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Mindoro Sprinter private resorts and boat taxi service now operational!

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Mindoro Sprinter, the new 22 seater Navicat, Private Resorts and Boat Taxi service is now operational.

It’s the fastest and most comfortable way to get to (and from) Puerto Galera, and directly to El Galleon/Asia Divers. Our new and easily accessible pick up point at Ilaya, is right next door to Batangas Port. And dis-embark at our pier.

Check out the official Mindoro Sprinter website. All contact details, location map for pick-up location, costs and schedule will be posted there: www.mindorosprinter.com . You can also follow our Facebook page “Mindoro Sprinter

Summer Holiday Promo

Last minute holidays? Our summer promo ends September 30th. Contact us to take advantage of this amazing special.

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

Happy birthday to Leon, so nice that you and Carole can spend another one here with us!

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It was great to have Ian and Jack Jones diving with us. Jack completed his Open Water course with us a few months ago and he had not forgotten a thing. It was like riding a bike, he was right back at it again! Three big turtles, a couple of big puffers and an amazing very fishy drift dive made the weekend…

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Discover Scuba by day…jamming in the Point by night! Maria Khristina Tome and Mark Donahue had a great experience trying out scuba diving with Maria and then joining in a fun evening at the Point Bar.

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First time at the Point Bar… “Sudden” gig/acoustic session and it was a success! Watch out… this might become a regular thing! Thank you so much to our guests, Tin (vocalist) and her partner Mark  for making this happen, to Odie for the music, to all the jammers, El Galleon family and awesome crowd!

point bar puerto galera

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A chip off the old block! Very nice to see Ruben teaching his 16 year old daughter Andrea to dive along with her support team Ruby Ann and, Issa to cheer her on.

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Jana and Glenn Everett have been keeping themselves busy this weekend with their PADI EFR and Rescue course with Sabine. Both are enjoying the learning and the fun of it along with a few bumps here and there on the egress!

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That’s all for this episode from Asia Divers & El Galleon Dive Resort. See you soon!

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The Mindoro Sprinter is making waves!

It’s been a busy few days for the Mindoro Sprinter as she is starting to get her sea legs. Follow us on our Facebook page ‘Mindoro Sprinter” to see our schedule, or contact us at 0927 631 7243 for information and bookings. Now you can get to El Galleon on the most comfortable and safest boat traveling from Batangas to Puerto Galera.

Mindoro Sprinter Batangas to Puerto Galera boat of El Galleon Dive Resort
Steve and Paul really enjoyed the comfort and the quick trip to Batangas.

To book contact: 0927 631-7243

  • Boat Fee is 800 peso one way, per person. Cash only.
  • There is a P100 port fee to pay from Ilaya which will be collected there. There is no port fee departing from El Galleon. All vehicles going to Ilaya will be charged a P50 entrance fee to enter the port.
  • There is a P50 port fee to pay from Lamao which will be collected there. There is no port fee departing from El Galleon.
  • You must be at departure point 30 minutes prior to departure.

Location maps for Lamao:

Location maps for ILaya:

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

It’s hard to believe that this little cutie is now one year old! Happy Birthday to River… parents, Arthur, Meena and Grandpa Allan enjoyed this special day with her. It was so much fun to have many friends and family from here and Manila to be for the celebrations over the past weekend.

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It’s always nice to have Steve Gershon and Paul Bronson back with us. Congratulations to Paul Bronston for completing his PADI Advanced Open Water course.

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Nice to have good friends of CY and Bonny doing their dive training with us. Yanghui Xie (Running), Guoran Yao (Iris) and Yao Geng DSD (Fifteen) are all enjoying learning to scuba dive and looking forward to their ocean dives and seeing some of the amazing marine life that PG has to offer.

Learn to scuba dive in Puerto Galera at El Galleon Dive Resort

 

Thanks to our dear friends from “DDT” Discovery Divers Tokyo for recommending us to Christopher Greenway. Chris had a great week of diving and also completed PADI Enriched Air, Drift and DPV specialty courses while he was here. Congrats Chis, and enjoy your new Polo shirts that came with the courses!

PADI Specialty scuba courses at EL Galleon Dive Resort

If you’re interested in doing one of our many Specialty course that we offer please have a look here: https://asiadivers.com/padi-diving-courses-philippines/specialty-scuba-diving-courses/

So nice to have this wonderful group from Scuba Monster and booked through Expert holidays with us. Last night they all enjoyed Hot Pot at El Galleon.

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With Choi Lan ( Eda ) Leung, Ka Fai ( Ricky ) Leung, Kwan Chee ( Jack ) Cheung, Man Tat ( Amanda ) Tong, Man Yi (Miranda) Wong, Wen Yin ( Shirley ) Man, Yun Keey ( Ricky ) Chan, Yun Mei ( Bread ) Chan

EL Galleon owners on holiday in Sweden

The Soderstrom family is enjoying their time in Sweden. It seems that they are always eating! Seeing some nice photos of them touring around but questioning the summer weather in Sweden…

That’s all for this week folks, catch up with the next El Galleon Dive Resort blog for more news from Puerto Galera

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Introducing El Galleon Dive Resort’s new boat – the Mindoro Sprinter!

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Look at our sexy new boat! The Mindoro Sprinter has just arrived from its maiden voyage from Manila! Super excited and we look forward to bringing our guests to El Galleon and Asia Divers very soon on this boat. We’ll keep you all posted when it’s up and running, but we’re looking at some quicker crossings to Batangas now.

Checkout our new Mindoro Sprinter Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mindoro-Sprinter-100292734654073/

 

 

The sun is out and so are we! What a fantastic way to start the day…a nice cruise into the Canyons with just enough current to bring out the big fish, but not so much that you’re blasting through your air and your time. To top it all off we had a nice encounter with 4 very large bump head parrot fishes… with Robin, Gabi and Meinrad.

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Off-Season Special still available until August 31st 2019

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PADI Women Dive Day 2019

Thanks to everyone who came out to “Splash for Trash” to celebrate PADI Women’s Dive Day. We conducted a Dive Against Debris and some of us even got dressed up for the occasion.  28 kg recovered…and lots of fun!!

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

Alli and Elly and Dave spent last week in Beijing at the ADEX Beijing Ocean Fiesta with the Philippines Department of Tourism Booth representing Asia Divers/EL Galleon and Tech Asia. We we’re excited to let the Beijing diving community learn more about what we have to offer.

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Long time family friends of Tommy, Daira Lovstrom and Freja Lovstrom came here to get certified. Both Ruben and Arthur jumped in and made it a fun course for everyone.

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Jason got all “trashy” as he completed the PADI Dive Against Debris specialty on the PADI Women’s dive Day clean up dive.

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OSM Ship Management PTE Ltd, Philippines, returns to El Galleon & Asia Divers!

During the weekend of 19th to 21st July, some of our regular guests from OSM Ship Management PTE Ltd, Philippines – Adrien and his colleague, Jerumel, returned to Asia Divers, for a packed weekend of fun-dives, overseen by Instructor Matt and Divemaster Cody.

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scuba diving in Puerto Galera with Asia DiversDuring the weekend, they packed in dives across some of our most popular dive-sites, including Monkey Beach, Coral Cove, Giant Clams and Sinandigan! In addition, they also joined Asia Diver’s “Dive Against Debris” in Sabang Bay, in celebration of PADI Women’s Day. Matt and Cody also managed to squeeze in an exciting night-dive with Sabine to Alma Jane wreck.

Adrien’s daughter, Lara, also joined the weekend and completed a Discover Scuba Diving experience with Matt and Cody. Great job Lara! We hope to see you again very soon in Puerto Galera!

What’s new in dive equipment at Ocean Dive Supply

Here is a piece of equipment with some new thinking, Finclip. To be attached to your Fins and you don them like you step in to the downhill skis, can’t be easier.

Check it out here and make sure you watch the video.
https://divesupply.com.ph/shop/diving/en/view-package/accessories/accessories/finclip/finclip-complete-15737#

 

ODS Dry bags. We have now our own line of Dry bags through Ocean Dive Supply Philippines (ODS) with a 20L dry backpack and Two sizes of the lightweight Nylon dry bag, 5L and 10L.

See the details here:

E-IDC update

Scootering through the DPV Specialty Instructor Course

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Boys and Toys… Sebastien had lots of fun scootering around our reefs and we actually found some amazing critters on the way… 3 very large stone fishes mating, a huge green turtle with yellow remoras attached, and at our safety stop we were joined by not one but two cockatoo wasp fishes. What an epic dive to conclude all his specialties.

That’s all for now from El Galleon Dive Resort & Asia Divers. See you in the next blog!

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Off Season Specials at El Galleon Dive Resort & Asia Divers

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Book at El Galleon Dive Resort today and save 20% on accommodation and receive complimentary breakfast!

Now extended until July 30th, 2019 for new reservations. It’s a great time of the year to be here with the warm water, and not so many people around. Check out this great offer for the month of July!

Subject to availability. This applies to direct bookings only. Drop us an email at admin@asiadivers.com or go to our reservations page. Please mention this offer.

Book Now

Underwater Photography Workshop

Verde Island …. Here we come!

The Underwater photography workshop this past week has flown by! We’re already planning another workshop for next year and we’ll come out with details in the next while.

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In the meantime for those of you that might be interested in starting out with underwater photography, consider taking the PADI Digital Underwater Photography course with us. You can see all the details here.

 

In the meantime for those of you that might be interested in starting out with underwater photography, consider taking the PADI Digital Underwater Photography course with us. You can see all the details here
The week of the summer solstice has not been a disappointment for the big WOW sunsets. The colours are just leaping out of the sky.

 

Who’s been doing what at Asia Divers?

Congratulations to Marielyn Kamarudzaman for crackin through her PADI Open Water course and becoming a mermaid.

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Congratulations to Robin Chew for earning a 300 t-shirt this week. Robin has been hangin out here for a while and we’re glad that he got this milestone dive with us.

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padi enriched air nitrox course asia divers puerto galeraAsia Divers was delighted to welcome Adrien and Tina back to the resort this week for some fun dives! Adrien also completed his PADI Enriched Air Nitrox specialty course with Instructor Matt. Congratulations Adrien! We look forward to seeing you back here next month!

 

PADI Womens Dive Day and more!

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Come and join​ us for the weekend of July 20-21 to celebrate PADI Women’s Dive day! Book directly with us for a 20% discount on the room and we’ll also include complimentary breakfast.

On Saturday there will be a Dive Against Debris. All friends and family are invited to join of course…boys and girls. You can even get dressed up for the occasion! Why not try something new this weekend such as trying out Freediving with our PADI Freediving Instructor or perhaps a Blackwater dive.

Please contact us if you’d like to join: admin@asiadivers.com or send us a message.

PADI E-IDC update

Staffing Opportunity

If you are a PADI IDC Staff Instructor or even Master Instructor and interested in getting staffing experience with this upcoming IDC, you should be here in PG by 28th June latest.

This is a great opportunity to update your teaching and evaluation skills and participate in extra curricular workshops and marine conservation activities.

padi idc staff instructor experience asia divers puerto galera philippines

More info at https://asiadivers.com/gopro/gopro-plus-plus/

That’s all for this week folks, join us again next week for more Puerto Galera Scuba Diving news

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Scuba Monster, Verde Island, and PADI E-IDC begins

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Asia Divers welcomes Scuba Monster from Hong Kong

Very happy to have the group from Scuba Monster Hong Kong! Specialty thanks to John Ng, Jennifer Chu and Woody Tam who organized this trip. Great dives everyday and we hope to see you guys again soon!

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Scuba Monster got to “The Point” pretty much as soon as they arrive. We could tell it was going to be a fun few days!

 

What’s been happening this week at Asia Divers?

A great day to head off to Verde Island with Ruben, Elly, Sarah, Iain, Piet, Adrian, Nicolas, Brant, Sandra, Steven and Ralph.

dive at Verde Island Puerto Galera with Asia Divers

 

Going to Verde Island is a breeze with Asia Divers. Our comfortable, sun covered speedboat can get us there in 30 minutes…and before all the other dive shops get there so we have the whole dive site to ourselves!

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verde island puerto galera philippines

 

Tommy on Tour week 4 & 5

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Tommy and Leary got so busy riding the bike last week there was no chance for an update, so we will cover 2 weeks now…

Went to see our old friends Rob and Ning Clark just south of Yass at their farm Merryville Station where they raise Lamb. Great experience for the boys to see the life on a real farm.

To Sydney to see the team from PADI Asia Pacific with some serious stuff and a few beers of course.
Straight north along the east coast until they hit Cairns.

Over the Atherton Tableland to the Purple Pub in Normanton, oil change in Mount Isa, turn right at Threeways and just arrived in Kakadu National Park.

Visit the Dive Supply Blog to read more

PADI E-IDC update

Our May IDC has just started ! Stay tuned for updates…

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Everyone is so excited that the IDC has finally started and especially about writing exams on the first day… yay.

Stay tuned for all the fun updates throughout our 10 days program. Next PADI Instructor Development Course starts on 27th June 2019 with only few spaces left.

Register now for our popular 10 days IDC including EFRI. If you are a Divemaster with at least 100 logged dives, reserve your space and start now.

RSVP via idc@asiadivers.com or use our Contact page

That’s all from Asia Divers for this week folks. Be sure to catch up again next week!

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Your weekly Scuba fix from Asia Divers & El Galleon Resort

What’s been happening at Asia Divers and El Galleon Resort…

Skip Tucker and his EGGstrordinary group have EGGsited El Galleon…Oh what an EGGciting week it was!

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What a great week it’s been having Skip Tucker from Eco Dive Center in California back here again. His group loved the diving and all the non-diving fun as well.

A very big thank you to Skip for putting his trust in us and getting so many wonderful folks signed up for this trip. Thanks also to Tim Yeo at Bluewater Travel for getting the logistics nailed down. Let’s do it EGGain!!

80’s Party at The Point Bar

The 80’s themed Wigs night was a huge success with people all done up in lots of big hair.

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80s party sabang point bar

Point bar 80s party sabang puerto galera

 

100 Dives in Puerto Galera

100 dives at Asia Divers Puerto Galera
Congratulations to Linda Van Der Linde who did her 100th dive and of course she just had to dress up for the occasion. Somehow we missed to add this on her t-shit…but we’ll add it on next time!

 

100 dives in Puerto Galera at Asia Divers
Charolotte Mausolf was also super excited because she did her 100th dive on this trip. Congratulations!

 

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Happy birthday to John Keeney who celebrated his special day here with us. Skip made sure the cake had the appropriate greeting to his very long time dear friend.

 

snorkeling in Puerto Galera with Asia Divers
Snorkeling mermaids with “Mama”, Linda, Laura and Rose.

 

Good times at Verde Island

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Verde Island Surface interval was a perfect place for the group to spend their last day after two fantastic dives on the Drop Off.

 

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Nothing like a BCD party with cold beers while floating around the Verde Island passage!

 

Flying and diving do mix!

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Getting super excited about the drifting through Canyons to see some of the big schools of big fishes…with Ruben, Sarah, Karl, Soren, Jesper, Charlie and Graham.

Photo Workshop – June 16-23, 2019

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Exposure Triangle:  Learn how to balance aperture, shutter speed and ISO to create a well-exposed image. What are the most important aspects of the image?   This will determine the settings used in a particular frame.

Come and join our Photo Workshop with Phil Rudin and Beth Watson

Enhance and fine tune your underwater photography.

Join our workshop June 16-23, 2019 at El Galleon Resort/ Asia Divers. See details here.

Or contact instructors@asiadivers.com

E-IDC update
PADI Freediving Workshop at Asia Divers

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Our entire Asia Divers instructor team and point shop participated in a PADI Freediving workshop, learning more about the sports itself, what PADI is offering and what awesome Freediving gear we have in the point shop with Ocean Dive Supply.

We are ready to support Freedivers (recreational and competitive) and those who want to give it a try… next update when Rhuby joins in the pool… 😉

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And look at the cool poster we received from PADI Regional Manager Conny Jeppsen. Thanks Conny

How long can you hold your breath?

Follow the link for more information about our PADI Freediving Courses

Learn to Freedive the PADI Way

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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

Raja Ampat 2018

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

Apo Reef and Coron trip

sep16d6Liveaboard Rags II has only a few open slots left for this season!  November 27th to December 4th, 2016 Apo Reef and Coron. Perfect combination of world class reef dives and historic WWII wrecks!  1710 US $ for six full days of diving and everything included (nitrox, food, beer, soft drinks) except equipment and 2450 PHP for Apo Reef Marine Park Fee. Four slots left! Contact Asia Divers for details at instructors@asiadivers.com

Tubbataha 2016

We’re back from an amazing transition trip from Tubbataha back to Batangas. Asia Divers group of 19 folks including Tommy and Alli we’re on the Discovery Palawan boat from June 10-17 with no internet, no Facebook and no cell phone…ahhhhhhh, it was wonderful! We spent four days in beautiful Tubbataha, then a quick stop at Kawayan and over to Apo Reef. Tubbataha did not disappoint us at all with the spectacular walls, white-tip and grey reef sharks, many turtles, gorgeous seafans, schools of jacks, snappers and millions of colorful fishes. Highlights also included hammerhead, marble rays and marlin…but the big icing on the cake was the time spent on two back-to-back dives with a lovely whale  shark! The crew on the boat was top rate and we all seemed to have put on weight with the never-ending wonderful dishes of food. Great to have done this trip with you…Sue Goodman, Frank Craven, Bill MacLennan, Glenn and Shelia Thibodeaux, Beth and Steve Watson, Bob and Brigitte Swanson, Ike Subardiaga,  Gernie Meliza,  Hamish Low, Eve Nightingale, Dave Collar,  Rebecca Lin, Iggy Javellana,  and Gunnar Sekander.

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Sue Goodman got a great shot of Beth Watson taking a photo of a whale shark.

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The very happy group showing the whale shark sign