Verde Island is a 45 minute boat ride from Puerto Galera Bay. It is home to one of the best diving in the region. Known as the epicenter of bio-diversity, it is home to an abundance of marine life. Verde Island, has UNESCO marine protected status which ensures pristine corals and healthy reefs. This is a world class dive site and definitely a must on your itinerary when diving in Puerto Galera.Verde Island or Green Island is a unique little island that is located along the Verde Island Passage, a waterway between the Philippine’s main island Luzon, and Mindoro Island and is a part of Batangas Province. This lushly green tropical island is the “Epicenter of the World’s Marine Biodiversity” and has been declared by the Philippine Tourism Authority as one of the Philippines’ marine reserve. According to experts from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and the Smithsonian Institute, the Verde Island has the “highest concentration of diverse marine species in the world” because of the over 1,730 marine life found in this area.