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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 conducted 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:

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MondayNews at Puerto Galera
Thank you to Mat Wats for this month’s cover photo.  Good to see Mat getting some great pics!

What's been happenings this week
It’s been a fun time again having Peter Zheng back with another group of excited students. This time there were 9 students doing OW, AOW and some doing nitrox as well, plus six fun-divers. Peter was a very busy man! Alli and Troy tagged along to help out with the group and keep things running smooth. Congratulations to all the new divers and thanks toPeter for coming back!

Celebration time for Peter’s group.

What to do when the rain makes us have to finish dinner inside the restaurant?? Do some table dancing of course!

Congratulations to Fang Pei Chen who at the young age of 65 earned his OW and AOW certification!

Look what one of Andy’s students bumped into in the Canyons! Photos by Peter Wu.

Wilma, Rhuby and Allan went over to Verdi Island to check out the school there for an upcoming trip with a school group from Hong Kong. They’ll be doing a community service day over there and having some fun on the beach too!

We had a fire safety inspection and fire drill at El Gal. 

DRT  Show in Manila

The DRT Show is considered the largest Diving and Resort expo in Asia. This is the first time it will be held in the Philippines so please do come by to check it out and to see Tommy, Dave, Ivy and Alli. The address of exhibition hall is 5th Level Mega B, SM Megamall.


Asia Divers trip of the Year still has 1 spot left (female) on the Palau Tropical Dancer. Sister-ship to Palau Aggressor ensures it’s a comfortable boat and with the perfect dive deck, diving doesn’t get easier than on this boat. We will board the boat in the afternoon on November 1 and disembark in the morning of November 8, which gives us 5 ½ days of brilliant diving among Sharks and other big pelagic animals. Truly a trip you want to come back to do again and again. This is your chance to do your trip of the year! Contact if you’re interested. 

GALAPAGOS 2016, July 28 to August 4 on Galapagos
Aggressor III

If you haven’t done it, this is the trip you want to be on as we will be right in the Whaleshark season and it’s awesome. If you have done it before then still this is the trip you want to be on as we will be right in the Whaleshark season and it’s awesome, smile. The schedule shows we will have 6 dives on Wolf
Island and 6 dives at Darwin Island, this might be your best 12 dives ever done !  

Price for the week on the boat US$ 5,795 per person. Confirmation toTommy at  before 25th of October.

Andy on the road

Cressi course: 25th August -5th Sepetember.
Locations:  Malapascua, Cebu, Moalboal, Dumaguete.

Once again doing the rounds with a bunch of Cressi Regulators, Andy Norman headed for the Visayas region to conduct one day cressi-sub service seminars for a multiple of students spread over four major locations.
Two courses were conducted at Ocean Dive supply, Asia divers own shop in both Cebu and Dumaguete, while Moalboal course was done in Savedra Dive and Malapascua’s location was Blue Water resort.

Total of 51 students from 25 different dive shops attended the one day service seminar with majority being nationals getting to understand the theory and operation and serving techniques of Cressi-sub regulators.

In all 4 locations there was a good deal of enthusiasm and interest expressed  students that wished to know the inner workings of regulator and of course very happy to oblige by any question passing  my , with even the odd debate thrown in for good measure.

Once again the regulators used were the ever popular AC2 un-balanced piston first stage that was coupled to the Cressi compact 2nd stage. This setup of both 1st and 2nd stage that because of the very easy service and design features   has proven to be a good match and well liked by both resorts operators and private sector.

Second half of the course was on Cressi-sub MC5 1st stage coupled to the Ellipse second stage which took the interest of those that wished to know about the diaphragm regulator and how it worked.

Congratulations go to 51 students spread over 25 dive shops from Malapascua, Cebu, Moalboal, Dumaguete including Davao and Camiguin Island.  
Dive shop                                  Students
  1. Sea Explores:                   Jumarlie Arriesgado, Manual
    Martine Arrillaga, Mulles Logan
  2. Blue Haven:                      Jjino Tapales,
  3. Devocean Divers:             Kevin Zafra, Ranilo Orongan,
    Christine Marie Micua
  4. Thresher shark Divers:    Gerard Cuna,
  5. Scuba Crew:                     Brend S. Bruces,
  6. Fish Buddies:                    Remil R. Punes, Kervie M. Safra
  7. PSQ Divers:                      Wilson Luchaves
  8. Ocean Player:                   Bom Pizzaro
  9. Pro Dive Davao:               Scott A. Forbes
  10. Feel Deep Scuba Diving:  Jimmy Aburido
  11. Kontiki Marina:                  Kenneth Traya
  12. PC Divers:                        Joelito A. Gilig, Oliver D. Ngujo
  13. Emerald Green:                John Francis Laran
  14. KI Marine:                         Junior Arojado,  Mark Anthony T
  15. Camiguin Action Geckos: Arno Enzerink
  16. Grand Bleu:                       Junel Bisnar Daguplo
  17. Sevedra dive shop            Klaus Stiefel, Jojo Marindoque,
    Jaime Sabanate, Martin Slisans,
    Lora Slisane, Jetton Ypanto,
    Philip Jennings.
  18. Dolphan House                 Peter Kiggen, Rudelo Ebarsabal
  19. Cebu Neptune Diving Adventure:    Ma. Grace Christine
    Villarino, Clifton Sanders. 
    Vergilio R. Gamotan Jr.
  20. Phil. Aquaholics                Aison G. Audeje, Peter P. Campos
  21. Ocean Dive supply inc     Evangeline Emeterio,
    Geraldin Amores.
  22. Salaya Beach House        Harnold Callora, Eric Cabanilla,
    Erny Cabanilla.
  23. Sea Exporers                    Dennis Ramos, Julieto Baga.
  24. Tropico Scuba Diving resort: Richard Outumuro, Ronald Orica,
    Dennis Amores.
  25. Bongo Bongo Divers          Michosidore Bandoles, Amado Alar.
For further information on Cressi-sub courses coming to your area, please contact Andy Norman by email:





iDAP College News

Other Up coming IDC's in 2015:
September/ October IDC: 18 of September to the 5 of October with the IE the following 2 days and the MSDT Prep. Course starts the 8 of October and ends the 12 October

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

Fun Divers

Markku Tapani Saari
Eva Ardenlid
Joseph Kinard
Sue Goodman
Zhang Xiao Yan
Neil Krumbeck
Wang Ya
Ge Qian Qian
Zhao Xiao Jun
Li Ying
Eddie Mccarthy
Dave Coller
Rebecca Lin
Wang Jing
David Perkins
Patricia Rhee
Pip Casey
Ross Wither
Amy Caller
Kristina Katich
Violeta Valdivia
Malcom Hammer
Mat Watts
Maurice Lyver
Shasta Fisher
Larissa Jefferson
Freddie Minson
Liu JiaJia
Lu Wen
Zhao Bin
Bao Da Liang
Li Heng
Huo Guang
Hu Zhen Yu
Fang Pei Chen
Wang Jun
Xia Wen Rong
Zhao Mo Zhu
Wang Fu Qin
Wu Fu Nan
Wang Wei Peng
Zhu Ke Xuan
Peter Zheng

PADI Open Water (OW) Course
Hu Zhen Yu
Fang Pei Chen    
Wang Jun
Xia Wen Rong
Zhao Mo Zhu
Wang Fu Qin
Wu Fu Nan
Wang Wei Peng
Zhu Ke Xuan
Wandy Jitchodoke

PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW) Course
Hu Zhen Yu
Fang Pei Chen    
Wang Jun
Xia Wen Rong
Zhao Mo Zhu
Wang Fu Qin
Wu Fu Nan
Wang Wei Peng
Zhu Ke Xuan
Wang Jing

PADI Enriched Air Diver (EANX) Course
Freddie Minson
Joseph Kinard

History of how diving started in Puerto Galera

Diving in and around Puerto Galera started back in early 1981 when Brian Homan, an Australian from Maitland NSW, started Capt'n Gregg’s Dive Center on Big Lalaguna Beach in a small space underneath the Hobbit House Bar and Restaurant managed by Ray and Rosita Ramos.

Snake, a fellow Australian, teamed up with Brian around July 1981 and together they started exploring the area, looking for dive sites and wrecks.

The Hobbit House was destroyed by a typhoon on Boxing Day 1981 but luckily, the dive shop being underneath, survived. Most of the hobbits then returned to Manila and Ray and Rosita rebuilt the establishment and called it Rosita's Inn.

The Hobbit House is now a well known music club located in Ermita, Manila where the hobbits are the waiters and they also own and operate the business.

Life on the beach was very basic then with no electricity or phones to communicate with the outside world. The dive shop had only three sets of gear for customers with no BCD's or wet suits and of course there were no dive computers then so all dives were planned on the PADI (U.S. Navy) Tables. They also had a hookah compressor system which they used to take people diving in front of the beach where the coral was pristine.

In 1982 Jim Wilson from Sydney joined in and most of the dive sites in the area were found by the Capt'n Gregg's team including wreck sites such as the WWII Jap Wreck near Markoe Cove in 1981, the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Senora de la Vida on Verde Island in 1982 and a 15th Century Balanghai carrying Ming Dynasty Chinese pottery and porcelain in the Manila Channel in August 1983.

Earlier 1983 Capt'n Gregg's had transferred to Sabang Beach after Brian married a local girl from Sabang and a new dive shop and restaurant was built in Sabang. Notifying the National Museum of the finds and making contact with the director, Father Gabriel Casal, an excavation team was put together consisting of Brian, Snake, Jim and several divers from the Museum's Underwater Archaeology Team.

After many weeks of diving and around the clock security, the cargo was brought to the surface and taken to Manila for treatment and documentation. In the early stages some pieces were stolen by local divers at night before security could be placed on the site. Several pieces and photos are on display in both, the Excavation Museum in the Puerto Galera Church grounds and Capt'n Gregg's restaurant which is still alive today on Sabang Beach. Others are in Brian Homan's Museum at Vasco's Resort in Subic Bay and The National Museum in Manila.

In early 1984 Snake and Jim decided it was time to run a dive center on their own and to break away from Captain Gregg’s, so with mutual understanding, Brian kept the building and the name and Snake and Jim kept the equipment and the boats. Snake and Jim then decided to go back to Big Lalaguna Beach and with a Swiss National and Instructor, WilliTobler, opened Reef Raider's Dive Center next door to Rosita's Inn. One of the early customers of Capt'n Gregg's, a somewhat relaxed English individual by the name of Dave Penman, who was also an Instructor, joined in as a freelancer and became the instruction force behind Reef Raiders.

By 1985 Reef Raiders was well established and dominating the diving in Puerto Galera. It was indeed an outpost at best but it seemed to attract some very special characters, people from the oil industry in particular had heard of Reef Raiders and Puerto Galera and were using it for their time off. It was a special time for this sleepy town, but it was slowly transforming into what it is today.

It attracted people like Sky & Mark (South Sea Divers) , Frank Doyle (Lalaguna Beach Club), and Arnie Isberg. Arnie who came to Puerto Galera way before 1985, was out the back of Puerto Galera panning for gold, then eventually and to the disappointment of some and the pleasures of others, started the first girly bar in Sabang, Sunset Disco. Sky and Mark worked out of their spare bathroom and took people out diving much to the disappointment of the Reef Raiders team as neither one of them were qualified Divemasters.

It was back in late 1985 that Allan Nash arrived on the beach and decided that this was the place to be. After a short time Allan was doing his Divemasters course with Reef Raiders and Sky and Mark from South Sea’s decided to join in. Well with Mark and Sky’s laid back attitude, Allan finished his Divemaster and then Instructors course well before Sky and Mark finished their Divemasters. Nevertheless the lads finished their courses and carried on taking people diving professionally, having met most of them from the now growing nightlife of bars and discos in Sabang.

Yes life was good, easy, almost no responsibility and lots of fun until early March 1987 when a fire broke out in Reef Raiders Dive Center, spreading and taking out the entire center of the beach. It was impressive the way people all joined forces to put the fire out, Jim and the boys running into the burning shop taking out as much gear as they could, trying to save whatever they could, before the fire engulfed the building. All of the artifacts from the Jap Wreck, Verde Island and Manila Channel sites, plates, dragon jars and other treasures all went up in the fire, not to forget one of the best shell collections I have ever seen, Snake the curator was speechless to here about this. The next morning, Jim and Willi were gutted as was Snake, who was in Australia at the time, on receiving the news. Willi simply put his hands in the air and said that’s it I'm out of here but Jim and Snake, on his return, temporarily moved to Small Lalaguna Beach but they never really recovered from the disaster. Snake left in 1988, Jim rebuilt on the original site and became an Instructor in 1989 and sold out to Frank Doyle 1994.

Allan, who had become a part of the Reef Raiders Instructional Team as a freelancer along with Dave, neither one wanting to leave, suggested to Dave, lets start our own dive center and with that Allan took over Willi’s house on Small Lalaguna Beach and Dave moved into a nice nipa hut that looked more like a tree house than anything else.

Fortunately, during the night of the fire, Sky and Mark had rented ten tanks to do a night dive. The equipment saved was some masks, a few damaged regulators, some fins and wetsuits, all with small scorch marks and holes, but after some TLC could be restored and made workable, this was due to the work of Allan and Dave. Within less than a week they had six sets of workable dive equipment, but no compressor so Allan borrowed a thousand dollars off a friend and purchased an old but workable 2.5 cfm compressor, this was the start of Asia Divers! Working out of Allan’s spare room as an equipment room, his kitchen as a classroom and his living room as a bar, the operation was underway.

It was not long after that before Sky and Mark moved from their bathroom and took a spot on the beach at Sabang. Then dive shops started popping up everywhere and now today we have over fifty dive centers between Sabang and White Beach. And its no surprise as the diving here is world class and PADI has dominated the scene since the beginning. For a diver, it has a lot to offer from wrecks to some of the smallest of critters found only here in Puerto Galera.

Resorts and hotels from all levels are found here. El Galleon Resort nestled among the trees to Atlantis and its European white concrete design to Infinity and its exquisite architectural design. Puerto Galera resorts and hotels have everything for you to enjoy a truly wonderful beachfront and diving holiday.