Tag Archives: Verde Island

2019 Photo Workshop, eIDC update, and showing off Puerto Galera’s diving to friends old and new

asia divers puerto galera blog november 2018

Allways Dive Expeditions explores Puerto Galera

It’s been a great couple days hosting this group of dive shop owners and their representatives from Australia. Thanks so much to Allways Dive Expeditions for organizing this, and to Nikki Cairns for being an awesome team leader. We’ve been able to give them a quick tour of our lovely beachfront resort and facilities and introduce them to the beautiful diving in Puerto Galera. They will leave here having seen the amazing diversity that our area has to offer and we’re looking forward to seeing them come back soon. With Cleyon Wright, Cristine Jones, Graham Willis, Lillian Sassart, Paul Sorensen, Shannon Carlson, Zhiyanne Naera-Crafter, Nikki Cairns, and Darren Hall.

We spent a beautiful Sunday on Verde island with our group from Allways Dive Expeditions. It was a perfect sunny calm-water day to enjoy three wonderful dives, a delicious BBQ, a walkabout on the island, and a BCD party in the Verde island passage on the way home. Also, a big congratulation goes to Darren Hall who “Discovered Scuba” twice in one day with Paul Sorensen introducing him to a whole new world.

allways dive expeditions puerto galera
allways dive expeditions puerto galera 2
allways dive expeditions puerto galera 4

We spent a beautiful Sunday on Verde island with our group from Allways Dive Expeditions. It was a perfect sunny calm-water day to enjoy three wonderful dives, a delicious BBQ, a walkabout on the island, and a BCD party in the Verde island passage on the way home. Also, a big congratulation goes to Darren Hall who “Discovered Scuba” twice in one day with Paul Sorensen introducing him to a whole new world.

Underwater Photography Workshop 2019

beth watson underwater photography workshop asia divers 2019
phil rudin underwater photography workshop asia divers 2019

Join Phil Rudin & Beth Watson June 16-23, 2019, here for a Photo Workshop which will cover:

  • Hands-on in water mentoring
  • Short slideshow presentations throughout the week
  • Learn about lighting, composition, camera settings, equipment and much more
  • Learn macro and wide angle techniques using fisheye and rectilinear lenses
  • Daily photo critiques
  • Lightroom and Photoshop editing techniques
  • Learn creative lighting and advanced photography techniques

Join Phil and Beth for fun, learning, laughter and friendship

Contact: allison@asiadivers.com for more details if you’re interested

Welcome to Puerto Galera, Bill and Pat Acker

Welcome to Puerto Galera, Bill and Pat Acker

We had a visit this week of Bill Acker and his brother Pat. Bill and Tommy did their Instructor course together 1989 in the same time as Andy Norman did his Staff Instructor training. Bill is the owner of Yap Divers and Manta Ray Bay hotel www.mantaray.com in Yap, a great place for Mantas and also Shark dives. Tommy together with Rene Sten and Larry Bird visited Bill last August for this year’s Ngulu expedition.

Now it was Bill’s turn to come and visit us and he brought his brother Pat with him. They managed to do some nice dives here in Puerto Galera, together with Tommy and had the opportunity to get introduced to the Classic Club as well.

Bill and Tommy also got some time to do a bit of planning for next year Ngulu expedition that will happen in the end of July. Keep an eye out for the details as the trip will have limited space to 6 divers only!

PADI eIDC Update

Who is diving and teaching with us next…

padi eidc asia divers puerto galera

It could be YOU living the dream… like George Vest who introduced the Green and Wallis family – all connected with the Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan, where George is an orchestra instructor also promoting SCUBA diving in and out of Japan. George did his IDC in the Philippines and is now working with Asia Divers, teaching and interning on courses, earning commission to finance his holidays. Contact idc@asiadivers.com to find out options to work with us.

Lots of fun in and out of the water

padi instructor training puerto galera asia divers

We all enjoyed the families here with lots of entertainment from playing fun card games during meal times, sunsets and moon rises at the barrel bar and of course lots of in-water activities: 8 year old Camille worked with Ruben and got several dives as a Bubblemaker while Chris, her dad, did a DSD and took photos from the dive boats.

His wife Cinnamon and son Cameron along with Mike Wallis completed their Open Water course with Sabine. Shawna Wallis and her son, Zach did a review and then completed the Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty course with George. Shawna ended up with 10 more dives in her log book.

Everyone had a blast and would like to return with George and other families from Canadian Academy!

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to get our latest news updates and links to our blog posts!

Visit Asia Divers on Facebook

Use the buttons below to share Asia Divers news with your friends!

Halloween Party 2018 & News from Asia Divers

We’ve got the Booze… You Bring the Boo’s!

Join us For Some Haunting Spirits and Wicked Brews at the Point Bar on October 31st 2018.

We still have rooms available. Contact admin@asiadivers.com

Verde Island reefs show resilience to climate change

Verde Island reefs resilience to climate change

In the face of climate change, the reefs of Verde Island, situated in the middle of the “center of the center of marine biodiversity” in the world, are showing signs that they are protected from the major impacts of climate change.

Read the full article in the Manila Bulletin

What’s been happening at Asia Divers?

verde island puerto galera asia divers

Stunning conditions  at Verde Island this week.

Alli snuck on board with Finn and Arthur to do their second dive for their PADI Digital Underwater Photography course. So many great photo opps there! With Elly, Alli, Robert Johnston, Matthew Malekos, Finn Marinkovich-Josey, Simon Josey, Richard Trebus, Omri Hephner, Erich Werne, Mal Howarth, Ron Jackson, Elliot, Jobert Tapia (Cody), Maria and Arthur Nash.

PADI Advanced Open Water & Digital Underwater Photography certs

padi advanced open water course puerto galera asia divers

Congratulations to Finn Marinkovich-Josey on his getting two great PADI certifications this week!

Follow these links for more info about the courses:

The natural beauty of Puerto Galera

point bar el galleon resort puerto galera

Fall colours at The Point. It happens only for a few days every year, but it’s so beautiful…
The elves have been busy preparing for Christmas this past week.

Preparing for a Puerto Galera Christmas

If you don’t have plans for Christmas yet, consider coming down here for very fun time over the holidays. We’ve got lots of special things going on including Santa’s visit on the 24th, scrumptious Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners at El Gal and fireworks to bring in the New Year.

christmas asia divers puerto galera

Underwater Photos Corner

We’ve had a fun time doing the PADI Digital Underwater photography course these past few days with Arthur Nash and Finn Marinkovich-Josey. Both students enjoyed taking photos with the Olympus Tough camera and housing and got some great results. They also got to practice some editing on their phones and tablets.

Arthur and Finn did their PADI Advanced course earlier on in the week, and then went right into the photo course. I was super pleased to see that not only we’re they taking some great photos, but they had excellent buoyancy and awareness under water.

Below are a few of Finn’s photos and we’ll have some from Arthur next week.

digital underwater photogrpahy course

I liked this silhouette photo of the fish because of the stunning blue water and the sunburst.

verde island pinnacle puerto galera

Peace and calmness at the top of the Verde Island pinnacle, again with that gorgeous blue water.

clownfish puerto galera asia divers
turtle diving puerto galera

Nice use of framing in macro and a little bit of cropping for the clownfish shot . Gorgeous looking turtle giving Finn the eye.

Click on the gallery images below to enlarge

That’s all for now for now folks. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to get our latest news updates and links to our blog posts!

Use the buttons below to share Asia Divers news with your friends on social media!

VISIT ASIA DIVERS ON FACEBOOK