A small and very picturesque village in the Philippines called Puerto Galera is located on Mindoro Island. To get there from Manila, it is a two-hour drive followed by another hour by a water taxi to cross the ocean from one island to another. The place where all of the boats are coming in is called Sabang Beach.
This trip was organized by the Aquarius Diving Centre from Toronto, and we stayed at the Atlantis Dive Resort. Sabang Beach has many diving resorts for different budgets. But if one is taking a life trip, it is worth paying for the quality at all levels, including accommodation, dining experiences, service and, of course, diving. This village is worth exploring. The local people are amicable, and walking at night is safe. However, life is not easy here. Very few well-paid jobs are available, and trying to support the family is challenging.
During our week stay, we have been dived 3 to 4 times a day. All the diving sites are very close to the resorts, and honestly, there is no need to go any farther than a 2 to 10 minutes boat ride to enjoy spectacular dives. The type of dive one we could brag about for many years to come. Compared to many other places I have had a chance to dive at, the reef and the sea life are here like on steroids. Yes, I must admit that the reef in the port is a bit damaged, but this is something to expect in places like that. On the plus side, a few sunken shipwrecks have happened there, creating different and fascinating dive sites. Just around the corner, like 5 minutes from the resort, reefs are very healthy and just majestic. Be ready for it! The abundance of all kinds of fish, corals, sponges and colours! For divers who have never had a chance to dive in that part of the World, it is a jaw-dropping experience!
I remember when I was precisely in that same place in 2008, I could make only one dive because our journey had different agendas, I told myself then, I have to be back! One of the diving sites was just at the front of the resorts in the port area. A small, approximately 30-foot-long wreck was a base for the beautiful sea life. Some of the fish here I have never seen before. But this is good news because here there are so many things yet to discover! The Philippines is one of the best diving destinations in the World. This island’s nation is spread over thousands of big and small islands. Each with its own characteristics, and each is worthy of being explored. This was my third trip to this fantastic diving destination, and I know that for sure, it was not the last one!