Puerto Galera Dive Sites

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

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JOSHUA'S WALL
Depth 60 to 80m (200 to 264ft)

Joshua's Wall

The wall runs north to south, is quite long and is between 10m/30ft and 15m/50ft in height. The top is at 60m/200ft and drops off to sand and rocks at about 76m/250ft. Here you may see schools of midnight snapper. The sandy areas seem desert-like, but in the distance are two large atolls. The top of the atolls are at 64m/210ft, dropping to 82m/270ft, where schools of batfish have been seen. The water is cold here (about 15C) so there is limited coral coral growth, but visibility can reach over 30m/100ft. Best to dive this site at slack tide.

THE ATOLL
Depth 33m (110ft)

The Atoll

Rising from 33m/110' to 20m/65' this large rock has several small crevices on the bottom side where reef sharks and stingrays can often be found. On the other side, the rock overhangs making it a good place to explore with a flashlight with many eels, lionfish, nudibranchs and octopus. A large grouper is also spotted sometimes and also the occasional larger pelagic fish. Good for Nitrox.

SHARK CAVE
Depth 27m (90ft)

Shark Cave

A large overhang, which is a favourite spot for white-tip reef sharks to rest during the day. Also home to Blue Spotted Sting Rays, Moray Eels and Octopus.

About 90 metres from the caves stands the atoll. This building sized rock harbours many moray eels, lionfish and scorpionfish. Red toothed triggerfish hover above the rock and duck into holes at the slightest sign of danger. Usually visited at the beginning of a multilevel dive o the Pink Wall or as a stop on the way to the Canyons. Good for Nitrox.

PINK WALL
Depth 12m (40ft)

Pink Wall

An overhang which, when dived on the correct tide, is perfect for novices and photographers. Surface conditions can be a little rough. Good night dive.

THE STEPS
Depth 5 to 30m (17 to 100ft)

The Steps

A series of reefs, small walls and varying contours that range in depth from 30m/100ft to 5m/15ft make the Steps a great multilevel dive. The dive starts as you descend down to the deepest reef, then make your way up past a small wall covered with hard and soft corals and teeming with fish life, including shoals of batfish, tuna and surgeonfish. Eagle rays have been observed at this dive too. Ascending to shallower depths you pass over basket sponges and prolific mushroom corals interspersing ferns and small gorgonians. Triggerfish and various species of puffer fish, such as spotted box fish and porcupine fish are common, along with colorful parrot fish of different species. The fish are generally very diverse with lots of bigger species well represented. On the shallowest part of the dive are plate corals and brain corals, and turtles are regularly seen serenely cruising over the reef.

KILIMA DRIFT
Depth 12 to 30m (40 to 100ft)

Kilima Drift

The phase of the moon will determine the strength of the current on ebb tide of this exciting "high-voltage" drift dive with current speeds that can reach up to 6 knots. The dive can be kept shallow or deep depending on the experience of the divers. The dive can start well up current from Sinandigan Wall, but once you pass the wall up- and down-currents can be experienced which result due to the topography of the area. After this, the current then slows down but pushes you up into shallow water. For multilevel dives, or dives that have been planned to finish at the Hole in the Wall, in this is fine, but if the planned depth is 27m/90ft then hard finning is required, and it best to keep your eyes on the dive guide for direction. The current changes again to pick you up and sweep you across the ocean floor, where sea whips seem to cling to the rock for dear life along with siphon sponges and gorgonians.

TURTLE ROCK
Depth 5 to 45m (17 to 150ft)

Turtle Rock

Follow the slope down at the bottom of Sinandigan Wall to a giant rock at 45m/150ft, healthy with marine life, such as gorgonians and sea whips. Sweet-lips and snapper are common, and whitetip reef sharks and turtle are sometimes seen here. this site is best dived on the flood tide.

SINANDIGAN WALL
Depth 40m (132ft)

Sinandigan Wall

This wall drops off from five to about forty metres. It is home to a huge range of invertebrates and so is popular with both naturalists and photographers. Dives here often turn into Nudibranch hunts. Nudi (naked), branchs (lungs) are brightly coloured sea slugs that eat sponges. Many fish avoid eating sponges because of the powerful chemicals in their cells. The nudibranchs can also store these chemicals in their own bodies making them bad to eat. Hence the bright colour is a simple warning sign �I taste bad�.

THE BOULDERS
Depth 3 to 21m (10 to 70ft)

The Boulders

At the surface you face a vertical stone wall and a few large boulders breaking the surface. As you descend underwater, down the slope, the site is covered with different shapes and sizes of boulders that look like they have rolled from the surface and have come to rest on the slope, creating swim-through and cave. There are gorgonians of many colors, basket sponges and soft tree corals here. Blue fingered starfish, sea cucumbers, stonefish, scorpion fish, lionfish, spotted snapper and striped sweetlips are all abundant here, and in the caves small lobster and prawns can be found. It is best to dive this site on flood tide when there is no current as the area has a lot of silt sediment. It is a good site for wide-angle macro photography.

JAPANESE WRECK
Depth 42m (140ft)

Japanese Wreck

Situated on a flat sandy bottom, all that remains of this WWII Japanese patrol boat is the engine block and propeller shaft. Two very large moray eels are resident, along with 30+ sweetlips. A large orange stonefish is also hidden amongst the engine along with a wealth of small invertebrates. A flashlight makes for a memorable dive. Good Nitrox dive.

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