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About Diving

DAILY DIVES

The transport to the dive sites is done in 3-4 fast and spacious speed boats (75/115/230 horsepower). In case of emergencies we have medic first aid equipment on board and Emergency Oxygen is available in the dive center. The closest recompression chamber is located in Batangas (Approximately 1 hour away by boat).

For safety reasons all dives will be guided by our experienced instructors and divemasters. The size of the group depends on the difficulty of the dive site and the level of every diver, but the maximum will never exceed 3 buddy teams per guide.

After a detailed briefing at the dive center, the divers will be sailed by boat to one of our more than 40 dive sites. The sailing time ranges from 2 to 20 minutes. Most dives are carried out as drift dives, so you can easily dive with the current and our boat will pick you up, where ever you surface. Every diver should carry a surface marker buoy to be blown up upon surfacing in case of byddy loss or other emergencies. We have buoys available for rent in the dive center.

Just outside the dive center the house reef itself offers colourful and varied diving. Here you will find the famous ‘Alma Jane’ Wreck, which is covered in corals and surrounded by many fish, cleaner shrimps and often even a Frogfish. Another wreck on the house reef is ‘St. Christopher’, which offers great opportunities for photographers. We offer 4 dives daily!

Your first dive will be conducted as a compulsory check dive (the price is the same as a normal dive). Please make sure to bring your logbook and dive certificate(s).

EQUIPMENT

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The dive center is equipped with the latest professional and well-maintained dive equipment from CRESSI SUB, BEUCHAT and HARTENBERGER. We have 30 complete sets of equipment for rent – wetsuits are tailored for women or men. We have equipment available for children interested in bubble maker or snorkeling too.

You can rent HARTENBERGER dive torches for the magnificent night dives and GEKKO Nitrox computers are available for a reasonable price. It is compulsory for everybody to use a dive computer on each dive. 150 Aluminum 12 l tanks with INT and DIN-Valves guarantee easy dive logistics.

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Our NITROX Membrane Compressor blends NITROX 32, which is available at all times for the certified nitrox divers and for those who are following the Nitrox Specialty Course. 2 German made Lenhardt & Wagner silent type compressors deliver clean breathing air and NITROX.

SERVICE

The dive center snackbar offers a large selection of refreshments, softdrinks, beer, cocktails, shakes and snacks all day every day. We are more than happy to serve you on our terrace. Mineral water is available for free during opening hours. We have a daily towel service and as a diver you can change clothes in the changing room. Toilet and shower are also available. We have clean equipment washing and drying facilities and a large ventilated equipment room where your equipment will dry overnight. The guest equipment will be geared up for diving on the boat by our service team. After diving they will bring it back to the center, wash it and hang it up for drying. Smaller equipment repairs can be made in our workshop.

The dive center has Wireless LAN Internet access for the guests who bring their own laptops. In the classroom we have a computer available too.  In our small souvenir Shop you can buy T-shirts and other accessories.

DIVE SITES

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We are proud to say that we have more than 40 dive sites around Puerta Galera which are in a good shape.  Because of constant currents, the water does not heat up too much for the corals to slow down their growing process, a problem that you see in many other areas of the world. Puerto Galera is known as the cradle of the Philippine Seas. Leading underwater photographers are permanent visitors and many published photos in the international fish and coral books and magazines have been shot here. It is in particular a paradise for the macro specialists.

The water temperature varies between 24 and 28 degrees Celcius over the season, where also the visibility ranges between 10 to 25 meters. 3-5 mm wetsuits are suitable all season long.

We can plan dives for divers with any kind of level and experience, for groups or induviduals and even fit your personal preferrence for the underwater flora.  We have shallow and deeper coral gardens, walls, big boulder formations and channels – just to mention a few. Around ‘Sabang Wrecks’ you will swim accompanied with lion and bat fishes, in ‘Shark Cave’ you will visit the family of White Tip Sharks, in ‘Canyons’ you will watch Tunas and Trevalleys hunt in the strong currents, and taking a closer look on the seafans around ‘Boulders’ and ‘Manila Channel’ you will find the interesting Pygmy Sea Horses. In general you will be amazed by the amound of small weird macro creatures on all of your dives. The area has Frog Fishes, Ghost Pipes and thousands of nudibranches.  And right on our house reef, you can watch the Mandarin Fish mating just before sunset.

TEAM

The ABWonderdive team under the Danish management of Alice and Bjørn Askholm consists of inernationally experienced and multilingual PADI Instructors and Divemasters.

All according to season we have 4 to 8 dive professionals who will care of our guests. Our capable and motivated team guarantees individual service and care as well as high personal interaction. Our trained boatmen and waitresses will ensure that you have hassle free dives and relaxing days. In our dive center no guest has to carry their own equipment. Our staff are more than happy to help with anything possible.

DIVE COURSES

The dive education in ABWonderdive follows PADI standards and we only use the latest teaching materials. With a maximum of 4 students per courses we guarantee the highest individual attention and learning succes. Together with our experienced and professional instructors you will have a lot of fun and unforgettable days. Our instructors teach in English, German, Danish, Dutch, French and Spanish. With the assistence of one of our divemasters we can conduct courses in Tagalog too.

We offer a broad variety of PADI courses. From level of snorkeling to bubblemaker for children between 8 and 10 years of age.  You can refresh your diving skills or continue your diving education up to the level of Divemaster. For people who never tried diving, this is the optimal place to start your adventure, sine we offer relaxed and secure environment for everybody.

Diving courses of all levels can be arranged from day to day and we conduct courses privately if needed. Courses will include self study through videos, theory classes and skill training in our pool or in the ocean according on the needs of the course.
We teach and recommend many from the PADI specialities courses, such as NITROX, Wreck Diver, Deep Diver, Night Diver and Peak Performance Buoyancy.  Have a further look on PADI’s own website: www.padi.com. and read more about the courses and duration under PADI on this web.

We can also organize entry level technical diving courses with our own instructors. The possibilities are endless and we are here to meet your wish esand desires.

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