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Located on the island of Mindoro, Puerto Galera began as a refuge for Spanish traders in the 16th century. Today, the 'Port of Galleons' consists of several towns and beach resorts, which together form one of the country's largest urban areas. A UNESCO programme declared Puerto Galera a protected area in the 1970s. This put the area on the tourist map and helped the cause of its coral reefs and marine life - which had been suffering because of dynamite fishing. Puerto Galera is now one of the most sought-after scuba diving locations in the world. Travellers will find many sites within 10 minutes of the three main beaches, where they can explore wrecks, deep trenches and vibrantly colourful reefs. Sabang and White Beach offer an active nightlife. Visitors who want a less-crowded experience should head to one of the island's smaller coves or beaches.