The Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor (VIP) is famously known as “the center of the center of marine biodiversity”. It is the proverbial heart of the Coral Triangle, the apex of aquatic life on Earth. The Passage’s 900,000 square-kilometer area is home to 60% of the world’s known shorefish species, and even as much has yet to be explored in its waters.
Asia Divers/El Galleon is lucky to have this amazing diving right on our doorstep!
Good morning Verdi Island!! What a stunning early morning photo by Beth Watson. She shot this one with her drone in the wee early hours of the morning.
Speaking of Verde Island…look what Alli and her group bumped into this morning on the pinnacle. Yes, a lovely whale shark spend a good few minutes with us just resting in the current while we were all racing around and getting out of breath. Check out the video: https://web.facebook.com/andy.xie.5836/videos/958153520993355/
A very happy group of divers today! Remily Middaugh, Shiyuan, Qin Zhen, Alli, David Potter and Joe Ashworth-Martin giving the “W” for WHALE SHARK signal.
Private IDC about to start
The PADI Instructor Exams are finished and we are off to starting our next (private) IDC today. What better way to begin an Instructor Development Program than having an awesome diving day… So we went to Chicken Feather Island for a Physics field day – cooking soup underwater in one of the many volcanic vents (to study heat transmission), explore a new dive site at Bonito Island and enjoy a fun time of a slow cruise back coupled with that stunning sunset shortly after. Now, we are ready for some skills…
You can also view a short video clip of the soup discovery here:
So what to do on a hot sunny day when it’s not too busy in the resort?? Well of course it’s time to go out and play! Allan, Rhuby, Kjell and about 30 of our staff went along for this really fun day of playing in the water pools to Tagbungan in Baco which was about one hour, twenty min away from here.
It’s been a full-on heavy metal time with several photographers here over the past couple weeks. Here are a few images taken by a couple folks which we though you would appreciate.
On Sunday Alli logged dive number 11,000 with awesome conditions and an awesome group of people including Ariana, Hanno, Ross, Brad, Steve and Beth. Most of those dives have been done in Puerto Galera.
Our Monday News July cover shot is this fantastic image of the resort by Beth Watson taken with her drone at El Galleon/Asia Divers. Check out more of Beth’s amazing images which have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, web sites and have been selected for juried art exhibitions. Visit www.bethwatsonimages.com . This is what the “so-called” rainy season in Puerto Galera looks like folks…come on down for 30 meter vis and 30 degree water temperature with hardly anyone around! Time to get spoiled! Contact us at email@example.com
For those interested, our IDC candidates are organizing a Project AWARE “Dive Against Debris” on the 1st of July here in Puerto Galera. We will meet at 10 am for a briefing and a fun trash treasure hunt underwater.
All items collected will be analyzed and data uploaded to the global Project AWARE database so it can help with policy development and basically making a bigger difference!! Come join us!!
Check out this amazing photo from Hanno Jansen taken this week with good spotting from Ferdi!
A few more amazing photos taken by Gino Symus from his recent trip here.
It was a fun weekend with these ladies in town. Welcome back to Akiko Tada, Sue Breniman and first timer with us, Gail Willow who celebrated her birthday during this long weekend! Highlights of the weekend included Canyons and Verde that were at their best, Gail receiving a special little birthday present by spending some quality time with a lovely blue-ringed octopus and of course a few too many drinks.
Spectacular sunsets at the Barrel bar these past few days with many enjoying the view and of course the cocktails!
Wonderful to have Gino Symus back here again recently and see some of the amazing photos he took. These two are a great example of behaviors of animals and should be entered in some competitions!