PUERTO GALERA’S DIVE SITES
ALL WITHIN MINUTES OF LLV DIVERS
With an abundant variety of dive sites and plentiful marine life, Puerto Galera is a popular location for recreational divers and divers looking to be certified.
Under the surface, the area offers more than 34 sites that are full of colorful and vibrant coral reefs. The abundant marine life is a diverse mix of species, including turtles, sharks, roaming schools of various fish, and the famous bright orange-colored clownfish.
From easy shore dives to accessible wrecks and deep drifts, there’s plenty to interest all levels of divers.
We’re in the middle of a diving paradise, with all of these sites just a short boat ride from our resort.
Here are just a few of the popular dive sites around Puerto Galera. The first video is a 360-degree view.
OVER 30 AMAZING DIVE SITES
Home to most of the marine life you find around Puerto Galera, Sabang Wrecks is perhaps the most famous dive site in Puerto Galera. At first glance, the three wrecks don’t look too impressive. One small steel yacht, and two wooden boats in different stages of decay. Look closer. A school of batfish, lots of smaller damsels, butterfly fish and surgeonfish wil swim by. Numerous very well camouflaged scorpion fish and stonefish live on the wrecks. Bring a torch and look underneath, and you’ll find giant moray eels, lionfish, crabs and shrimps as well as schools of cat fish and squirrel fish hiding during the day. Stargazers, snake eels, flounders, frogfish and pipefish are common here. With a great guide, you might also find robust ghost pipefish and ornate ghost pipefish, moth fish, flying gurnards and leaf fish trying to blend into the sand. It is also a great night dive, bringing out cuttle fish of all varieties, squids, pleurobranchs, flatworms and moray eels out hunting in the open.
Pristine hard corals adorned with colorful crinoids cover this beautiful reef from very shallow down to 25 meters. At 20 meters, you will encounter a small wall that drops off to a white sandy bottom. Big purple sea fans and whip corals are abundant on the deeper reef. This healthy reef is abundant with reef fish such as parrotfish, snappers, surgeonfish and triggerfish but also sports cuttlefish and octopus as well as turtles on a good day. Pygmy sea horses are often spotted here on their fan corals, and blue ribbon eels will await you on some of the sandy patches. Continue down to the end of the reef in 25 meters and blue spotted sting rays are often.
The name gives it away – a great dive for beginners and photographers, as well as for snorkelers, Coral Gardens is a beautiful dive site 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 sergeant majors, damsel fish butterflyfish 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!
Big La Laguna
An 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 anemones 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. Look closely in the sand. Flounders, shrimps with their gobies, pufferfish, pipefish hiding in the grass, schools of juvenile cat fish and many other critters will not make you disappointed. If lucky, you may also come upon the wreck of a small speed boat in laying in 12 m of water.
On 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 15 m where a lush coral slope takes over down to 20 m. 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.A big variety of nudibranchs is found here, as well as moray eels and the occasional blue ribbon eel. Between 15 and 20 m there are two large coral covered hills with a sandy channel in between them, a great place to find frog fish, octopus and schools of snappers, as well as big sea fans.
Small La Laguna
Extension of La Laguna Point… On 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. A big variety of nudibranchs is found here, as well as moray eels and the occasional blue ribbon eel. Between 15 and 20 m there are two large coral covered hills with a sandy channel in between them, a great place to find frog fish, octopus and schools of snappers, as well as big sea fans.
Ernie’s point owes its name to Ernie’s cave, a small cavern in 21 meters where once lived Ernie the grouper. Ernie moved out many years ago but the dive site kept its name. The tiny cave is at the bottom of a large rocky outcrop, adorned with sea fans and often visited by smaller groupers. Look for tube shaped holes around the mouth of the cave, large mantis shrimps often build their nests here. Deeper, at 27 meters, lies another small cave with abundant marine life around it. None of the caves are large enough to penetrate. Schools of trevally are common here, as are schools of mackerel. Beware of strong cross currents (eddys) during big tidal changes.
A coral slope down to 20 meters makes this an easy dive, except from when currents are running – you can pick up quite a lot of speed here. If you drop in the middle of the bay, you will most likely encounter a wreck at 18 meters, tilted to the side. Many frogfish, especially the black variety, have made this area their home. Look around in the sand and you’ll find lots of small holes, most of them inhabited by the shy jaw fish. See anything green running swiftly over the sand from one coral to the next? It’s probably a mantis shrimp, they are very common here. Plenty of small reef fish, crinoids and nudibranchs.
Hole in the Wall
A short tunnel at 12 meters through a mini mountain, makes for a very beautiful – and sometimes exciting – dive. An area where currents meet, you’ll find schooling fish: Drummers, sweetlips, travellies and snappers. Whilst you swim through the hole, beware of lionfish and scorpionfish, as well as the feather like hydroids growing on the walls – they sting! Good buoyancy is a must. The top of the wall is covered in colorful soft coral attracting many colorful fish. Octopus, frogfish, turtles, sea snakes, anything can appear here. On the other side, lies another wall, covered in soft coral, sponges, green tree coral and fans, it is the hiding place for many morays and puffers and it drops off into a flat lunar like landscape with whole gardens of whip corals, vibrating in the current. This can be a very easy dive, even novices – with good buoyancy control – can dive it.
From 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. On your way shallower, you will find that big carpet anemones are common here, many of them inhabited not only by anemone fish but also by porcelain crabs.
The 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 iridescent 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.
Starting at 5m on a beautiful reef of stony hard coral and schooling small fish, antheas, butterfly fish and sergeant majors are all over! The reef slopes off to a sandy bottom (18m) and as you follow the contour of the reef, on a flood the current will help you drift into the channel. The dive site can also be done the opposite way on an ebbing tide. Small walls, covered in the famous “potato coral” are home to a few large groupers. The walls are also full of large purple gorgonian sea fans and green tree corals. If you leave the walls and venture out in the channel, you’ll find large barrel sponges and long whip corals, look close and you’ll find commensal shrimps living on them. The sandy bottom is also home to an abundance of fire urchins and mushroom corals, cuttlefish, including the flamboyant variety, lionfish and scorpionfish. There are also a couple of overhangs, where nudibranchs, mantis shrimp and often giant frogfish are found.
Exhilarating drift dive or gentle photography dive along a slope teeming with fish? You chose. On a strong flood, this is your opportunity to fly weightless through the water, but on any other day you have a reef suitable for all levels with lots to see. The sloping reef starts at around 5 meters with a healthy reef spotted with very large coral boulders, and turns to sand in 25 meters, where blue spotted stingrays are common. The deeper areas sport long whip corals and lots of red tooth trigger fish trying to hide from you in the many cracks and crevices. West Escarceo also has an unusual abundance of scorpionfish and octopus, both excellent at camouflaging themselves so watch out! Large puffer fish are always seen here, and big groupers are often spotted. Schools become more common here as we get closer to Escarceo point with its currents, so expect to see big mouth mackerels, juvenile tunas, trevallies and emperor fish here.
SPECTACULAR VERDE ISLAND
The Heart of the Coral Triangle
Enjoy spectacular diving around Verde Island, known as the “Center of the Center of Marine Biodiversity”.
The Drop Off at Verde Island is regarded as one of the best dives in the Philippines.
- More than 300 species of corals
- Over 1000 marine fish species
- The epicenter of the Coral Triangle
- One of the top dive sites in the Philippines
- Visibility up to 40 meters
- Marine protected area
LLV DIVERS DAY TRIP TO VERDE ISLAND
Join us for an amazing day of diving at the spectacular Verde Island. Experience some of the best diving anywhere in the world just a short speedboat ride from our beachfront resort in Sabang. Our team will take care of everything, it’s always a memorable day.
– 25 minutes travel by speedboat
– BBQ and drinks on the beach in a tropical hut
– Minimum of 4 people and minimum certified Advanced Open Water Diver (or do it with us in LLV Divers)
– Recommended to be Enriched Air Diver, Drift Diver and Deep Diver
Price per Diver/Snorkeler (Excluding dives and dive/snorkel equipment costs) from $US80
NEW DAY TRIP TO ANILAO
LLV Divers is proud to announce our newest day trip to Anilao, “the birthplace of diving in the Philippines”.
A Marine Protected Sanctuary, Anilao is the best spot in the Philippines for underwater macro photography.
Come join us to visit great dive sites such as Mainit Point, Sombrero, Secret Bay, and many others. Stay tuned for more details.
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