April 12-23, 2018
Join Steve Philbrook & Mike Daust as they head to Puerto Galera, Philippines! Puerto Galera has been attracting divers since the 1980s and everybody agrees that diversity and diving are the best words that can describe this beautiful tropical island. With more than 40 prime dive sites and hundreds of species of fish life, beginner and advanced divers will definitely enjoy a world class diving experience. Divers can try a wide array of diving such as deep diving, wreck, night, drift, shore, wall, reef, big pelagic action, you name it and you will enjoy it in Puerto Galera.
The visibility in the island varies from 33ft to 100ft, sometimes even better depending on current strength, wind direction and water temperature. Depth is between 15ft to 120ft with water temperature ranging from 78-84 degrees. The island is considered warm water diving and 3mm wetsuits are the norm.
For those non divers, there are many water activities and local tours offered by Marco Vincent. Divers can be literally out diving in the morning and back by the time the non-divers or family have finished breakfast! For the die hards, you can dive all day and night!
The Batangas – Verde Island Channel is a very special place. It is currently ranked number two in the entire world for bio-diversity of species. Of all the dive sites accessible from Puerto Galera, none is more special than the pinnacles located at the east end of Verde Island. There are two usual dive sites, known as the Right Side Wall, and the Left Side Wall. The amount of fish life to be seen is nearly ten times the amounts seen at other sites in the Channel area. This is due to hot volcanic water that is venting from the area below the pinnacles.
The Right Side Wall is a steep wall dive, filled with the healthiest and beautiful corals you can find. Immense schools of Blue Trigger fish stay just above and away from the reef. At certain times of the year Sardines are so abundant, that divers refer to it as Sardine Rain. When you look up or away from the amazing corals, walls of these fish can be seen. There are many species of nudibranch to be found, as well as other types of macro life. At deeper depths, huge sea fans can be found. The currents on the right side tend to shift back and forth depending on tides. This area is considered the easier dive of the two.
Anilao is one of the best dive destination in the Philippines and considered as the birthplace of diving in the Philippines. It is famous for its macrophotography opportunities. The water temperatures are very comfortable year-round, ranging from about 78-84 degrees. The visibility is very good, ranges from 10ft to 80ft on average.
- Round trip airfare from LAX
- Philippine airport transfers & boat transfers
- 9 nights in deluxe accommodations at Marco Vincent Resort
- 3 gourmet meals daily
- 24 boat dives
- Optional night dives
- 1 day trip to dive Verde Island
- 1 day trip to dive Anilao
- U/W photography & video workshops
- Complementary 1 hour massage
- Tanks & weights
- Scuba tune-up at Aquaventure pool
- Pre-trip meeting and post-trip party
- Total cost is based on Double Occupancy
NOTE – Airfare to LAX NOT included!
Diver double occupancy – Approx. $3195
Non-diver double occupancy – Approx. $2895
Diver single occupancy – Approx. $3595
NOTE: $500 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by February 1, 2018. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.