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El Galleon Resorts


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:

El Galleon Webcam
MondayNews at Puerto Galera

Canadians do more than just play hockey!


It was a fun time having this wonderful group from Canada with us and a chance for Alli brush up on her Canadian eh?! Most came from Edmonton area, but there were a couple from Ottawa and also from Quebec. A bit of a change from those cold lakes up there! They all got to experience the best of Puerto Galera including some lovely sunny calm days, beautiful colourful reefs, and some different underwater creatures. Highlight of the trip was Verde Island. Thanks to Kirby Feng, the group leaderand to Fly & Sea Dive Adventures for organizing this trip here.

“Doc” Michael Chatenay and James Stewart both celebrated their birthdays with us.

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Verde Island project

Last week we had 9 painters go over to Verdi Islands’ San Agapito Elementary school to paint the roofs green in a charity ride sponsored by the Perth Australia Rotary club Subiaco - District 9455 presidentGeoff Down and co-organized by El Galleon. It was to have been a ten day job, but after hiring three more guys over at Verdi and with the kind donation from Rene Sten of the amazing corrugated roofing paint rollers, it took just three days! Riza Ebora headmaster was so thankful and surprised with the job, she took loads of photos and sent them with lots of thanks. Next week we are sending twenty orbital fans along with a real electrician to install two fans in each of the classrooms and admin office. We would like to take this moment to thank the Subiaco Rotary and in particular Geoff Down and our own Paul Jones for their help in making this happen.

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What’s been happening this week

It was wonderful to see the Marinkovich-Josey family back here again after many years. Simon and Tina used to live in Manila years ago whenAlex and Finn were just wee lads so it was great to see them back here now to learn to dive. They were quite natural in the water, and floated through their PADI Open Water course with flying colours. Congratulations you guys!

Chen Wang is back here to do her Instructor Internship after becoming a PADI instructor at Asia Divers back in May. She has already been assisting on several courses including with Emjay above, who did a “Discover Scuba”. Asia Divers offers a one month internship to everyone who does their IDC with us. It’s a great way to gain lots of practical experience working right along with the instructor team here. Contact us as if you’re ready to “Go Pro at Asia Divers”

Hilde and Torsten Hansen are on the road to the PADI Rescue and EFR certifications.

Harrison Breen was thrilled to be back in the water after doing a refresher with Chen and Troy.

It was very nice to have a father and son diving duo, Bert and Vic Janssens diving with us last week. Bert is a writer for Belgium magazine called “Hippo Campus” so we look forward to seeing us in there real soon.  We have a lot of divers coming here from Belguim and hope to see many more!

Congratulations to Alistair Rose for earning his Advanced certification this weekend. We had some tough currents, but he managed it real well!

Anna Sutiyono was also a part of the “Advanced” team this weekend. Congrats!

It was very nice to see Miu Miu back here for a visit with her family. Hope we see her back in the water soon!

Congratulations to one of our lovely ladies in the dive shop, Krizthel who got married last weekend.
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Asia Divers Instructor Development

Another successful PADI Instructor Exam (IE) has been completed here at Asia Divers. A special thank you goes out to the PADI Examiner B.K Kim from South Korea for making the IE a smooth operation for everyone to enjoy; not an easy task when they are 15 nervous candidates to get through. We would also like to congratulate Lilia and Koni on becoming PADI Instructors and for all the hard work they put in to achieve their goal. The Instructor Development Course is a challenging yet fun program to take part in and when it all comes together at the end the feeling of achievement and relief feels very well deserved. 
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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Alvin Lee
Bridget McElhatton
David Belovich
Edit Shillingford
Elizabeth Belovich
James Stewart
Jayden Chatenay
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Kimberly Pluim
Kirby Feng
Michael Chatenay
Nicholas Nissen
Nicole Lee
Sharon Chatenay
Yung Mah
Alex Marinkovich-Josey
Alistair Rose
Anna  Sutiyono
Bert Janssens
Chris Webster
Dan Ni Lei
David Boardman
Felicity Lee
Finn Marinkovich-Josey
Harrison Breen
John Biedenharn
Katrina Boardman
Max Wright
Mikael  Prestby
Mike Kewelar
Philip Rose
Simon Josey
Sue Goodman
Tim Lopsik
Toby Storm
Troy Dillon
Vic Janssens
Yzabelh Vemmer
Hilde Hansen
Torsten Hansen
Widad Zouiten

PADI Scuba Review Course
Harrison Breen

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course
Mary Joy Gonzales

PADI Open Water Course
Dan Ni Lei
Alex Marinkovich-Josey
Finn Marinkovich-Josey

PADI e-Learning Open Water Course
Widad Zouiten

PADI Advance Open Water Course
Chris Webster
Alistair Rose
Anna  Sutiyono
Toby Storm

PADI Rescue w/ EFR Course
Hilde Hansen
Torsten Hansen