About Us

About Us

About Us

          Arkipelago Divers & Beach Resort is one of the top resorts & dive operations within Puerto Galera, officially opening in early 2017.  Our team collectively has nearly 60 years of diving experience ranging from recreational, rescue, tech diving, instructing and we even have our very own local PADI Course Director on our team.

          Our operations is family owned and operated by both local Filipino and other nationalities; Chinese, British, Filipino & American. The name Arkipelago came about because we wanted to honor our beloved country, The Philippines, which is an archipelago or group of islands. And, we appropriately spelled it the local Filipino way. Our very own speed boat also carries the same themed name, appropriately named Pulo; which means Island in Filipino.

          As one of our operating philosophies here at Arkipelago Divers & Beach Resort, we assure you that we always provide a SAFE and FUN diving experience for everyone.  In order to do so, we keep our dive groups small and personalized to the skill-level of each diver.  Safety is our top priority, and we see to it that everyone in the group is well cared for.  We also make sure that everyone has a fun and enjoyable underwater experience, while diving with us. Our dive team and crew were hand picked, to ensure you have nothing but the best service while diving with us.  

          Only highly-trained and certified Dive Instructors and Divemasters will lead and supervise each course and dive during your entire stay with us. They are trained in diving safety, first aid & CPR, and proper boat handling.‚Äč

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How To Get Here

How to Get Here

There are several safe and convenient ways to travel to Puerto Galera and Arkipelago Divers & Beach Resort. Below are the combination travel of options.  

Estimated travel time is approximately 3 hours from Manila, to the south. Time depends on traffic and weather conditions. Private transfers are the quickest and most convenient.  

Please let us know your preference and we will be more than happy to arrange your transportation.

 

PRIVATE  TRANSPORTATION  

This will be the most convenient way to travel. We personally arrange a private van to pick you up from the airport or anywhere around Manila, which will take you to a private beach to board a private water taxi. 

The private water taxi will be waiting for you and ready to take you to the beach front of Arkipelago Divers & Beach Resort.

 

SEMI-PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION 

You may choose to combine private and public transportation, if you would like.

We can arrange a private van to pick you up from the airport or anywhere around Manila and drop you off to the public ferry terminal in Batangas City.  

We will pre-book your ticket for Island Water Ferry and send you your ticket. The boat will take you to Balatero Port.

Once you are safely across on the ferry, we can arrange a jeepney to pick you up at the port and bring you to our resort.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION 

From Manila (airport or hotel) take a taxi to the nearest bus station. Take the bus that goes directly to Batangas Pier. The bus ride is around 2-3 hours. The bus will stop briefly at the Grand Terminal in Batangas to let passengers out and then will continue to the pier. You need to walk for about 3 minutes to get to Terminal 3.

At the terminal purchase the ferry ticket for Puerto Galera (either to Muelle or Balatero).

Once you are safely across on the ferry, we can arrange a jeepney to pick you up at the pier and bring you to our resort.

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Mission, Vision and Values

MISSION, VISION AND VALUES

These are our founding principles in the way we deliver a guest-first experience every time you Dive, Dine, & Stay with us. Whether you are a first time guest or one of our many return uests, we want you to always feel valued and comfortable; like you're coming home.

 

MISSION

We aim to delight all of our guests by providing unfogettable experiences - all delivered with exceptional service.

 

VISION

We strive to achieve to be the top diving resort operator of choice in the Philippines guided by our core values.

 

CORE VALUES

Responsible Partners

Trustworthy and Respectful at all times

Passionate about service

Connection with each other

Environmentally conscious

Open-minded and Diverse

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Meet the Team

MEET THE TEAM


We have an amazing & friendly team of dedicated professionals to assist you with anything you might need throughout your trip. We guarantee quality service from all members of our team including:
 
Our friendly & always smiling FRONT DESK team that will greet you upon your arrival
 
Our helpful & always alert HOUSEKEEPING & MAINTANENCE team that will look after your needs during your stay
 
Our knowledgeable RESTAURANT team that will prepare delicious and savory food to enjoy while listening to the waves
 
Our charismatic DIVE TEAM - from dive crew, boat crew, divemasters, and instructors - that will keep you safe and entertained


Experience Diving with Our Team of Dedicated PADI Professionals

• We have and will always make your safety our top priority.

• We operate as a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Dive Center.

• All of our programs strictly adhere to PADI's proven international dive standards.

• All professionals on the team have grown up in Puerto Galera and know each dive site like the back of their hand, which means that you can experience being led by a local.

• Each of our instructors has a wealth of knowledge and experience to best teach you while you take your PADI course. They are dedicated to your success and will take the time to make sure you are comfortable throughout the program/training.

• Our jovial and outgoing Dive Masters will safely lead your fun dives and point out interesting creatures along the way. 

• All members of our dive team were mentored by Pedro Magsino, a highly-respected PADI Course Director and President of Puerto Galera Diveshops & Dive Resort Association with 25+ years of experience in the dive industry.

 

GENERAL MANAGERS


Pedro & Amy Magsino together with their two beautiful children James & Mia are very hands-on, supportive, and great general managers. You are likely to see them each day here in the resort, talking to our guests and supporting our entire team.  If you need anything or have anything to tell them, please do not hesitate to let them know.  
 
Pedro is a local to Puerto Galera, a PADI Course Director of 20 years, and has been diving for over 28 years.  If you have any questions about diving, Pedro is the perfect man to ask.  
 
Amy is an American that has lived in the Philippines for over 20 years.  She’s a former Business Process Outsourcing Executive who opted for a quieter life on the beach.  She brings her strong business & operations skills to the beach to help her beloved husband and family successfully operate the resort, dive shop and all other services we offer.  

 

FRONT DESK including RESERVATIONS, MARKETING & TRAVEL COORDINATION TEAM


Our Front Desk teams are friendly, courteous, and always smiling team that will greet you when you arrive, assist you with anything you need during your stay and ensures a smooth check-out when you’re ready to leave.  They are also the team behind the scenes making sure your trip is well-planned, coordinated and communicated.  Call on them for anything you may need and they will always be ready to help you, with a shining smile!


• Meet Mary Jane ‘aka MJ’, Rochelle ‘aka Chelle’ from the Front Desk to ensure all your needs are met here at the resort each day.  
• Say hi to Bryan ‘aka Brenda’, Marie Mar  ‘aka MM’ behind the scenes managing our website and social media.  
• Don’t forget the always laughing Melisa ‘aka Meli’ that ensures your vans and boats are always on time and your trip is safe and smooth amongst many other things that she does.  


HOUSEKEEPING


Cleanliness is our housekeeping’s middle name.  They will clean your room each day during your stay. They will also wash & fold your laundry as you request it. And if there is anything extra you need, special requests that you have for your room, they will make sure it gets done for you. They are likely the first to greet you in the mornings too as you head to the restaurant for your hot cup of coffee.

• Meet Arlene, Dona & Lotis, the clean and green team.  

 

MAINTENANCE
This small but fierce team keeps our resort running smoothly.  They keep the water running & the lights on. They have eyes all over the property and aim to proactively fix anything that needs fixing or adjusting. In the unlikely event something is not working to your satisfaction during your stay, you may call on them or inform our Front Desk and they will get on top of it and fix it right away. They too are likely some of the first faces to greet you in the mornings. 

• Say hi to Tatay Lino & Kuya Ronnie! 

 

RESTAURANT


If you’re hungry, this is the place to be. Our friendly team of chefs, kitchen prep & dishwashers, and waitstaff are eager to serve you in our delicious restaurant with a beautiful ocean view. Check out our menu and if there is something you want to try just let them know. If there is something you would like the chef to prepare that is not on the menu, simply ask our wait-staff and if the chef can prepare it he will do so. Bon appetit! 

• You may not see them often but the team in the kitchen is made up of the chef team Alex, Sonny, Joebert & Benz, and the kitchen prep is supported by Maxie & Logan.  
• The smiling faces that will greet you and take your order is headed by Melai and supported by Lovely, Cathy & Rhon.  

 

BOAT & DIVE CREW


 Now, what are you waiting for? Get your swimsuit on and let’s get wet!  Our friendly, fun, energetic and funny group of guys are ready to get your dive gear set up for your diving! Sit back, relax and enjoy your dives, and let our crew do the rest from setting up your gear, putting it on the boat and cleaning it after your dives. If you have any specific need or help requested please let any of them know and they will assist you. 
 

• Meet Jayson & Jeff driving our speedboats, Pulo & Devil Dog. 
• Meet Nicko, Edem & Allen your support from the shore. 

 

DIVE MASTERS


  Are you interested in learning how to dive, improving your skills, gaining more underwater experience/knowledge, and/or diving professionally? These are the right guides for you dive with. Our highly qualified group of PADI dive professionals will ensure your safety and guarantee an awesome diving experience, whether you're going on a fun dive or taking a course/program.  
 

• Meet Martin who is not only a Divemaster but also the dive shop manager too.  He assist Pedro to look after the dive crew, boat crew, and divemasters to ensure your diving experience is top-notch.
• Meet Cris (aka Critter Cris) who is one of the most experienced Divemasters we have and if you want to spot it he will do all he can to find it for you.  He will keep you laughing and smiling all day long too.  
• Meet Julius (aka Moks) who is not only an awesome Divemaster but also surely to entertain you on shore or on the boat while you’re preparing for your dive.  
• Meet Marwin who may be the quiet guy, but don’t be deceived as he an eye for awesome underwater life.  He is a great spotter underwater and will tell you more about it on shore.

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