Our trip to Peurto Galera, Philipines, December 2010
My appreciation as always to my lovely wife Janet, without whom these photos would not be here.
All underwater shots on this page taken with Nikon D300 and 60mm micro Nikkor in Ikelite housing and twin DS125 strobes.

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We flew into Manilla and met our driver at the airport, Its a long drive south to Batangas City, about 2.5 to 3hrs and then a boat ride of about an hour to Peurto Galera. We arrived at night and the bay was all lit up by the lights from the Restaurants, it was a pleasant sight.
We had rented a room at "Wendy's" right on the beach front in Sabang Bay about 100yds from our dive centre (there are probably more dive centre's than restaurants in Sabang Bay). The accomodation at Wendy's was ok, it was only one room but had a double and a single bed, a sink and running hot and cold water, and a good sized refridgerator, and a door into the shower room and toilet. Our room was at the front of the small building and we had a window to the front and one to the side, the beach was visible from both windows. Our room was on the second level accessed by stairs at the front to a balcony that served all three rooms. At the far end of the balcony was a sink with cold water tap and a sink, and a two burner gas stove, there was no oven or microwave. We had planned on cooking for ourselves, although the "supermarkets" were not what we call supermarkets we managed to cook some great food here, I think we ate out only twice during the month we stayed at Wendy's.  

We had arranged our accomodation and diving with Rick from FRONTIER SCUBA, his dive centre was right on Sabang Bay, Rick is a specialist dive trainer, he trains military personel etc. The regime at the dive centre is fairly laid back, we were told the boat leaves at 9am but as punctual as we were we allways had to wait around for someone who was late. The dive guides were friendly and pretty good at finding things you wanted to photograph, sadly there were very few Nudibranch's, we found that very strange. I think we only found two species that we had not seen before.

Sabang Bay is a short Jeepny ride from Peurto Galera, probably half a mile as the crow flies and reached by a narrow hilly road that twists and turns. When you get there it is not what we expected, we were expecting a cosmopolitan town, it is at best a very run down and poor place with a main street of about 100yds. We only visited once.

There is only one road into Sabang Bay, it stops on the outskirts on the east side of the village and all travel into the miriad of little passages and alleys that make up Sabang Bay is done on foot. There are little shops, dive centres, bars and restaurants everywhere. 

We had come here to look for Nudibranch's, we thought we would find what we had found in Anilao, more than we could count. But we were wrong. We were struggling to find any at all on some dives, it may look like there were plenty of critters to photograph but it was hard work trying to find them. The diving here for us became very boring and some days we simply did'nt bother to dive at all.

Nudibranch's of Peurto Galera
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