Category Archives: Scuba Diving in Puerto Galera

Congratulations to Ollie Haapanen – Rescue Diver!

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Congatulations to Ollie Haapanen from Finland on completing his Rescue Diver Course with Dive Instructor Conan Fagan and Divemaster Dennis Frandsen. Ollie passed his course with flying colours, and his girlfriend Satu was kind enough to volunteer to play the victim 🙂

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Scandi Divers Resort offers PADI scuba diving courses for all levels of divers, from beginners to professionals with many courses and specialities to choose from. We also have a wide variety of rooms to suit every budget, and are situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, Big La Laguna Bay, Puerto Galera.

Terry Catches a Turtle

Terry O’Dowd, our resort manager and dive intructor bought a cool little GoPro video camera recently and took it out for a test drive while he was snorkeling in Big La Laguna Bay, just a few meters off the beach outside our resort, and found this great Hawksbill Turtle! The turtle is obviously not camera shy, and allowed Terry to get these great shots!

Terry will be taking the camera with him on all his dives now, and hopes to get lots more great footage of the amazing dive sites around Puerto Galera.

This easy-to-use camera will also be available for guests to rent (comes with headstrap) so they can shoot POV (point of view) footage of their own dives too!

Farewell to Andy Pang’s Group from China

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A big ‘Thank You’ and farewell to Andy Pang and his fantastic group from China who were here to enjoy some quality diving with us, seen here with their guides Rico and Rey.

To celebrate another great dive trip, they threw a party in the Sky Bar on their last night, complete with a fire dancer, and a delicious barbecue dinner prepared by our chef Mark. It was a great night, and the only unhappy participant at the party was Porky the pig (who was delicious!)

Thank you Andy and friends! We look forward to your next trip here 🙂

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Underwater Cleanup Day!

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Scandidivers staff and guests join in on another successful clean up underwater. Thanks to the great work from Greenfins and everyone involved.

The underwater cleanups are an important part of maintaining our beautiful waters here in Puerto Galera. Unfortunately some passing boats and ferries are careless enough to dump litter on their passage through these waters, and there is also the problem of refuse being washed down from the higher coastal regions into our beautiful bays. The only way to keep this problem in check is by regular underwater cleanups by divers who care about out environment. Fortunately there is no shortage of people willing to spend some free time doing their bit for Puerto Galera!

A Family Diving Adventure in Puerto Galera!A Family Diving Adventure in Puerto Galera!

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The Skogland family from Sweden certainly know how to have fun together, and prove that scuba diving is for all ages. Mats (in the photo above) celebrated his birthday on a dive to the Alma Jane wreck with his dive guide Conan, Mats’ wife Asa did her Open Water course while here with us, and their children Victor, Stina, Matilda and Sara did Junior Open water, Junior Scuba Diver and Bubblemaker courses! Awesome stuff 🙂

We really enjoyed having you guys and hope to see you again!

Verde Island: The best Diving in Puerto Galera!

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Without a doubt, Verde Island offers some of the best diving in Puerto Galera and is recognised as the most biodiverse body of water in the world! It’s only a 30min boat ride from Scandi Divers and provides an excellent day of entertainment, including lunch on Verde Island during the surface interval/

In our recent trip to Verde Island, 2 of our newly certified divers Cody and Annelei (from the USA and Canada) explored the area down to an amazing 40 meters! Even at the depth the visibility was incredibe, allowing divers to fully appreciate the scope of this area.

During the dives the Verde Island sites delivered the usual abundance of beautiful marine life, including schools of colourful Travellis and Sweetlips passing right before the divers’ eyes, offering an amazing sighting of massive harmonized fish movements. We also observed Groupers in large quantities, and the reefs of Verde Island have a huge variety of hard  corals such as Staghorns and Giant Gorgonian fans, interspersed with many soft corals and sponges.

After diving at Verde Island, Cody concluded that “the Verde dive sites are a MUST-SEE if you are diving in Puerto Galera”. However, the Verde Island dive sites are often prone to strong and sometimes unpredictable currents, and it is recommended only for experienced divers with at least an Advanced Open Water qualification. If you are thinking about doing a dive trip to Verde Island, the Scandi Divers Instructors will gladly provide an assessment of your skills and expertise in order to safely dive on these sites.

Contact us to book a day of incredible diving in Puerto Galera!