Christmas at El Galleon/Asia Divers

Everyone has been having a fine time celebrating the season. We kicked off the festivities with our staff party on the 19th and than Santa and his elves arrived at El Galleon on the 24rd and delivered heaps of toys to the local kids for the 26th year in a row! Christmas dinner at El Galleon was a delicious feast by Antoine and the crew. We also did our annual underwater treasure hunt. Wishing everyone a very healthy, happy and prosperous 2017…and hope to see you here soon!


The games are the best part of our staff Christmas party and couple that with alcohol and everyone is in for a very fun time.

IDC@Asia Divers


We are excited to announce that Jamie and Sabine have taken over the Instructor Development (IDC) at Asia Divers with a new, modernized concept of the “eIDC”. For those who plan to take the next step to become a PADI Instructor, this program is focused on personalized coaching, more in-water rather than classroom time, marine conservation, and the onsite component of the course only takes 10 days.

Utilizing the PADI eLearning system as well as video coaching and other digital value adds ensure that our new instructors are best prepared for their professional careers. If you want to learn more about our fun filled eIDC, just drop a note to

Photo Corner

dec16c3It was wonderful diving with these two awesome photographers, Amr and Mariz this week. They have a great eye to find things and have perfect buoyancy while taking photos! Great role models for the underwater photographers! These photos were taken by Amr here this past week. Amr A. Abdul-Majeed, Lives in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. He’s been an avid diver since 2009 and became an underwater photography instructor in 2011. He’s also a senior member in Aquaviewksa underwater photography group. Check out his website to see more of his photos:


Review from recent guests

“El Galleon – Nice enough rooms / resort, clean and comfortable. “More than adequate” and all staff were exceedingly helpful. Dive Centre was a slick operation & very professional, with well-structured diving. Easy to do 4 dives / day with dive sites only 10 mins away from the resort, it was great to be able to go back to your room between dives. Exceedingly good corals & an abundance of fish life, all very colourful. Many shoals of fish, but no big stuff seen. Lovely canyon dives, some had healthy currents. “Hole in the wall” dive site was great.”

Thanks for your help with the guests. Jem kemp, Director, Luxus Pacific Diving



PADI Chinese focused Business Academy


Alli and Chen (pictured with Ocean, Conny and Sharon from PADI) spent a couple days in Manila to attend the PADI Chinese focused Business Academy. We learned all about the latest trends in Chinese marketing and social media and even had a fun time with #MannequinChallenge. Why present on social media and viral video marketing when we can partake in it?  Check this out:

Who’s been doing what this week


It’s always nice to have a group sent here from our travel agent WILD WATER DIVING HOLIDAYS from Belgium. Plenty of sun, great diving, wonderful food and amazing new adventures made the holiday a success.

Fernando was on a “mission” this week, exploring the reefs and wrecks beyond recreational limits, going deeper and staying longer, successfully completing the PADI Tec 40 course with Sabine. Great job dealing with 3 tanks instead of 1 and learning about decompression procedures, gas shares on long hose and other new skills and equipment to play with. Serious fun over a short 3 days.

Spend your Christmas in paradise!


Only fourteen days until Christmas! If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the holidays and not have to be the one to do all that cooking and cleaning, come and enjoy it with us. We will have delicious Christmas and New Years dinners, an underwater treasure hunt on the 25th and of course lots of great diving going on. We kick it off with the kid’s party on the 24th when Santa and his helper will come and hand out gifts and then feed around 300 kids. Christmas dinner starts from 6:30pm onwards. Email if you would like to make a reservation.

Check out the new cover photo for Decembers’ Monday News


This month’s superb cover photo of this weird and wacky nudibranch (Rudman’s Phyllodesmium) is by Beth Watson. Her images have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, websites and have been selected for juried art exhibitions. She is also a guest speaker at several dive shows.  Visit for additional information. The Monday News is Asia Divers/El Galleon’s weekly newsletter to keep you up to date on all the happenings, events and fun things going on here. If you would like to subscribe just email