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Located on the island of Mindoro, Puerto Galera is the Philippine’s best known scuba diving destination. The majority of all dive operators and resorts are situated in a small village called Sabang. Mindoro is a large island to the south of Manila and the resorts are on the north east coast. The Philippines contains a significant part of the world’s marine biodiversity, and Puerto Galera is renowned for its stunning variety of marine life.
Mindoro is a beautiful island with much to explore, and Puerto Galera is a stunning natural harbour originally used by Spanish Galleons (hence the name which means Port of Galleons in Spanish) but now much visited by yachts from all over the world. The coastline around here is truly spectacular, and with deep bays and inlets surrounded by tropical forests it is a nature lovers and photographers dream. For the adventurous there are many secluded beaches and hidden valleys just waiting to be explored.
Sabang has attracted visitors and residents from different parts of the globe, and has now developed a very cosmopolitan feel, this is reflected by the wide range of restaurant styles and resorts available. Needless to say, seafood and Filipino food is popular but you can also eat English, German, Thai, Mexican and Japanese amongst others. There are a good number of bars and Sabang has a busy nightlife.
The quality of the diving is what draws so many people here and the ease of access from Manila is a big help. The port of Batangas is just two hours from central Manila and the airport by road and then from Batangas a 60 minute boat journey will bring you to Sabang.
CLIMATE: The Philippines has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons. From June to September, the country experiences a rainy season brought by the southwestern monsoon; typhoons are common during this time. From October to February, the northeastern monsoon brings cold winds from the north, creating cool and dry weather. From March to May, the Philippines experiences hot summers. Coastal areas next to the Pacific Ocean experience year-round rainfall.
The country’s average temperature can range from 78-90°F (25-32°C), with humidity around 77 percent. Highland areas are much cooler, with night time temperatures plunging to 68°F (20°C).
Activities in Puerto Galera
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