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El Galleon Resorts

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With a wide variety of marine life and its warm climate, Asia Divers provides a year-round paradise.

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The El Galleon Resort gives guests luxury, relaxation, and convenient access to recreational activities.

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Our PADI diving school is one of two diving programs in the Philippines qualified to teach at all levels of scuba diving from novice to PADI Instructor.

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Asia Divers and El Galleon PADI Diving Resorts in Puerto Galera.

Asia Divers and El Galleon Resorts are located in Puerto Galera on the North East tip of Mindoro. Puerto Galera was originally a fishing community. Then in the 1980s, the Philippines Government discovered just how many species of fish and corals there are here and declared the entire area a Marine Reserve. Once a thriving fishing village, Puerto Galera soon became the premier scuba diving destination in the Philippines.

The Philippine Department of Tourism became involved and convinced the villagers to diversify and to become involved in tourism. Puerto Galera had two big things going in its favour is its beauty and the marine sanctuary.

It was around this time that the El Galleon resort came into existence along with Asia Divers who have been catering for top class vacations ever since. The El Galleon resort is a premier diving resort just a couple of hours South of Manila,where you can enjoy comfortable  accommodation starting as low as $59 a night

The diving here is some of the best in the Philippines and Asia.

PADI Diving in the Philippines

El Galleon Beach Resort is home to Asia Divers, which is a Career Development Center and can teach scuba diving all the way from Bubblemakers for the kids to instructor level courses. Whether you would like to learn to dive or to improve and fine-tune your existing skills, this is the resort for you.

A survey by the Philippine Government found that anyone diving in Puerto Galera is almost certain to come and dive here again.

Scuba diving in Puerto Galera is the best in the Philippines.

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What the scientists have to say about Puerto Galera’s biodiversity!

The Philippines is home to the most biologically diverse waters on Earth and the Verde Island Passage – the narrow body of water separating Luzon and Mindoro islands – is a biodiversity hotspot!

Just recently The California Academy of Sciences co 6nducted an expedition in our area “The 2015 Verde Island Passage Marine Biodiversity Expedition: Puerto Galera. The expedition, the CAS said in a statement, affirms that the Philippines is the "center of the center" of marine biodiversity. "The Philippines is jam-packed with diverse and threatened species – it's one of the most astounding regions of biodiversity on Earth," says Terry Gosliner, PhD, senior curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the CAS and a Principal Investigator of the expedition.

 You can read more about this on the links below:

http://news.sciencemag.org/plants-animals/2015/06/marine-scientists-discover-100-new-species-filipino-easter-egg-hunt
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-06/caos-cao060715.php#
http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/environment/95782-verde-island-passage-yields-new-marine-species

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Read the latest happenings, events or promos at Asia Divers and El Galleon Dive Resort. Monday Newsletter at Puerto Galera
MondayNews at Puerto Galera
Crocodile Club divers from Russia left us with big smiles and a nice reminder of their trip here. Hope to see you again Oksana Golubeva, Sergey Grigoryev, Sergey Kazantsev, Svetlana Grigoryeva, Vasily Kuravkin, Yulia Kharchenko, and Irina Shutoba.


Congratulations Wenchao Zhu for getting your PADI Open Water in Puerto Galera!

Yao Zhang and Wei Li became PADI Advanced divers this week and got to put their skills to use in some strong currents. Nothing like a good drift and feeling comfortable to build up your confidence!

Because Tim and Mary Lu were able to enjoy their art class at El Galleon, it meant that dad, CY got to go do lots of diving!

It was fantastic to have the Mcleod family back with us again. Congratulations to Wendy, Scott and Amanda who got their PADI Advanced certification and to Bob for tagging along for the ride!

Check out the log book photo. Ron Traynor went diving with several of the DM’s at Asia Divers in 1998! Now 18 years later he is back and Alligot to sign a few more pages for him.
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Photo Corner


Look at these amazing photos that Sue Goodman got of a Blue-ringed octopus in Manila Channel recently.  Did you know that the mating ritual for the blue-ringed octopus begins when a male approaches a female and begins to caress her with his modified arm, the hectocotylus. A male mates with a female by grabbing her, which sometimes completely obscures the female's vision, then transferring sperm packets by inserting his hectocotylus into her mantle cavity repeatedly. Mating continues until the female has had enough, and in at least one species the female has to remove the over-enthusiastic male by force. Males will attempt copulation with members of their own species regardless of sex or size, but interactions between males are most often shorter in duration and end with the mounting octopus withdrawing the hectocotylus without packet insertion or struggle. Blue-ringed octopus females lay only one clutch of about 50 eggs in their lifetimes towards the end of autumn. Eggs are laid then incubated underneath the female's arms for about six months, and during this process she does not eat. After the eggs hatch, the female dies, and the new offspring will reach maturity and be able to mate by the next year. To read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-ringed_octopus
 
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Asia Divers Instructor Development


September 13th is the start of our next Instructor Development Course (IDC). The IDC is a multitude of courses all brought together into one package, including Emergency First Responder Instructor, PADI Assistant Instructor, PADI Open Water Instructor and a mix of PADI Specialty Instructors. If you’re are interested in taking the IDC or any other of the above courses contact Asia Divers at instructors@asiadivers.com 

Up coming IDC’s in 2016:

September IDC: 13 to the 30 of September with the IE the following 2 days and the MSDT Prep. Course starts the 3 of October and ends the 7 of October

November/December IDC: 20 of November to the 7 of December with the IE the following 2 days. The MSDT Prep. Course starts the 10 and ends the 14 of December     

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Fun Divers

Oksana Golubeva
Sergey Grigoryev
Sergey Kazantsev
Svetlana Grigoryeva
Vasily Kuravkin
Yulia Kharchenko
Irina Shutoba
Atsuko Sugimoto
Brett Robinson
Chris Jefferd
Christel Wante
Cy Lu
David Coller
David Vanderburg
Erik Kroes
Ines Lopez
Jan Van Vegchel
Wei Li
Matthias Gundermann
Milan Sindelka
Rebecca Lin
Ron Traynor
Scott Williams
Sue Goodman
Yao Zhang

PADI Open Water Course
Wenchao Zhu

PADI Advance Open Water Course
Wendy Mcleod
Scott Mcleod
Amanda Mcleod
Ines Lopez
Yao Zhang
Wei Li

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Course
Ines Lopez
Brett Robinson

Discover Scooter Dive
David Vanderburg
Scott Williams