Puerto Galera Dive Sites
The Best Puerto Galera dive sites are only minutes away!
There are dozens of dive sites in Puerto Galera, providing world-class diving experiences in just a few short minutes boat ride from your resort!
You will also find that the dive sites in Puerto Galera have something offer all sorts of divers, from beginners to professionals, photographers and adrenaline junkies. There are many amazing muck-dive sites, where you will find some incredible macro (very very small) marine life. Muck dives are often a favourite of underwater photography enthusiasts, for the challenge of maintaining perfect control to get close enough to get good shots of these tiny critters. The results can be well worthwhile though, as some of these tiny creatures are truly remarkable when viewed close-up and in sharp detail.
There are also quite a few wreck dive sites in Puerto Galera in various depths of water, meaning beginner divers can also enjoy the thrill of seeing a sunken wreck. Some of the wrecks in Puerto Galera were unintentional, while others were deliberately sunk to provide man-made reefs, which over time, become excellent habitats for fish and coral. Sabang Wrecks is one of the most popular wreck sites, with 3 separate wrecks a short distance away from each other. All three of the wrecks are teeming with sea life, and also make for great night diving, when the nightshift comes out to look for food.
For those looking for an adrenaline rush, dive sites such as The Canyons and Fish Bowl provide exhilarating drift dives when the tide is right, but these dives are only recommended for advanced divers as there are up and down currents which can be dangerous if not anticipated for and handled correctly.
We hope you find this page informative and hope you will visit Puerto Galera to share the wonders of the underwater world with us!
Click on site names for description of these great Puerto Galera dive sites. Use arrow keys to go next/previous site.
- [highslide](The Hill;The Hill;640;200)This 12m site is a great dive at slack tide for beginners. Beautiful corals and sponges with masses of small reef fish.Mandarin fish, rare Nudibranch, Octopus and different kinds of cuttlefish can also be seen here.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Manila Channel;Manila Channel;640;200)Manila Channel is a nice easy drift dive. When flooding you descend into the shallow water on top of a beautiful reef at 3 meters, where you will find yourself surrounded by thousands of vibrantly coloured reef fish. The reef then slopes to a sandy bottom at about 16 meters. When drifting into the channel you can find many medium sized groupers hiding in the small walls and overhangs.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Coral Garden;Coral Garden;640;200)With a maximum depth of only 10m, Coral Garden is a great beginners dive, and also perfect for a relaxing afternoon dive.Fields of Table Corals and colourful reef heads sit atop a white sandy bottom, and vibrantly coloured reef fish can be found in huge numbers. A perfect site for those doing their Discover Scuba course.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Laguna Point;Laguna Point;640;200)With depths ranging from 3-18m this is another good site for beginners and intermediate divers. The beauifully healthy reef extending from the beach has fish teeming around the plate and staghorn corals.At the small wall you can expect to see schools of angel fish, trigger fish, and surgeon fish, whilst Scorpion fish and Lion Fish are also common sights. To the west of the wall is a sandy slope where families of clown fish and shrimp can be seen living amongst the different species of anenomes[/highslide]
- [highslide](Sabang Wrecks;Sabang Wrecks;640;200)Definitely one of the most famous of Sabang’s dive sites. There are 3 wrecks -2 wooden, 1 steel, in varied states of decay, which have become homes to an abundance of sea life. The wrecks vary in depth between 16 and 20m, making it perfect for those fairly new to the sport. Expect to see Lion Fish, Scorpion Fish, Morays, Harlequin Ghost Pipefish, Mantis Shrimps, Frogfish and many others. A great site for day or night dives.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Sabang Point;Sabang Point;640;200)Sabang Point has a nice wall dropping to 24m, with stony corals, soft corals, many fish and unusual invertebrates such as the large Cuttlefish and Octopus. You can also expect to see Sweetlips, Parrotfish, Surgeon fish, and if you are lucky, a turtle or 2.Then there is a ridge rising to 5m which is covered with more colourful crinoids and corals.An excellent photographic and night dive.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Monkey Beach;Monkey Beach;640;200)A coral slope down to 18m/60ft makes an easy dive, good for novices. Small coral heads have crinoids, nudibranches and plenty of smaller reef fish.A sloping coral going down to 18m makes this a nice easy dive for novices.
Lots of crinoids, nudibranches and small reef fish. Also a good site for Moray Eels and Turtles.On ebb tide the site has a nice easy drift along to Sabang point.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Ernies Cave;Ernies Cave;640;200)This site has 2 caves, one at 21m and another at 27m. There can be exciting currents on this dive, and there are huge varieties of fish including shoals of Unicorn fish, Fusiliers, Snappers and Surgeon Fish. At the deeper side of the dive you will find some very attractive Gorgonian Fans.If you finish off the dive shallow you can see an abundance of soft corals, small snapper, sweetlips and small fauna.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Dugon Wall;Dugon Wall;640;200)An easy multilevel dive for novices. The wreck of a twin hull catamaran sits in 27m of water at the bottom of the wall and has become an artificial reef.
There is a wide variety of nudibranches on the wall making this site well suited for macro photography.Around the wreck you will find Angelfish, Batfish, Anthias, Lizardfish and LionfishThe wall rises to 12m where the bottom extends into the bay for an easy safety stop. A great area to experience lots of colour and an abundance of reef species.[/highslide]
- [highslide](West Escarceo;West Escarceo;640;200)A great site, suitable for all levels. The reef starts in fairly shallow water, and slopes steeply down to 30m. Depending on the currents, you may drift towards The Canyons or Hole In The Wall, and just be hanging amongst the schools of Tuna and Fusiliers.Lots to be seen on and above the reef. The very large Table Coral and Boulder coral in the shallow water are a favourite with photographers.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Hole in the Wall;Hole in the Wall;640;200)Situated at Escarceo Point, this dive is usually performed as an 18m profile. Allowing for the currents you drop into 9m of well-lit water, with fields of table corals as good as anywhere in the world. You descend several stepped drop-offs, each about 3m and reach The Hole at about 13m.The Hole is about 1.5m wide covered with multi-coloured sponges and crinoids. This site is renowned for the big fish that like to play in the current here. Schools of Jacks, Giant Trevallies, Sweet Lips can all be seen just above the Hole in the Wall when the current is right.Without a doubt a world class dive site.[/highslide]
- [highslide]A great muli-level site with a series of reefs from 5m-30m.Lots of hard and soft coral, Surgeonfish, Batfish and Tuna. Mushroom corals and Basket sponges can be seen as you ascend to the shallower depths.You can also expect to see Spotted Boxfish, Porcupine Pufferfish, Parrotfish and sometimes turtles.(Kilima Steps;Kilima Steps;640;200)[/highslide]
- [highslide](Sinandigan Wall;Sinandigan Wall;640;200)A vertical wall with all manner of coral and at least 7 different varieties of nudibranch, goes down from 10m to 30m, and then becomes more of a slope.Expect to see Lizardfish, Moorish Idols, Zebra Lionfish,Stone fish, and Powder-blue and Ring-tailed Surgeonfish.The abundance of Nudibranches makes this site a macro photographer’s delight.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Turtle Rock;Turtle Rock;640;200)At a depth of 45m this is more of a technical dive site, but recreational divers may visit it briefly.Following the slope down from Sinandigan Wall you find a giant rock with an abundance of sea life, Sweetlips, Snapper, Gorgonians, Sea whips, Giant Tuna, as well as schoals of Barracuda, Jacks, and Rainbow Runners. White Tip Reef Sharks and turtles are also known to make appearances here[/highslide]
- [highslide](Coral Cove;Coral Cove;640;200)A sloping reef that ends in a small wall at 20 meters and follows the reef along for quite some time. On the slope, you will find countless nudibranchs, whip coral, sea fans, puffer fish and very often cuttle fish.The wall and its overhangs is home to some blue and black ribbon eels, juvenile emperor fish, pipefish of all varieties, urangutan crabs hiding in bubble coral, flamboyant cuttlefish and frog fish. Banded seasnakes are common here, as are blue spotted sting rays on the adjacent sandy bottom. Pygmy Seahorses can also be found here throughout the year.[/highslide]
- [highslide](The Boulders;The Boulders;640;200)As you descend down the slope, the site is covered with different shaped and sized boulders creating swim-throughs and caves and lots of hiding places for marine life. Big fish are often seen here but the visibility tends to be poor.This is where the thorny sea horse can be seen at 28-30 meters, the one that doesn’t need a magnifying glass to be seen unlike its pygmy counterpart. [/highslide]
- [highslide](Dry Dock;Dry Dock;640;200)The Dry Dock is a large steel and plywood construction which was originally designed to lift small boats out of the water. It was sunk in 1998 to create a man-made reef.The dock lies on a sandy bottom next to a small coral reef. It is home to many different species of marine life such as sweetlips, snapper, batfish, surgeonfish, pipefish and many more.There is also a giant barracuda residing here, and blue spotted rays are often spotted on the sandy bottom. [/highslide]
- [highslide]Sunk in 2003 the Alma Jane sits upright in 30m of water originally a steel cargo ship measuring over 30m in length, it provides a perfect artificial reef for a wonderful swim-through with its wide beam and deep draft.Follow the mooring line down to the rudder, and you will always find groups of sweetlips, batfish and rabbit fish. Along the outline of the wreck, big scorpionfish blend in along the steel deck structures and puffer fish try to hide under the hull. Large numbers of Lionfish can always be found in the various holds. (Alma Jane;Alma Jane;640;200)[/highslide]
- [highslide](Canyons;Canyons;640;200)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 one of the Canyons for a respite from the current.Large schoals of snapper, emperors, sweetlips, barracuda, jacks, trevally and occasional sharks make this an exciting dive.The dive ends at a 1.5m anchor embedded in the coral where the group can gather before being swept off to the safety stop in the current.
An excellent Nitrox dive. [/highslide]
- [highslide](Shark Cave;Shark Cave;640;200)At 27m you will find 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 to the Pink Wall or as a stop on the way to The Canyons. Good for Nitrox.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Atol ;Atol;640;200)Rising from 33m to 20m this large rock has several small crevices on the bottom side where Reef Sharks and Stingrays can be found.On the other side, the rock overhangs making it a great place to explore with a flashlight with many eels, Lionfish, Nudibranches and Octopus in residence. A large Grouper is also sometimes seen along with the occasional larger pelagic fish.A good Nitrox dive.[/highslide]
- [highslide]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, Frogfish and some large pelagic schools. Volcanic bubbles rise through the Table Coral at the safety stop. Although the current can be tricky, this site is well worth a visit. Considered by many to be the best of Puerto Galera’s dive sites.(Verde Island;Verde Island;640;200)[/highslide]
- [highslide](Jap Wreck;Jap Wreck;640;200)Situated on a flat sandy bottom, all that remains of this WWII Japanese patrol boat is the engine block and propellor shaft.Two very large Moray Eels are resident, along with 30+ Sweetlips. A large orange Stonefish is also hidden among the engine along with a wealth of small invertebrates.A flashlight makes for a memorable dive.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Fishbowl;Fishbowl;640;200)A blue water descent takes you to the upper rim of the reef, which can be found at 40m or so. One of Puerto Galera’s deepest dive sites, the Fish Bowl is a stunning combination of depths, currents and big fish.The unusual coral formation of the bowl itself has a large sandy crater at the base which is home to whitetip reef sharks, sweetlips and rainbow runners, however looking out into the blue you’re bound to see schools of Tuna and Jacks, patrolling hammerheads and graceful manta rays.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Horse Head Reef;Horse Head Reef;640;200)The reef covers a very large area with an average depth of about 35m. The site take its name from one of the rock formations that resembles a horse’s head and there are numerous rock formations that make the topography of the site really interesting.Huge fan corals spread across the current and schools of larger fish abound. Sweetlips, batfish and Jacks are all common in this area.[/highslide]
- [highslide](Marcus Cave;Marcus Cave;640;200)The Marcus Cave dive site is a cave that is as almost as big as half of a soccer field and you will have more than enough room to explore the cave wall.Descending you will encounter sea fans and whip corals. There are plenty of sweetlips hanging around as well as several tuna species. Within the Marcus Cave itself, you will find a giant gorgonian fan that hangs suspended from the cave ceiling. You can also find tree corals and keep your eyes open for white tip reef sharks.The minimum depth of this dive site is 40 meters and the maximum depth is 60 meters,
and is done as a Trimix dive. Technical divers only[/highslide]
- [highslide](Sweetlip Corner;Sweetlip Corner;640;200)Sweetlip Corner descents to 40m sandy bottom.Along the face of the wall there are some small caves and overhangs with gorgonian fans of all varities. The cave is actually is a cavern with a tunnel running through it that brings you back to the reef.Impressive population of sweetlips, triggerfish and different species of surgeonfish swarm along the reef. There are also some big moray eels living in the crevices along the wall.[/highslide]