Puerto Galera Dive Sites

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

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DEEP LA LAGUNA REEFS
Depth 45 to 75m (150 to 250ft)

Deep La Laguna Reef

These are two reefs that are divided by a sand valley. Both reefs are covered with basket sponges, whip corals, large and small gorgonian fans. The west reef bottoms out at 55m/180ft while the east reef steps off to a depth of 75m/250ft. There are some large rock formations where snappers of several species, surgeon fish and unicorn fish of all descriptions, as well as fusiliers are among the very prevalent schooling species. Sharks and eagle rays are also sometimes sighted. Both reefs can be covered at slack tide.

DRY DOCK
Depth 24 to 30m (80 to 100ft)

Dry Dock

The Dry Dock is a large steel and plywood construction which was originally designed to lift small boats out of the water. It was sunk by La Laguna Dive Center in 1998 to create a man-made reef. The construction lies on a sandy bottom adjacent to a small coral reef. It has become the home of many different species of marine life such as sweetlips, snapper, batfish, surgeonfish, pipefish and many more. There is a giant barracuda residing here, and blue spotted rays are commonly seen on the sandy bottom. After you have checked out the site you can swim a short distance to the shallower depths of La Laguna Point. It is best to dive this site at slack tide.

LA LAGUNA POINT
Depth 3 to 18m (10 to 60ft)

La Laguna Point

Extending from the beautiful white beach of Big La Laguna is a very healthy coral reef consisting of stag horn and plate corals that are teeming with fish life. The contour gradually gets steeper as you come to a small wall where sweetlips, small schools of surgeonfish, angel fish and trigger fish are seen. Lionfish and scorpion fish are also common in this area. West of the wall is a white sandy slope where different species of anemones are home to families of clown fish and small shrimp. Sole fish and stargazers can be seen here on night dives. 

SMALL TO BIG LA LAGUNA
Depth 3 to 18m (10 to 60ft)

Small to Big La Laguna

On ebb tide the current can make this a swift drift dive, and it is possible to cover great distances of breathtaking underwater terrain. Descending into shallow water, the seafloor is covered with staghorn and other hard corals, with an impressive populations of an abundance of fish species. At 12m/40ft you find the wreck of a small aluminum speedboat where sergeant majors swarm and a large black frogfish is commonly seen. Following the reef down to 18m/60ft there are two large coral-covered rock formations, dotted with small sea fans, and home to schools of fusiliers and cardinal fish.

THE ALMA JANE WRECK
Depth 30m (100ft)

Alma Jane Wreck

The Alma-Jane Wreck is located of the point pier at Small La Laguna Beach. This wreck sits in approximately 30 meters of water on a nice sandy bottom, 30 meters in length and 10 meters tall. It is a great wreck for Nitrox and penetration diving.  Sunk in March 2003 it is an all steel inter-island freighter. About 30 meters long and 80 tons, it stands uprights and is buoyed. The descent down the line gives a great sight of the mast and bows rising high off the bottom. It has already attracted lots of batfish and a couple of large emperorfish. This wreck makes an excellent subject for wide angle photography.

ANTON'S WRECK (ST CHRISTOPHER)
Depth 24m (80ft)

Anton's Wreck

A retired 20m live-a-board dive boat sunk off the end of the El Galleon Pier in 1995, this is good start to begin exploring the reef fronting Small Lalaguna Beach. After some time enjoying some large snapper that live on the wreck, the current will propel you up to another wreck, The Speedboat, in 12m/40'. This little wreck is a real favourite since giant frogfish reside here, watching large numbers of Sergeant-Majors defend their purple eggs from opportunistic butterflyfish and wrasses.

SABANG REEF
Depth 45 to 65m (150 to 215ft)

Sabang Reef

This small reef starts at 42m/170ft and a series of large rock formations step down to deeper water. It is a difficult reef to find, as it involves a free descent to 42m, and if you are not spot on you just hit sand.

The site has a garden of giant gorgonian fans and soft tree corals. There is a large school of banner fish that reside there, but other fish species common to the site are barramundi cod, sweetlips, rabbit fish, batfish and passing shoals of small mackerels and tuna. Best to dive at slack tide, otherwise a current can drift you way off the site during the descent. Best suited for advanced and technical nitrox diving.

SABANG WRECKS
Depth 18m (60ft)

Sabang Wrecks

An old wooden fishing junk sunk off the front of Sabang beach in 1993. A resident school of very friendly batfish and large surgeonfish make this a popular dive. Surrounded by sand, the wreck has attracted many eels, large lionfish, damsels, trumpets,´┐Żand the occasional stonefish. Flounders and stargazers inhabit the sand and excellent place to study the many gobie & shrimp relationships. Great fish feeding.

At night, these wrecks transform into a mesmerizing display of colours and many small crustaceans and other macro subjects can be seen scurrying around in the holes around the wreck. Buried in the sand can be found the rare stargazer. A mouth and two eyes point towards the stars, while a tongue flicks in and out - a lure to attract over curious fish.

SABANG POINT
Depth 24m (80ft)

Sabang Point

A good wall dropping down to 24m/80', with stony corals, soft corals many fish and unusual invertebrates such as large cuttlefish and octopus. A ridge rising to 5m/15' is covered with more crinoids that are colorful and corals. A good night dive.

DEEP MONKEY BEACH
Depth 45 to 75m (150 to 250ft)

Deep Monkey Beach

This is a series of walls, overhangs, ridges and spectacular cliff-like formations that step off to deep water in this area. You could potentially make four different dives here depending on the direction and strength of the current. Common to the area are giant gorgonian fans, basket sponges, soft tree corals and fields high whip corals along with a great diversity of fish life. You may see shoals of sweetlips, unicornfish, snapper, mackerel and tuna. Currents can be strong so best to plan the dives around slack tide. Again, this site is only suitable for advanced and technical nitrox diving due to the depth.

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