The water is also warm so divers can go to it anytime they want. During the months of December to February, the water temperature is at 24 to 32 degrees Celsius, and from March to November, it is at 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. There are also hard and soft coral reefs that you can see when you dive at Puerto Galera. This place is abundant with beautiful beaches where you can relax and take it easy when you are not diving.
If you are a beginner, you may want to start with the Manila channel first as it has a beautiful coral reef and is situated on a shallow drop off. There are lots of tropical fishes in this area such as the clown fish, lionfish and other marine life such as anemones, sea stars and many more. The Coral Garden is also a good spot for new divers and snorkelers. There are crevices where one can see moray eels and even young white tip reef sharks.
For experienced divers, there is the Sweetlip Cave that is actually a cavern with tunnels branching from it that can bring you back to the reef. Plenty of sweetlips, will welcome you at the entrance and makes for a wonderful diving experience. There are also plenty of wreckage sites that you can visit if you want to do some underwater photography, digging or excavating. Puerto Galera is definitely one of the premiere Philippine diving destinations that you will surely want to revisit again and again for your diving holiday.