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TRAVEL | MY DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING WITH ARKIPELAGO DIVERS

I Love Puerto Galera
I love Puerto Galera sign in White Beach, Puerto Galera

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:

Odie’s Dingding
Manila Channel
The Hill
Secret Bay
Batangas Channel
Dry Dock
La Laguna Point
Small La Laguna
Alma Jane
Fantasea Reef
Sabang Wreck
Sabang Point
Monkey Beach
Monkey Wreck
Ernie’s Point
Ernie’s Cave
Dungon Wall
Wreck Point
West Escarceo
Hole In The Wall
Canyons
Fish Bowl
Horse’s Head
Pink Wall
The Atoll
Kilima Steps
Kilima Beach
Sinandigan Wall
Turtle Rock
Coral Cove
The Boulders
Japanese Wreck

Me exploring the deep blue waters of Small La Laguna, Sabang, Puerto Galera. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers.
Me exploring the deep blue waters of Small La Laguna, Sabang, Puerto Galera. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers.
Live corals in Puerto Galera. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers
Live corals in Puerto Galera. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers
Teeming diverse marine life in Puerto Galera, Philippines. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers
Teeming with diverse marine life. Puerto Galera, Philippines. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers
More fishes. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers.
More fishes. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers.
I found Nemo! Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers
I found Nemo! Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers
Clown Fish. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers
Clown Fish. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers
Clown Fish. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers
Marlin and Nemo. Photography by Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers

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.

Amy and Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers
Amy and Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers

For booking inquiries, call 0917 310 0768 or visit their Facebook Page here or their website here. You may also follow them on Instagram here.

Arkipelago Divers Dive Shop, Small Lalagoon, Sabang, Puerto Galera
Arkipelago Divers Dive Shop, Small Lalagoon, Sabang, Puerto Galera
Arkipelago Divers Dive Shop, Small Lalagoon, Sabang, Puerto Galera
Arkipelago Divers Dive Shop, Small Lalagoon, Sabang, Puerto Galera

Arkipelago Divers offers PADI scuba diving courses and programs for all levels of divers.

Me trying to listen attentively to the Pre-Dive Lecture being given by Pedro Magsino, President of the Puerto Galera Divers Association
Me trying to listen attentively to the Pre-Dive Lecture being given by Pedro Magsino, President of the Puerto Galera Divers Association
Yehey! I am ready to dive. Thanks, Pedro!
Yehey! I am ready to dive. Thanks, Pedro!
Me looking like dork in my wet suit. LOL.
Me looking like a dork in my wet suit. LOL.
Me with Mike Zuniga of Katooga.ph. Thanks, Mike, for tagging me along!
Me with Mike Zuniga of Katooga.ph. Thanks, Mike, for tagging me along!
That is the boat that will pick us up when we are done diving.
That is the boat that will pick us up when we are done diving.
Discover Scuba Diving. Joel Andrada
Me with an Arkipelago Diver during my Discover Scuba Diving in Puerto Galera

Arkipelago Divers also rent out equipment and can arrange day trips to other nearby beaches and islands.

Arkipelago Divers also rent out equipment and can arrange day trips to other nearby beaches and islands.
Arkipelago Divers also rent out equipment and can arrange day trips to other nearby beaches and islands.
Arkipelago Divers Dive Shop is clean and organized.
Arkipelago Divers Dive Shop is clean and organized.
Me on a bike with tour guide John during one of the side trips arranged by Arkipelago Divers
Me on a bike with tour guide John during one of the side trips arranged by Arkipelago Divers
Arkipelago Divers also arranged a side trip to Ponderosa Golf and Country Club, one of the highest points in Puerto Galera.
Arkipelago Divers also arranged a side trip to Ponderosa Golf and Country Club, one of the highest points in Puerto Galera.
Me during sunset in Aplayang Munti, Puerto Galera. Traveled here using a motorbike with John of Arkipelago Divers. Photography by John of Arkipelago Divers.
Me during sunset in Aplayang Munti, Puerto Galera. Traveled here using a motorbike with John of Arkipelago Divers. Photography by John of Arkipelago Divers.
Rock
Rock “crawling” in Aplayang Munti, Puerto Galera. LOL.
Me with Amy Magsino while waiting for the rain to stop so I can fly my drone and take amazing aerial footage of the Puerto Galera.
Me with Amy Magsino while waiting for the rain to stop so I could fly my drone and take amazing aerial footage of Puerto Galera.

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.

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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.

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Homeland and Tourist Safety and Security Fee P 20, Terminal Fee P10 and Ferry Ticket P230
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Terminal Fee P10
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Sabang Port Welcome Arch

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.

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Mike and I in Batangas Pier

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.

Gold Star Bus from Batangas to Cubao
Gold Star Bus from Batangas Pier to Cubao
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Gold Star Bus Company’s one-way bus fare from Batangas Pier to Cubao is P 197.00
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Plane-like seats
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With TV on board playing clear movies
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Rest room on board
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Clean restroom

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!

Me with the Virgin Beach behind me in Puerto Galera
Me with the Virgin Beach behind me in Puerto Galera

Click here to watch a short video clip about Arkipelago Divers.

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