New compressor for point shop!

In line with upgrading program in Asia Divers compressor filling station is the first of two new compressors that was installed by Andy Norman to replace two out of four of its aging units.

The newly installed unit is an 570 Ltr/min compressor manufactured in Germany by Lenhardt &Wagner. The unit is sound insulated therefore emitting very little noise and while in operation can hardly be heard from platform or point bar, which makes it a little more satisfying on the ears not to hear the noisy start up or the blow down condensate drains of the old compressors.

Delivering 570 Ltr/min or 20 cubic foot of free air per min roughly translates to filling 20 tanks per hour, its fully automatic for both condensate drains, auto shut and full remote operation from the filling station on the platform.

For filtration and cooler system, the 570 is capable of filling an estimated 3,000 tank fills on one filter change.   Now I guess saying 3,000 tanks does not seem that many tank fills from a single filter cartridge but when considering the recently removed compressors only done 100 tank fills or 10 hours between filter changes you can get to see the first of some real advantages of the new compressor.

Looking forward to 2015 New Years gift of a compressor that is the second and last of the upgrades for the compressor room at Asia Divers Point shop.

Dubai divers enjoying Puerto Galera

What an amazing week it has been with “The Dive Centre” from Dubai. It was a week filled with thrills and spills not only under water but on land too, with motor bike rides around the island, zip lining through the mountains over 400m high and a few nights out dancing on the dance floor. The week was all wrapped up with a final dive to Sabang Bay where we spent over 30 minutes watching the giant sea Turtle eating up all the sea grass, then swimming over to the Floating Bar where everyone did selfie’s with the GoPro while sliding down the slide, what great fun.

Welcome back to Caroline, Terry, Brian and Queenie

We’ve been coming to El Galleon and diving with Asia Divers since 2001. We stumbled on it by chance when the British Foreign Office suggested that our original destination of Indonesia was no longer safe. AND what a find Asia Divers was !! We never even unpacked our cases on our first visit and it was dive: dive: dive. The beautiful Canyons dives reminiscent of UK diving (minus the dry suits) with the exhilarating currents, lush soft corals and abundance of large fish in the deep cool Fish Bowl. We just loved it all and have returned so many times often bringing lots of UK divers with us.

SO what is our favourite dive site and could we ever even agree. For me it has to be the Hot Springs at Chicken Feather Island; Terry can’t be persuaded in any direction other than Verdi Island and Brian just loves the high energy drifts of the Canyons  – so long as he is going with the current !!!. (Brian not being one for exerting himself at the best of times :-)). And as for Queenie – well all the dives are simply ‘Just the Bollocks’ which translates as totally 100% FAB.

We have been here at least 9 times and are already planning our next trips. This year diving with Alison has been excellent and she gets our 5star rating and lots of thanks from all of us for planning a great dive itinerary. It was also good to catch up with Pete, Dave, Sam and the crew at El Galleon and Asia Divers many of whom were here when we first visited.

Looking forward to seeing you all again next year – Caroline and Terry Birtles , Brian Anderson and Jane Poole (Queenie)

Welcome back to Tom White and Kristina Kvien

Tom and Kristina earned their open water diver certifications in 1995 from Tommy, who came to the U.S. Embassy in Manila to teach a course to Embassy officers.  “Once certified, we logged over 60 dives each with Asia Divers from 1995-1997, including a fabulous 4-day trip with Tommy to Tubbataha Reef on the Tabibuga.  Once we left the Philippines in 2007, we worked back in Washington and at embassies in Europe, including Brussels, Moscow and London.  Lovely places, but not a lot of diving opportunities. We finally made it back to Southeast Asia in 2013, when we moved to Bangkok. And in October 2014, after 17 years, we came back to El Galleon and Asia Divers to happily find changes only for the better, diving as good as ever, and (as always) wonderful dive masters and fellow divers.  We hope to make it back again soon – no more waiting 17 years!”

The Monday News

This months’ cover photo for our weekly newsletter (called “the Monday News”) is from Beth Watson. We know that she has had a lot of our cover photos for the Monday News, but her photos of Puerto Galera  are just so amazing that we think they need to been seen! Check out her website to see some of her amazing images.  or Facebook

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