Have a quick look through our F.A.Q. and if you have any other questions please don't hesitate to contact us
- On the whole there is excellent weather all year round with minimal risk of typhoons during the summer months.
- The hottest time of year is May to August, the ‘coolest’ time December to February. “High season” is traditionally late December to early May, although the area is busy at weekends throughout the year and during any Asian Holiday.
- For accommodation at Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter, book well in advance.
- Click here for an up to date weather report.
- Cash Pesos or US Dollars are the preferred way to pay, but we will consider other common currencies in cash also.
- US Dollar traveler’s cheques are probably the safest way to carry money – they can be cashed at the tourist center found in the highstreet in Sabang.
- We also accept VISA & MasterCard.
- English is widely spoken in the Philippines. Just remember to speak slowly and clearly, smiling goes a long way in this country too!
- Puerto Galera has come a long way over the years and now has several cellphone networks as well as landlines. Internet cafes are all over the town and here in the resort we offer free wireless internet for those that bring their own laptop computers and want to stay in touch.
Health and Medicine
- There is no malaria in the area, but innoculations for Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio, Tetanus and Dengue Fever are recommended, always check with your doctor before you travel to any Asian country.
- Bring high factor (SPF30) sun creams and insect repellent (both are also available locally).
- Taking Vitamin B complex during your stay is a good way to prevent mosquito bites. The best protection from mosquito-born illnesses is not to get bitten!
- It’s rare that you will need to put on more than shorts and a t-shirt so repellents and sun protection are advisable.
How to get to Puerto Galera?
- Puerto Galera is only 3 to 3.5 hour journey from Manila International Airport. Once at the airport we can arrange a private pickup for you or we can assist you in your public transfer. Detailed information is available on our Getting Here page.
Do I need a visa?
- Visitors from most Western Countries including Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand are granted a 21-day stay on arrival. Other nationals are required to produce a tourist visa and should contact your local Philippine consulate for more details. Check the Philippine_Immigration website for up-to-date information. If you intend staying more than 21 days sometimes it is better to get a 59-day visa before you depart from your home country. It is relatively easy and inexpensive to arrange visa extensions in Batangas Bureau of Immigration however. We will be able to advise you upon your arrival.
Where can I stay?
- Big Apple Dive Resort with 28 well equipped cottages, rooms and apartments. See our Rooms & Rate page for more detailed information
What languages are spoken?
- English is widely spoken so conversing with the locals of Sabang and Puerto Galera is easy most of the time. Just remember to speak slowly and clearly and smile 🙂
What about food?
- Big Apple Dive Resort has their own restaurant and bar. We prepare international cuisine for our nightly buffets..
Methods of Payment?
- Cash Pesos or US Dollars are the preferred way to pay, but we will consider other common currencies in cash also. US Dollar traveler´s cheques are probably the safest way to carry money – they can be cashed at the tourist center found in the highstreet in Sabang. We also accept VISA & MasterCard.
Tipping Porters in and around Sabang?
- You can pay what ever you like, P20 per bag is usually ok – if you do not wish to use them just say so.
Sea Temperature and Visibility?
- The water temperature here in Puerto Galera allows diving all year round, seven days a week, with temperatures between 22-30°C (72-86°F), with the cooler months being December to February. Visibility is usually at least 12m and can reach up to 40m on a good day. A 3mm full suit is advised with a hooded vest worn underneah in the cooler months.
- With over 30 sites all within 15 minutes of the resort suitable for all experience levels, it couldn’t be more convenient.
Check out our Dive Sites Page for a detailed description of the more popular sites.
What is PADI?
PADI is a worlds standard system of education in diving. PADI – the Professional Association of Diving Instructors – is the largest dive training organization in the world with affiliated dive centers and members in over 110 countries.