Destinations: Verde Island
Verde Island, seen from an altitude of 12 nm
Verde Island is a small island located between Batangas and Mindoro. Tourists and scuba divers can easily visit the island from Puerto Galera, which is just one hour away by boat. There are some good beaches and coves, and a museum which contains artifacts collected from Spanish and Chinese shipwrecks.
The reefs around Verde Island have a reputation for their great bio-diversity, and the dive sites are excellent for macro photographers. One of the best dive sites is the Verde Island drop-off: a wall which is home to thousands and thousands of brightly colored Anthia Fish.
El Galleon Beach Resort, part of the Asia Divers operation, is renowned for itís peaceful beachfront surroundings and is set directly on Small Laguna Beach just a few minutes walk from busy Sabang. Thirty air-conditioned rooms have been constructed on the tropical hillside and their tranquil nature is in keeping with the areas natural beauty. With views of Sabang Bay and Small Laguna Beach every room is complete with mini-bar, hot water and hotel amenities. The resort also has a swimming pool perfect for gently lazing in or for the more energetic it is the base for some of your diving training. Internet facilities are also available.
Restaurant and Bar
The El Galleon restaurant is one of the most popular in Puerto Galera and serves a wide range of Filipino and international dishes. It is also situated on the edge of the beach so you can hear the waves gently lapping as you eat. Accommodation packages include breakfast which is eaten at the restaurant.
Adjacent to the dive centre and resort is the Point Bar. Sited on a rocky outcrop the spacious and comfortable Point Bar is a well known meeting spot and a great place to start and continue the evening. The bar will stay open for as long as you want!
The Dive Centre
Asia Divers are a highly professional operation with an impressive twenty year pedigree. They are a PADI 5 Star Centre and The Philippines first CDC (Career Development Centre). The team of highly qualified Instructors and Dive Masters have worked at Asia Divers for many years and know the surrounding waters very well.
Much of the emphasis is on the naturalist aspects of every dive and detailed briefings help customers fully appreciate each site. There are over 30 great dives within 15 minutes of the centre and Asia Divers schedule at least 5 dive trips each day. Diving is always managed in small groups and surface intervals, apart from day trips, are spent back at the resort.
The entire range of PADI Courses (with the exception of Ice Diver!!) are taught here and whether you are trying diving for the first time, continuing your diving education or pursuing professional training this is the ideal place to be.
Asia Divers also have a Technical diving division called Tech Asia. Tech Asia Divers Institute has a world wide reputation for excellence both in the quality of training and for their ongoing contribution to the development of Technical training. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to know more about tri-mix, rebreathers, wreck courses etc.
Verde Island is situated off the north east tip of Mindoro and is the home of some truly spectacular diving. The currents around the island can run quite strong so the world class diving is really for the more experienced.
The best known site at the island is The Wall which is a sheer drop of over 70m into the depths. The wall is covered in beautiful corals and gorgonian fans and the colours are superb. Marine life is prolific and there are big groups of batfish, emperors, and surgeons everywhere. The strong waters may well pull in larger pelagics such as tuna, white tip and black tip sharks. Manta and Eagle Rays are sometimes seen cruising past in the deeper blue.
There are several other sites around the island and the profusion of life can be very rewarding for photography – just take advice from the dive leaders as to whether current conditions will make carrying a camera a little difficult.
Verde Island is accessible from Puerto Galera as a day trip diving and, subject to weather conditions, we highly recommend that you dive here as part of your stay at El Galleon Asia Divers Resort.
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