In the heart of the Coral Triangle, Puerto Galera has been rapidly developing a reputation as a world-class macro diving destination, but the sleepy Philippine hamlet also features seascapes of equal quality that are perfect for DPV adventures. And with a burgeoning technical diving scene developing to explore the plentiful deep reefs in the region, DPVS are becoming an integral part of the local scuba culture.
“We’ve got outstanding diving here in a narrow, often high-flow channel where DPVS really shine,” says Dave Ross of Tech Asia Divers Institute. “The strong current brings out all the big life, but it can also keep a swimming diver away from the action. With DPVS, we can go where we want to instead of where the water wants us to, which means very exciting dives to be had.”
Ross says DPVS are key tools “on deep or drift dives like canyons, and wall dives like Verde Island,” but the machines are also helping pioneering divers explore and discover new sites. “The impact on the deeper dives is immense, as time is limited at 250 feet and a swimming tech diver can hardly cover any ground, let alone work hard at depth and remain safe,” he says. “We also have a cave-exploration project with the lead divers making trips close to 3 miles, so the need for DPVS is obvious — but they also translate really well to recreational dives, making things possible that wouldn’t be otherwise.”