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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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RELAX

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

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LEARN

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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What they say about us

"El Galleon – Nice enough rooms / resort, clean and comfortable. ‘More than adequate’ and all staff were exceedingly helpful.

Dive Centre was a slick operation & very professional, with well-structured diving. Easy to do 4 dives / day with dive sites only 10 mins away from the resort, it was great to be able to go back to your room between dives.

Exceedingly good corals & an abundance of fish life, all very colourful. Many shoals of fish, but no big stuff seen. Lovely canyon dives, some had healthy currents. ‘Hole in the wall’ dive site was great. "

 
MondayNews at Puerto Galera

Welcome back to a couple of our very good friends, Rene Sten and Debra Gauthier. Debra has not been here in many years, but quickly got back into the swing of things with AllanPaul and Rene getting her on track with some good wining and dining! For all you folks freezing your butts off in parts of North America and Europe at this time of year, consider that today is about 29 degrees Celsius and there is no snow to shovel. Come on over!  Contact admin@asiadivers.com
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What’s been happening around here

Congratulations to Ildiko Sternbeck for getting her PADI Open Water Diver certification!! Very well done !!! Also welcome to club 'pink fins'.. :)

Congratulations to Lucy and Alex Hatch for getting their PADI Open Water. They started it over the Christmas holidays and came down from Manila this weekend to finish. We look forward to seeing them and mom, Anne come back down again soon to explore more of our dive sites.

It was lots of fun having Team Hungary from Sweden here with George Kalman and Attlia Csata and all of us enjoyed the beautiful weather today on the dive platform and in the water.

Taking the advantage of working close by in Manila, Qiming Song finished his OW course in two weekends with some good attitude and time management. This is just the beginning of his underwater adventure, and we will be very happy to see him here in the future. After all, one needs to have a hobby for one's weekend right?! ;

Welcome back to The British International School Ho Chi Minh. The group is already into the swing of things with a combination of some doing OW, AOW and Rescue. As you can see above, Jun Won Hwang is a bit “tied-up” at the moment with his Emergency First Response course. We’ll have more photos of everyone in next week’s newsletter.

Congratulations to Sasha and Olena Pearson . They completed their PAD OW course with Troy.
Marky Suazo and Jose Oropeza loved their introduction to the underwater world on a “PADI Discover Scuba” course.
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2016 Ocean Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.!

Ocean Art is one of the most prestigious nature photo contests in the world, and the winning images represent some of the best underwater photographs of the year. Photographers from over 60 countries entered images, and over $75,000 in sponsor prizes have been awarded, making the Ocean Art prize value among the highest in the world.

Winners were asked to rank their prize choices and were awarded 1 prize based on totaling points from all their winning photos.
El Galleon/Asia divers was a proud sponsor of this event and congratulates Pier Mane who won our prize, a 7 night dive package!
Pier Mane, racked up placements in 4 different categories.  Here are a couple of his winning shots:


3rd Place-mirrorless-macro


4th Place Reefscape
I also want to congratulate Gyno Symus who has been diving with us several times before, for getting a 1st  and 3rd place in the completion. Gino was also one of the Hugycup winners a few years ago here. We’re always happy to see our good friends win some of these photo competitions!


1st  Place Marine Life Behavior


3rd Place Reefscape
 
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Travel

Liveaboard Rags II has only a few open slots left for this season!  

January 28 – February 3, 2017 Apo Reef and Northern Busuanga and Coron. Perfect combination of world class reef dives and the WWII wrecks in Coron! 1425 US $ for five full days of diving with disembarkation at Coron and everything included on all trips except equipment. (nitrox, food, beer, soft drinks). Two slots left!

April 9 – 16, 2017 (Easter) Coron Wrecks and Apo Reef. 1710 US $ for six full days of diving. Trip starts and ends in Puerto Galera (optional disembarkation in Coron).  Five slots left!

May 16 – 21, 2017 Northern Busuanga and Apo Reef. Perfect combination of world class reef dives and one seldom dived WWII wreck! 1140 US $ for four full days of diving. Everything else is same as above. Four slots left!


IDC@Asia Divers

 
1 day to go to our first IDC in the New Year 2017… We are secretly getting ready with the most important tools of the EFR-Instructor training that spans the first 2 days...


To bring you all the exclusive updates and pictures, we set up a new facebook page. Do go LIKE / FOLLOW this new page:
https://www.facebook.com/GoPro.eIDC/

Contact us ay idc@asiadivers.com to receive our IDC Info Pack and ask any questions you have.

Here are the dates for the 2017 IDCs and IEs:
IDC                         IE 
January 17-26       Jan 27/28
March 17-26          Mar 27/28
May 8-17               May18/19
June 25- July 4     Jul 5/6
Sept 8-17              Sept 18/19
November 16-25   Nov 26/27
All dates are assuming you have completed the eLearning component of the IDC. Otherwise, please arrive at least 3 days earlier.
Do contact us for our bespoke option with flexible dates of IDCs.
Click here to start eLearning:

https://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/elearning/?irra=2736

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Fun Divers

Alex Hatch
Anne Vickers
Chuck Dreyfus
Daniel Gamwell
Lauren Bennington
Luc Eeckhault
Lucy Hatch
Marc Eeckhault
Olena Pearson
Rene Sten
Sasha Pearson
Yuan Tu Zi
Yzabehl  Vemmer
Ziyu Pan

Scuba Review
Thomas Evers
Smriti Sukhani

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course
Marky Suazo
Jose Oropeza

PADI Open Water Course
Morgan Ditty
Mia Heath Dyer
Anna-Lien Juelsbak
Tue Minh Nguyen
Soo Kyoung Park
Juliette Robineau
Jun Boo
Yun Wang Long

PADI e-Learning Open Water Course
Qiming Song

PADI Advance Open Water Course
Thomas Evers
Smriti Sukhani

PADI Rescue and EFR Course
Jun Won Hwang