Scuba Holidays to Philippines

TAL Scuba Dive Holiday to the Philippines

ATLANTIS DIVE RESORT on the Island of PUERTO GALERA

Whale Shark Diving in Puerto Galera (We can hope, but no promises)

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What PADI have to say about

EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING FROM PRISTINE BEACHES AND TROPICAL JUNGLES THROUGH TO RICH CULTURE AND NIGHTLIFE FOR THOSE WHO SEEK IT IN PUERTO GALERA. SITUATED ON MINDORO ISLAND YOU’LL FIND THE SURROUNDING DIVE SITES BURSTING WITH HEALTHY, VIBRANT CORALS AND A DIVERSE MIX OF MARINE LIFE INCLUDING SHARKS, TURTLES, SCHOOLING FISH AND UNUSUAL CRITTERS.

QUICK FACTS

Situated on the island of Mindoro, Puerto Galera is famous for its long stretch of beautiful white sand beach which is discretely backed by numerous exclusive bars and resorts. If you are looking for a chilled out diving trip combined with time on the beach and a variety of dining opportunities and established tourist facilities, Puerto Galera is the perfect destination. Step inland and discover Puerto Galera’s rich nature which includes orchids, endemic birds and forest treks to stunning waterfalls and incredible vistas. Underwater Puerto Galera offers vibrant coral reefs which are bursting with colour and teeming with marine life.

Prices - £2349 PP

The flights, Accomodation, Diving and transfers to/from Atlantis Dive Centre on Puerto Galera.

PADI recommended BEST DIVE SITES IN PUERTO GALERA

The Canyons – Three canyons make up this action packed dive site which is a hot spot for schooling trevally, groupers, drummers, snappers and barracuda. Huge gorgonian sea fans and an abundance of soft corals make this a colourful site. Look out for resting turtles, hiding octopus and passing reef sharks.

West Escarceo – This long stretch of sloping reef is home to vibrant corals, a plethora of reef fish and huge schools of red tooth trigger fish which occupy the blue. On the reef you'll find moray eels at all depths and if you venture deeper than 20 metres / 65 feet, look out for blue spotted stingrays on the sandy bottom.

San Agapito Point – Located in Verde Island, this is a stunning pinnacle site that will entice pelagic lovers and macro fans alike. Schooling jacks and fairy basslets are a highlight along with frequent sea snake sightings, vibrant corals, huge gorgonian sea fans and a myriad of macro crustaceans.

Kilima Steps – As the name suggests, this dive site offers a range of ‘steps’ starting from 5 metres/ 16 feet down to 22 metres/ 73 feet. Start at the deepest point and work your way up for a range of marine life including soap fish, nudibranch, barracuda, moray eels, lionfish and stunning corals. If you like intriguing topography this site is an absolute must.

Sinandigan Wall – If you are a macro photographer or nudibranch aficionado this dive site should be on your list. This beautiful coral wall extends down to 30 meters / 100 feet from where it becomes a sloping reef. Look out for macro critters among the colourful soft corals and resting turtles.

WHAT TO SEE

Puerto Galera offers something for very diver. Schooling reef fish, including jacks, snappers, fairy basslets, trigger fish, groupers, trevally, drummers and barracuda, set the scene against vibrant coral reefs and passing reef sharks. Turtles, moray eels, cephalopods and macro crustaceans are all found in abundance.

LOCATION

Puerto Galera is a municipality in Oriental Mindoro province of Philippines. It has an unending streak of protected coves with beautiful coral gardens and scores of exotic species. The city has a rich history, during which it was a major port where Chinese traders ended up bartering Ming Vases for gold. It was founded in 1572 by Spanish and was the first Spanish settlement in Philippines. It was also the first capital of Mindoro province. The trading history of this city shows that Chinese Malay and Indonesian traders were indulged in trade with locals as early as 10th century. Mindoro and Luzon islands are separated by Verde Passage which has strong currents of up to 6 knots which makes it an ideal location for drift diving. The marine flora and fauna is worth a dive. Puerto Galera has seen a recent surge in popularity among tourists. It was awarded the title of ‘The Most Beautiful Bay in the World’ by UNESCO in 2005. It was only the third bay from southeast Asia to get that award at the time. Puerto Galera is an amazing diving destination. It is one of the best reef diving site and is located at the very heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’. Atlantis is one of the best resorts in Philippines and it is located in Puerto Galera.

Regal Diving say about the Centre

OVERVIEW

Atlantis Dive Resort Puerto Galera is built into the hill of Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera with a beach front location. The resort is centrally located just minutes from Puerto Galera’s prime dive sites. Atlantis is described by many as one of the most outstanding dive resorts in the Philippines - it is known as the 'Grand Dame' of Puerto Galera resorts.

Puerto Galera is well known for its numerous diving sites. The area was designated, in 1973, a 'Man and Biosphere Reserve' of UNESCO and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in Asia, as it is located at the very heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’. The area also features numerous pocket beaches and stunning tropical scenery.

FACILITIES

Toko’s Bar & Restaurant has become synonymous with fine dining. Using fresh local produce cooked to an international standard, the restaurant has moved away from a la carte menus to daily changing lunch and dinner menus, theme nights, plus a Mongolian Wok. Guests can choose from an extensive list of cocktails and shakes or enjoy some of the best coffee in town. Toko’s is quoted by the world renowned “Lonely Planet” travel guide book as “world class cuisine”.

Relax alongside the crystal clear freshwater pool during your surface intervals. Pool side service includes snacks and drinks. Shady trees abound around the pool offering the perfect combination of sun and shade.

The Resort's well known beach front “50 Bar”, is where many guests start their evening relaxation before heading off for dinner. Enjoy a great selection of music, one of the finest single malt collections in the Philippines as well as many other class offerings. Meet new friends and enjoy the company of Atlantis staff while overlooking the Verde Island passage and beautiful sunset. 

Guests can also enjoy the Resort's wide range of therapeutic and relaxing Spa services.

Puerto Galera Resort has a spacious 17 square metre, climate controlled Camera Room for comfortable pre-dive housing preparation. The room has 30 individual cubbyholes to store equipment with a work surface and there is also two internet-ready desktop PC’s for guests to view their photos and upload to share on Facebook.

ACCOMMODATION

The rooms are very well appointed featuring ensuite facilities, air conditioning, adjustable ceiling fans and solar heated hot water. Wifi is available in all rooms and each room has a fully stocked mini bar, cable TV with free movie and sports channels as well as a safety deposit box.

 

Flights for Philippines itinerary only - CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING, TIMES MAY CHANGE

 

Date

Flight

From

To

Dep Time

Arr Time

Airline

Class

Feb 26

EK016

London Gatwick

Dubai

13.35

00.35(+1)

Emirates

E

Feb 27

EK332

Dubai

Manila

03.50

16.00

Emirates

E

Mar 05

EK333

Manila

Dubai

17.40

23.05

Emirates

E

Mar 06

EK011

Dubai

London Gatwick

02.50

06.40

Emirates

E

This is for Philippines holiday only, if you want to join us in Truk Lagoon after this Philippines trip, See the Truk page or ask Karen or Trevor.

Questions? Please call Karen on 01202 4703030 or email Dive@shootingandscuba.co.uk or Dive@talscuba.co.uk

 

We want to make sure you have a great time and am awesome holiday - Book today, Call Karen on 01202 473030