My introduction to the underwater world, by Kathleen Grey

Diving liveaboard in the Philippines

The Palau Siren under sail.

I’ve always loved the Ocean.  Growing up in Australia I was spoilt for clean beaches and loved our childhood summers swimming in the surf. Having won a competition in 2010 for two open water courses with Asia Divers, it was the perfect opportunity to get together with my brother and sister and enjoy some time together while doing something we’d always wanted to do. Unfortunately, injury struck and I was sidelined in a plaster cast, while they could dive I could not.  Watching from the sidelines was more reward than I expected. You observe the effect diving can have on people.   A sense of calm wonder as the underwater world is opened up to someone for the first time. Watching people relax as they are allowed to escape from the world they live in with a complete change of focus.  That realisation that there is something much bigger than concrete skyscrapers and noisy TV programs about other people’s lives.   The bond that grows between diving partners, not only for a unique shared experience, but increase respect you have for someone you’ve had to trust.   And, a personal sense of achievement after each dive. Something new learned. Something new seen.   It’s taken me 12 months to find my opportunity to complete the open water course – and I’m hooked!  Not only for diving itself, but the opportunity I now have to explore the world in a new way with the people I’ve known all my life and love.  I would like to thank our instructor Allison.  Good instruction from the start builds confidence in anything.  We all felt very lucky to have a teacher who is as passionate as she is professional. And to have found a place like PG where you can dive on so many levels and see so much.   I’m looking forward to keeping her up to date with my ambition of diving the top 10 sites in the world, and working on an environmental clean up once a year.


We have the Palau Siren booked for a 10-day trip November 20-30, 2012. For you that have been there before on one of our 7-day cruises with Palau  Aggressor you’ll find that we get an opportunity to see other areas of Palau. We’ll dive far north for some big Pelagic, not to mention any as we might have bad luck. Some may have tips on the fins but they are not white !!! Also some may look like very big birds !!! Do the “usual” Palau dives and then go all the way down to Angaur south of Peleliu.  The boat will move and we will anchor in different places almost every night and therefore get the opportunity to dive in different areas all the time. Talking about the boat, for you who joined our Komodo trip 2011, will be very familiar on the Palau Siren as its a copy of the Indo Siren we spent the trip on. If you are interested please let me know and I will reserve a spot for you. The price for the trip is €2,995. The dates fits with the Manila-Koror flight so no need for overnight in Koror, straight to and from the boat to the airport. 11 spots left ! Contact if your interested.

First diving experiance from a diving liveaboard in the Philippines.

Some awesome marine life when diving from the liveaboard.

Aussie Fundraiser success!

Money collected for Philippine street children

Handning over the money to help the charity ASCT who rescue street children


It’s been almost ten months since Tommy and Allan took off for the Aussie Fundraiser ride around Australia. With five underwater and beach clean ups scheduled, a presentation booked for a ODEX (a Brisbane Dive show) and a promise of a BBQ at PADI in Sydney to celebrate the end of the ride, they managed to raise close to US$17,000 for two very special charities, PADI Project Aware in the fight against and awareness of Ocean Debris and The Springboard Foundation supporting the Mango, Cashew and Grapevine projects ( in the area of Payatas Dump Site.


On Saturday night, Craig Burrow from the ASCF the people behind the Mango, Cashew and Grapevine project, along with Peter the manager of Mango (formally a street child who grew up and educated by ASCF at the Mango house) Annette Helbig creator of Springboard, ( Sarah who represents many charities and social clubs in Manila including Springboard and ASCF along with Sarah husband, Ham joined us as Asia Divers and El Galleon resort handed over the cheque to Annette of Springboard.

Springboard foundation

We look forward to working with these charities offering our support to some very worthwhile projects. If you have just a few minuets, take the time to visit their websites, (

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