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El Galleon Beach Resort

About El Galleon Beach Resort

El Galleon Beach Resort is located in the scuba diving capital of Puerta Galera on Mindoro Island in the Philippines. The resort is on the northern side and wedged in between Sabang Bay and Small La Laguna Beach They have 30 rooms ranging from Penthouse Apartment, Family room, sea view, pool side, and budget room (Flat screen tv's are not in the budget rooms).  The rooms are clean and simple, which is perfect for divers. To get here, take a taxi or colorfully decorated jeepney down from Manila (2 1/2hrs) and a ferry from Batangas over to Mindoro island (1 1/2hrs). Enjoy our blog article on Destination Spotlight: Philippines.

El Galleon Beach Resort Diving

There are over 30 scuba diving sites and 3000 fish waiting for you here. 13 dive sites hug the northern coast and Sabang Beach area from Big La Laguna dry dock to The Canyons. You'll also be going from muck diving, sea horses, frogfish and flamboyant cuttlefish to drop offs and large pelagics. St Christopher and M/V Alma Jane are boat dive sites right in front of the El Galleon Beach Resort. Other notable nearby dive sites include, Bone Yard, Giant Clams, Coral Gardens. Coral Cove is home to electric scallops, cuttlefish, and pygmy seahorses. Of course, the jewel here is the Verde Island passage with Washing Machine and Verde Island Drop Off.  100 rare and newly discovered species live in the Verde Island Passage. In addition, there are 300 different species of corals out here.
So, the most famous local wreck dive near El Galleon Beach Resort is the Sabang Wreck. This wreck is a photographer's dream come true.  As a result, from frog fish and seahorses up to thresher sharks and whale sharks, be ready to click away.  Walls, cracks, tunnels, small caves, pinnacles and swim throughs are home to millions of small fish and invertebrates. And drop offs showcase tuna, sharks and barracuda. Keep in mind that the diving is for all C-card levels including beginners. However, good buoyancy is a must especially during drift dives.

Attractions and Activities

Attached/Next to El Galleon Beach Resort is Asia Divers and Tech Asia. The have new and rental gear and do 4 dives a day plus 1-night dive. They use Bankas (Ba' ankas) to take you out to the dive sites which are mostly less than 15 minutes away. They have valet dive service, so when you surface, they take your gear and have it ready for you for your next dive. You rinse out your wet suit, they do the rest. How easy is that? So, the best place to socialize after a day of diving is the restaurant/bar. The International favorites and Filipino delicacies are amazing as it is prepared by an expat French chef and his highly skilled team. Some of the dive packages have buffet style meal, but you can order ala carte as well.
Furthermore, it's a short walk to Sabang where there are more restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Moreover, you can take day trips to Tamaraw Falls, visit the Mangyan Village, Golf, or kayak. Oh, and there is free internet access.

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