News from Asia Divers

Mid autumn fun at Asia Divers

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Mid-Autumn dinner with Andy, Qun and all of their students. We’ve had a very busy week here with folks celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn. So here’s a few fact for you folks that might not know what this holiday is all about:

Why Mid-Autumn Is Celebrated at Month 8 Day 15? It’s Mid-Way Through the Third Season. The date of the Festival is the middle of the autumn season, according to the Chinese calendar. The third lunar season “autumn” is months 7–9. As the four seasons each have three (29 or 30 day) months on China’s traditional calendars, day 15 of month 8 is “the middle of autumn”.

For the Full Moon

On the 15th of the each lunar month, the moon is at its roundest and brightest, symbolizing togetherness and reunion in Chinese culture. The harvest moon (the full moon at Mid-Autumn, closest to the fall equinox) is traditionally believed to be the brightest of the year.

For Harvest Celebration

Month 8 day 15, is traditionally the time rice is supposed to mature and be harvested. So, people take this festival as an opportunity to celebrate the harvest and worship their gods to show their gratitude.

Birthdays!

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Happy 61st or should we say 16th birthday to Allan! It was a fun night in the Point Bar celebrating the special day last night with many friends.

Friends reuniting at Asia Divers

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Such a fun day with this mixed group of friends from all over the globe…. South Korea, USA, Canada, China, Columbia…all getting together in Puerto Galrera!  Mike, Bryan, Drew and Jorge tried a “Discover Scuba” while their certified friends joined in for the dive to the Giant Clams. Afterwards celebratory drinks of course at the Barrel Bar.

On the road again….

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Allan and Tommy and friends have completed their trip across the USA on motorcycles….. New York to San Francisco…..7305 km!

Sha Tin College week

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Wonderful to have the group from Sha Tin College, Hong Kong back with us again for their CAS week.  Some took part in PADI diving courses and some did the Activities program. In the group we had 12 new Open Water divers, and one Advanced diver. The Activities group kept busy with sailing, Extreme Sports, golfing, water sports, zip line and a trip to Tukauran where they got to enjoy the waterfalls.  Everyone also spent a day on Verde Island visiting a local school to have some fun interaction with the local kids and end the experience with an awesome BBQ . We had a fun send-off in El Galleon with a cultural dance performance, fire dancers and a great band!  Thank you to all of the teachers and especially Mick Wilson for getting this all organized this year. Looking forward to seeing you back again in 2018!

“Monday News” October cover photo

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Check out our October “ Monday News” cover shot. This cool image of our dive crew on the bridge connecting the pontoon to the platform was taken from Beth Watson with her drone. 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. Visit www.bethwatsonimages.com. If you would like to get on our mailing list to keep up to date on all the news here at Asia Divers please email instructors@asiadivers.com

Animals on the prowl

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September is the time of year when El Gal and Asia Divers sees the return of the “Animals”  It’s been a long time tradition over many years for the Animals to meet up here to celebrate the birthdays of Larry Bird and John Tucker. It’s also a reflective time for a select few as they experience their religious callings. In-between all this they also got to do some incredible diving and enjoy perhaps a drink or two with their good friends.

Asia Divers 30th Anniversary

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Here are a few “oldie” photos from a few years ago….oh my!!  Asia Divers 30th Anniversary celebration is getting very close. Dates of the event are November 24, 25 and 26.  Please contact us if you would like to attend this fun-filled weekend admin@asiadivers.com

Welcome back Sha Tin College

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It’s the beginning of an action packed week for these 50 kids and several teachers. They’ll be kept happily busy and very well fed. In the works for the group are diving lessons, sailing, water sports, hiking, Extreme sports, Golfing, Zip line and community service at Verde Island. Let the games begin!

Raja Ampat with Asia Divers

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Asia Divers has charted the Indo Siren for an 11-day trip to Raja Ampat, Papua Indonesia. Dates for the trip are January 20-30, 2018 and the boat has space for 16 divers.  We still have spaces left. The price for the 10 nights on Indo Siren is € 4,200 and to confirm space we need € 1,000. The balance is needed 3 months prior departure. For more details: http://sirenfleet.com/diving-destinations/indonesia/raja-ampat/ Tommy will conduct this trip so please email him if you need any information Tommy@asiadivers.com