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From Weddings to Blackwater Diving – El Galleon Dive Resort has you covered!

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What a wonderful few days it’s been for a very special wedding celebration for very dear friends of ours. Larry and Kris Bird and many of their family and friends from all over the world were here to spend time and celebrate the occasion with them. It was indeed a day to remember for all!

The night started in the Point for Happy hour with everyone getting together with the bride and groom before dinner. The evening continued on with an amazing Indian Buffet meal along with listson (roasted pig), some good heartwarming speeches and toasts to the newlyweds.

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Amy Ward made the most beautifully decorated cake with such fine detailed eatable flowers that it was almost a shame to eat it…but we sure did. Kris and Larry pulled out a good “bolo” knife to do the deed.

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OH, and did we mention that it rained a bit that night?!

 

They say that a rainy wedding is good luck for the bride and groom…well, I think they best run out and buy a lottery ticket with all the rain we had! Wishing the newlyweds much love and happiness from everyone here at El Galleon, Asia Divers and Tech Asia!

 

What else has been happening at Asia Divers & El Galleon Dive Resort?

Ruben, and our long time friends Mal Howarth and Ron Jackson, joined by first timers to PG, Marilei Kuns and Andre Aguillar are all excited about getting wet today and seeing some cool stuff.

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The perfect location for doing a Nitrox course is of course…. The Point Bar! Richard Fernie and Christian Drew are now ready to go on nitrox.

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Tim, Daniel, Jaydon and Tobin were only here for three days but determined to get their PADI Advanced cert and get in some great dive experiences. Mission accomplished!

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Lyn, Trevor and Sheika enjoying the sunshine before the next dive.

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Looks like we have a bunch of pussycats prowling about for the next little while…it’s that time of year again!

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Hello Kitty is back!

 

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Getting into the diving groove – Johan, Marc, Elly and Ruben.

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Blackwater Diving with at El Galleon Dive Resort

Asia Divers is diving into the black! You can venture into the dark side on your next visit.

Check out these awesome photos by Beth Watson from here recent trip here, and have a look at some pretty cool weird and wonderful creatures here too: https://asiadivers.com/blackwater-diving-puerto-galera/

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That’s all for this time, be sure to catch up again in the next Asia Divers & El Galleon Dive Resort Blog

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DRT Diveshow 2019 & Tech Asia Charity Raffle – Win a Limited Edition Titanium Infinity BCD System

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It’s time for the DRT Dive Show in the Philippines next weekend at Megamall in Ortigas during September 6-8. Opening hours: Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Cressi and Ocean Dive Supply Philippines will show you a wide range of the latest equipment together with some old favorites at our booth # C106. Dave Ross from Tech Asia will be right next to us as well. Hope to see you there during one of the 3 days.

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Tech Asia and Halcyon Dive Systems Charity Raffle

Want a chance to win something special and contribute to a worthwhile cause at the same time? Halcyon and Tech Asia are putting up a unique Limited Edition Titanium Infinity BCD System as a special prize on their booth at the DRT Philippines show this weekend, Sept 6th-8th.

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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 https://www.facebook.com/PasayPupsPhilippines/ to learn a little more.

 

Pasay Pups charity raffle

If you chose to support this initiative, and have a preference, please do tell us if you’d like your donation to go to the Pasay Pups Kids Program, or specifically towards animal care, and we will see that it happens. We look forward to seeing you there…. https://www.facebook.com/DRTShowPH/

 

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September Off-Season Special!

There is still time to get over here for our Off-Season Specials happening throughout September. Contact us directly for information on a fantastic one week package which includes accommodation, diving, meals and transfers for $1,115.00 USD per person (twin share).

Thanks to Beth Watson for another lovely photo of Verde Island. You can see more of Beth’s images at:

Website: www.bethwatsonimages.com  |  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BethWatsonImages/  |  Instagram: @bethwatsonimages

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What’s been happening at El Galleon Dive Resort & Asia Divers

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It was wonderful to have Graham Willis from Frog Dive, Sydney back with us again. This time he brought along Warren Andrews and Matthew Kempton to let them see what all the fuss is about in Puerto Galera.

 

Matt and Cody guests

After a three week trip with lots of great adventures in the UK, Matt and Cody are happy to have a holiday from their holiday…

 

Diving on the Alma Jane in Puerto Galera

Zhaolong Hu from Nanjing China is super excited to get “wrecked” on Alma Jane.

 

That’s all for this week from Asia Divers and El Galleon Dive Resort, hope to see you soon!

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This week at Asia Divers: Dive Site of the week, Instructor Internship, Allan’s Adventure & More

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Dive site of the week: Manila Channel

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Manila Channel is a great place to dive. The bottom of the channel is a covered with rocks and features small marine life. It can be lots of fun for searching for some wonderful macro creatures. Photographers love this area for the unique nudis and critters. On the right side of the channel lies a sloping reef with a mini-wall with beautiful gorgonians, sea fans, whip corals, and barrel sponges. There is also a small wreck which quite often will have a frogfish or two living on it. Keep an eye out, one time we saw 5 eagle rays passing through. You can see more of our dives sites here.

This amazing photo and many more of our photos are by Beth Watson.

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Look who’s back!

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Welcome back to Skip Tucker from Eco Dive Center and his group of 25 folks. Oh what eggstremly eggciting week it will be!!

 

New Polo-shirts in stock

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Just a reminder that our new Polo-shirts are now available in the dive shop. Thanks to Beth Watson for allowing us to use her photos to create these really cool designs.

What’s been happening at Asia Divers

 

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Congratulations to Jared and Yan Feng who came here with a mission and left super satisfied with their PADI Open Water certification with Pete and Kelly.

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Kelly has been getting some great experience team teaching with Pete. As part of our IDC course at Asia Divers we welcome our new instructors to spend a month with us on an internship, gaining lots of real life experience team teaching and becoming part of our dive center.

Taiwanese Dive Agents asia divers puerto galeraWonderful to have Ding Ho at El Galleon with his group of Taiwanese Dive Agents and Media Fam Tour – Dinner on 12 Feb. We quite often get to meet up in other countries at the various dive shows, but rarely in the Philippines.

Valentine’s Day in paradise

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“Lovey” decorations in El Galleon…it’s always fun to read the truly meaningful messages! Our restaurant was quite busy that night with many couples enjoying our special Valentine’s Day dinner.

Victims of love on Verde Island…. This group took advantage of the boats names and made a nice little photo shoot!

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Allan’s Great Adventure

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Always nice to see friends when you’re travelling! Hello Cathy-Ann Reinink who was heading to Chile for some new adventures and Habitat for Humanity build.

Ushuaia motorbike adventure

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Sand storms broken pannier, pitted and scratched video and helmet dusty then wet with rain we ended up in Ushuaia the end of the world!

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Instructor Internship – Kelly certified his first student…

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Happy smiles of Yan FengKelly’s first Open Water Diver student certified. Well done Yan Feng and Kelly!

Kelly is off to an excellent start as an instructor and has been co-teaching courses with several instructors here, now taking on more and more tasks.

Congratulations to Jamie for becoming a PADI Freediver

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Jamie successfully finished his course to become a PADI Freediver and with that he is on his way to continue training and practice with the target of getting to the instructor level as well.

That’s all for this week folks! Be sure to catch up with the Asia Divers Blog next week.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner, PADI Freediving, and a Divemaster Graduation

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People all over the world consider February the love month. Filipinos are not immune from the Valentine’s Day fever! Apart from Christmas, Valentine’s Day is considered one of the biggest holidays in the Philippines. We just LOVE seeing you all here!

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Contact us on +63 917 814 5107 or email admin@asiadivers.com to make a booking

 

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Taking advantage of the Chinese New Year holiday it was time for the Kitching family to come back to El Galleon for a visit. Congratulations Oliver Kitching for earning your PADI Advanced Diver cert over the CNY holiday.

 

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Fun times with Kathy, Mary, Cody and Tom for Arthur this week as he introduced them to the Puerto Galera magic.

Congratulations to our newest certified PADI Divemaster, Cody.

Cody came through with flying colours from the superb guidance of your instructor Matt and along with the helping hands of the whole Asia Divers family.

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If you’re looking for an awesome location and experienced team of instructors to help you become a PADI Divemaster please have a look at our PADI Recreational Diving Courses page

 

Diving Adventure Travel Hong Kong at Asia Divers Puerto Galera
Wonderful to have Match and Dorcas along with their instructor, Simon from Diving Adventure Travel Hong Kong here for a few days. Hope to see you all again!

 

Try Freediving at Asia Divers

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Our latest freediving buoy has finally arrived – so we are now all set to teach the PADI Basic Freediver and Freediver Courses. The yellow buoy is already attracting a lot of attention in the dive shop – and we will test it out for the first course right away today. For more information contact us at instructors@asiadivers.com

Freediving Courses

E-IDC update

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Jamie taking the plunge – training to be a PADI Freediver

Jamie is super excited to jump into the PADI Freediving courses in style!

He practiced holding his breath in the pool from childhood on and is very good at it… but really??? No coffee in the morning before apnea???!! Kawawa!

Visit our dedicated GoPRO site for professional scuba diving courses

More info on instructor development, specialty instructor courses etc can be found here: asiadivers.com/gopro

That’s all for this week’s Asia Divers Blog folks!

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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

 

Computers delivered to school on Verde Island.

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Allan, Rhuby and Paul went over to Verde Island to deliver a nice gift for the school. EL Galleon/Asia Divers have been doing several projects at the school and this was the latest one. Daniel Ninofranco,  ANTONIO Gacusan,  Joshua Dolotina and Julio Endara owner of Volenday  kindly gave the computers to the San Agapito high school. Julio is a member of the B&B Manila which is where Allan and Paul met him. This will be a huge benefit for the kids and the teachers.

Upcoming “Dive Against Debris”

For those interested, our IDC candidates are organizing a Project AWARE “Dive Against Debris” on the 1st of July here in Puerto Galera. We will meet at 10 am for a briefing and a fun trash treasure hunt underwater.

All items collected will be analyzed and data uploaded to the global Project AWARE database so it can help with policy development and basically making a bigger difference!! Come join us!!

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