Dive Puerto Galera
The â€śPort of Galleonsâ€ť or commonly known as Puerto Galera is a small municipality to the northeastern coast of Mindoro Island, Philippines. Despite the quietness and littleness of the town, it is still a well-known summer getaway in the Philippines. Due to its amazing beaches and entertaining water activities, people from all over the world come and visit Puerto Galera. In addition to that, the town boasts its wonderful waterfalls, forests and dive spots.
Puerto Galera has been a commerce sanctuary even from the times of Spanish in the country. Verification of this comes from the work of arts from China, Vietnam and Thailand some time into the 10th through 15th centuries. The townâ€™s natural wharf was taken advantage by the Spanish for trading and later on turned out to be the center of government of the entire island of Mindoro. Later in 1927, the town of Puerto Galera became a self-governing municipality into a congressional decree.
The coast of Puerto Galera has a lot to offer to every arriving visitor. It highlights excellent snorkeling as well as diving sites dotting the area. The townâ€™s nature is preserved by UNESCO and designated as a Man and Biosphere Reserve. Consequently, tourists and visitors here will absolutely catch a glimpse of the best and most distinct coral reef diving sites in the entire Asia.
Best Time to Dive
The weather of the Philippines is generally good. Though itâ€™s a tropical country, Puerto Galera still experiences occasional rainfall. Even if it has been said that the country is sunny every day, the bright light is adopted by the people wherein citizens in Puerto Galera and the rest of the country have sunny or happy disposition. Anyone can visit the island at anytime. Indeed, the country has 2 seasons. Summer season starts from March till May and rainy season starts from June till October, sometimes accompanied by tropical storms. But the peak season for visiting is from December till May, it is when the weather is advantageously cool.
Getting There and Around
For international flights, take a flight to Manila. From Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), you may drive towards the port of Batangas City. Otherwise, you may ride a public transportation such as taxi, vans or bus bound to Batangas City Port. From there, you will take another ride by boat to the Sabang Beach in Mindoro. There are plenty of scenic beaches in Puerto Galera to choose from. So just take a pick and enjoy the picturesque Puerto Galera.
Check before you go
- Passport expiry date (most countries require at least six months prior to the expiry date)
- Visa requirements
- Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
- Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)