News from Asia Divers

Baby on board!

 

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Congratulations to Meena and Arthur on the arrival of their beautiful baby girl, Allan’s first granddaughter, River Blu Mahtani Nash. Such a beautiful addition to the family! Everyone here is looking forward to meeting her soon.

What’s been happening here

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After Larry’s little adventure with Tommy and Rene he’s back down here with all the girls and Malcolm too! They are in for a fun week of diving and also cracking on with Nitrox courses for Kris, Seren and Rhiannon. Perhaps getting them all ready for some future live-aboard trips!

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Alli was recognized by PADI for her 20 years with them. PADI Territory Director Tim Hunt and Philippine Regional Manager Conny Jeppson presented her with this recognition award.  Alli now joins the others at Asia Divers who have been PADI members for more than 20 years. (Allan, Andy, Tommy, Dave, and Pete)

Delicious new additions to the Menu

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Check out what’s new on the menu! Chocos and Mochas for those with a bit of a sweet tooth and the Fresh Blend Juices for those that want the more healthy options. I’d say do the healthy stuff in the morning so you can live it up a bit in the afternoon with the sweet stuff!

EL Galleon and our environment

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Some months ago El Galleon applied for a zero discharge permit. After weeks of waiting the DENR arrived for a site inspection and were amazed at the system El Galleon had built to incorporate its own waste water treatment system. Years ago El Galleon with the help of the DENR built an above ground septic system to handle grey water and waste water from the resort. In the past few weeks El Galleon has doubled the size of this system making it easier and more efficient. The other day we received an approved discharge permit which we were at first disappointed but after reading the permit and talking with the DENR, it was explained that it’s difficult for them to issue a zero discharge permit due to many internal concerns at the DENR. The good news is we have a permit that allows us to no longer have our water tested unlike other resorts due to the fact, we don’t discharge outside the resort. The reality is El Galleon is probably the only resort in Puerto Galera that does not discharge some form of waste water other than rain water. El Galleon works hard to work with environment and is committed to continue to do so.

Travel

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Tommy together with Larry Bird and Rene Sten have headed to Yap for some diving and to explore the diving at Ngulu Atoll. Diving with our old friend Bill Acker from Yap Divers www.mantaray.com and have already manage to do 5 dives at Yap with sharks on every dive plus a beautiful Manta spotted on the last dive. An unforgettable shark dive at the Vertigo site that never will be forgotten despite some technical problem with Rene’s camera. More from the boys next week when they report from Ngulu Atoll.

Women’s Dive Day

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“PADI Women Dive day” and our very own “Men’s Day” weekend was a blast. Thanks to all who came and participated in our celebration for a “healthy ocean – healthy body”.  It was super fun with some interesting things to do and taste for everyone. Alli stated it up with a 6 a.m. loop walk, than Sabine got everyone doing yoga on the platform. The day continued with some diving, drinking some very yummy healthy drinks by Jamie, eating and just all hanging out together. Some went on to do the Hash Run as well…. It was a bit wet, but everyone enjoyed. Continue reading

PG memories

We’ve had Paul Mongomery here with us for the past while and he passed along some amazing photos. They are a snap shot of some of the early pioneers and long term guests that frequented Sabang and LaLaguna beaches around 1983 to 85. We’ve added these photos along with some others that Alli took in the late 90’s on to our “Asia Divers Oldies” album on our Facebook Page. Have a look here:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/asia.divers/photos/?tab=album&album_id=158818000907642

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Super Umbrella in Sabang

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Spending your time doing what you love

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Enjoying the nice weather and cold beer at the Barrel Bar! It’s been a busy time here this week as Kelly, Eleanor and Sabine have been in IDC land, while Maria has been teaching Sarah her OW course. Sarah is on her solo backpacking around Philippines and decided to take Open Water Diver course with Asia Divers. She has done great job as student and absolutely loved the experience. She’s also been brave to give the local delicacy, Balot a try. At the end of the day it’s nice to come together to either the Barrel or Point Bar and chat about all the great things going on and appreciate the fact that we’re all here. Make every day count!

PADI Womens Dive Day and more!

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Come and join​ us for the weekend of July 21-22 to celebrate “PADI Women Dive day”! We’ll be making it a special “Healthy Ocean, Healthy Body” weekend with some fun things to do and taste as well.  On Saturday there will be a Dive Against Debris, where we’ll get a chance to make our ocean healthy by cleaning up one of our local dive sites. All friends and family are invited to join of course…boys and girls! To make our body healthy we’ll also be offering a Yoga class by Sabine, our PADI Course Director, early morning walks and some great specials in our Spa. To top it all off we’ll have some yummy fresh fruit drinks available. Now to make even more interesting we’ll have a “Men’s Dive day” on Saturday just to keep things even. A Verde trip could be in the works along with, “Beer and Barrels” yoga! Please join us for a fun weekend by contacting admin@asiadivers.com

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A nice moody shot of Pete at Alma Jane by Matt Hutchinson.  Thinking of a couple of great specialty courses to get you to Alma Jane. Consider perhaps PADI Deep Diver, PADI Wreck Specialty and PADI Enriched Air. The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

Instructor level – Project AWARE Dive Against Debris

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Monday News

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This month’s cover shot is by Matt Hutchinson. Matt came here to do his Divemaster course with us over the past few weeks and has been getting some superb photos of the area in his free time. Matt is a very talented photographer and now he’s starting to do underwater photography as well. You can follow him on Instagram @h2onomad

jul18a2Congratulations to Matt Hutchinson for competing his PADI Divemaster course! The final test, the snorkel test was passed with flying colours so now he becomes part of our hall of fame. We’ve really enjoyed having Matt here and we’re sorry to see him leave. Matt got lots of real life experience during his  Divemaster training at Asia Divers with students and divers and the being part of the team in the evenings at the  Barrel Bar.  Looking forward to seeing you back in September!

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Congrats to Toby Morton who became the 3rd generation of Morton’s to not only become divers, but also to be diving at Asia Divers. It was a very special time for Jamie to have Toby here from New Zealand and to be able to be his instructor. This was Jamie’s first certification as an instructor. Continue reading

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Matt Hutchinson captured this lovely image just as the group was heading out for a night dive. It’s a tough call sometimes…Barrel Bar or night dive?!

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Wechat and Alipay is now available

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Life just got much easier for our Chinese guests. You can now use WeChat pay and ALIPAY here at the resort and dive center. You can also use it to pay for deposit before you arrive.  If you’re coming here soon and would like to do that, just send an email to admin@asiadivers.com

DM Internship with Asia Divers, Puerto Galera, Philippines

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Are you keen on becoming a PADI Divemaster? Would you like to spend 2-3 months in Puerto Galera Philippines with Asia Divers PADI CDC center? If the answer is yes, we are currently looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals who are eager to experience what it is like to work in the scuba diving industry! Apply for the Divemaster Internship with Asia Divers, gain the first professional level in the diving industry and join the PADI family. Contact instructors@asiadivers.com for details.

Consider It Sorted!

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Thanks to the Unlimited Office Choice team in Australia for donating six boxes of school supplies, donated to five schools that very much need support. The schools donated to were two schools at Verdi Island the San Agapito elementary school, the San Agapito National High School. Then the two boxes to Baclayan Magyan elementary school, one box to Paraway elementary school and one box to Vilaflor elementary schools. Also a thanks to our good friend John Cassidy from the Beef Steak and Burgundy (B&B) club, Manila for donating the money to mail these boxes and to Paul Jones, Rhuby Soderstrom and the El Galleon/Asia Divers team for helping to organize and distribute all boxes, it was great fun and very rewarding. june18b2 june18b3

 

Whats been happening

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Wonderful to have Paul and Rowena Leszczynski back at Asia Divers. Paul used to work for us in our Manila shop back in the late 90’s and we still get to see them at DEMA most years too. june18b7

One of Asia Divers instructors, Magaret Tan was giving a PADI Project Aware presentation to more than 300 students, teachers & parents at a school in Kunming last week. How cool is that?!!

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Join in a day of shared adventure and passion for the ocean.

Asia Divers will be participating in PADI Women Dive day on Saturday July 21st. Events are being held at hundreds of locations worldwide for divers of every level and ability. Since 2015, divers from every corner of the globe have come together each July to bond over their love of the ocean.

Come and join us for the weekend of July 21-22 to celebrate the wonderful women diver’s around the World! We’ll be making it a special “Healthy Ocean, Healthy Body” weekend with some fun things to do and taste as well.  On Saturday there will be a Dive Against Debris, where we’ll get a chance to make our ocean healthy by cleaning up one of our local dive sites. All friends and family are invited to join of course…boys and girls! To make our body healthy we’ll also be offering a Yoga class by Sabine, our PADI Course Director, early morning walks and some great specials in our Spa. To top it all off we’ll have some yummy fresh fruit drinks available. Please join us for a fun weekend by contacting admin@asiadivers.com

Dish of the week, by Chef Jamie

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What’s been happening

This month’s cover shot for the “Monday News” of our stunning private pier and dive platform was done by Beth Watson. Check out more of Beth’s amazing images which have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, web sites and have been selected for juried art exhibitions.

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Alli and Ruben took the gang out on a wonderful day trip to Chicken Feather, Bonito and Maricaban for a very cool day with some good variety of different types of diving.  Along for the adventure were Beth, Steve, Sue, Chuck, John, Jenny and Elly. We ended the trip with a nice lazy slow ride back to the resort with a few beers and lots of laughs.  Contact us and learn more about day trips to these places.


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Visit our La Palm Spa and enjoy the unique and tranquil surroundings and enjoy the full range of treatments from our professionally trained staff and take full advantage of our discounts in our Low Season Promotion.

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Our updated menu is now out with a mix of old and new favorites for you all to try. Check out this week’s special our very yummy seafood laksajune18a12

Just recently Chuck got his 2100th dive and he also did his 200th of the year. That’s a lot of time underwater! Congratulations Chuck! We’ve had a fun week of cool critter sightings including the Solar Powered Nudi and two dive spots with Harlequin Shrimps. We haven’t seen Harlequin shrimps here in years so this was something extremely special and got everyone very excited to go out and see them.