Mindoro & Anilao

A sanctuary for many species of small critters.

Mindoro is a popular diving destination for divers arriving in Manila as it only takes 3 hours by car and boat offering some of the best diving in the Philippines with sites like Apo Reef and Verde Island at your fingertips.

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Mindoro and Anilao are a dream diving destination and easily combined. Puerto Galera is Mindoro’s main diving area offering experiences for everyone. Beginners can enjoy some great dives and get more practice under their belt around the sites secluded in the protected bay whilst more advanced and adventurous divers are treated with pelagic encounters and stronger currents along Verde Island.

Anilao is one of the top 10 Philippines diving areas and one of our favourites as it bursts with underwater life and great visibility. Anilao is an underwater photographer’s dream as you can choose from over 50 excellent dive sites for macro and muck diving.

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Beginner, All

Nov -May

11 Nights

Macro & Reefs

From £2395

Atlantis Resorts Diving Retreat

Philippines, The Visayas

The Atlantis Resorts are the perfect base for an amazing diving retreat in the Philippines as you can combine two diving spots into one holiday!

  • Ideal for individuals & groups
  • 2 destinations 1 holiday
  • Diverse marine life
  • Exclusive Ultimate Diving Resorts
  • Dive Puerto Galera
  • Dive Dumaguete

4 Stars


13.5 Hours

Beginner, All

From £1895

Atlantis Puerto Galera

Philippines, Mindoro & Anilao

The Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort is located in the heart of the Coral Triangle with spectacular scenery above and below the water. This idyllic resort has to be on every divers bucket list!

  • Boutique resort on the hills of Sabang Bay
  • Center of biodiversity in the Coral Triangle
  • Spa facilities with a range of treatments
  • Up to five dives a day available
  • Excellent camera room facilities
  • 2018 Trip advisor Certificate of Excellence

All Levels

Pelagic & Reefs



UD Rating – 4 Star

Atlantis Azores

Philippines, The Visayas

The Atlantis Azores is a luxury 33 metre boat allowing you to experience the finest diving in the Philippines by offering 4 route options including Bohol, Malapascua, Cebu and Tubbataha Reef.

  • Maximum 16 guests
  • 4 to 5 dives per day
  • 4 route options
  • Dive from tenders
  • Nitrox available
  • 7, 10 and 12 night itineraries

3 Stars


13.5 Hours

Beginners, All

From £1395

Acacia Resort & Dive Centre

Philippines, Mindoro & Anilao

The resort is ideally located in the Mabini-Tingloy Pensinsula to the north of Puerto Galera and to the west of Verde Island where you will find great wall dives, sea mounds and coral gardens.

  • Located in Mabini
  • Perfect for groups
  • Full board basis
  • Dive centre on site
  • Great for macro diving
  • 2 hours from Manila

All levels

Reefs & Wrecks



UD Rating – 4 Star

S/Y Philippine Siren

Philippines, The Visayas

The Philippine Siren is takes 10 night trips to the more remote diving locations not easily accessible from resorts. With a choice of seasonal itineraries and a good full board basis you will not be disappointed one bit.

  • Max 16 guests / up to 4 dives per day
  • 10 night trips to the Southern Visayas
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Great for land and liveaboard trips
  • Diving at Apo Island

Buceo Anilao Beach & Dive Resort

Philippines, Mindoro & Anilao

Located at the end of Mabini, Buceo is the only resort in Anilao that has a sandy beach and is surrounded by a reef full of marine life for guests to take full advantage of.

  • Located South of Mabini
  • BB & HB basis
  • Family resort
  • Dive centre on site
  • Beachfront location
  • 10 exclusive cabanas


Monday, 03 August 2015

Underwater Transformation

It’s probably one of those things Instructors get used to, as the number of students they work with increases the smaller details may tend to lose their sharpness.

Underwater Transformation

Extreme Sports Philippines

Tour Type: Adventure Tours

If you are coming to Puerto Galera or White Beach in Oriental Mindoro, visiting Extreme Sports Philippines is a must do thing in Puerto Galera. Our Adventure Park in Sto Nino is a one-stop for all adrenaline junkies! We are offering a wide variety of exciting activities and adventures to keep visitors of all ages entertained all day long.

Verde Island

Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Located between the islands of Luzon and Mindoro, Philippines

Tukuran Falls

Tour Type: Nature Tours

45 minutes south of Puerto Galera

Destination Fact File

A sanctuary for many species of small critters.

Mindoro and Anilao are located a mere 3 to 4 hours away from the capital city of Manila. This part of the Philippines is absolutely fantastic and offers visitors a range of natural wonders on land including waterfalls, tropical rainforests and mountain ranges as well as great diving opportunities. Prepare yourself for an adventurous diving holiday admiring the astonishing sites of Apo Reef National Park where you can find mantas, sharks and rays, exploring the drop-offs around Verde Island to the north of Puerto Galera and finding the smallest critters in the beautiful Anilao coast. This area of the Philippines really is a mecca for divers and for a good reason.

Puerto Galera:

Known as the “Pearl of Mindoro”, Puerto Galera is approximately 100 miles from Manila on Mindoro Island where you will find more than 50 dive sites surrounding the area. The marine life here is spectacular and you can drift dive along the breath-taking walls, practice your buoyancy with swim-throughs or just marvel at the schools of snapper, emperors, eagle rays, barracudas, turtles, tuna and the occasional shark.

Puerto Galera home to Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort and El Galleon Beach Resort is separated from Luzon by the Verde Island passage, home to strong currents from the South China Sea flushing in rich nutrients and attracting a variety of marine species. This area of the Philippines is well known by divers for its spectacular and exhilarating drift dives. Puerto Galera is also home to a 5km foreshore marine sanctuary dotted with world class dive sites and a diversity of over 300 different types of hard and soft corals.

In the evening you can choose to take a stroll along Puerto Galera’s promenade where you can buy a souvenir sold in stalls along the pier, in boutiques in Poblacion and by street vendors. Handicraft particularly marble novelties, rattan and coconut products can also be found. Puerto Galera comes with a wide range of restaurants, pubs and discos lined up and almost encroaching in the water where you can try the local cuisine and have a refreshing drink at the end of a hard day’s diving.


Anilao is a must dive destination! This marine protected sanctuary is one of the best places in the Philippines for macro photography and videography. The reefs around Anilao are extremely healthy, some being quite shallow and some at very deep depths. If you are looking for a holiday where you can immerse yourself looking for small critters, the reef fish in Anilao are plentiful on every dive site including lots of nudibranchs, mantis shrimps and soft corals.

This diving paradise is just 3 hours’ drive to the south of Manila making it a popular destination for day and weekend excursions for Manila residents. In Anilao, the underwater beauty and adventure continues uphill and when you are not diving you can go hiking, windsurf or just relax on one of the beautiful beaches.

The nightlife in Anilao is normally confined to the dive resorts that dot this area but the evening entertainment is always low key. Anilao is the perfect place if you are looking for a relaxing and laid back holiday where you can have a refreshing drink with like-minded people after a great day diving if you feel like.

Mindoro & Anilao Top Dive Sites:

The Canyons in Puerto Galera is the most famous dive site, a must visit for all experienced and technical divers. It is here that the currents encourage the abundance of marine life in the area making a massive impact. When currents are strong, the marine life is plentiful and varied. Burly surges along the wall which means divers and fish alike have to seek shelter in one of the three distinct canyons. You will find yourself having a short rest in each canyon surrounded by schools of snappers, jacks, sweetlips, emperor angelfish and barracuda. Recently, there have been sightings of pelagics including mantas, thresher and hammerhead sharks. Resting at the end of this site is a coral encrusted anchor, all that remains of a Spanish Galleon. The Canyons is best dived on nitrox to give you more bottom time to take in all the sights. This is truly a world-class dive that should not be missed.

MV Alma Jane in Puerto Galera is a cargo vessel that was scuttled right in the middle of Sabang Bay in 2005 in an effort to create an artificial reef. Today it lies upright in 30 metres of water and is home to inquisitive schools of batfish, yellowtail fusiliers and drummers around the wreck. The hull is still intact and you can swim into it taking care of sharp edges and lurking lionfish waiting in the shadows for a meal to swim by. There is plenty to explore and you may also come across some smaller critters such as mantis shrimp and morays; stingrays can also be found in the sand around the wreck.

The Twin Rocks in Anilao is one of the best sites with prolific life at 3 to 40 metres and all depths between. Here you will find a range of marine species great for macro and wide-angle photography. Count with encounters with schooling jacks, small fish, jaw fish soft corals and much more.

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Destination Details

Transfer From Manila airport to Makati City 1 hour - Lots of road traffic creating long delays
Tranfer From Manila airport to Manila 1.5 - 2 hours
Transfer From Manila airport to Batangas 3 to 4 hours.
From Manila airport to Puerto Galera: 4.5 to 5 hours followed by 2 hour boat journey
Dive Season Although you can dive this area all year round the high season runs from mid-December to the end of May and the low season with its rain and occasional windy period offers some of the best visibility. Depending on the season the water temperature ranges from 27 to 29 degrees Celsius.

Special discount on Acacia Resort & Dive Centre.

Philippines, Mindoro & Anilao

Book a full package with Ultimate Diving and save £110 off your holiday!

Exclusive offer on Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort

Philippines, Mindoro & Anilao

This special offer includes:

Add ons:

Book by the 31/12/2018. Travel anytime in 2019.

Free Upgrade:
Room upgrade (subject to avilability) or spa traatment or Mitrox for the week.

Save in your accommodation at the Buceo Anilao Beach & Dive Resort

Philippines, Mindoro & Anilao

Book a full package with Ultimate Diving and save £100 off your holiday!

Atlantis Azores Charter Offer

Philippines, The Visayas

This special offer includes:

Add ons:

Book the Atlantis Azores full charter from as little as £2799 per person including Flights on selected trips.

From £1895pp & Free Nitrox

Philippines, Mindoro & Anilao

Back by popular demand!!!

Book 7 nights at the Atlantis Puerto Galera with daily breakfast, airport transfers and 12 dives from as little as £1895 per person and get Free NITROX.