Puerto Galera is located on the north east coast of Mindoro and offers some of the best diving in the world. The El Galleon Beach Resort is renowned for its peaceful beachfront surroundings, situated on Small Lalaguna Beach where the rainforest, quite literally meets the reef.
There are 30 air conditioned rooms set on a hillside or by the resorts swimming pool, an area of outstanding natural beauty. There is a restaurant situated at the water’s edge (and very popular with the locals) offering both Filipino and European cuisine and a bar perfect for tropical sundowners.
In addition to diving, there is the opportunity to explore inland with rainforest trekking trips where you can see the stunning waterfalls and meet the locals in Mangyan (indigenous native) villages. Other watersports on offer include sea kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. Golf is also available nearby.
The dive centre at El Galleon is a Five Star IDC centre, operated by Asia divers, the largest dive school in the area. Qualified divers can enjoy over 30 dive sites within 15 minutes travel and further their qualification with PADI courses at all levels.
The area boasts over 450 species of corals and Suited to all experience levels’ there are at least 5 scheduled dives per day with a choice of sites. The resort uses local outrigger boats called ‘bangka’ with no more than 6 divers per boat. Diving is possible year round with water temperatures between 22 and 29c, and visibility is usually between 15 and 40m. Day trips to a number of outlying islands including Anilao, Verde and Bonito are also available.