Puerto Galera has more than thirty (30) dive sites all within a 5-10 minute banca ride from Sabang Beach. Marine life is highly diverse. 180+ species of nudibranchs are found in the area and many species of fish can be seen.

PG DiveSite

DIVESITEDEPTH DIVESITEDEPTH
1. Odies Wall 42m / 138ft   18. Ernies Point 27m / 89ft
2. Manila Channel 23m / 75ft   19. Dungon Wall 30m / 98ft
3. Coral Garden 15m / 49ft   20. Wreck Point 20m / 66ft
4. Batangas Channel 15m / 49ft   21. West Escarceo 25m / 82ft
5. Ship Yard 18m / 60ft   22. Hole In The Wall 15m / 49ft
6. The Hill 15m / 49.2ft   23. Canyons 30m / 98ft
7. Giant Clam 18m / 60ft   24. Fish Bowl 50m / 164ft
8. Big LaLaguna 20m / 65ft   25. Horse Head 40m / 164ft
9. Dry Dock 30m / 98ft   26. Shark Cave 27m / 88.5ft
10. LaLaguna Point 20m / 65ft   27. Atoll 33m / 108ft
11. Small LaLaguna 20m / 65ft   28. Kilima Steps 30m / 98ft
12. Alma Jane 30m / 98ft   29. Kilima Drift 30m / 98ft
13. Sabang Wreck 20m / 65ft   30. Sinandigan Wall 30m / 98ft
14. Sabang Bay 20m / 65ft   31. Turtle Rock 45m / 147ft
15. Sea Grass 8m / 26ft   32. Coral Cove 25m / 82ft
16. Sabang Point 25m / 82ft   33. Boulders 30m / 80ft
17. Monkey Beach 20m / 65ft   34. Japanese Wreck 42m / 138ft

ODIES WALL

redtoothed triggerfishSince local fisherman turned dive boat captain Udilon “Odie” discovered this spectacular wall, it has become one of Puerto Galera’s most popular dive sites. After a blue water descent down to 25 m in the middle of nowhere, you will find yourself gazing at a rocky wall sloping down gently to about 42 m.It has extraordinary abundance and diversity of marine flora and fauna, huge Gorgonian fans, black corals, giant clams and colorful barrel sponges shelter red-tooth triggerfish, groupers, trumpetfish, angelfish, fusiliers, basslets, moray eels and banded sea snakes.

MANILA CHANNEL

oriental sweetlipsYou start the dive in shallow water around 5m (15ft) on a beautiful reef, which is alive with hard and soft corals and hundreds of small tropical fish. Anthias, Butterfly fish, Damsels, Parrot fish and many more abound. The reef slopes off to a sandy bottom and as you follow the contours of the reef on a flood tide the clear water from the Verde Passage helps you drift into the channel as you drop off to around 18m (60ft) moving past a small wall covered with Fans and whip corals. Surgeon fish, Tuna, Snapper and sweet lips are common to this area. After the wall the contour begins to slope back up to shallow water. Large Basket Sponges, Fans and Green Tree Corals cover the reef. Best to dive on Flood or slack high tide.

CORAL GARDEN

coral reefThe name gives it away – a great dive for beginners and photographers, as well as for snorkelers, Coral Gardens is a beautiful divesite with large coral heads scattered on a white sandy bottom from the beach down to 10 meters. Between the coral heads, giant plate corals, staghorn corals and barrel sponges, you will find soft corals abundant with reef fish such as antheas, parrotfish, large schools of sargent majors, damsel fish butterfly fish and angel fish. Look closer in the sand or under the outcroppings, and you will find gobies, lizard fish, shrimps, scorpionfish, juvenile lionfish and the occasional grouper. Check the tide table before you go, this can be a very easy dive – but also an exhilarating drift!

BATANGAS CHANNEL

barrel spongeThis site is a shallow one, you will not find much more than 15 meters/ 50 feet of water in this area but there is plenty of stuff to see. Big areas are covered with stag horn corals, some of the biggest barrel sponges you can find in Puerto Galera, huge green coral trees, and some very nice formations with big table corals. This site does often have strong currents and you can actually cover the whole channel in one dive but the northern part down to San Antonio Village offers the best of this dive. Here the corals end but seahorses can often be seen on the sandy bottom near the local school.

SHIP YARD

thorny seahorseA very special muck dive. As you descend you come across the wreckage of many wooden Bangka boats which have been scrapped in front of the ship yard. While there is plenty to see on these wrecks it’s not what you are here for. It’s time to head out over the sand! Common place in the muck are Frogfish, Thorny seahorse, Mimic Octopus, Wonderpus, Flying Gurnards, Sea Moths, Nudibranchs. The Ship Yard has witnessed some real rarities in its short history such as Ambon and Rhinopias Scorpion fish, Bobbitt Worms and Gurnard lion Fish.

THE HILL

elephant ear spongesThe Hill is found at the southern end of Batangas Channel. Another shallow site with interesting things to see. Anglerfish are often seen on one of the many elephant ear sponges in the area, as well as big barrel sponges, coral trees and gorgonian fans. Close by is a protected area where you will see a lot of giant clams, but ask the guard first before you jump in to look at the clams. Do this dive on slack tide or you will have to kick very hard.

GIANT CLAM

giant clamAn easy dive site for the very beginners. The white sandy beach extends into the water and makes for a perfect place to start an easy dive. On each side of the beach, reef areas with both hard and soft corals follow along the sandy bottom, to make for a perfect first encounter with the reef. Teeming with reef fish such as antheas, parrot fish, surgeon fish, and the home of many species of anemonies with different kinds of anemone fish, the reef is mainly made up of staghorn or fire coral, as well as some table corals. This is also a good area to snorkel.

BIG LALAGUNA

parrot fishAn easy dive site for the very beginners. The white sandy beach extends into the water and makes for a perfect place to start an easy dive. On each side of the beach, reef areas with both hard and soft corals follow along the sandy bottom, to make for a perfect first encounter with the reef. Teeming with reef fish such as antheas, parrot fish, surgeon fish, and the home of many species of anemonies with different kinds of anemone fish, the reef is mainly made up of staghorn or fire coral, as well as some table corals. This is also a good area to snorkel.

DRY DOCK

batfishThe dry dock is a 15 meters/50 feet long steel rig which stands at the bottom of the sea with a maximum depth of 26 meters/ 85 feet. It was turned upside down after the owner tried to recover it, but he only managed to flip it over and improve the site. A lot of soft corals cover the whole top part of this unusual ”Wreck”. Fish like snappers, batfish, sweet lips and sometimes a very big barracuda can be found here. Best to dive it on a slack tide when it is possible to multilevel up to Lalaguna Point. You can also spend the whole dive here, another good nitrox dive.

LA LAGUNA POINT

spanish dancerOften done in the late afternoon as the last shallow dive of the day, or as a night dive where you often see a sleeping turtle in a small cave. You also have a good chance to see the Spanish dancer and other interesting animals during the night. Maximum depth 18 meters/ 60 feet but the best of the reef is located shallower. There are several scattered banca wrecks along this reef, as well as the ”Speedboat” wreck of Small La Laguna.

SMALL LA LAGUNA

anemone fishOn the edge between Big Lalaguna beach and Small Lalaguna dito, extends a small wall with a very healthy reef. Starting at 5 m, it drops down to 15m where a lush coral slope takes over down to 20m. The wall has cracks and crevices with an amazing variety of marine life: from colonies of anemone fish to scorpionfish, schools of longfin bannerfish, sweetlips, cardinal fish, trigger fish and hiding lionfish. Look out for the real clown fish, there are a few families here.

Alma Jane

Alma Jane wreck was sunk March 2003. It is a Cargo Ship 35 meters long. Easy to penetrate inside, have beautiful creatures common to see are Snappers, sweetlips, lion fish, frog fish, school of batfish around the wreck. Good for advanced divers.

SABANG WRECK

stonefishThree small boats have been sunk with the purpose to create artificial reefs. Here you can see big schools of batfish, surgeonfish and on the wrecks lionfish, scorpion fish and stonefish are common. With a maximum depth of 20 meters/ 70 feet most divers can cover all three wrecks in one dive but you can also do one of them and end the dive on the shallow coral reef which starts around 12meters/ 40 feet. Always a nice dive with the chance to see something unusual.

SABANG BAY

juvenile frogfishLarge sandy areas covered with sea pens will give you the oportunity to see the skeleton shrimp, demon stingers hiding in the sand as well as juvenile frogfish, yet too young to make it up onto the wrecks. Pufferfish and surgeonfish are everywhere and let you get very close, as well as the snake eel and the star gazer. Over to the west, the soft coral takes over with undulating fields of pink coral, hiding nudibranchs, mantis shrimps and lots of small reef fish. Slowly bigger coral boulders appear and the soft coral gives way to a breathtaking underwater landscape with small walls, colorful coral and barrel sponges. Turtles are common here.

SEA GRASS

flying gurnardPuerto Galera bay harbours yet another dive site, a very popular shallow dive especially among photographers. The sea grass area lies in 3-8 meters, just off the beach next to one of the floating bars and the ferry boat channel. Don’t get fooled by the busy enironment though! The grassy area hide some of the more spectacular critters in Puerto Galera: All sorts of pipefish hide in the grass, sea moths and flying gunards are almost a guarantee. Flounders and puffefish rest peacefully on the bottom, dragonets and juvenile cuttlefish also like it here. Juveniles of all kinds often start their life in the sea grass, if you look closely around rocks and coral debris, you’ll find miniature lionfish and scorpionfish.

SABANG POINT

pygmy seahorseA very nice spot where you have the chance to find pygmy seahorses in one of the many gorgonian fans in this area. Sometimes robust ghost pipefish hide between the coral blocks on the sandy bottom. Anglerfish can also be seen, so can different kind of triggerfish, and very big puffer fish. Can be difficult to catch the current going the right way but when you do, this site offers chances to find the things you haven’t seen yet. With a maximum depth of 22 meters/ 73 feet and timed to avoid strong currents it is a very easy dive with plenty to look at.

MONKEY BEACH

bluefin trevallyA gentle slope with many different kinds of corals, there is also a small wreck of a sailboat in this area. You can get a maximum depth of 28 meters/ 95 feet around the deeper Ernie’s Cave where there used to be a big grouper named Ernie. Ernie is long gone but you will find many other fish like scribbled snapper, titan trigger fish, blue fin trevally, long nose emperor, turtles, blue spotted rays etc. A fine place to drift along with a mild current which let’s you cover a big part of the reef on a single dive.

DROP OFF

butterfly fishLike a mountain just piercing the surface, then dropping down to great depths, the Verde Island Drop Off is a huge and spectacular dive with breathtaking views and marine life, that can be done over and over again. As you drop in in shallow water next to the wall and follow it down towards 30 meters, the slope is covered with fan coral, sponges and schools of thousands of juvenile triggerfish, butterfly fish and antheas. Further on, pinnacles reach the surface and drop vertically towards 60-70 meters. The reef is covered with large gorgonian fans, banded sea snakes, scorpionfish and the ever present schools of small reef fish, making it difficult to actually see the surface. The expression “teeming with life”, gets a new meaning once you’ve been to Verde Island.

VERDE ISLAND CORAL GARDEN

white tip reef sharkThis small island is a 40-minute boat ride from Puerto Galera, a great day trip but often a no-no due to strong currents. At the west end of the island is a small cave where whitetip reef sharks are commonly found. From here, make your way down a volcanic soft rock slope of dark sand that has small streams of hot water flowing from the cracks. This hot water appears as shimmering apparitions in the water. You then enter the crater of what may have been a volcano, the floor of which is covered in small volcanic rocks and streams of small bubbles of sulfuric gas rise up to the surface. It is a truly amazing sight. Look closer and you will find nudibranchs and other critters you’ve never seen before.

EARNIES POINT

schools of mackerelErnies Point is located at the Sabang Beach area of Puerto Galera. Since the Sabang Beach is an extension island that leads towards all the possible dive spots, you can either reach the Ernies Point dive site via land trip or via boat trip. Both will take you 20 to 30 minutes. The weather and water conditions are usually not so rough, so that you will have a smooth entry into this dive site. This dive site is also called Ernies Cave because there are two caves located in the depths of this site. Schools of trevally are common here, as are schools of mackerel.

DUNGON WALL

porcupine fishFrom a beautiful hard and soft coral slope, you’ll find yourself on a pretty wall starting at 12 meters and continuing down to 25 meters. The wall has plenty of cracks and crevices with lionfish, scorpionfish and porcupine fish hiding in them. The wall is also famous for its assortment of nudibranchs and flatworms. Also look around for moray eels: white eyed, clouded, many of f them stay in this area. See a black crinoid looking bulkier than normal? It’s probably a frogfish. During the colder months, a big barracuda has often been seen resting close to the wall, Continue deeper from the wall and you will encounter the wreck of an old sailing catamaran. Inside the two hulls hide ringed pipefish, lionfish, puffer fish and juveniles of all sorts.

WRECK POINT

hawkfishThe name is derived from the large and unfortunate ship that sunk here in a typhoon many years ago. It is visible from the surface still, and rest in only a meter of water. The shallow parts of the bay are magnificent, the majestic table corals spread to catch the rays of the sun. Amongst them play many of the smaller fish that are so often overlooked. Spectacled hawkfish, standing guard with their brilliant marks around their eyes and the neon damsel fish, fish of such an irridescent blue that it rarely seen in nature, antheas and blue-green chromis all hover over the reef. Here and there a huge brain coral disrupts the landscape. This is an easy dive, but the currents can get strong so be prepared for a beautiful ride along the coral slope.

WEST ESCARCEO

moray eelThis area is perfect for mild or even strong drift dives. If you catch the current at the right time it will take you along this long sloping reef effortlessly. Red tooth triggerfish in massive schools meets you at 15 meters/ 50 feet and in very shallow water countless numbers of chromies swim around making you a part of the school. Moray eels can be seen all over this reef and if you go deeper than 20 meters/ 70 feet you can see blue spotted rays on the sandy bottom. A couple of very big bommies meet you on the way if you stay shallow.

HOLE IN THE WALL

turtleAt 12 meters/ 40 feet you will find this little hole in the middle of a huge rock, big enough for one diver to swim through. Over the years thousands of divers have been through here. An area with a good chance to see giant trevally, snappers, scorpion fish, turtles as well as a lot of different soft corals, gorgonian fans and big sponges. Sometimes strong current are present but an easy dive site for everybody when it´s slack tide.

 CANYONS

octopusProbably one of the best dive sites in Puerto Galera. 3 canyons form this fantastic dive site. Normally a strong drift dive with a lot of action and fish. Sweet lips, batfish, trevally, groupers, drummers, snappers, etc. It´s all here and if you are lucky a turtle, octopus or maybe even a resting shark. Big gorgonian fans and pink soft corals cover the whole area. With a maximum depth of 30 meters/ 100 feet and strong current it is NOT a beginners dive. Nitrox strongly recommended.

FISH BOWL

blue water tunaThe dive requires a blue water descent to the top of the Fish Bowl in 35-40 meters. The rocky reef top is stadium-shaped, and is covered with long whip corals and soft tree corals. It drops off to a sandy bottom in deep water. In the bowl you may see whitetip reef sharks, sweetlips and rainbow runners. Looking out into blue water tuna and jacks are common. After a few minutes in the bowl, you will be swimming up the contour of the reef to the Canyons. Technical divers can venture into the fish bowl and work their way down.

HORSE HEAD

large whip coralFurther past the Fish Bowl lies the Horse Head, also a dive for divers with training deeper than 30 meters. The reef covers a very large area with an average depth of about 35m/115ft. The site takes its name from one of the rock formations that resembles – guess what – a horse’s head, but there are other numerous rock formations that make the topography of the site really interesting. Soft tree corals dominate the substrate, along with areas of large whip corals and big gorgonian fans. During strong flood tides shoals of tuna, shoals of trevally and giant trevally are regularly seen.

SHARK CAVE

white tip reef sharkThis small cave makes a perfect resting place for white tip reef sharks during daytime, where you have a very good chance to get close to one or two of these “Kings of the reef”. Normally a multilevel dive where you swim up shallow to Pink Wall, Kilima Steps, or Hole in the Wall. It can however also be done in combination with Canyons. On Nitrox this last dive is highly recommended, but only for the experienced. 27 meters/ 90 feet is maximum depth you get here.

ATOLL

red coralA huge rock which is approx. 15 meters/ 50 feet in radius form this unusual site. Filled with pink and red soft corals all over make this rock a spectacular place where you have the chance to see something new, look for the small stuff and you might be lucky to find a seahorse or maybe a rare nudibranch. White tip reef sharks are sometimes seen resting on the sea floor next to or under the rock. This site is normally combined with Shark Cave or Kilima Steps and is best done on a flood where you wont find much current. Maximum depth is 33 meters/ 110 feet. Good depth for Nitrox.

KILIMA STEPS

spotted soap fishA dive site which have many different levels ”Steps”. You can start the dive at 22 meters/ 75 feet and come all the way up to 5 meters/ 15 feet where you can do the safety stop hovering on top of the last ”Step”. One of the few areas where you can see the soap fish, other things to see are moray eels, lionfish, octopi, nudibranchs, gorgonian fans, coral trees, table corals and very big sponges in shallow water. This dive is also known as Kilima Drift when it is an ebb tide with up to 6 knots current.

KILIMA DRIFT

kilima driftNot a dive for the faint hearted, and a dive that Sabang Fun Divers guides conduct only on very rare occasions and then only with the most experienced divers. Double tanks are a recommendation. This is a “high-voltage” drift dive with current speeds that can reach up to 6 knots when the ebbing current is at its best. The dive can be kept shallow or deep depending on the experience of the divers. To get a long drift you have to start far off Kilima, before Sinandigan Walls, and you’ll end up in the Canyons in as short as 10 minutes. Once you pass the walls, up- and down-currents are usually experienced which result due to the topography of the area. Be ware of what’s going on, since the down currents can be pretty fierce, expecially at depths, and fully inflated bcd’s might not be enough to make you stop your descent.

SINANDIGAN WALL

nudibranch 01Nudibranchs. If you are into these small colorful snails you want to do at least one dive in this area. You will have a good chance to see more than 10 different kinds on one dive and several of the same species. The wall stops at 30 meters/ 100 feet where it turns into a slope which leads down to a deep dive site called Turtle Rock. On top of the wall you will find beautiful soft corals and on the wall itself big green coral trees and nudibranch, nudibranch, nudibranch.

TURTLE ROCK

emperor fishFollow the slope down at the bottom of Sinandigan Wall, to a giant rock at 45 meters. The name “Turtle Rock” comes from the shape of a rock at the surface the dive guides use to find the spot, it’s not a notion of what to find on the dive site. However, Turtle Rock is a great dive site for divers with deep diver training. The rock is healthy with marine life, such as gorgonian fans and whip corals. Sweetlips are common, as are unusual nudibranchs and emperor angelfish This is also the place to be lucky and spot a thresher shark. This site is best dived on flood tide, and because of the short bottom time, it’s recommended to follow the slope back up to Sinandigan Walls and finish shallow, to make it a nice, long and relaxed dive.

CORAL COVE

cuttle fishA wonderful dive site for macro lovers. A sloping reef ends in a small wall at 20 meters that 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 unusual critters – blue and black ribbon eels, juvenile emperor fish, pipefish of all varieties, urangutan crabs hiding in bubble coral, flamboyant cuttlefish and frog fish just to name a few. Banded sea snake is common here, as are blue spotted sting rays on the adjacent sandy bottom. Go deeper and you might find thorny sea horses hiding in the rubble.

BOULDERS

pipefishThis site is not done very often due to the long boat ride, but it is worth doing if you have tried all the other dives and want to try something different boulders offers you that. Big rocks and many overhangs, even swim thoughts meets you here as well as lots of different juveniles like batfish, groupers, sweet lips, puffer fish etc. You also have a very good chance to see seahorses and there related cuisines the Pipefish. Long whip coral can be found and a few rare nudibranchs. Maximum depth is 23 meters/ 77 feet and you will find the top of the rocks is suitable for your safety stop.

JAPANESE WRECK

sweetlipsSituated on a flat sandy bottom, all that remains of this WWII Japanese patrol boat is the engine block and propeller shaft with the propeller. Two very large moray eels are resident, along with many sweetlips and a wealth of small invertebrates. A flashlight and a good dive guide make for a good dive,since the dive site can be hard to find. This is a dive preferably done on nitrox and can only be done on a flood tide. Follow the slope up towards Boulders after you’ve finished admiring the propeller, and make your way between the rocks into shallow water.

WASHING MACHINE

branded sea snakeThe perfect end-of-the-day dive after a day trip to the Drop Off, the Washing Machine is a high voltage dive made over a series of seven shallow gullies with the current throwing you around in all directions. Sounds like fun? At slack dive it’s an easy dive, great for photography with colorful soft and hard corals, frogfish, banded sea snake and lots of life. When the current is strong however, you might want to consider reef hooks or good gloves to keep you on the reef during this rollercoaster diver. Try to avoid kicking the reef, and use your hands to pull you along the dead coral. Make sure you stay close to the bottom, it’s a shallow dive anyway, and just watch the small fish spin.

HOT SPRING

nudibranch 02This small island is a 40-minute boat ride from Puerto Galera, a great day trip but often a no-no due to strong currents. At the west end of the island is a small cave where whitetip reef sharks are commonly found. From here, make your way down a volcanic soft rock slope of dark sand that has small streams of hot water flowing from the cracks. This hot water appears as shimmering apparitions in the water. You then enter the crater of what may have been a volcano, the floor of which is covered in small volcanic rocks and streams of small bubbles of sulfuric gas rise up to the surface. It is a truly amazing sight. Look closer and you will find nudibranchs and other critters you’ve never seen before.

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