Puerto Galera Dive Sites

La Laguna Beach Club and Dive Centre offers a range of Local Dive sites:

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MONKEY WRECK
Depth 42m (140ft)

Monkey Wreck

A 20m/65' local cargo boat sunk in 1993 lies off the main reef in sand and hosts a large school of batfish and some good-size snappers and groupers. Mostly collapsed it still attracts many divers due to the abundant fish life that shelters within the hull. Large emperorfish, angelfish, schools of red toothed triggerfish and the oddly shaped barramundi cod all take shelter within the bare bones of its ribs.

Advanced dive due to depth and since the currents can be very tricky.

MONKEY BEACH
Depth 18m (60ft)

Monkey Beach

A coral slope down to 18m/60' makes an easy dive, good for novices. Small coral heads have crinoids, nudibranchs and plenty of small reef fish.

ERNIE'S CAVE
Depth 27m (90ft)

Ernie's Cave

Ernie was a large lone grouper, sadly departed. There are two caves, one at 21m/70' and the other at 27m/90'. Plentiful fish life, including shoals of surgeonfish, unicornfish, fusiliers and snappers and some very pretty gorgonian fans at depth. Current can be strong.

WRECK POINT
Depth 15m (50ft)

Wreck Point

So named after a luckless freighter whose bare ribs can be seen on the shore at low tide. Excellent corals lead down from the large wreck that is actually positioned on the rocks at the surface. Very nice hard corals and all the expected fish make this a good dive for novices and photographers. Further down at 28 meters are the two hulls of a sailing catamaran, sunk by the dive centers back in 1993. On the hull are myriad colours of feather stars, inside the wreck lie small lionfish and moray eels waiting for their next meal. Further up on the reef there is a nice wall with abundant hard and soft coral. Rooted at one end of the wall is a large clam.

DUNGON WALL
Depth 27m (90ft)

Dungon Wall

Easy multilevel dive. A wreck sits in 27m/90' at the bottom of the wall. The wall rises to 12m/40' where the bottom extends into the bay for an easy safety stop. Good area to for a lot of colour and all Puerto's regular reef life.

WEST ESCARCEO
Depth 30m (100ft)

West Escarceo

A dive site suitable for all levels. The reef starts in shallow water and follows a steep slope down to 30m/100'. Depending on the current you may find yourself being propelled towards the Canyons or the Hole In the Wall or simply hanging amongst the schools of fusiliers and tunas. Always lots to point out both above and on the reef. Some very large boulder corals and table corals in shallow water make it a favorite for photographers.

HOLE IN THE WALL
Depth 18m (60ft)

Hole in the Wall

Situated on Escarceo Point, this dive is typically performed as an 18m/60' profile. Allowing for currents you drop into 9m/30' of well-lit water, with fields of table corals as good as anywhere in the world. You descend in several stepped drop-offs, each about 3m/9' and reach The Hole at about 13m/45'. The Hole is about 1.5m/5' wide covered with multi-coloured sponges and crinoids. Without a doubt a world class dive site.

FISH BOWL
Depth 24 to 40m (80 to 132ft)

Fish Bowl

This dive requires a blue water descent to the top of the Fish Bowl (40m/130ft). The rocky reef top is stadium-shaped, and is covered with long whip corals and soft tree corals. It drops off to a sandy bottom in deep water. In the bowl you may see whitetip reef sharks, sweetlips and rainbow runners. Looking out into blue water tuna and jacks are common. Multilevel profiles need to be planned, swimming up the contour of the reef to the canyons. Technical divers can venture into the fish bowl and work their way down. Here rocky coral formations, gorgonians and black whip corals break up the sandy bottom, and it is possible to get close to some of the larger fish life when there is a mild current. This site is best dived on a flood tide to avoid strong currents.

THE CANYONS
Depth 30m (100ft)

The Canyons

An advanced dive that requires a good dive guide to allow for the currents to sweep you into position. Racing over several small drop-offs below the Hole in the Wall covered in soft corals and sponges, you can duck into and one of the Canyons for a respite from the current.�

There is much to find on the bottom but primarily it is the large schools of snapper, emperors, sweetlips, barracudas, jacks, trevally and occasional sharks that make this an exciting dive. The dive ends at a 1.5m/5' anchor embedded in the coral, where the group can gather before being swept off to the safety stop in the current. Excellent Nitrox dive. The most popular dive site in Puerto Galera - you'll want to go back time after time.

HORSE HEAD REEF
Depth 24 to 40m (80 to 132ft)

Horsehead Reef

The reef covers a very large area with an average depth of about 35m/115ft. The site takes its name from one of the rock formations that resembles a horse's head, but there are other numerous rock formations that make the topography of the site really interesting. Soft tree corals dominate the substrate, along with areas of large whip corals and big gorgonian fans. During strong flood tides shoals of tuna, shoals of jacks and king jacks are regularly seen, making this a great drift dive. Hammerheads and thresher sharks have also been sighted. At the end of the reef is a wall that drops down to 55m/180ft, making this a good site for technical divers. The current here can be very strong, so it is a site recommended only for advanced divers.

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