About Us

Dive Dojo was started in 2006 at Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera in the Philippines by Paul Russell, an Airline Captain presently flying Boeing 747’s internationally with over 20,000 logged hours on heavy jets and Efren ‘Ethei’ Robrigardo. The word “Dive Dojo” joins together two of Paul’s passions: diving and karate. A “Dojo” is a Japanese term, which literally means “place of the way”. It is a place or a meeting hall where martial arts is practiced at the highest level. The philosophy of Dive Dojo is therefore very simple; do something that you love and do it well!

Our teaching staff and shop reflects this philosophy. Hyper purified air is used at the Dojo for all dives, from “Discover Scuba” to 100 meter Trimix diving. We also have Halcyon scooters and advocate BCD wings as standard. Our dive staff have thousands of dives at our local sites and provide both knowledge and safety at all our dive depths. As well as our dedicated dive boat for dives around the local area, Dive Dojo also offers a 70 ft. charter boat called the “Shin-Do” for inter-island diving and for overnight dive safaris. This custom dive boat was built by us in Cebu and operates daily dive trips to Verde Island.

Ron Loos, a noted and well respected technical diver throughout the dive community, has recently agreed to manage the Dojo, and he brings with him a vast experience base and exciting dive opportunities. We look forward to seeing you at the Dojo!

Paul Russell at Dive Dojo

Puerto Galera

Just a few short hours travel from Manila, this gorgeous collection of bays and islands is one of the country’s top dive destinations. Puerto Galera is Spanish for ‘Port of the Galleons.’ Its deep natural harbour, sheltered on all sides, was a favoured anchorage well before the Spanish arrived in 1572; and today it remains a favoured anchorage for long-term yachts and short-term vacationers. Puerto Galera typically refers to the town of Puerto Galera and the resort areas surrounding it – namely Sabang, 5km to the east, and White Beach, 7km to the west. Each with its own distinct dive and water characteristics.