The Puerto Galera of the past was a port for trading ships plying the Acapulco-Manila route needing repair and supplies. Ships, yachts and boats come to Puerto Galera nowadays to bring in the tourists. Today, Puerto Galera is gregarious, imbibed with the verve of visitors eager to play aqua sports during the day and party in the evenings. Deep, drift and wreck diving are major draws. The Puerto Galera waterworld is home to 3,000 species of marine animals which is fifty percent more than those in the Red Sea. Abundant coral gardens thrive in its tropical and warm waters so its substantial reef has been declared a marine sanctuary to protect them. The background to the shimmering sea and relaxing white sand beaches are lush forests. At night the duet of crickets and waves enthralls and the skies are filled with stars like embers of a cosmic bonfire.