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Hopping into 3000 dives!

Congratulations to Chuck Dreyfus for doing his 3000th dive. When he moved to Puerto Galera three years ago he had 1749 dives…that’s a lot of dives in just three years to hit this big number. So why the bunny ears?  Well, Chuck likes his numbers and bunnies are great at multiplying! Check out the “3000” hair band too. Rob Jacobs made a video that you can check out on our Facebook page. Nothing like seeing a bunny go scuba diving!

2020 Traveler’s choice

We are very thankful to receive the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award for 2020.  Thank you to all of our wonderful guests and especially those that took the time and effort to write reviews. Also, a big thank you to the staff at El Galleon and Asia Divers who made this possible.

We love getting reviews…especially nice ones of course! If you’ve visited us before and enjoyed your stay perhaps you can write a review for us on one of our TripAdvisor sites. During these crazy times every little bit can help:

  • El Galleon Beach Resort & Hotel
  • Asia Divers
  • El Galleon Restaurant

We look forward to seeing you all back soon!

Bring down the nuts!

Thank God the coconuts came down last week! Over the past few months of lockdown they seem to have grown out of control and they were dropping like bombs! Have look at our Facebook page to see the video on how to “Safely drop your nuts” if you want to see how it’s done.

Wild Philippines, a new book by Nigel Hicks

Back in 2018 Nigel Hicks came to stay with us to do some underwater photography for the book he was then working on, about the wildlife of the Philippines, and to be called Wild Philippines. Unfortunately, on that occasion things conspired against him in the form of an ear problem that prevented him from diving, though he was able to do some onshore photography instead.

Wild Philippines was published a few months ago, and you can see some sample photos and pages on his website at https://www.nigelhicks.com/editorial-photography-writing/books/wild-philippines/. It is also available from National Book Stores and from any Amazon site.

With over 300 photos and 50,000 words, Wild Philippines is major work, offering both the public and conservationists working in this field a valuable snapshot of the state of conservation in the Philippines at this time. Published to mark the 20th anniversary of The National Parks and Other Wild Places of the Philippines, Nigel’s first book about the country, and the first ever to look at its natural environment, Wild Philippines now brings an overview of our knowledge about Philippine wildlife right up to date.

X-Ray Magazine contribution by Beth Watson

Check out the latest edition of X-Ray Magazine. Lots of great dive and travel information. Including Beth’s contribution to this issue, located under the “My Favorite Wide Angle Dive” section. You download your free copy today: https://xray-mag.com/magazines/99

Scuba Diving in Puerto Galera and Advanced Diving Skills

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Do You Want Advanced Dive Skills?

Are you a certified diver and want to develop your skills, learn new ones, and become a more confident diver? Are you trying to decide between taking a core PADI course or a specialty when you are diving in the Philippines?

The good news is that as a certified diver you have plenty of options and we have a diverse range of dive sites in Puerto Galera for you to explore while developing your skills and learning new techniques.

Deciding on what course to take next depends on your current certification level, your interests, and what you want to get out of the program.

 

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Complete your Advanced Open Water course theory at home with eLearning or here in Puerto Galera

 

If you are an Open Water Diver then the next core course for you is the PADI Advanced Open Water Course – and this is our recommendation for all Open Water Divers in Puerto Galera! You do not need to have advanced dive skills to start the advanced course – you learn advanced techniques during your program and the course may even be taken directly after the Open Water course! You’ll make 5 incredible dives with your instructor, including a deep dive and underwater navigation. The other three dives are yours to choose from a wide range of options. Until the end of May, PADI is also offering a 25% discount on Advanced Open Water eLearning so you can start learning from home straight away!

 

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Take the PADI Advanced Open Water course in Puerto Galera and explore to 30 meters

 

For those who are already Advanced Open Water Certified, the next step is the PADI Rescue Diver Course. Do you want to become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor? Then you’ll need to become a PADI Rescue Diver first – it’s a requirement for all professional level courses.

Here are some other programs that might be of interest to you when it comes to diving in Puerto Galera and developing specific skills…

Emergency First Response: Known as “EFR”, the Emergency First Response is a complete CPR and first aid course which is a requirement for certification as a PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Divemaster. The course deals with all aspects of emergency assistance, not just those related to diving. You’ll learn about handling accidents at home and in other daily situations too. Topics covered included, CPR, spinal injuries, serious bleeding, choking, shock, splinting, first aid assessments, and many more techniques that can extend a patient’s lifeline and provide care. This is a great certification for anyone’s CV and teaches essential lifesaving skills.

 

Emergency First Response
Emergency First Response is a complete CPR and First Aid course

 

Rescue Diver: This is one of the most challenging and rewarding PADI programs you’ll ever take. You’ll learn how to stay calm and handle emergency situations in a focused and efficient manner, You’ll learn self-rescue techniques as well as how to rescue others. Most importantly you’ll learn how to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place and how to recognize potential accidents before they happen.

Start your Rescue Diver Course online with PADI eLearning today!

 

Advanced Rescue Diver
The Rescue Diver Course is the most challenging and rewarding PADI program

 

Reactivate: Has it been a while since your last dive and you want to recap some of the essential basic underwater skills before diving in Puerto Galera? No problem, the PADI reactivate program is specifically designed for this purpose – to get you back in the water and feeling confident about your abilities.

 

Divemaster Puerto Galera
Become a PADI Divemaster in Puerto Galera – your first step to becoming a pro!

 

PADI Divemaster: If you are already a PADI Rescue Diver and are thinking of the diving industry as a future career path, then the PADI Divemaster Course is your first step into professional diving.

Unlike other PADI Courses you’ll be mentored and work alongside your instructor. You’ll gain an insight into working in the industry and behind the scenes at a dive center. You’ll also develop the skills required to assist PADI Instructors with PADI Courses as well as how to guide certified divers independently. If you want to take your scuba diving to the next level then taking the PADI Divemaster Course in Puerto Galera is a great way to do it.

 

Enriched Air eLearning
Dive deeper for longer with the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Course

 

If you are already an advanced level diver, or want to specialize your skills in a particular field then PADI Specialty courses allow you to do just that…

Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty: It seems so unfair when you have plenty of air left and your computer tells you that you need to shallow up. Have you ever wished you could stay deeper for longer? Diving with Enriched Air (Nitrox) increases your allowable bottom time meaning you can admire the depths of your favourite sites when diving in the Philippines, for longer. Did you know that you can take the Enriched Air Specialty theory online with PADI eLearning?

 

Underwater photography
Learn more advanced photography skills in the Digital Photography Specialty

 

Digital Underwater Photography Specialty: It’s hard to explain to non-diving family and friends some of the creatures that we see underwater, but with amazing images, you don’t need to! Master the techniques required to produce sharper and more colourful images that will impress your buddies and land-loving friends.

 

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Do you want more advanced photography skills? Take the Digital Underwater Photography Specialty

 

Other PADI Specialties: Is there a particular type of diving that you want to learn more about? We also offer a full range of PADI Specialty Courses which allow you to learn more and develop knowledge in specific aspects of diving. We currently offer the following additional PADI specialty courses: Boat Diver, Deep Diver, Drift Driver, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigation, DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle) and Wreck Diver.

 

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Imagine exploring underwater with a DPV scooter!

 

Are you feeling inspired to step up your diving skills? For more information about diving in Puerto Galera and our PADI Courses, send us a message through our online contact form or email us at [email protected] and we will get right back to you.

We look forward to introducing you to scuba diving in the Philippines soon!

 

看了这么久长尾鲨,你真的懂它吗?

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或许是去年PG的潜水员们忙活着为长尾鲨剪鱼线、清渔网、禁海钓给它们留下了深刻的印象,今年水温刚一转凉,长尾鲨们就又开始活跃在PG的Kilima潜点。目前全世界发现的长尾鲨共有三种:细尾长尾鲨 (学名A. vulpinus)、大眼长尾鲨 (学名A. superciliosus) 和浅海长尾鲨 (学名A. pelagicus)。细尾长尾鲨分布在北太平洋,沿北美洲及亚洲大陆架。大眼长尾鲨和浅海长尾鲨则分布在较暖的中西太平洋。常在PG溜达的就是其中的浅海长尾鲨。

名字的由来

有关浅海长尾鲨的描述最早见于日本鱼类学家中村拓志在1935年发表的题为《来自中国台湾水域的两种长尾鲨》的论文中,其有效学名为Alopias pelagicus Nakamura, 1935。属名Alopias源自希腊语alopex,意为;种名Pelagicus源自希腊语pelagios,意为海洋。如果你翻查文献,还会发现另外两个学名:Alopias vulpinus Bonnaterre, 1788和Alopias superciliosusus Lowe, 1841,不过这些都是对浅海长尾鲨的误认。

如何分辨浅海长尾鲨?

浅海长尾鲨是长尾鲨中最小的品种,平均长3米,重69.5公斤。有记载的最大身长可达5米,但这个数字还有待考证,不排除是与其他品种混淆的结果。相比于其他长尾鲨,浅海长尾鲨的颜色更浅一些,周身呈明亮的蓝灰色(死后会迅速变为灰白色),腮和侧腹部有明显的银色金属光泽。

长尾鲨的尾巴有什么特殊用途?

长尾鲨最突出的标志就是它细长的上半叶尾鳍,长度超过身体总长的一半。捕猎时它们会绕着鱼群游动,不断缩小鱼群半径使猎物更为紧凑,一招神龙摆尾可以迅速将几条猎物同时击晕,效率可比紧追一条小鱼要高得多。浅海长尾鲨与所有长尾鲨一样,主要以小型远洋鱼类为食,特别是鲱鱼、飞鱼和鲭鱼,也包括浮游鱿鱼。

世界各地幸运的潜水员们抓拍到的长尾鲨捕食瞬间

 

怎么游得那么快?

它们还有一个套先进的保热循环系统,可以将他们的体温维持在水温以上,这样就算在冷水中它们的肌肉也不受影响,仍可以加速游动,这种循环系统被称为细脉网。经过腮部的动脉血会流失一部分热量,失温后的血液流入一个由小动脉组成的网络,这个网络紧贴静脉分布,而静脉中则是刚从器官和组织中排出的温暖的血液,于是热量便从静脉扩散到动脉,再循环回器官和组织。这种热交流作用的效果惊人,可以回收肌肉中97%的热量。

竟然是同类相食?

很多人以为浅海长尾鲨和沙虎鲨等鲨鱼一样,胚胎会在子宫内同类相食。浅海长尾鲨是卵胎生,胚胎早期从卵黄囊中摄取营养,长到12厘米后开始食用子宫内其他未受精的卵子(而不是兄弟姐妹)。这时它们会长出专门用来打开卵子外层卵鞘的牙齿,等到可以吞食卵子的时候牙齿又会再藏起来,直到出生后才会再次使用。

雌性浅海长尾鲨有左右两个子宫,每个子宫只产一只鲨鱼宝宝,因此每次生产通常只有两胎(也会有一胎的情况,但较为罕见)。刚出生的长尾鲨身长已有一米多,几乎占母亲身长的一半,这样的好处是不易被其他大型鱼类捕食。

栖息地在哪?

浅海长尾鲨生活在远洋带从水面到水下150米深的范围内,有时也会出现在水温较凉的近海。目前还不知道它们是否和大眼长尾鲨一样有夜间上升到较浅处的行为,对于它们的栖息地我们目前仍知之甚少。

会攻击人类吗?

浅海长尾鲨的颌骨和牙齿都比较小,加上生性胆怯,常常刚看到潜水员吐出的气泡就立刻遁逃。所以我们在水下看长尾鲨时最好跪在水底尽量保持不动,不要追逐、不要开手电或闪光灯、不要制造声响,尽量为它们提供一个有安全感的环境,好奇心会促使它们靠地更近。

长尾鲨的现状

长尾鲨可以说是鲨鱼界对人类最没有威胁的品种了,相比而言人类对它们的威胁要可怕得多。浅海长尾鲨是许多商业性渔业的目标,有时也会在延绳或流刺网捕捞金枪鱼、剑鱼时被意外打捞。由于捕捞不受管制,加上监控不力,物种数量急剧减少。一项2013年台湾的研究发现,在之前的20年里当地浅海长尾鲨数量减少超过三分之一。而在全球范围内长尾鲨数量减少的速度则更令人心惊,这主要归咎于人类的过度消费,包括对鲨鱼皮和鱼翅的消费,以及一些化妆品、保健品等对鲨鱼肝油的需求。

浅海长尾鲨还受到钓鱼运动者的青睐。虽然相对不易捕获,而且很多人会践行捕捞-放生的方式,但由于浅海长尾鲨需要通过持续向前游动才能让含氧的海水通过腮部,因此只要被抓住,就很容易死亡,哪怕捕获后很快就将它们放生。

过度捕捞,加上低繁殖率使得这一物种非常脆弱。没有买卖就没有杀害。如果我们还想在海里看到这种可爱的小家伙,感受到它小心翼翼靠近你时的好奇和友善,请务必拒绝食用或使用任何鲨鱼制品。

PG长尾鲨呆萌表情系列

Reference:

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelagic_thresher

百度百科https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E6%B5%85%E6%B5%B7%E9%95%BF%E5%B0%BE%E9%B2%A8

Florida Museum https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/discover-fish/species-profiles/alopias-pelagicus/

National Geographic https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/phenomena/2013/07/10/thresher-sharks-hunt-with-huge-weaponised-tails/

Oceana https://oceana.org/marine-life/sharks-rays/pelagic-thresher-shark

CITES https://cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/cop/17/prop/060216/E-CoP17-Prop-43.pdf

Romero-Caicedo, A., Galvan-Magana, F. and Martinez-Ortiz, J. (2014). Reproduction of the pelagic thresher shark Alopias pelagicus in the equatorial Pacific.

Liu, S.YV., Chan, C.LC,, Lin, O., Hu, C.S., Chen C.A. (2013). DNA Barcoding of Shark Meats Identify Species Composition and CITES-Listed Species from the Markets in Taiwan.

What a week with Diveline Aus!

It’s been a week to remember for sure with this fun gang from Diveline Aus. Superb conditions, lots of sun and tremendous amounts of fun for all. The grand finale included a lovely BCD float in the Verde island Passage.

This was a perfect day for a Verde adventure with Diveline Aus! Thanks to Paul Sorensen for bringing  Adrian Marshall, Julie Wrighton, Peter Wrighton, Ian Hulett, Christine Reynonds, Paul McGrath, John Timms, Stewart Andrews, Matthew Grahams, Kenneth Mills and Jennifer Mcgrath to our happy home!

What’s happening here

Kenneth Mills  and Matthew Graham did their PADI DPV courses with Jamie and had two super dives , than Alli took all of them plus Rene on a “Magical Mystery Tour” to West Escarcio, Canyons, Atol, Kilima, Sinandigan, and Coral cove. They finished in an area that Rene and Jamie had never even seen before!

 

We’ve also enjoyed the company of this very experienced group of underwater photographers (Choi Yee Shing, Yiu Hei (Alex) Cheung, Wu Wei Keung, and Li Yat (Ken) Hung) this week. They were a pleasure to dive with. Many highlights including two Blackwater dives too.

 

Matt Hutchinson is well immersed into his Instructor internship now after passing the Instructor exams. Matt will spend the next month with us gaining lots of experience in teaching all PADI courses and also helping out on guiding. For everyone who does their IDC with us we offer this internship program for no extra charge. If you’re interested in becoming a PADI pro and living the dream, please have a look at our website for more information: https://asiadivers.com/gopro/

Ruben and Matt are teaching Greg Tirrell PADI Advanced course right now, getting him experienced in several different types of dives.

 

Huong Ly has been enjoying her stay with us doing DSD and follow-up dives.

 

Mid Autumn Day and National Day holiday in China means lots and lots of folks from China around this week. Our Chinese instructor team is busy busy and soon we’ll have a bunch of certified PADI divers to celebrate with.

 

Homies! First time for Kjell to meet up with someone from his hometown here at El Gal. Daniel Haworth is from Arboga, Sweden and Jimmy Strand is from the next town over. Small world stuff for sure!

Blackwater Magic

We took advantage of the perfect conditions for Blackwater diving this week and went out for two nights back to back.  Check out what Arthur Nash shot with the Olympus TG-3 and no strobe. Join us for some more of this really cool diving: https://asiadivers.com/blackwater-diving-puerto-galera/

 

Monday news

Matt Hutchinson captured this lovely image just as the group was heading out for a night dive. It’s a tough call sometimes…Barrel Bar or night dive?!

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Wechat and Alipay is now available

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Life just got much easier for our Chinese guests. You can now use WeChat pay and ALIPAY here at the resort and dive center. You can also use it to pay for deposit before you arrive.  If you’re coming here soon and would like to do that, just send an email to [email protected]

DM Internship with Asia Divers, Puerto Galera, Philippines

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Are you keen on becoming a PADI Divemaster? Would you like to spend 2-3 months in Puerto Galera Philippines with Asia Divers PADI CDC center? If the answer is yes, we are currently looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals who are eager to experience what it is like to work in the scuba diving industry! Apply for the Divemaster Internship with Asia Divers, gain the first professional level in the diving industry and join the PADI family. Contact [email protected] for details.

What’s been happening

This month’s cover shot for the “Monday News” of our stunning private pier and dive platform was done by Beth Watson. Check out more of Beth’s amazing images which have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, web sites and have been selected for juried art exhibitions.

If you would like to subscribe to the “Monday News” , our weekly newsletter to keep up to date on everything going on around here please send an email to [email protected]. Follow us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/asia.divers/,  Instagram: @asia.divers,  Trip Advisor : https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g294254-d1021710-Reviews-El_Galleon_Beach_Resort_Hotel-Puerto_Galera_Oriental_Mindoro_Province_Mindoro.html

Visit www.bethwatsonimages.com  facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BethWatsonImages/ Instagram: @bethwatsonimages .

 

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Alli and Ruben took the gang out on a wonderful day trip to Chicken Feather, Bonito and Maricaban for a very cool day with some good variety of different types of diving.  Along for the adventure were Beth, Steve, Sue, Chuck, John, Jenny and Elly. We ended the trip with a nice lazy slow ride back to the resort with a few beers and lots of laughs.  Contact us and learn more about day trips to these places.


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Visit our La Palm Spa and enjoy the unique and tranquil surroundings and enjoy the full range of treatments from our professionally trained staff and take full advantage of our discounts in our Low Season Promotion.

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Our updated menu is now out with a mix of old and new favorites for you all to try. Check out this week’s special our very yummy seafood laksajune18a12

Just recently Chuck got his 2100th dive and he also did his 200th of the year. That’s a lot of time underwater! Congratulations Chuck! We’ve had a fun week of cool critter sightings including the Solar Powered Nudi and two dive spots with Harlequin Shrimps. We haven’t seen Harlequin shrimps here in years so this was something extremely special and got everyone very excited to go out and see them.

Look who’s back

sep15c7Congratulations to Jos for doing his 600th dive with us with 90% of those dives having been done with Asia Divers. Jos lived in the Philippines for nine years, but now he lives in Norway and we don’t get to see him too much, except on Facebook! Welcome back Jos, it was wonderful to see you back.

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It’s always nice to see our old friends come back to visit. Mike and Elfriede Gould have been long time Asia Divers customers, in fact for more than 20 years! It was wonderful to see them back again and hope it won’t be another eight years before we see you again.

A great week with Dolphin Scuba

This week we welcomed Dolphin Scuba all the way from Australia Perth. The guys at Dolphin Scuba heard about Asia Divers a couple of years ago when they met Allan and Tommy on their tour around Australia, so they decided to come over and find out what all the fuss was about. It’s been a fantastic week with great weather and even better diving with sightings of Hairy Frog Fish, Soft Coral Crabs and Pygmy Seahorse, not to mention the great drift dives at the Canyons and Verde Island. Special thanks to Emma and Ben for putting the trip together.

Photographer of the week

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A great Moray shot.

Dave is a Canadian/Australian living in Perth who originally became a diver as part of his marital obligations to Michele Mannix less than five years ago. He recently made his 200th dive with Asia Divers here in Puerto Galera at the Boulders site. When he is not force-feeding mathematics into the minds of unwilling Aussie teenagers, he likes to spend his time photographing the world above and below the sea. His dreams include being a financially kept house-husband, world peace, and better camera gear.   All of Dave and Kelly’s dive pictures can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dvanv333/

Marine life off Puerto Galera
Great Macro shot

 

More PG marine life
Smile for the camera please.

Live the Dream with Asia Divers.

Learn to be an Instructor with PADI credentials
If there is a better way to escape the rat race I don't know it.

Have you ever wanted to pack it all in and live the dream? This is the opportunity for you to do it now! A new life, a chance for a new career and in the perfect location! The package of your choice will get you through from being a recreational diver to become a professional diver. This whole programme will take about 2-3 months total depending on which package you choose and when the IDC/IE is scheduled. See the following link for all the details:

https://www.asiadivers.com/idaplive/