Like the rest of
the Philippines, Puerto Galera has Summer all year round. This means
that it is not getting cold
Western ideas. There is not winter. However there are two distinct
seasons the Habagat and Amihan, or
the Western and Eastern
Monsoon. Monsoon does not mean perpetual rain, nor does it mean
perpetual wind. It is only
an indication for the
direction where the wind blows from. Habagat winds that blow from the
east blow during the so-
called typhoon season.
Typhoons roughly occur between May and November. Not all typhoons cross
but they can effect the
whole or a part of the country. By clicking the above "Typhoon 2000"
icon you will be able to
find the latest updates.
During the Habagat the winds and the the curent comes from the West,
which can result in
waves at the western beaches
of Puerto Galera.
about November till March the Amihan Monsoon wind blows from the East.
There are no typhoons during the
Amihan season, because the
temperature is usually not higher than 28 degrees Celsius and in order
for a typhoon to
sustain itself higher
temperatures are needed. Because of the eastern winds, the eastern part
of Puetro Galera has
wavy seas. Naturally the
fewer the waves, the better the visibility during diving or snorkeling
and Puerto Galera boasts
plenty of great dive spots,
making diving all year round is possible.
Puerto Galera is part of the UNESCO protected marine reserve this does
not mean that there are no major
problems. Global warming
does not really have a direct effect yet to our opinion, but it is
unlikely that Puerto Galera
will be able to escape from
the changing weather patterns we are witnessing all over the world.
be a serious problem as well. Everybody who takes a ferry or gets on a
ship once in a while will notice
that trash is thrown in the
sea. Although this should not happen, ships are not the main reason for
the trash that
washes on our beaches. The
culprit can be found on land. Unfortunately, many people do not realize
what happens to
the trash they just discard
in their streets. It does not stay there till some more environmentally
friendly person picks it
up, the rain washes it into
gutters, storm drains , and creeks. From there it washes into rivers,
the sea and then on the
beach where you would like
to swim, causing you to complain to the hotel/resort staff and makes you
wonder why the
authorities don't do more to
resolve this problem. Whether you are a believer in global warming or
not it is obvious
that plastic and other trash
on the beaches is something nobody likes to see. We hope that next time
you feel the urge
to throw trash on the street
in your city you will do the right thing and keep our beaches clean.