Puerto Galera Snorkeling
The 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot in Philippines.
Wednesday 14 February 2018 06:27 GMT
On the northern tip of Mindoro Island, the snorkeling at Puerto Galera is very popular for its coral gardens and diverse marine life. When snorkeling off Puerto Galera, you can expect to see trumpet fish, moray eels and crabs. The water here is known to be fairly cool, so you may wish to have a thin dive top. It is only accessible by boat and takes about 30 minutes. The best Puerto Galera snorkeling is at the Coral Garden off San Antonio Island in Muelle Bay where you’ll find sea turtles, giant clams and healthy coral. Also, there is excellent snorkeling to the north west of the city.
To reach the Puerto Galera snorkeling from Manila, take a bus to Batangas (4 hours). In Batangas, take a boat to Puerto Galera.
Tip - While snorkeling off Puerto Galera, make sure to use a diver down flag since the boaters tend to drive fast and be unaware of snorkelers in the water.
The Philippine archipelago consists of over 7,100 islands stretching 1,840km and presents a snorkelers paradise. The warm, crystal clear waters are a haven for diverse marine life. With visibility up to 60m, the waters of the surrounding Pacific Ocean, Celebes Sea and South China Sea are habitat to 400 species of coral and over 2,000 species of fish including sharks, rays and turtles.
Overall, the Philippines are divided into the three main tourist regions, from south to north, of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon. Each region has numerous tropical beaches and shallow reefs. The best time of year for snorkeling in the Philippines is the cool and dry months of December through March. The months of June to October are the rainiest months and are known to have typhoons.
To reach the Philippines from other countries, most people fly into Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) located on the south side of Manila in the Luzon region. It is served by 30 international airlines. Alternately, there are five other smaller international airports including Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) in Lapu-Lapu City (serving Australia, Singapore and Japan), Davao Airport (serving Indonesia and Singapore), Clark Airport, Subic Airport and Laoag Airport. Once in the Philippines, the main inter-island airlines are Cebu Pacific Air and Air Philippines. In addition to inter-island airlines, many of the 7,100 islands are interconnected by small ferry companies (usually very crowded). Recently, a newer high-speed SuperFerry has started to connect some of the islands and is known to be less crowded.
Overall, Puerto Galera is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 30 snorkeling dives in Philippines.