British International School Ho Chi Minh back at El Galleon

What a great week it was with the group from the British International School Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. This is the 4th year in a row that they have joined us and we sure appreciate all the work that Lauren Binnington has done to keep this yearly event going strong. Six of the group did their full Open Water courses, two earned their AOW and we even had one who got their EFR/Rescue. Everyone worked very hard and should be very proud for what they have accomplished. They also had a great time visiting one of our local schools with some engaging activities to educate the children and joined in on an underwater clean-up dive.


Morgan Ditty, Mia Heath Dyer, Anna-Lien Juelsbak, Tue Minh Nguyen, Soo Kyoung Park, Juliette Robineau proudly showing off their PADI OW certs with Troy.


2016 Ocean Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.!

Ocean Art is one of the most prestigious nature photo contests in the world, and the winning images represent some of the best underwater photographs of the year. Photographers from over 60 countries entered images, and over $75,000 in sponsor prizes have been awarded, making the Ocean Art prize value among the highest in the world.

Winners were asked to rank their prize choices and were awarded 1 prize based on totaling points from all their winning photos.

El Galleon/Asia divers was a proud sponsor of this event and congratulates Pier Mane who won our prize, a 7 night dive package!

Pier Mane, racked up placements in 4 different categories.  Here are a couple of his winning shots:


3rd Place-mirrorless-macro


4th Place Reefscape

I also want to congratulate Gyno Symus who has been diving with us several times before, for getting a 1st  and 3rd place in the completion. Gino was also one of the Hugycup winners a few years ago here. We’re always happy to see our good friends win some of these photo competitions!


1st  Place Marine Life Behavior


3rd Place Reefscape

See more of the winning photos here:

Welcome back Magnus!


Welcome back to Magnus Wibling, visiting us again from sunny Sweden! He’s been having some great diving over the last week and has had his eye on those Scooters (Diver Propulsion Vehicles) or DPVs in the corner of the dive shop. Well he just had to have a go, so we took him to the Alama Jane, Fantasea reef, Sabang Wrecks and back, all in one dive.  If you would like information on the PADI DPV course please contact

What’s been going on at Asia Divers this week


Johan Pahnke has done a great job completing his PADI Rescue EFR course over the New Year period, whiles enjoying lots of diving and seasonal celebrations! Help!  jan17b2

Congratulations to Sheika-Mae, Estella and Sam Gibbs on completing their AOW course a great time and challenging dives. Estella also went on to complete her Deep Diver and Nitrox specializes too! Great job guys 🙂


A new PADI Divemaster


It’s been wonderful having Ellinor around for the past while. She was very hard working and a lot of fun. Ellinor has such a great attitude and is the perfect role model as a DM. When she wasn’t out diving or helping the students you would see her in the dive shop helping out. She also did us proud with the snorkel test! Congratulations Ellinor Alexandersson from all of us here at Asia Divers.

Happy New Year

We hope you celebrated and enjoyed the night as much as we all did here. It was a wonderful time spent with family and good friends, and a night of fine dining at El Galleon. As usual everyone migrated to Point and the Platform to ring in the New Year with an amazing fireworks display put on by EL Gal and in the perfect position to witness all the other fireworks up and down the whole beach. Oh what a view! Things are off to a fine start and we look forward to seeing everyone here this year!


Always a fun time with Trevor and the gang spending the holidays here!


Always a fun time with Trevor and the gang spending the holidays here!


A first New Years Eve for Chuck in PG!

Monday News cover shot for January 2017


We ring in 2017 with this stunningly snooted photo by Mat Watts. According to Mat, this nudibranch took up most of his dive at the Boatyard in Puerto Galera, as he attempted to get the snoot in just the right position. For all you in the “camera know”:  Taken on a Canon 5D Mk3 with Sea and Sea Housing, Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro IS lens, Subsee +5 diopter and Reefnet Snoot. 1/200 sec at f/22, ISO160. If you would like to subscribe to Asia Divers weekly newsletter to keep up to date on all news here please send an email to