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Diving Puerto Galera
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Owner description: Twin tank diving is safer than single tank diving, easy and fun. We are a small friendly team aiming to bring all types of SCUBA diving to the enthusiastic diver. We aim for the highest standards and keep your hobby interesting by offering some varied alternatives from the standard dive centre. Twin tank diving is not all about deep or decompression diving, indeed it’s about so much more. We offer both single and twin tank diving courses and guiding with accommodation.
Burnley, Lancashire, England
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“Top dive Guide and dive sites”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

I went to puerto gallera for the diving in December 2012, I booked with Dive VIP and I am glad I did. John and his team were fantastic, they were very friendly and know lots about the dive sites . I was surprised to find so much marine life within 5 meters of water. I undertook my rescue diver training with John and I passed successfully, he was thorough with the training and not only did I have to practice it, I actually had to rescue a visiting diver for real when he got into difficulty with us diving, he recovered successfully and I felt sure that I had done a good job.
I would recommend Dive VIP for anyone wanting to dive there, you will receive a fantastic value for money dives and be guided by experienced guides. I will be returning again this year to see what else I can photograph and video.
A real must to do, one of your bucket list adventures.
Thank you John.

Visited December 2012
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“Diving Course Philippines”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Planning your dream vacation? Perfect getaway? Philippines is the best choice. Diving here is gaining popularity under scuba divers. We can surely meet your high expectations for us. We all know that Puerto Princesa is included in the Seven Wonders of the World. So, what are you waiting for? Have a trip in the Philippines! Dive with the giants of the ocean and discover the amazing coral reefs and different fishes you can see. See you there!

Visited December 2012
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Misawa, Japan
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“Professional, Reliable Dive Outfit”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

I went through the open water certification course with John Barratt a few years ago and hadn't been back to the water since then. I live in northern Japan and the tsunami kind of dampened my excitement about the water for awhile. A buddy and I went down again last week for 2 days of diving. John gave us a good package price which included private transport from the airport in Manila and good, clean, air-conditioned rooms with balconies and wifi. John had to head out of town for the week, but we were well taken care of by one of his partnering dive masters (don't remember his name...only that he was welsh but didn't sound welsh;) Anyway, my buddy and I were VERY rusty on our diving, but the dive master took the time to run us through the motions again. It only took one dive to get back in the groove. As is typical for Puerto Galera, the reefs were great and there was tons to look at. We went on two or three wreck dives as well which were my favorites. The dive master had a great eye and was able to point out things I wouldn't have seen in a million years like electric clams, frogfish, and a stingray buried in the sand.

Visited June 2012
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“Another Dive VIP Fan - Sabang, Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

I saw another reviewer has also been to Dive VIP at Sabang, Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines. I had the same experience. John Barratt also was my scuba instructor and helped me achieve my PADI Open Water designation a few years back.
Since then I brought back many friends and family and we've always had a great experience. John has also been of great assistance arranging our accommodation ahead of time.
Dive VIP is just a short walk from the ferry (bangka) from Batangas, Luzon (90 min from Manila) to Sabang - Puerto Galera.
I'm back again in April 2012 so I just got an email from John quoting me two bedrooms with aircon (I've stayed in this room and it also has a kitchenette). for 1000P and two boat dives per day for 1100P. Crazy cheap! About $50 for accommodation and two dives with actual certified PADI guides....try to beat that ANYWHERE in the world!
By the way, nightlife in Sabang, dining, etc is great! Lots to do in the daytime besides diving as well....White beach, hikes, waterfalls, picnics, etc......

Visited October 2011
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Salerno Afghanistan
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“Dive VIP, Puerto Galera, Sabang Beach, Mindoro Pa.”
Reviewed December 12, 2011

I highly ecourage, recommend diving with "John Barrett" @ "Dive-VIP", simply the best. My 4th trip diving with "Johnno" and it was most excellant. "Johnno" got all new "BC's" for diving and as usual had the the best dive sites selected. The varity of sea-life is Phenomal and the sites offer a varity of diving experiences, from wrecks to giant clams.
Very reasonable prices, especially for the A-1 service "Johnno" provides. Do yourself a favor, dive "VIP".
James Dewhurst

Visited December 2011
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