The Giant Clams is a fantastic site for beginners, at an average depth of 9 or 10 meters. Despite the shallow depth, there are lots to see, including marvelous coral that grows from the ocean floor. Then there are the giant clams, some of them 60 years old, that are truly a sight to see. If you look carefully, you’ll also find reef octopuses that can change color in the blink of an eye hiding under the rocks.
The Manila Channel is another fantastic Puerto Galera dive site. This dive site is used for beginners and slightly more advanced divers. From countless species of tropical fish swimming around the healthy coral to alien-like shapes and lifeforms that hide beneath rocks and under the sand, it is a wonderful place. On the right tide, divers can float down the channel at a leisurely pace, with no need to swim. With very little finning needed, your air lasts longer and you get to experience more of the amazing sea life. The Secret Bay (12m-16m / 39’-53’) A diving spot that was until recently closed, giving the fish the chance to grow to astounding numbers and variety. Many incredibly rare fish call this bay their home. That makes this the perfect site to visit if you want to spot exotic creatures.
Alma Jane Wreck
This 60-ton Japanese ship was sunk purposefully to create the ultimate wreck diving site. Weighing 60 tons, this 32-meter long steel ship is now hosting to a large variety of marine life. Encrusted with hard and soft coral, you’ll find all kinds of life here, big and small. Dive around it, above it, or even go inside if you’re so adventurous. The Alma Jane is also a perfect dive site for underwater photography, mixing wide angle, wreck and macro life in one dive. All that makes this one of the most popular dive sites in Puerto Galera.
A really popular dive to find majestic green sea turtles swimming around, gently grazing in the seagrass. If you look closely, you’ll find all kinds of macro-life swimming around the seagrass, which they call their home.
Hole In The Wall
Swim down through a hole in the wall that the water has carved out after millions of years of erosion. This truly surreal experience is made even better by the strong currents you’ll find here. Attracted by the current, many big fish swarm here for you to see.
A beautiful dive. Absorbing the nutrients at the crossroads of two water streams, this spot has some of the best coral around. There are three canyons running side by side where the fish go down to hide from the current. Octopus, eels, beautiful coral and colorful fish – it’s all here.
Filled with an absolute abundance of nudibranchs, this is a perfect spot for colorful photography. A nice deep dive, you’ll be astounded by the sheer numbers of nudibranchs around you.
(10m-16m / 33’-52’)
If you like macro photography, you’ll be sure to love this spot. Filled with small little critters living in the depths, you’ll be happy to take your camera out and snap away. There is so much to see in even the smallest areas, that you won’t know what to photograph next.
(10m-28m / 33’-92’)
As the name suggests, here you’ll find huge boulders sitting on top of each other. This gives lots of space for all the fish to swim between and burst out of. Look underneath a boulder, and you’ll suddenly find yourself face to fish with rare creatures like frogfish, or scorpion fish.
Verde Island and the surrounding waters are known as the “center of marine biodiversity in the world”. Yes, you read that correctly. In other words, there are more species of fish in that location, than anywhere else in the world, including the Caribbean and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Just a one-hour boat trip away from Puerto Galera, be sure to check this out when you come here. You’ll have amazing visibility and a rich abundance of marine life, so you don’t want to miss this. This will be one of the Puerto Galera Dive Sites you will visit.
These descending steps are one of the favorite spots to find big schools of yellow snappers, and sometimes even pygmy seahorses. Diving down here is a sight to see, with depths starting at 8 meters, up until 25 meters.
If you like photography, and macro-life, you will love this dive site. You’ll see the majestic wonderpuss displaying his acrobatics right next to the colorful nudibranchs. With beautiful pink corals carpeting the bottom of the ocean floor, you’re sure to take beautiful pictures.
At 21 meters depth lies a wreck of an old sailboat, lying on its side. You can go inside the ship to spot the cleaner shrimp in the engine room, who will come along and clean the parasites of the fish. At a shallower depth, you’ll often find lots of peacock mantis shrimps and fusiliers swimming around.
Once being the home of a giant grouper called Ernie, this cave now hosts lots of glassfish swimming around. A beautiful underwater cave, with lots of marine life – this is definitely a sight to explore.
Just east of Ernie’s cave, you’ll find Dungon Wall. Starting off with a sloping bottom, that leads up into a wall. At this site, you’ll see many lionfish, eels, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a pygmy sea horse or two as well.
West Escarceo is a diving spot with really good visibility. There’s lots of coral in all colors and the life that lives in it. Gently sloping downwards, this spot gives you plenty of things to look at.