Description: Puerto Galera is a port city on the northern tip of Mindoro. It was made famous as a place for the Spanish Galleons of old, but is now famous for its beautiful beaches and diving. The dive opportunities are varied from reefs to wrecks to caves and canyons. Unfortunately, Puerto Galera was hit by a massive typhoon about five years ago that ripped up entire sections of the reefs. Thankfully it looks to be recovering and still offers some amazing creatures and great dives. Dove in August 2015.
Highlights: Two big Cuttlefish and two gorgeous Hawksbill Sea turtles. The dive at Dungon had some of the best hard coral cover I’ve seen!
Dive sites: Manila Channel, Sabang Wrecks, and Dungon
Description: Anilao boasts some of the highest concentration of diverse marine life on the planet, including over 90% of the coral species found worldwide and a staggering number of fish, shrimps, nudibranches, and other animal species. Anilao is a peninsula that juts out into the ocean about a two hours drive south of Manila and offers over 40 different dive sites all within a 30-minute boat ride of each other. Coral walls, coral shelves, coral slopes, muck dives, drift dives, and night dives are all excellent and available in Anilao. Dove in Sept. 2015.
Highlights: Diving the outstanding coral paradise of Devil’s Point. Muck diving at Secret Garden and finding a rare Fingered Dragonet.
Dive sites: Kerby’s, Devils Point, Bethlehem, Secret Garden (Muck Dive), Arthur’s Rock (Night Dive), Sepoc Wall, Sombrero.