Event Overview 2010
Shore It Up 2010 is the second coastal and underwater clean-up campaign after its successful start last year in Anilao, Batangas. This project is headed and sponsored by Metro Pacific Investments Corp. Foundation and this year in partnership with E & S Adventure Tours as its overall organizer in cooperation with La Laguna Beach Club and Dive Center as its ground partner.
For this year 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, the organizers had chosen Puerto Galera as its recipient . Its 5km foreshore is a protected area and a marine sanctuary. This year is a unique opportunity for volunteers of Shore It Up 2010 to understand the vital role that biodiversity plays in sustaining life on Earth and to stop its loss.
Families, academic institutions, environmentalists, LGUs and tourism stakeholders will be invited to participate in this campaign.
The date of this event, September 18-19, 2010, is an involvement to the Clean Up The World Weekend 2010 where different communities and/or organizations around the world unite and take action at a local level to address the global issue of climate change.
About Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera is approximately 100 miles South of Manila and is situated on the northern peninsula of Mindoro Island. Separated from Luzon by the Verde Island passage, its waters are flushed by currents of up to 6 knots from the South China Sea. This strong current makes some of the sites a spectacular ride alive with fish life, so diving with a professional Divemaster or Instructor who knows the area and the currents is very important. The passage is very deep so clear water is very common to the dive sites of Puerto Galera along with a fantastic variety of large and small marine creatures.
The variety of hard and soft corals along with hundreds of species of tropical fish life makes it one of the most popular dive destinations in the Philippines that offers world class dive sites, The 5km foreshore is a protected area and a marine sanctuary.
The visibility varies from 10m/30ft up to 30m/100ft and sometimes even better depending on the water temperature, current strength and wind direction. The best diving conditions can be from April to September with water temperatures of up to 29 degrees C, clam seas and better visibility. The water temperature can get as low as 22 degrees around December on the deeper dives and the area does have a lot of thermo clines with clear cool water due to the deep channel and strong currents. The area can be dived all year round. Typhoon season is usually from the end of July until the end of November but they usually pass well North East of Puerto Galera creating sometimes strong winds, rain and choppy seas. Depending on the wind direction and sea conditions there are always areas which are sheltered to dive.
Most of the dive sites are within a few minutes boat ride from most of the dive centers. There are sites for all levels of training from the beginner, advanced experienced diver and the deeper sites for Technical and Trimix Divers.
Day dive trips can be made to some of the outer Islands like Verde, Chicken Feather and Maricaban Island which offer some spectacular Reefs, Walls and Pinnacles. Most Dive Centers offer Nitrox courses and Tank Fills but only a few are set up for Technical and Trimix Diving.
About the Resort & Dive Center Partner
Operating since 1992, the resort has 41 well appointed rooms all offering air-conditioning and mini bar, cable TV, bathrooms and modern comforts including hot water. There are 6 family rooms available, consisting of 1or 2 double beds and some with a set of bunk beds, additional bed and mattresses available for children. Wifi internet access is also available.
- Accredited as a “CLASS A” Beach Resort by the Philippine Department of Tourism – DOT
- Member – Philippine Convention and Visitors Convention (PCVC)
- Member – Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Puerto Galera
- Member – Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI)
- Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD)
- Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)