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Diving in and around Puerto Galera started back in early 1981 when Brian Homan, an Australian from Maitland NSW, started Capt’n Gregg’s Dive Center on Big Lalaguna Beach in a small space underneath the Hobbit House Bar and Restaurant managed by Ray and Rosita Ramos.
Snake, a fellow Australian, teamed up with Brian around July 1981 and together they started exploring the area, looking for dive sites and wrecks.
The Hobbit House was destroyed by a typhoon on Boxing Day 1981 but luckily, the dive shop being underneath, survived. Most of the hobbits then returned to Manila and Ray and Rosita rebuilt the establishment and called it Rosita’s Inn. The Hobbit House is now a well known music club located in Ermita, Manila where the hobbits are the waiters and they also own and operate the business.
April 24, 2016 | SDRStaff
A huge congratulations goes out to Charmaine Chow and Stanley Chow who just got married in the best conditions possible ‘Underwater in Puerto Galera, Philippines’. Yes that’s right, Asia Divers conducted a mock under water wedding with our resident “priest” (Jamie Gladwin), the groom and the bride all on scuba.
April 12, 2016 | SDRStaff
Marco Vincent Dive Resort has recently returned from its first visit to Maestra De Campo, Coron Bay and Apo Reef. We spent 6 wonderful nights exploring some of the best wreck diving in the Philippines. Coron Bay is home to a fleet of Japanese ships that were sunk during 1944. With Cathedral Cave and Barracuda Lake Coron is one of the most diving areas in the Philippines. Read more
April 6, 2016 | SDRStaff
What is Critter / Muck Diving?
By Tom Gorman of Gorman Dive Adventures and Travel
Photo by Mike Bartick
If you have not been to Anilao, Philippines, well, you should! It is rapidly gaining the reputation as one of the globe’s most Bio-diverse marine life destinations. Critter buffs in the know have been keeping one of the world’s best scuba diving locations secret long enough.
April 3, 2016 | SDRStaff
Steve Miller shares his love of the underwater treasures that lie within a stone’s throw of the resort’s shoreline.
No bubbles. That’s always a good start to the day. As I complete the usual pre-dive leak check and lift my camera housing from the freshwater tank, a porter appears and immediately takes it from my arms. Smiling, he asks “will you be needing a taxi boat today?” Looking out to where the turquoise waters of the shallows transition to a deep blue, I reply “no, I think we’ll just swim along the jetty to the wall.”
March 31, 2016 | SDRStaff
by Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE
Most divers don’t think “blue water diving” when visiting this tropical vacation destination, but the Hawaiian Islands are located near the middle of the Pacific Ocean more than 2,400 miles from the United States and more than 4,000 miles from Asia. Channels around the nine most commonly known Hawaiian Islands range in depth from 200 to more than 10,000 feet deep. The sheer size of the land masses can give divers a false sense of security. Conditions around the islands change quickly. Shore diving is prevalent with rugged volcanic terrain or steep deep sand and pounding surf. Read more
March 30, 2016 | SDRStaff
By: Beverly Peterson
Almost a month has passed since Quinio El Guardian Citizen’s Science Dive Expedition set sail to the Revillagigedo Archipelago, (Socorro Islands), from San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Each day I think of some part of that trip. I live in La Paz, BCS, Mexico.
I remember everyone was finally aboard on November 7th and we set sail. The seas were calm, the crossing was gentle.
March 27, 2016 | SDRStaff
OVER $10 000 UP FOR GRABS FOR THE 1ST EDITION OF THE TURQUOISE BAY INTERNATIONAL UNDERWATER FILM FESTIVAL
ROATAN, Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort is proud to host the first edition of the International Underwater Film Festival. While a new and young film festival, the inaugural edition already promises top names in the underwater filmmaking industry.
Held April 9-16, 2016, the event will feature seminars, an on-site competition, an International Film competition and a Gala Night. The Gala event will be held on April 15, 2016 at the Beach Club San Simon, where winners will be announced.
March 23, 2016 | SDRStaff
March 10, 2016 | SDRStaff
And why should I go there?
You may want to go there because it is so very remote and so very pristine. It is truly a diver’s paradise.
Located 1400 miles Southeast of Guam and 2900 miles Southwest of Hawaii, it is the eastern most island of Micronesia. From the States, you fly United Airlines Island Hopper, with twice per week service from Honolulu. Read more
March 4, 2016 | SDRStaff