Puerto Galera Part 2 – above water

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After four days of scuba diving in Puerto Galera, I went down with an ear infection. I looked at returning home early, but discovered there were plenty of other alternative activities to enjoy. Plus, ever the eternal optimist, I was hoping my ear infection might even heal quickly.

Across the inner bay from Badladz was Puerto Galera Yacht Club. I had been there a couple of days earlier to sample their highly acclaimed baby back ribs, and in between delicious mouthfuls,  The Commodore addressed a packed clubhouse as a three day regatta was about to start. I remembered he mentioned that any visitors wanting to sail simply needed to turn up at 9am every morning and a place on a yacht would be found. So off I hopped to the yacht club – with my water logged ear and painkillers  Here is the clubhouse – I was  waiting for the skippers brief and was early of course… Continue reading

Puerto Galera Part 1 – underwater

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After my trip to Koh Chang, I was once again bitten by my addiction to being underwater. With the festive holidays coming up, I hadn’t quite decided what I wanted to do, other than get away. So I looked where I could dive regionally within a “budget” budget that was still on my bucket dive list. The Philippines has been on this list for a while and Manila is a short and cheap three hour budget flight from Bangkok, so this is where I decided to go.

PhilsMapI had heard mixed reports about diving in the Philippines, primarily due to overfishing and over development, but this 7000 plus island nation sits on the Northern edge of the coral triangle, the most nutrient rich and bio-diverse waters in the world, hence its inclusion on my bucket list. Marine biologists are still discovering new species within these waters. I heard from friends consistently good reports about Puerto Galera on the island of Mindoro,  so I decided now was the time to check out Puerto Galera for myself.

As it was only few days before a departure, availability of accommodation was limited as it was over Christmas.  I managed to find a resort with a dive centre that had availability within my budget. It was called Badladz Adventure Resort, so I packed with an open mind. Continue reading