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PUERTO GALERA DIVE SITES

Hole In The Wall (18m/60')
Travel Time: 10 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
Situated on Escarceo Point, this dive is typically performed as an 18m/60' profile. Allowing for currents you drop into 9m/30' of well-lit water, with fields of table corals as good as anywhere in the world. You descend in several stepped drop-offs, each about 3m/9' and reach The Hole at about 13m/45'. The Hole is about 1½m/5' wide covered with multi-coloured sponges and crinoids. Without a doubt a world class dive site.

The Canyons (30m/100')
Travel Time: 10 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
An advanced dive that requires a good dive guide to allow for the currents to sweep you into position. Racing over several small drop-offs below the Hole in the Wall covered in soft corals and sponges, you can duck into and one of the Canyons for a respite from the current. There is much to find on the bottom but primarily it is the large schools of snapper, emperors, sweetlips, barracudas, jacks, trevally and occasional sharks that make this an exciting dive. The dive ends at a 1½m/5' anchor embedded in the coral, where the group can gather before being swept off to the safety stop in the current. Excellent Nitrox dive. The most popular dive site in Puerto Galera – you'll want to go back time after time.

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Shark Cave (27m/90')
Travel Time: 10 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
A large overhang, which is a favourite spot for white-tip reef sharks to rest during the day. Also home to Blue Spotted Sting Rays, Moray Eels and Octopus. Usually visited at the beginning of a multilevel dive o the Pink Wall or as a stop on the way to the Canyons. Good for Nitrox.

Odie's Dingding (33m/110')
Travel Time: 15 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
A recent addition to the local dive sites, this is an 8m/25' high wall located off Manila Channel. The wall is covered with 3m/7' gorgonian sea fans and large black coral trees, not seen at other dive spots in the locality. Numerous small holes in the wall are home to eels and blue-triggerfish. Stingrays are common on the sandy patch below the wall and a tremendous variety of soft corals can be studied on the shallower (25m/80') end of the wall. Good Nitrox dive.

Sabang Point (24m/80' multilevel)
Travel Time: 5 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
A good wall dropping down to 24m/80', with stony corals, soft corals many fish and unusual invertebrates such as large cuttlefish and octopus. A ridge rising to 5m/15' is covered with more crinoids that are colourful and corals. A good night dive.

Monkey Wreck (42m/140')
Travel Time: 5 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
A 20m/65' local pig-boat sunk in 1993 lies off the main reef in sand and hosts a large school of batfish and some good-size snappers and groupers. Advanced dive due to depth and since the currents can be very tricky.

Manila Channel (18m/60')
Travel Time: 15 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
An abundance of stony hard coral can be found at this dive site. The reef starts in 1m/3' of water and extends out until two small walls are encountered, which drop down to 18m/60'. Several medium sized groupers live here but are difficult to spot since they are well camouflaged and retreat to their holes when divers appear.

Coral Gardens (10m/30')
Travel Time: 15 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
Considered the best snorkeling in the area and a great dive for novices and photographers, it can also be an exhilarating drift dive from Manila Channel to Batangas Channel. Coral strewn terrain shelves out from the beach to 9m/27' where large coral heads can be found on a sandy bottom. Some of the crevices are used for shelter by young whitetip reef sharks.

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Alma Jane Wreck (25m-30m/66'-100')
Sunk in 2003, originally a steel cargo ship measuring over 30m (99ft) in length, it sits upright, providing a perfect artificial reef for a wonderful swim-through with its wide beam and deep draft. Light comes in from several skylight. Follow the moring line down to the rudder, where you will always find groups of sweetlips, batfish and rabbit fish. Along the outline of the wreck, big scorpionfish try to blend in and puffer fish try to hide under the hull.

The Hill (12m/40')
Travel Time: 12 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
A good dive for novices as long as it is slack water. Good corals and sponges abound, with small reef fish teeming around them.

Batangas Channel (15m/50')
Travel Time: 12 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
A good drift dive on the right tide this dive site has many unusual sponge and coral formations and is a good place to find some more unusual creatures such as blue-ribbon eels, crocodile fish and stonefish.

St. Christopher (24m/80' mulitlevel)
Travel Time: 2 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
A retired 20m live-a-board dive boat sunk off the end of the El Galleon Pier in 1995, this is good start to begin exploring the reef fronting Small Lalaguna Beach. After some time enjoying some large snapper that live on the wreck, the current will propel you up to another wreck, The Speedboat, in 12m/40'. This little wreck is a real favourite since giant frogfish reside here, watching large numbers of Sergeant-Majors defend their purple eggs from opportunistic butterflyfish and wrasses.

Monkey Beach (18m/60')
Travel Time: 5 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
A coral slope down to 18m/60' makes an easy dive, good for novices. Small coral heads have crinoids, nudibranchs and plenty of small reef fish.

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Ernie's Caves (27m/90' mulitilevel)
Travel Time: 5 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
Ernie was a large lone grouper, sadly departed. There are two caves, one at 21m/70' and the other at 27m/90'. Plentiful fish life, including shoals of surgeonfish, unicornfish, fusiliers and snappers and some very pretty gorgonian fans at depth. Current can be strong.

Dungon Wall (27m/90' multilevel)
Travel Time: 10 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
Easy multilevel dive. A wreck sits in 27m/90' at the bottom of the wall. The wall rises to 12m/40' where the bottom extends into the bay for an easy safety stop. Good area to for a lot of colour and all Puerto's regular reef life.

Wreck Point (15m/50')
Travel Time: 10 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
Excellent corals lead down from the large wreck that is actually positioned on the rocks at the surface. Very nice hard corals and all the expected fish make this a good dive for novices and photographers.

West Escarceo (30m/100' multilevel)
Travel Time: 10 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
A dive site suitable for all levels. The reef starts in shallow water and follows a steep slope down to 30m/100' . Depending on the current you may find yourself being propelled towards the Canyons or the Hole In the Wall or simply hanging amongst the schools of fusiliers and tunas. Always lots to point out both above and on the reef. Some very large boulder corals and table corals in shallow water make it a favourite for photographers.

The Atoll (33m/110')
Travel Time: 10 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
Rising from 33m/110' to 20m/65' this large rock has several small crevices on the bottom side where reef sharks and stingrays can often be found. On the other side, the rock overhangs making it a good place to explore with a flashlight with many eels, lionfish, nudibranchs and octopus. A large grouper is also spotted sometimes and also the occasional larger pelagic fish. Good for Nitrox.

Pink Wall (12m/40')
Travel Time: 10 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
An overhang which, when dived on the correct tide, is perfect for novices and photographers. Surface conditions can be a little rough. Good night dive.

Sabang Junk (18m/60')
Travel Time: 2 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
An old wooden fishing junk sunk off the front of Sabang beach in 1993. A resident school of very friendly batfish and large surgeonfish make this a popular dive. Surrounded by sand, the wreck has attracted many eels, large lionfish, damsels, trumpets, and the occasional stonefish. Flounders and stargazers inhabit the sand and excellent place to study the many gobie & shrimp relationships. Great fish feeding.

Japanese Wreck (42m/140')
Travel Time: 15 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
Situated on a flat sandy bottom, all that remains of this WWII Japanese patrol boat is the engine block and propeller shaft. Two very large moray eels are resident, along with 30+ sweetlips. A large orange stonefish is also hidden amongst the engine along with a wealth of small invertebrates. A flashlight makes for a memorable dive. Good Nitrox dive.

Sinandigan Wall (40m/130' mulitlevel)
Travel Time: 15 minutes (from Sabang Beach)
A real wall goes down to 40m/130', with all manner of corals plus at least seven different varieties of nudibranchs and plenty of larger fish.

The Washing Machine (15m/50'), Verde Island
Travel Time: 35 minutes (Day trip) (from Sabang Beach)
A high-voltage dive made over a series of seven shallow gullies with the current taking your bubbles in all directions, and throwing you around. Requires a good guide and some experience of current diving. Made at slack tide it is an easy dive.

The Drop Off (any depth, multilevel), Verde Island
Travel Time: 1 hour (Day trip) (from Sabang Beach)
Pinnacles reach the surface on the East side of Verde Island and drop away to great depths. A vertical reef with some nice gorgonian fans, sea snakes and frogfish and some large pelagic schools. Current can be tricky. Volcanic bubbles rise through the table coral at the safety stop.

 


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