The first time Asia Divers went to Cocos Island (the Treasure Island), Costa Rica was in 1998 and the experience left deep mark in our dive souls. More or less completely without corals the island still offer perhaps the best diving in the world. The number of sharks and other big marine life make up for the lack of colourful corals. It is not just the Scalloped Hammerhead sharks that make the island so famous but also a wide range of other sharks. Like Whalesharks, Silky’s, Galapagos sharks, Silvertip and hundreds of Whitetip Reefsharks to mention some.
Add to this plenty of Marble, Manta, Devil and Mobula Rays. Add huge schools of Snappers just to mention some of the fish that are domestic around the island and Lobsters under more or less every rock (sorry you can’t take them and I think they know it). If you like big stuff and plenty then Cocos Island is for sure the place to go.
The trip starts in San Jose with an overnight to get everybody together for the land transfer to Puntarenas where we board the Wind Dancer from the Dancer Fleet. A 30-36 hours crossing out to the island give everybody a chance to get familiar with each other and the Costa Rican beer. When out there we have 7 fantastic days of diving before returning to Puntarenas.
Dates for Asia Divers trip number 4 to Cocos is April 28-08 May 2012. For more indormation Click here
When the new pier and store was opened in front of the Point Bar at El Galleon, we were promised that it would be the center of much entertainment and fun and that has proved to be the case. There was a big Christmas party on the deck and some pictures were shown in our blog a few weeks ago about that.
We were told that the first ‘event’ would be a Salsa dance night and the staff of El Galleon entered totally into the spirit of the night.
The event was very well attended and the following short video will give you some idea of the fun which our El Galleon guests and staff enjoyed.
There was much food, more than a little drink and an excess of fun. Here you can see Allan saying ‘Thank you’ to some of those who made the night such a success.
No blog ever seems totally complete without a caption competition.
Entries for the ‘What’s Allan thinking’ competition can be submitted at the end of this Blog entry.
The next event we are told is a 60s night which will be held probably sometime in the 3rd. week of February. After which we are TOTALLY open to suggestions. Send us a note with your ideas and I promise every one will be properly considered.
Four places have become unexpectedly available for an upcoming six day trip aboard Rags II. She is departing evening of Sunday February 13th bound for the WWII Wrecks of Coron Bay, Apo Reef, Merope and Hunters Rock. Return to Puerto Galera will be in the morning of the 20th.
The Japanese wrecks in Coron Bay were sunk by a US Carrier based strike in September 1942 and are a fascinating collection of ships laying close together in relatively sheltered water, with dives ranging in depth from around 24 to 40m. They are ideal for recreational nitrox, and for technical diving alike and divers of either level can be accommodated on the trip. Excellent overviews of these famous wrecks, the Irako, Okikawa Maru, Akitsushima, Ekkai Maru ( whose story we previously told here : https://www.asiadivers.com/techasia/TheEkkaiMaru.PDF ) and others can be found by here : http://www.coronwrecks.com/sites.htm . We will spend three days exploring these wrecks.
The trip will also be taking in the ever popular Apo Marine Park, whose outstanding reefs and large marine life ( not to mention visibility out to as much as 40m ) continually impress everyone who visits, and the more off the beaten track sites of Hunters Rock and Merope Reef – both famed for their shark action. Again more on the sites, follow the link on the left.
Rags II accommodates eight divers in twin share air conditioned cabins, provides adequate lounge areas and a huge dive deck. Nitrox for recreational trips is free, food and beers all included. She is operated by former Tech Asia instructor Ralph Joerger.
Trip Costs and Contact Info
Cost for six diving days is US$1,320.00, with an additional $30.00 per person for Apo Reef Marine Park fees. It is assumed divers have all personal dive gear though this is available for rent if not. If you have questions or need more information, just reply to this email or contact email@example.com.
Short notice though it is we hope you can take advantage of the chance to join this great trip. If not, drop us a line anyway as more may follow later in the year.
Asia Divers are happy to see one of our main supplier getting recognised for their great effort in designing wetsuits for the diving market. We at Asia Divers have sold the W1 suit since the second half of 2009 when it first got released.
Waterproof Diving International AB based in Gothenburg, Sweden, has been awarded with the prestigious Swedish Grand Award of Design 2010 for their W1 wetsuit.
The jury’s verdict reads: ”With one foot in the water and the other in the office, Waterproof has succeeded in creating an industry ”top-of-the-line-product”. Key words when creating the W1 wetsuit were organic, technical, floating lines and surface structure. The inspiration came from the sports, automotive and footwear industries. The result is a fantastically crafted product that makes both diving pros as well as land-lovers take an extra deep breath.” The Grand Award of Design highlights business successes that utilise integrated and consistent design. It is awarded to a Swedish company annually by Teknikföretagen, the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries in association with The Swedish Industrial Design Foundation, and The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design. The jury assesses the commercial success based on innovation, product significance, product customization, effectiveness, ergonomics and eco-requirements.
Now that the silly season is upon us why should we be any different? So, we have decided to have a series of silly but fun competitions.
Something I had wondered for a long time is this. Suppose I was sitting fully dressed in El Galleon and suddenly decided I wanted to go diving and to explore a small wreck. How long would it take before I actually was exploring a sunken boat?
So we had a competition among the staff of Asia Divers to do just that. From the starting whistle each entrant had to locate his dive gear and change into it, get and check his air and then get to Sabang Wreck and show his name to our camera man. The prize for the person doing it in the fastest time was a dinner for two at El Galleon.
Here we can see the starting line up.
There was a lot of hustle and bustle at the start with everyone rushing to change and get their kit on.
We created a movie of the whole event which is a hoot, so I won’t spoil the ending by saying who won the dinner for two but will give you a link to the movie in the next day or two.
In the meantime, HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone and may you all win the lottery and come and stay with us in 2011.
It is true that everything is in a state of change and few things more so than scuba diving and the Internet. In recent years we have seen great changes in the diving world with things like dive computers coming in, then Nitrox and Trimix and the same has been true of web sites.
We now believe that any web site that relies on .jpg pictures and words to explain anything as interesting and exciting as scuba-diving is destined for extinction.
El Galleon and Asia Divers have spent the last year trying to improve our ability to communicate with our customers and potential customers and to that end some enormous work has been done on the Asia Divers web site.
Now we are happy to unveil our latest step forward in the field of video. We would love to hear your opinions of what we have done so far or suggestions of things you would like to see us do.
Take a look at what you can expect to see when diving here in Puerto Galera. Diving movie.
The long wait finally ended this week and Allan nash having returned to Puerto Galera the draw was done.
As you can see here the winner was Emma Barba. Good for you Emma and rest assured that when you come to collect your free nights ll our staff will make special efforts to see you have a specially nice time.
Emma and her boyfriend tells us she came to dive with Asia Divers only after trying two other diving operations in Puerto Galera and that now they would never dive with anyone else.
Emma did her Rescue Diver course whilst her friends did a variety of other courses and dives.
Emma says that she very much enjoyed diving with our Peter who is now her favourite instructor. Time for you to blush Peter!
Emma is hoping to visit us again in the New Year and we will ll do our very best to see that she has a wonderful time here.
Its been two great weeks for Tommy and Allan as they set out for another DEMA (Dive Equipment & Marketing Association) show, this time to be held in Las Vegas.
After a long long flight from Manila-HK-LAX-Mexico City and onto Havana one was ready to either crash or look for a little fun. All hyped up after the flight and not knowing if it was morning or afternoon, a good feed of seafood was on the cards and a few beers to follow.
That was exactly what I had, a large bowel of oyster soup (superb) and a serving of lobster, Cubana style. Then time to explore Havana. What a city, and incredible walk back in time, with old buildings with the facades still standing with sculptured artwork on building after building. The streets cobbled stoned and the quant little restaurants lining the streets with live music playing in many of the small bars and restaurants. The atmosphere is exciting and the feeling is overwhelming, you just cant do more than sit back relax and enjoy the ride, or after dark and when the time is right, get up and dance, Havana style, Salsa! Great people, awesome buildings, crazy cars and transportation and the music, something you want to take home with you, absolutely outstanding musicians, its a must do, must see kind of place and now is the time to see it.
Las Vegas and the town that never sleeps was again the host of the DEMA show 2010. The show was held at the Las Vegas Convention center and there was little to no space left for anymore. It took me the best part of two days to get from one end to the other, along with my schedules with some of our very best friends in the dive industry. As always its a great pleasure to meet up with Ken and Tina from Island Dreams and Yasuko from Island Cruisers along with many more. The waterproof guys were there selling there latest dry suit, designed for ice diving, nothing we were immediately interested in, however a huge hit for the team selling out all there current drysuit stock. Waterproof’s line of wet suits were as always top of the list and a well sort after items. Waterproof have by far stolen the stage on wet suits, everyone is talking about them. So if you don’t have a waterproof wetsuit and are looking to buy a new suit, don’t look past Waterproof for excellence.
Other items of interest at the show were UK (Underwater Kinetics) lights and accessories, take your time and take a look at what this company has to offer. There new lights UK SL3 is about to be upgraded with a new bulb that is guaranteed to outdo anything close to its size. Already the SL3 has taken many by surprise, its size and durability is by fare more superior than anything else in its class. Asia Divers is taking slowly all its rentable lights and changing them to the UK SL3, that’s how good we think they are.
During one evening we decided to take a night off (something not easy to do at a DEMA show) and go see an old favourite singer song writer Rod Stuart, what a man, mid 60’s and still as strong as ever. Its been a long time since I have been to alive concert (not to many visit PG) but I have to say I was overwhelmed by Rod’s voice, his energy and his simple way of having a great party at the Coliseum, go Rod, the man!
Four days of DEMA, lots of excitement, so many new ideas and lots of leads to follow up, it was time to leave and head for the airport for that wonderful flight back home. If your ever near a dive show, do drop by, you never know who you will find wondering around, its generally the beginning of another great night of meeting new friends and telling old stories. Till next year, Orlando Fl., DEMA 2011.
PADI Course Director