Puerto Galera is a town located in Oriental Mindoro, south of Luzon island. It is one of the top choices of SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) Divers. It boasts of 32 dive spots:
La Laguna Point
Small La Laguna
Hole In The Wall
The waters off the beach of Small La Laguna teem with live corals and diverse marine life. This is where I had the amazing opportunity to do Discover Scuba Diving last week. Thanks to Arkipelago Divers.
Arkipelago Divers is a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Resort located on the quiet beach of Small La Laguna, Sabang, Puerto Galera owned by Pedro and Amy Magsino. Click here to watch a short video clip about Arkipelago Divers.
Arkipelago Divers offers PADI scuba diving courses and programs for all levels of divers.
Arkipelago Divers also rent out equipment and can arrange day trips to other nearby beaches and islands.
How To Get to Puerto Galera
Getting to Puerto Galera from Cubao is easy and affordable. You need to take a bus to bring you to Batangas Pier and a bangka (boat) to take you to Puerto Galera. There are a number of buses servicing the route of Cubao to Batangas Pier.
I took a JAM Liner Bus. The bus left at 8 in the morning. Traffic was smooth and easy. I guess it is because it was a Sunday. On regular days, the trip from Cubao to Batangas would take an average of 3 hours. I got off at the Batangas Grand Terminal instead of the Batangas Pier by 10 AM to meet Mike Zuniga of Katooga.ph. We needed to do some errands in SM Batangas. Click here for that blog post.
From Batangas Pier, it would take an hour to an hour and a half ferry trip to get to Sabang Port. The Ferry ticket to Puerto Galera is 230 pesos. Also, there is an Environmental User Fee of P50 for arriving passengers, a Homeland and Tourist Safety and Security Fee of P 20 and a Terminal Fee of P10.
On the way back, Mike and I left Sabang Port at 1 PM. We arrived in Batangas Pier by about 2PM. Mike took another bus to Alabang while I looked for a bus to Cubao.
The traffic on the way back home was so bad. Fortunately, I had the chance to ride a premium bus operated by Gold Star Bus Company with plane-like seats, television and toilet on board. The bus left Batangas Pier at about 3 PM and was caught in the grueling EDSA rush hour traffic by 6 PM. I got home by 8 PM.
I will be uploading a vlog soon to feature more of this amazing place called Puerto Galera with aerial shots and my Discover Scuba Diving experience with underwater shots courtesy of Arkipelago Divers soon. Stay tuned!
Signing out for now. Peace!
Click here to watch a short video clip about Arkipelago Divers.