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The beaches in Puerto Galera offer great spots for divers, and you can find lots of marine life and even sharks in your dives. But you can also explore several wrecks under the sea. It can give you flashbacks of watching Titanic, except that this time, you’re not watching a movie. You can see what’s going on with your own eyes and touch everything with your own hands.

But for some Filipinos, a shipwreck isn’t exactly a great sight to behold. While these wrecks were purposely sunk for divers, in the Philippines sunken ships are unfortunately a somewhat common occurrence.

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Philippine Maritime Tragedies

The Philippines has had its share of shipping accidents, and now it even has its own Wikipedia page just for the country’s maritime disasters. Each year, it seems like there’s at least one ferry accident that results in many lives lost. Sometimes there are dozens of deaths, and in some cases there are hundreds.

There are plenty of reasons why these things keep happening in the country. The yearly monsoon rains and typhoons are partly to blame. These typhoons wreak havoc on everything in its path, and ships make for flimsy targets.

Then there’s also the unfortunate tendency of Filipinos for overcrowding its transport vehicles. You see this a lot on ships operating in the islands, despite the safety regulations. But it’s also common on just about every vehicle.  Buses are packed, and so are trains. Even tricycles designed to hold just two or three people can sometimes carry up to a dozen people.

Finally, the ships in the Philippines are far from new. The technology they use is probably outdated and the ships often encounter technical or mechanical problems.

So you can’t really blame the skills of the sailors when these things happen. Filipino sailors are good.

 

Filipino Sailors around the World

Filipino sailors are so good that they are probably employed in just about every ship in the world. Some experts estimate that 1 in 5 sailors in the world is a Filipino, although BBC actually thinks the percentage is 1 in 3.

It’s easy enough to understand how this happened. The Philippines is made up of 7,100 islands, so the people’s affinity with the water is cultural. Then add the fact that Filipinos speak English well enough, and they work hard for very little pay makes them attractive for shipping companies all over the world. They can work as sailors, cleaners, or entertainers in these ships.

Every time there’s a ship in the world that’s involved in an accident or seized by Somali pirates, the country worries because there is likely a Filipino aboard the ship as part of the crew.

Of course, Filipinos know the difference between the wrecks on diving sites and the wrecks of actual ships and ferries that have sunk in their waters. They’re not that fragile, and in fact they don’t mind that divers like to explore these wrecks. But this may perhaps explain why Filipino divers prefer to dive to see colorful flora and fascinating marine life, than explore shipwrecks.

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Most people come to Puerto Galera because of the stunning beaches. But this place is more famous for its dive sites. There are about 40 dive sites in Puerto Galera and they are absolutely world-class.

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We’ve asked many tourists around here to find out why they prefer to dive in Puerto Galera than in any other place in the Philippines, or in Southeast Asia for that matter, and here are the reasons we’ve gathered:

  1. It’s challenging. While some diving spots are quite easy, some are also challenging which gets your adrenalin pumping. The currents are unpredictable and the darkness under the water can be tricky. Then there are the dangerous wrecks and the treacherous caves. For diving fans everywhere, these things make for an exciting dive.
  2. It allows you to see life underwater. Some people dive in Puerto Galera because they just love seeing all those marine creatures down there, and there are indeed a lot of them. Have you ever waded through schools of little fish, or perhaps played tag with sharks? And what about giant tortoises? You’ll find all these wonderful creatures on your dives here.
  3. It gives them a glimpse of underwater plants. Many divers love seeing all those exotic and strange plants living underwater. Their colors are intriguing, and their forms are fascinating. You can also take lots of pictures, as underwater photography is a very popular pastime.
  4. It’s a different world. This is perhaps somewhat philosophical and existential, but it really is true. The way you breathe and move around is somewhat different when you’re underwater. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to say that it’s a different world. If you are on vacation to escape from your daily routines, then diving is literally an escape from the real world.
  5. It’s very peaceful. Have you ever tried to meditate or do yoga? This is an exercise in which you try to bring some sense of calm and peace to your mind and body.

But under the water, the calm comes naturally. It’s automatic. It’s as if all your cares in the world are taken away, and now you are filled with serenity. If the point of a vacation is to relax, then diving (especially scuba diving) is what you need to do.

And the nice thing about diving is that it’s easy to learn. You can start with the easier dives for beginners. It’s also very affordable especially here in Puerto Galera where the rates are dirt cheap and the diving spots are some of the best in the world.

What more can you ask for in a beach vacation? It can be as relaxing or as exciting as you want it to be, and sometimes it can be both. Well, what are you waiting for? Buy a ticket to the Philippines, head on to Puerto Galera and book a nice room in a resort by the beach. Plan all the fun things you will do on your vacation and make sure to include diving in your list!

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The Best Diving Spots in Puerto Galera

June 28, 2014

Puerto Galera has always been one of the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines, and one of the reasons for this is the great diving spots like nothing you’ve ever seen before. There is a treasure trove of diving sites in Puerto Galera as there are at least 30 dive sites you can choose […]

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The Best Beaches in the Philippines

June 28, 2014

The Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands, which means you will many options when it comes to choosing the best beaches in the Philippines. You can probably come up with a list of the top 50 beaches easily, simply by checking out forums online. But how do you define “best”? Is it […]

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Meet Bob , the biggest sea turtle around.

June 15, 2014

This right here is Bob , Bob is our resident Green turtle that lives here pretty much year round , Everybody loves to meet him since he is such a large figure sitting under the water. 95% of the time we go to visit him he is there and what is even better is that […]

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Badladz wins tops travel award

May 28, 2014

Wow  , we are really proud to get awards like this. Thanks to everyone who reviewed our resort and helped us get here and an even bigger thank you to all our staff who with lots of hard work made this possible.  We hope there is many more of these to come and we look forward […]

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The Best Hotel Beach Resort in Puerto Galera

May 28, 2014

If you want to have the most memorable experience in one of the best beaches in the Philippines, it helps if you stay in the best hotel beach resort in Puerto Galera. And by most accounts (including Trip Advisor’s), the Badladz Beach Resort is the best of them all. Just about everyone who stayed at […]

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WOW !!! , another rare Hairy frogfish found in Puerto Galera

May 21, 2014

Every now and again we find something that even surprises our dive guides, not too long ago we found this very rare Hairy Frogfish, one of our guides has done more than 1,000 dives in Puerto Galera and this was the first one he ever saw. We hope to be able to show you it […]

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A super rare octopus found in Puerto Galera with our divers.

May 13, 2014

Another really rare animal that Morris our divemaster found and I just had to go out this morning to picture it , this right here is a Octopus Mototi even rarer than a blue ring octopus , one of the most dangerous animals in the world , when approached or annoyed they will display 2 […]

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Maylen Featured in Forbes Magazine!

March 29, 2014

We are extremely proud of our very own Maylen, whose life as an entrepreneurial woman in the Philippines was just featured in Forbes Magazine! When you meet here make sure to get her autograph Here is an excerpt. Read the full story at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/elisadoucette/2012/06/29/on-being-a-filipina-business-woman-and-having-it-all/ Excerpt from Forbes: “Maylen’s story begins like so many in the […]

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