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Getting to Puerto Galera

You have many options to get to our resort from Manila. When you make your reservations with us, please specify which option you prefer, and we’ll help you. Below are additional details.

Direct Private Transfers to/from Manila

  • This is the quickest and most convenient way to reach us in Puerto Galera.
  • It is tailored to suit your required travel times and can be scheduled any time of day or night.
  • It’s a 2hour aircon car/van ride from Manila to Berberabe Pier, followed by an hour boat ride directly to El Galleon Pier.  Total journey time usually 2.5 to 3hours.
  • We STRONGLY recommend that you read through the directions carefully and PRINT THEM OUT to bring with you. We are constantly trying to update and improve the service we provide, so recommend that you print the details even if you have done the journey before.
  • Note there are three terminals: Directions for pick up from the International Airport TERMINAL ONE, TWO, THREE, Manila follow:

 

AIRPORT PICK UP TERMINAL ONE

Step 1) Once you have all your luggage, walk through the customs area and go outside the airport.

Step 2) You will be standing on the ‘arrival terminal access road’.

Step 3) Look across the road and you will see two ramps (left and right). You can take either of the two ramps as they end up in the same area below.

Step 4) When you reach the bottom, you will be at another access road.  Look for the DUTY FREE STORE and stand with your back infront of the DUTY FREE STORE.

Step 5) Look across the street for someone wearing an Asia Divers white T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name on it.

Step 6) Identify yourself and be prepared for a short walk to the car. Assisted by the driver, you will be on your way soon.

 

AIRPORT PICK UP TERMINAL TWO

Step 1) Once you have all your luggage, walk through the customs area and go outside the airport.

Step 2) Proceed to the arrival’s access area, turn right and find the BAY #18

Step 3) Look across the street for someone wearing an Asia Divers white T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name on it.

Step 4) Identify yourself and be prepared for a short walk to the car. Assisted by the driver, you will be on your way soon.

 

AIRPORT PICK UP TERMINAL THREE

Step 1) Once you have all your luggage, walk through the customs area

Step 2) The exit area has a glass wall where all arrivals/passengers can see who’s waiting for them outside.

Step 3) Look around for our driver wearing an Asia Divers white T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name will be there.

Step 4) Identify yourself and be prepared for a short walk to the car. Assisted by the driver, you will be on your way soon.

 

In case you will not find the driver please call El Galleon Beach Resort,
+63 43-287-3205
+63 928-503-3314
+63 917-814-5107

At Berberabe the car/van will stop very close to your waiting boat. Although there are no baggage porters on the pier, the boat crew work for us and will take you directly to The Point (Small Lalaguna) where there will be someone from the resort to meet you (again, they work directly for us, your bags will be safely looked after, tip them as you see fit). All the boats have cell phones. You should pay for the boat and car on arrival at El Galleon and you should not pay anything beyond tips to the driver or boatmen whilst you are on route.

Transfer from Manila airport or hotel to El Galleon Dive Resort

  • 1-6 people $320
  • 7-12 people $480
  • 13-24 people $960

* All return transport is arranged while you are here through the cashier at El Galleon. If you have any questions, please contact our front desk at +63-928-503-3314 or +63-43-287-3205. Our manager Rhuby is also available at +63-917-839-8530 if you require immediate assistance.

* Our transportation is contracted out to a private transport company. This company has no Credit Card (CC) facility and can not accept payment through CC. Therefore we must have cash payments only for transportation charges. Please bring along cash for this payment.

* We do give 5% discount on room, food, diving if you pay full in cash. However we add 5% for all credit card payments.

Directions to Sitio Berberabe

Sitio Berberabe is not far from the Shell Refinery on the East side of Batangas Bay. In more detail: If you go to the last exit on the South Superhighway, and turn right, you only have to drive a few km before you will see a large green sign on your right pointing to the new STAR TOLLWAY to Batangas. This puts you on to a beautiful new road. The STAR TOLLWAY will take you straight to Batangas City. Once paying driving through tollgate, (P55) turn left at the roundabout towards Batangas City. After approximately 3kms, the “Lions Monument? will appear on your left.

Approaching Batangas City, make the next left turn after the “Lions Monument?. Drive to the next intersection on your left, turn and take the next left again and head up till you see the sign for Lobo, SM Mall and the Shell Refinery. From there you have 5km to Sitio Berberabe if you want to check your trip meter. Take the next right, following the signs to SM Mall, Lobo and the Shell Refinery, on the way you will cross a bridge, shortly after you will see the Pontifino Hotel. Before arriving at the hotel you will see a Y intersection that will take you to the new SM Mall, drive past the mall, past the Shell station and keep left, keeping a lookout for the Shell Refinery and Pacific Flour Mills. Pass the Shell Refinery, and beware of the two speed bumps near the Flour Mill gates. From the end of the Flour fence, drive up another 500 meters and you will end see a small local waiting shed with Asia Divers/El Galleon transfer sign. Take the small concrete road, you will see a parking lot and you are there.

Transfer from hotel or private residence in Manila

Just let us know when and where you wish to be picked up from.

If you wish to be collected from a hotel in Manila we need the hotel name, phone number & your room number.

From a private residence we need the full address and if possible directions to assist the driver as well as a contact phone number.

Public Transportation from Manila

The public transportation is a relatively inexpensive way to travel to us. However, this option is only recommended for the seasoned traveler who is traveling without much luggage.

Catch a regular aircon bus from Manila (BLTB or JAM bus stations in Pasay) to Batangas Port (approx. p200) where local boats and ferries run to Sabang, and Muelle in Puerto Galera for about p260 per person. If you arrive at Puerto Galera you will need to get a bangka boat to our private pier at El Galleon, Small Lalaguna (about P200- 400). These prices are approximate prices as of time of writing.

 We can meet you from any ferry if you organize it with us in advance - just email us or give us a call.

 

Air Juan Manila to Puerto Galera in 30minutes)

Another option for coming to Puerto Galera is by sea plane. See http://www.airjuan.com/book-now.php

One person with 20 kg = P4,500 plus 10kg @ 100 = P5,500
One person with 30 kg = P4,500 plus 20 kg @ 100 = P6,500
One person with 40 kg = P4,500 plus 30 kg @ 100 = P7,500

One person to fly with 40 kg is about the same price as taking the private transfer. The only difference is that it’s a scheduled plane and it only takes 25 to 30 min to get here.

If I am two people without excess its P9,000 (20 kg each it’s P11,000) so I could take private transfer and be cheaper, so it does not work with two or more people with the exception its faster, more fun.

Charter one way is $1,350 or with 9 pax its $150 a head or P7,050. It does not work that well for groups.

Seaplane

Cost US$700 one way for up to three people (depending on your size and the amount of luggage). The plane, from Subic Bay, cannot land at the international airport but can be met close by at the Blue Horizon Restaurant.

Flights can only be made well with in daylight hours. Contact us for more information / bookings or Mike O’Farrel direct: :seaplane@asia-mail.com / or seaplane@portalinc.com Tel: 047 252 3005 / 047 222 4916 / 047 252 2230 or cellular 0918 371 0580.

Helicopter

Flying time is around thirty minutes, lands on the beach, daylight only.

Commuter Air Philippines: Cost: PHP 25,000 per hour (we estimate 1.5 hours). Approximately PHP 37, 500. Max four passengers (or 350 kilo’s total weight). Total around US$ 960 e Ayala Aviation: Cost: PHP 28,000 per hour (estimate 1.5 hours). Approximately PHP 42,000 + landing and takeoff fee (total P1, 000) + 3% carrier tax (i.e. about P1, 250). Max five passengers. Total around US$1,150

Seasonal Weather

We are an all year round dive resort with the sea normally moderate during December to March and calm during April and May, often talked about by the travelers (not divers) as being the best time of year to be here. Water temperature during December to mid or late February is around 23° to 27°c.

From June to November (typhoon season July to August) can be and often is some of our best diving conditions. We do get rain (sometimes) during these months, however it’s normally at night either early evening or early morning leaving the days to be fine and mostly sunny with sea condition being excellent. The visibility is often at its best during this part of the year, however it’s not called typhoon season for nothing. There is always the risk of having a typhoon pass by and leaving behind it a day or two of rain and causing some swells. It’s rare that a typhoon would pass through Puerto Galera and in the past years we had one in 1996 and the next two were 2006, May and December!

There have been none since this writing that have affected Puerto Galera. Water temperatures, mid to late February to November are 28°c to 30°c

El Galleon Today (Webcam)

The first beach resort on Small La Laguna Beach (adjacent to Sabang Beach) is the El Galleon Beach Resort & Hotel. This Puerto Galera webcam is located above Tertalino′s beach-front bar at the front of El Galleon Beach Resort & Hotel; it looks past the Asia Divers dive shop, across the Verde Island Passage and pictures Verde Island and the southern Batangas coast beyond.

Public Transportation from Manila

The public transportation is a relatively inexpensive way to travel to us. However, this option is only recommended for the seasoned traveler who is traveling without much luggage.

Catch a regular aircon bus from Manila (BLTB or JAM bus stations in Pasay) to Batangas Port (approx. P150) where local boats and ferries run to Sabang, Puerto Galera and Balateros If you arrive at either Puerto Galera or Balateros you will need to get a bangka boat to the Point, Small Lalaguna (about P200- 400)

We can meet you from any ferry - just give us a call.

Where can I Stay?

El Galleon has 30 rooms on site from budget, to Deluxe to Penthouse and Family rooms. All have AC and hot water.  All rooms have television except for the budget rooms. Rooms can have one or two beds so are good for twin share. Family rooms can accommodate up to four persons. 

El Galleon also manages Waimea Villas. Waimea is a short five minute walk from El Galleon located about one hundred meters back off the beach on the side of a hill. The villas are very comfortable and of a high standard, with its own compound, pool and garden. Please take a look at http://www.asiadivers.com/beach-resort-philippines/relax_accommodations.html to see this property.

Currency

US Dollar / Peso cash are preferred (obviously and the best way!). We accept other major currencies as payment; please check with us before you arrive.

Credit cards are accepted; VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEXCO.

El Galleon and Asia Divers accept personal cheques from both US Dollar and Peso accounts. We also accept bank transfers, please contact us for details.

Communication

English is widely spoken.

Puerto Galera has come a long way over the years and now with landlines to assist with faster check out times, wireless internet for those that have to stay in touch, it's easy.

Pay phones, mobile phone load cards, fax and email are all available.

Medical Information

No malaria in the area, but inoculations for Hep A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus are recommended, always check with your doctor.

Bring high factor sun creams and insect repellent if you are prone to that type of thing, it’s a rare occasion that you will need to put on more than shorts and a t-shirt.

Insurance

We strongly advise all divers and students to purchase dive accident insurance and will ask any diver not covered to sign a Disclaimer acknowledging that the Facility, management and staff will not be held responsible for any costs incurred in the event of any evacuation or medical treatment being required.

We can however assist you with a policy through Diveassure with Basic ( Philippines only ) or Platinum ( Worldwide ) cover at the following rates:

  • Description
  • Basic – 1 Day
  • Basic – 1 Week
  • Basic – 2 Weeks
  • Basic - 3 Weeks
  • Basic – 30 Days
  • Basic – Annual
  • Platinum - Annual
  • Rate
  • $9.00
  • $39.00
  • $49.00
  • $59.00
  • $69.00
  • $89.00
  • $99.00

  • Diveassure is primary coverage, and is for diving to any depth, covers mixed gas diving, Rebreathers and overhead environments. Medical Expenses to $50,000.00 ( Basic ) and $250,000.00 ( Platinum ), besides additional costs for accommodation and travel, lost gear etc.


    You can sign up on arrival with us, or do it before hand here:



    DAN Insurance

    For scuba divers worldwide, DAN means safety, health and peace of mind. Committed to improving the safety of diving for all divers, we are Your Buddy in Dive Safety.
    DAN is a global network of not-for-profit, member-based organizations and DAN Asia-Pacific has a region of responsibility that extends throughout Asia and the Pacific region.
    Wherever members live or dive around the world they have peace of mind knowing that DAN is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to assist in the event of an accident. Guests can register with DAN for Short Term Dive Accident Insurance in the dive shop

    • 10 days/$40 USD
    • 30 days/$50 USD

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