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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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Who,s been doing what?


Fair well to our Wild Water group from Belgium, who have been here for the last week and now off to Anilao. They've been having lots of great dives, spotting all the great critters we have on our reef. That combined with the beautiful weather we’re having at the moment has given them a super holiday experience. We hope to see you next time!

Chen finished her Divemaster course in style with an awesome party at the point bar. The final test was completed and 2 whole  “orange juices” were drank through a very special Asia Divers Divemaster snorkel. Congratulation Chen, now its time for the IDC.

Congratulations to Su Yuan Jiang and Kui Feng Liu on completing their Advanced Open Water Course. Hope to see you guys later in the year when you come back to do your Rescue Course.

Dave Boardman took a day off our usual diving scheduled to enjoy his PADI DPV course. We enjoyed two great dives. One to Canyons, Shark Cave, Atoll, Kilima and Pink Wall and the second to Alma Jane, Fantasy reef and Sabang bay. And we still saw lots of critters. What a great day Dave.

Long time Asia Divers friend Chuck Driver completed his 1,600th dive this week. An impressive achievement indeed, we hope you have many more dives to come Chuck.
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Cleanup Project

After a drift dive to Kilima, we noticed a huge discarded fishing net that had found its way onto our beautiful reef. Determined to clean it up we put together a team and set out to remove it. It took the best part of 60 minutes to carefully clear the net from the reef and place it into a crate. All was going well until the valve on the lift bag started to fail and leek all of the air out just as we arrived at the surface.

Luckily some quick thinking from John Robson saved the day as he filled all the surface marker buoys we had and attached them to the crate. Great job everyone and thank you so much.  

 

Thanks to Zach Ransom for sending us these lovely images from his recent trip here. “I started diving very young and before that, was always fascinated with the underwater world. Early on, I found it was difficult for non divers to relate to my stories creatures and places I had seen beneath the waves! This was when I began to bring a camera with me underwater, to let the images do the talking and hopefully educate and inspire people to appreciate the beauty of the sea. I've been fortunate enough to have dived in many locations around the world but I haven't seen one quite like Puerto Gallera. The evolutionary adaptations that some of these animals’ posses in order to survive is truly remarkable. One of my best friends, Ken Konyshakput together this trip to PG and was unfortunately unable to make it due to a personal crisis; hopefully my photos can help him to vicariously see the beauty of this place and its people.” website www.zransom.com
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Instructor Development iDAP College


The first day of preparation is underway for the May IDC. Oliver, Chen and Helen had a great day practicing their skills, finished off with a bit of fun on the Floating Bar slide. Check out the iDAP College Facebook page for more fun Photos.  https://www.facebook.com/iDAPCollege/


Up coming IDC’s in 2016:

June/July IDC: 28 of June to the 15 of July with the IE the following 2 days and the MSDT Prep. Course from the 18 to the 22 of July

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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Caroline De Tandt
Christian Van Den Berghe
Danny Van Belle
Dion D'hoop
Gabriella Van Lil
Myriame De Cooman
Nancy Van Laere
Patrick Verbustel
Rik Muylaert
Robert De Pril
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Willy Caekebeke
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Reinhilde Vanhoof  
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Benny Ketelslegers
Caroline Chu
Chuck Dreyfus
Cong Liu
Corby James
David Boardman
Enrique Subardiaga
Eric Vaandering
Francoise Metral
Fu Kaiming
Gabi Eschelbach
Jacquelyn Rae
Joe Robinson
John Robson
Jordan Bell
Kenneth Wong
Klaus Eschelbach
Kui Feng Liu
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Malcom Hammer
Matt Clarke
Maurie James
Michael Luhan
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Philipp Hummel
Robert Swanson
Roberto Giudici
Roger Salter
Roman Markovtsev
Stefanie Hummel
Su Yuan Jiang
Troy Dillon
William Cheung

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Bo Zhou
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PADI Enriched Air Diver Course
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PADI Advance Open Water Course
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