Beautiful Scandi divers resort in Puerto GaleraEnjoy our latest slideshow and see the true beauty of Scandi divers resort and the scenic delights of Puerto Galera. We share some of the underwater creatures that you can see while scuba diving with us.
Top 5 dives in Puerto GaleraPuerto Galera is one of the most diverse scuba diving destinations in the world. With over 40 dive sites and 3,000 marine species to dive with we have given our verdict on the top 5 dive spots that you have to visit during your stay at Scandi divers resort.
1. The Drop off at Verde Island is not just the number 1 dive in Puerto Galera but must be classed as one of the best in Asia. The Pinnacle breaks the surface before dropping down to three hundred meters. It can have very strong currents which brings in fish by the bucket load. You can see large tuna and snapper mixed in with massive schools of wide mouth mackerel, Chub and the neon colored blue streak fusiliers. The population of anthais is so thick that you struggle to see the reef in places. You can see banded sea snakes, hawksbill turtles and warty frogfish. There are some massive sea fans and barrel sponges that can dwarf scuba divers. With a spectacular ecosystem existing here also look out for large pelagic species in the blue.
2. Canyons have been listed in the 50 top dives in the world. Best visited with a decent incoming tide, it can be a jaw dropping experience. There are 3 separate canyons the deepest one at 27 meters. You can see schools of jacks, Spanish mackerel and batfish. The delicate soft corals that cover the reef are beautiful soft pinks, purples and orange in color. The large sea fans quiver as the currents rush through them with pygmy seahorses clinging on for dear life. Hiding from current are oriental sweetlips, scorpion fish and moray eels. As you get to the last canyon there is an old anchor embedded into the reef, look out in the blue for spotted eagle rays and tuna before heading up for your safety stop.
3. The Alma Jane wreck was sunk in 2003 and has become one of the best dives in Puerto Galera. This artificial reef is down at thirty meters and is encrusted with some great coral growth. There is a resident school of a hundred or so batfish that are always facing into the current. Around the prop shaft you see large snappers. You can explore inside the wreck very easily, look out for banded sea snakes living in the celling. There are some large lion and scorpion fish. There is a high chance that you will see a few giant frog fish.
4. The Giant Clams are one of the best muck diving locations in the Philippines. If you would like to see mimic octopus, thorny seahorses, ornate ghost pipe fish, Dragon sea moths, Hairy frogfish, wunderpus, harlequin shrimp, blue ring octopus and the flamboyant cuttlefish then you will have to visit this magical macro playground.
5. Kilima steps creeps in at number 5, we chose this site not only because of its beautiful stepped topography but this is place where you can see the majestic thresher shark. If the sharks don’t show up then you can still find the Palate surgeonfish otherwise known as Dori from Finding Nemo. You can discover many tropical reef fish and a number of nudibranch species.
So what do you think about our choice of the top 5 dive?, You are welcome to let us know what your top 5 dives are from Puerto Galera. Thanks for reading this blog and we hope you can share it with your friends.
Anemone fish of Puerto GaleraKeep your friends close but anemones closer – A look at anemone fish
There’s a small but feisty species of fish that have evolved to live in a dangerous place in the ocean. Sea anemones may look beautiful, soft and colorful but they are armed to the teeth with tiny little darts that are used to poison fish before being eaten. That has never bothered anemone fish, they have been blessed by evolution to become bulletproof in the anemone world. Due to this blessing the anemone – anemone fish symbiotic relationship has become one of the most famous in the underwater world.
There are twenty-eight species of anemone fish worldwide, they form part of the damsel fish gang. There are over eleven hundred species of anemone but only ten are used by the anemone fish. Once they decide on which to call home there are some rules which keep the house in order. There is only one female, she mates with the largest male. Once the female dies the broken-hearted male will swap genders to become the new mother and will then mate with the next male in line. Eggs are carefully laid very close to the anemone, they are attached to the reef or if living on sand they use items like empty coconut shells. The parents take it in turns on aerating and cleaning them. After a while you can see tiny little eyes forming, after around fourteen days they all hatch.
If you are lucky enough to see some eggs you will notice parents are very vigilant, doing everything to protect the young. After watching these guys for many years there has been some very brave behavior. One fish took a very small bite out of my cheek, you could see tiny teeth marks on my face. Another headbutted the glass in my mask multiple times in an effort for me to vacate the area, one was biting the cloth of my rash guard trying to drag me away. You could say they are the Chuck Norris of the reef, even though we are million times bigger they will not be intimidated
On the many dive sites of Puerto Galera, you can witness this amazing behavior while scuba diving. The most common species of anemone fish are Clarke’s, False clownfish, Saddleback and Pink. The most common anemone species are carpet, magnificent and bubble tip. They come in a few colors like orange and green. They can be found on most reef and muck diving sites. They are found at depths from five to thirty meters typically.
We hope you enjoy seeing these guys on your next dives at Scandi divers resort and remember don’t get to close if you value your life.
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The seahorses at Scandi divers resort.We are blessed to have some dive sites very close to Scandi divers resort where you can see a variety of seahorse species. While scuba diving at Giant clams, Shipyard and Coral Cove you can see these amazing creatures.
Nudibranchs of Puerto Galera.Puerto Galera has an excellent selection of nudibranch, with over a thousand names species in the Verde Island passage. While scuba diving at Scandi divers resort you will be able to see these multi colored sea slugs on most dive sites.
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50 reasons to dive with Scandi divers in Puerto GaleraThis short video highlights some of the weird and wonderful creatures that can be seen on the reefs around Puerto Galera.
Scandi divers - Slide show of our beautiful location in Puerto GaleraThis slide show video gives you a taste of what it would be like to enjoy a stay with us.
Scandi divers presents Puerto galera at nightThe video showcases some of the very best night diving creatures that we see in Puerto galera
Puerto Galera Dive Sites with UNTV and Scandi Divers ResortThree episodes of UNTV's scuba travel show The Dive. UNTV joins Scandi Divers Resort to explore some of the best dive sites Puerto Galera has to offer.
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Happy octopus day from Scandi diversOctober 8th is world octopus day, we will help you celebrate with this short video of some octopus species that we see on the reefs of Puerto galera.
Scandi divers & UNTV at Verde IslandScandi divers had the pleasure to host UNTV at the resort recently, this is some of the highlights of our dives out at Verde Island.
Verde island with Scandi divers resortA look at the wonderful Verde Island which is a one hour boat ride away from Puerto galera. In many peoples eyes this is one of the finest dives in Asia.