To diving enthusiasts, expert divers, beginners who want to start diving, and everyone who just loves the beach—this is your sign to start planning a trip to Puerto Galera soon.
Your next Puerto Galera beach trip will surely be unforgettable with Casalay Boutique Villas & Dive Resort.
This hidden gem of a resort in Puerto Galera just turned a year old, but it’s sure to be one of the go-to luxury resorts in the area soon thanks to the many amenities they offer.
Casalay is tucked in a more private and quiet side of the municipality. So if it’s privacy and exclusivity you’re looking for, you’ll certainly get it here. We actually loved how peaceful it was during our stay; with only the sound of ocean waves and birds chirping in the air.
A luxurious and private stay
The resort also has less than 10 villas, with a maximum capacity of only 52 people for the entirety of the resort. Of course, the privacy of having your own luxury villa is a huge bonus, too!
We stayed at their 2-bedroom hillside seaview villa which had a beautiful view of the ocean right from our comfy beds. The bathroom was also very spacious, and the villas included complete amenities such as a fridge, hair dryer, electric kettle, and even cozy bean bags and seats on the balcony.
But just a heads up that most of their villas are on the hillside, so prepare for a lot of stairs—IMO, it’s part of the experience!
You surely won’t go hungry with Casalay’s in-house restaurant which also offers a gorgeous view of the beach.
Their extensive menu includes savory appetizers, Pinoy comfort food, Western dishes, deliciously prepared seafood, and classic grilled dishes. Some of our favorite dishes include their mouthwatering sinigang, perfectly-cooked ribeye steak, and their lemon butter prawns.
We actually loved how extensive their food menu was, because there really is something for everyone and any kind of craving.
Casalay sits right in front of the beach, so you can enjoy swimming with the diverse marine life in Puerto Galera, or try their crystal stand-up paddleboards and clear kayaks. It’s perfect for experiencing oneness with nature and for taking the perfect IG photo!
If you’re not much of a saltwater swimmer, you can also enjoy a dip in their two pools. One of the pools can go as deep as 10 feet because that’s also where they do short training for SCUBA diving.
And if you’re in the resort for true relaxation, they also have a wellness spa that offers therapeutic massages either in your room or by the poolside!
Experience diving in Puerto Galera
Casalay is a great resort to unwind, relax, and just enjoy the beach, but it offers more than that!
Casalay is only a 10-minute boat ride to 40 of some of the most sought-after diving spots in Puerto Galera. And if you don’t want to go far, you can actually go snorkeling on the resort’s beachfront and see fish and other sea creatures.
This is why Casalay is a great resort for divers and diving enthusiasts who want to see the underwater world of Puerto Galera. Casalay even offers diving packages that include 3-Days-2-Nights accommodation (minimum), full board meals, and a minimum of 6 dives with their well-equipped diving facility and their experienced dive team. Packages start at PHP 11,000 for a 2-night stay! (Find more info on their social media!)
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Because Casalay makes it so easy for divers to get to the best diving spots, plus it offers a restful and serene space to relax, it’s no surprise that this resort is on the fast track to becoming one of the go-to accommodation options for many divers!
If you’re just out on vacation in Puerto Galera and you want to try diving for the first time, Casalay also offers the Discover Scuba Diving experience which is perfect for first-timers.
As first-time divers, we were given a short training session as part of the Discover Scuba Diving experience. The first part included a video lecture and skills training in the pool.
Casalay’s diving instructors are part of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) so you can be sure that they’re well-experienced and fully qualified! They actually made us feel very safe to get into the water even without prior scuba diving experience.
After about an hour of training and lectures, we were ready to get into the ocean and see the beautiful underwater world.
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It was such a surreal and thrilling experience for us to see loads of vibrant fish and marine animals. It was such an unforgettable moment for us to get up close and personal with the many sea creatures of Puerto Galera. We also loved how our diving instructors were guiding us every step of the way, making sure that we felt safe and that we were having fun.
If you’re one who has always thought about trying diving, this is your sign to finally do it! There’s no better place to try it out than in Puerto Galera and at Casalay where you get to enjoy a rejuvenating vacation and a whole new experience to tick off your bucket list.
The luxury resort for your Puerto Galera trip
Being only 4.5 hours away from Manila, you should definitely consider going to Puerto Galera on your next beach trip. And while you’re there, enjoy your own slice of paradise and explore the underwater world in Casalay Boutique Villas & Dive Resort.
Casalay Boutique Villas & Dive Resort
Sitio Dalaruan, Barangay Sabang, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
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