There are still 1 spot left for a male and one spot left for a female on the Palau Tropical Dancer, sister-ship to Palau Aggressor. The trip starts the afternoon of November 1 and disembarks the morning of November 8, which gives us 5 ½ days of brilliant diving among Sharks and other big pelagic animals.  Contact if you’re interested.

HUGYCUP winning photos

Congratulations to all the winners of the HUGYCUP photo competition which was held here over a two month period from Feb to April. It was great to see the results of the competition and it’s a wonderful showcase for Puerto Galera’s amazing marine biodiversity.


A special congratulations to LUC EECKHAUT Winner of the HUGYCUP 2014/2015 (Series of 10 pictures – best macro photo – best fish portrait photo– best nudibranch or seashell photo – best wide angle), Best result in 5 categories.

Here are some more of the winning photos. You can see them all at:


Congratulations to Gareth Bowen who cleaned up in the compact category. He got best compact camera photographer (Series of 3 pictures – compact macro – compact fish portrait)


Heavy metal diving!


Gino Symus from Belgium has returned for more photography dives. He came here earlier in the year to participate in the HUGYCUP photo competition. Gino can be seen above with his two SLR cameras, one for macro and one for wide angle so he never misses a beat. You would think with all that gear that buoyancy control would be a big problem, but Gino mages it with ease, being very careful not to put even a fin on the reef. A true master and inspiration to all photographers out there! You can see some of his photos on

HUGYCUP Awards night

Asia Divers hosted the HUGYCUP photo and video competition from the 22nd of February until the 17th of April 2015. During that time we got to meet lots of amazingly talented photographers and videographers who were all here for the competition.  The amount of big cameras around here during that time was quite the sight! Over the past few months the judges have had their hands full judging all the photos in the many different categories. The end results were displayed and announced last Saturday in Belguim.


Allan and Hugycup organizer Danny Van Belle at the HUGYCUP awards night.

Allan also presented an award to Danny In Appreciation of the HUGYCUP 2015, “In Grateful Recognition of the Enduring Commitment to Promoting Underwater Photography and Diver Awareness. “


Over 30000 euro in prizes we’re given out at the awards night when the winners were announced and Allan was there to see it all. You can see all the winning photos on the official Hugycup website.


Thank you to Danny Van Belle for organizing this event, and a big thanks to all of the participants who took part in the HUGYCUP at Asia Divers this year. Congratulations to all the winners, you all got some very spectacular photos! It was a great experience for all of us here at Asia Divers and El Galleon to be part of this.

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.


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.

Animals on the beach

sep15c3A long time tradition at Asia Divers/El Galleon…the return of the Animals!  For the past couple weeks the Animals have been in full force celebrating birthdays, diving, enjoying all of what PG has to offer and making new Cardinals…sometimes. The diving has been superb and they’ve enjoyed a few thresher shark sightings on top of all that. Here is Terry, Rene, Alli, John, and Mark all ready for the 10:30 dive. You’ll note that there are a few missingJ


sep15c2Love this Facebook posting from yesterday! Yes…it really exists…The other DM’s and instructors here have been sighting the threshers quite often over the past couple years, but Alli seemed to have no luck at all, until yesterday when she finally saw it and saw it up close.  So today she goes out again to Kilima and sees a totally different thresher! WOW!!!

Post DRT show visit to El Gal/Asia Divers

sep15c1It’s been a fun week hosting a group from the dive show in Manila. Thanks to Zeny Pallugna and Erwin Silva from the Philippines Department of Tourism who got this organized and spent the time getting to know us better.  Our other guests included Catherine Mcdermott and David Valaika from Indian Valley Scuba, Steffanie Beinl and Christine Hartl from and Tim Ho who shot this photo and some other amazing photos while he was here. We’re glad that we we’re able to show you Puerto Galera’s  wonderful diving.