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The Canyons in Puerto Galera are ideal for adrenaline divers, with swirling currents and exceptional canyons to explore. Made up of three canyons, this drift dive is known for its strong currents and loads of fish action.

Undoubtedly the most popular dive in Puerto Galera is the Canyons. An advanced site due to the depth and strong currents, this is THE place in Puerto Galera for big fish action.

First Dive

After being dropped in near Hole in the Wall, an exhilarating drift-dive sweeps divers to three large fissures in the seabed at depths ranging from 24-30m (79-98ft). In order to be swept into position, a dive guide with extensive knowledge of the currents is absolutely essential. To escape current, duck into one of Canyons, sit back and enjoy the show.

The fish life here is overwhelming. Anthias congregate in large numbers among vividly-colored soft corals, while magnificent sea fans provide a colourful backdrop for large harlequin, oriental and ribbon sweetlips, emperor angelfish, lionfish, and batfish. Large shoals of snapper, trevally, emperors and chevron barracuda are frequently observed cruising the deep waters just off the third canyon. Extremely lucky divers have even spotted mantas, hammerheads, and thresher sharks.

Entrenched in the seabed at the end of the third canyon, an old coral-encrusted anchor provides a good signpost for divers to regroup before being swept off into the current for the safety stop. When the currents are running, you’ll end up surfacing a LONG way from your entry point. If not, it’s actually possible to swim back to Hole in the Wall. The only downside of the location is its depth, resulting in an all-too-short bottom time. To fully appreciate the site, the Canyons are best made on Nitrox. This is a world-class dive you’ll want to do over and over again!

Second Dive

Starting off at The Hole in the Wall, the current will wash you along the slope until you reach the magnificent and naturally formed canyons which give this terrific dive site its name. There are a number of shiny trevallies, barracuda and brightly coloured sweet lips to see from your perch on the canyon lip as well as beautiful gorgonian sea fans and sea sponges. Also look out for large schools of jacks and snappers. Once you drop down into the canyons you might be able to spot some scorpion fish, sea snakes and even an octopus or two. The third canyon has a maximum depth of 30 metres and hosts a large anchor embedded in a rock. Divers are encouraged to spend a bit of time resting here whilst they look out for larger marine life such as rays, hammerhead sharks and thresher sharks. For many divers, the Canyons will be on their request list time and time again.

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