Category Archives: Environment

International Coastal Cleanup Day & check out our Dive Against Debris Video

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Saturday was International Coastal Cleanup Day. Asia Divers and El Galleon were happy to participate in this event as the whole community got together to do a beach clean-up. Thanks to everyone who participated in helping to keep Puerto Galera clean and beautiful.

Welcome back Diveline Aus

It’s great to have Paul Sorensen from Diveline Aus back with us again, this time bringing us a fun group to splash around with all week! First day started off with a quick welcome and get settled into the dive shop and then straight up to the Point. Good to see that everyone has their priorities straight.

Diveline AUS at Asia Divers

Birthdays on the beach

For many years in a row these two have celebrated their birthdays with us. It’s always been quite the time as the “Animals” prowl around the resort! We’re glad that the tradition continues on. Happy birthday to Larry Bird and John Tucker!

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Special Anniversary dives

Congratulations to Marc van Den Broeck for a very big number dive… 1000TH!! Not too many people get to see that many zeros on a shirt. Even more special is that about 300 of those dives have been done here!

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Congratulations to “mermaid” Kris on a well earned new t-shirt…100 dives!! Kris only was certified less than 2 years ago and she has racked up a lot of dives in a short amount of time.

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E-IDC update

Congratulations for becoming PADI Instructor – another 100% pass

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A VeRy HaPpY team “Maddogs”.. Congratulations to all new PADI Instructors on the beach – and especially to Matt for a job well done ! We are all very proud of you at Asia Divers and thank everyone who got involved to support… and then it was…

Party time… !!! …with plenty of new T-Shirt shots…

PADI instructor party

And what a great night it was. Kevin, the candidate from next door also decided to join together with Mr. Moon and also play our new fun Instructor IE party games that had the new instructors perform a little skill circuit and an excited run for some creamy drink (wink wink). Thanks to Matt we all also had to do the ‘Shark Attack’ and the ‘African Passage’ T-Shirt shots with him – at least these are the first 2 Shirts I remember…

Project AWARE video on Facebook

Project Aware dive against debris Puerto Galera

Thanks to “Video Rob” of Calypso Multimedia for taking a wonderful video of our recent Project AWARE – Dive Against Debris “Trashure” hunt.

Watch the video

Come and get involved!

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DRT Show & Charity Raffle Winners!

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It was a busy weekend at the DRT show in Manila for the gang from Ocean Dive Supply and Tech Asia. The show was visited by many people looking to check out and purchase new dive gear and to see what’s new in the Philippine diving industry.

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And the Lucky winner of the Tech Asia charity raffle is…Joan Jomai Mamangun Zerrudo!

 

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Never saw a couple so happy to have won something (and for the money to have gone to such a good cause). Halcyon and Tech Asia put up a unique Limited Edition Titanium Infinity BCD System as a special prize.

All proceeds will go to Pasay Pups, which is a volunteer organization dedicated to caring for the animals, and the children living in poverty in the Sarhento Mariano public cemetery in Pasay City.

Please take a moment to look at visit their Facebook page to learn a little more.

What has been happening at Asia Divers?

 

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Fiona, Rosie and Heather have been taking advantage of the sunshine and stunning shallow reefs, enjoying the snorkeling areas in Puerto Galera.

 

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Cameron, Rick and Pete just about to head off for a night dive and looking for all those weird and wonderful creatures

Check out PADI’s latest blog, The Amazing Marine Life of the Philippines.

PADI blog

It tells you about many of the great places to dive throughout the Philippines and of course information on the wonderful marine life in Puerto Galera. Read the blog on the PADI site.

Shanghai American School at Asia Divers

Have a look at this very nice video from the Shanghai American School who we’re with us last March. We’re excited that they’ll be joining us again next march as well. Bring your school group to Puerto Galera for a Fun, Educational and Exciting Adventure. The world is your classroom! Learning can, and should happen everywhere. We have over 23 years of experience with hosting school groups!

Our professionalism and enthusiasm with these groups has made us a leader in this area. Programs include diving, sailing, activities, community service and sightseeing. We’re already looking forward to their next visit in March 2020!

 

PADI E-IDC update

Our scooter gang assembled for a fun dive along reefs and wrecks. Matt did his DPV Specialty Instructor Training with Sabine – so he can teach this fun course, while for Cody it was his very first time scootering about. Big smiles as he enjoyed it a lot!!

DPV diving in Puerto Galera at Asia Divers

 

With many ‘Matt’s around, one could get confused B) – Our “Tall Matt’, Matt Hutchinson, has started his IDC with us and in the meantime already completed his EFR Instructor rating in the first 2 days. Congratulations! He can now teach the EFR Primary, Secondary, Care for Children and AED & CPR courses. More IDC updates to come…

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Summer is here and we have the skies to prove it!

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It’s that time of year when the sky is showing us her amazing colours in the evening. Elly shot these photos last night in the Point Bar while many others were also running out to catch the fire in the sky! Summer time in Puerto Galera is awesome.

Email us to arrange your escape to paradise: admin@asiadivers.com

Or send us a message on the contact page

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Join the Blackwater Diving revolution at Asia Divers

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Join us for the “greatest migration on earth, which happens every night, right in front of you!”

Find out all about Blackwater diving with Asia Divers on the Blackwater Diving page

 

What’s been happening at Asia Divers this week?

Asia Divers and El Galleon Resort are proud to be recognized for our environmental practices by Project SEAyasat and Save Philippine Seas!

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Asia Divers and El Galleon Resort are proud to be recognized for our environmental practices by Project SEAyasat and Save Philippine Seas!Congratulations to Alan Lo who completed his PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water this week. Seeing him in the water you can tell how comfortable he is already!

 

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Very nice to have father (Jacky Lo) and son (Alan) diving together this week.

 

PADI Advanced Open Water Course Puerto Galera Philippines

Charolotte and Zaid did a refresher when they first arrived to get back into the diving swing and sure enough it got them all excited to continue on with doing the PADI Advanced Open Water course.

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Paul Stripp and Paul Mounsey had a blast on their Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) course with Jamie.

E-IDC update

PADI Instructors learning Freediving…

PADI Instructor Magnus Peterson and his daughter Veronica teamed up to explore the underwater world on one breath with the PADI Freediver Course. And in short amount of time they doubled and tripled their initial breath hold to an astonishing 3:07 and 2:13 min static. In the open water both went beyond the required 10m depth easily on second dive and practiced rescue scenarios specific to freediving.

See a short video clip about their adventures here on our YouTube channel

Did you know…?!

padi freediving courses puerto galera philippinesThe PADI Freediver certification also counts as one of five Specialties for your PADI MSD – Master Scuba Diver certification.

That’s all the news from Asia Divers for this week folks, see you next week!

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Objectif Atlantide Event Week at Asia Divers

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What an exciting week it has been with the Objectif Atlantide event happening here. It was something completely new for us to have and there was a lot of buzz and excitement around the resort as the participants we’re trying to win the game.

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Here are the first 3 teams of the 2019 underwater survey of objective Atlantis in the Philippines:

Team Scubaland for the first place, team Spirit of Diving for second place, and team The Bubble Heads for third place. The result between team 1 AND 2 is played in a pocket handkerchief

All the teams discovered the underwater environment of the Puerto Galera region while having a lot of fun solving a police riddle. A very big congratulations to Aurélie Pineau and Pauline Thomas who have won for the second year in a row.

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We were thrilled to have two of the world’s renowned French  Freedivers here with us for Objectif Atlantide Philippines 2019, Alice Modolo and Arthur Guerin Boëri.

Alice Modolo partnered with Giullaume Nery in his popular video “Naughty Boy” and Arthur Guerin Boëri is world record holder in Dynamic – amazing 300 meters!!

Check out these amazing videos. Photo by Kamel Benabid

“Naughty Boy”

“Arthur’s Record”

freediving puerto galera philippines asia diversMaybe you’re all getting excited about Freediving like we are?!

Contact us to learn about becoming a certified PADI Freediver . You can see all the details on our Freediver Courses page

What else has been happening at Asia Divers?

Congratulations to Katherine Patawaran from the Philippine Department of Tourism who tried scuba diving for the first time. She had a wonderful experience seeing why so many folks love to dive in Puerto Galera and enjoyed the company of her colleague, Celstine Sy.

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DPV Diving

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Welcome to Peter Delmonte and Lynette Morris from PNG who had a hoot with the scoot!

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle certification…done!

 

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Sandy Chan is super excited to dive in PG along with her friend’s Lwok Po Chu, Lau Nga Yan and Amethyst and do her Advanced Open Water course!

 

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Awesome to have team Japan here: Hiroko, Yukiko and Tommy for a few days break from Manila- and all of them kept pretty busy.

Hiroko managed to complete her Emergency First Responder course, as well as the challenging Rescue Diver certification – well done!!

Yukiko and Tommy completed the PADI EAN Nitrox course in Japanese with us – and all went to Verde Island to celebrate their achievements, meeting turtles, large sweetlips, snappers, sea snakes, a velvety frogfish and the usual thousands of reef fishes.

That’s all for this week folks, see you next week for more news from Asia Divers

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Shanghai American School students ‘Dive against Debris’ and news from Asia Divers

Shanghai American School students Dive against Debris

We’ve had two amazing groups with us this week at Asia Divers: Maine Maritime Academy and Shanghai American School!

Farewell to the Maine Maritime Academy group. This group of 20 has enjoyed their tropical water diving experience for sure. Every dive was a feast for the eyes for them to be seeing the amazing biodiversity of Puerto Galera.

Thanks to Alan Verde, Tim Schroder and our good friends from Island Dreams for making this all come together. We’ve loved diving with you guys and hope that you can come back again.

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What a great few days with this group of students from Shanghai American School.

 

Their “Caring for Coral “ week started at Stairway Foundation in Aninuan and then the last part of their trip was dedicated to completing their PADI Open Water training dives and joining in for the Project Aware specialty, “Dive Against Debris”.

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Thanks so much to Kevin David for all the organization this took, and also to Karl Poulin and Joey Zhang for having it all run so flawlessly. This was also our first time to work with Big Blue Diving in Shanghai as they did the academic and confined water dives there. We hope to do more of this collaboration in the future with them and we’re already looking forward to seeing the Shanghai American School back again next year.

“Splash for trash!”

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These we’re the results from our “Dive Against Debris” in our Project Aware, adopted dive site, Sabang Bay. Twenty four participants from the Shanghai American School plus their instructors participated. It’s amazing how much you can collect in just one dive! Along with picking up the trash on a very beautiful area some of us got to see a couple turtles and sea snake. The kids enjoyed sorting and collecting the trash and the data will be sent to Project Aware. Every small piece was counted.

A very busy dive platform!

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Congratulations to everyone at the Shanghai American School. 22 PADI Open Water divers and 26 Project Aware Dive Against Debris Divers!

Let’s get to The Point!

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The Point Bar was rockin on the last night of the Maine Maritime Academy group. 24 T-shirts all in all for the night….2 jelly tours, 11 Shark Attack, 5 Stairway to hell, 3 The Point, 1 Tim Bridge and 2 Walk of Life plus a few bell rings in the mix!!

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ADEX Voice of the Ocean Competition 2017

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Congratulations to Beth Watson for being the ADEX Voice of the Ocean Competition 2017 Environmental Photo of the year Winner! A photo that represents the effects of climate change or the efforts made to confront it. The judges were looking for a photograph that makes people stop and stare, and that affects them enough to want to do something about protecting our environment. This gorgeous shot, titled “Hope Spot”, was shot in the Apo Reef, last year on an Asia Divers trip to Tubbataha and Apo onboard the Discovery boat, standing out from over 100 submitted entries.
Beth is again walking away some cool prizes!