Diving in the Philippines by luxury liveaboard you will have the opportunity to explore many islands and fantastic coral reefs. The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, surrounded by deep blue seas that contain some of the richest marine life on Earth. Thought by many to be the apex of the coral triangle, diving in the Philippines offers you a wide variety of marine environments to choose from.
Dives on steep walls and offshore pinnacles, critter hunting in coastal reefs, wreck diving a sunken Japanese fleet and the opportunity to get up close to the World's largest fish - the whale shark. We offer several trips to the islands and dive sites of the Philippines that will whet the appetite of even the most seasoned diver. Join us in Tubbataha, Coron & Anilao, Visayas - Cebu, Bohol, Apo & Negros and Leyte.
Please note that the price and availability can change without fore warning. All prices are excluding flights, extra hotel nights, marine park fees, etc. For this reason, we ask you to click on the ”Book Liveaboard” to the right and send us an e-mail in order to receive an offer with the correct information from your desired departure airport.
Scuba Travel is more than happy to assist in booking flights, liveaboard nights and any other holiday components you may desire. We reserve the right to change the price should there be changes in the currency on, or before the date of your booking.
Liveaboard operators generally require a minimum amount of guests in order to sail. For this reason, Scuba Travel cannot guarantee a departure unless the numbers are fulfilled. Contact us for the most updated information regarding the departures and prices. The trips that are marked with bold are our ambassador led dive holidays, of which the majority have a special theme (photosafari, marine biology, etc.).
|Oct 19 - 29||Philippine Siren||Southern Visayas - 10 nights||email us|
|Nov 1- 11||Philippine Siren||Malapascua & The Visayas - 10 nights||email us|
|Nov 12 -22||Philippine Siren||Malapascua to Donsol||email us|
|Nov 23 - Dec 3||Philippine Siren||Donsol to Malapascua||email us|
|Dec 4 - 14||Philippine Siren||Malapascua & The Visayas - 10 nights||email us|
|Dec 19 - 29||Philippine Siren||Southern Visayas - 10 nights||email us|
40 metre S/Y Philippine Siren is Worldwide Dive and Sails largest boat to date. All cabins are spacious and can be used as twins or double bedded rooms. The dining area is now even more spacious offering a great setting for all your meals. The dive deck has ample space and facilities for underwater photographers and videographers including space for charging and preparation of camera and video equipment.
Built on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, she is a traditional “gaft rigged Phinisi” handcrafted from ironwood and teak. You will find no other dive liveaboard as beautiful in Philippine waters, and being that she was built by divers for divers and not adapted from being a second hand research vessel, the choice is clear. With only 16 guests on each trip, there is abundant space for all guests.
Specialised features for Underwater Photographers & Videographers:
Each cabin is fitted with an individual computer and multiple power sources to facilitate the needs of digital photography. The computer features high end specifications and 20" high definition flatscreens, which are integrated with the yachts network server in the saloon.
Workstations for the preparation and maintenance of cameras including prep and storage areas
Large rinse tanks with fresh water solely for cameras and videos.
Journey through exotic islands of the Philippines abourd Atlantis Azores, a 16 passenger floating resort. Azores has seven deluxe cabins with double and single berths, lavatory and hairdryer, private head and shower and one suite on the top deck.
Enjoy a wide selection of movies or games on our PS3 and flat screen TV or sit back with a book or magazine from our library; Each evening you will be treated to either one of Atlantis’s unique marine life presentations, a picture slide show or a presentation on your next destination. Besides diving, you can improve your photography skills, snorkel or take land excursions during your trip.
The Azores features a partially covered sun deck with chase lounges, complete wet bar, hot tub, an assortment of sitting areas with tables and large swim platform with warm freshwater showers.
Our chef on board the Azores will enjoy to personally look after you. Start the day with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked breads. A blend of ripe seasonal fruit juices from our farms will prepare you for your first dive.
Our spacious dive deck allows you to gear up in comfort. A roomy three-tier camera table is available for photographers along with a charging station. All divers have their own storage area for dive equipment. Most dives are done from two zodiac tender boats with a short ride to dives sites. Our dive team will ensure you get the best from every dive. Nitrox is available on all charters. Technical diving and rebreather diving is possible if pre-arranged.
Departing from Cebu the boat cruises southwards to the first stop at Cabilao Island, where steep reef walls are covered with sea fans, corals and sponges. Pygmy seahorses and frogfish are common sightings. Moving on to Balicasag we dive a variety of sites around the tiny island to see turtles and schools of jacks as well as barracuda and snapper. The dark sand slopes of Dauin are the place to find a myriad of tiny odd shaped bottom dwellers from robust ghost pipefish to pipehorses, waspfish and skeleton shrimps.
Apo Island is a testament to the success of the marine sanctuaries in the Philippines and the pristine corals abound with numerous fish species including redtooth trigger fish, pyramid butterfly fish and blue lined fusileers. Friendly turtles approach divers and at least 8 species of anemone fish can be found here. Moalboal and tiny Pescador Island are the next destination. Schools of sardines are known to pass through with the occasional hungry thresher shark in their wake. Whale sharks are frequently seen in the channel. Smaller creatures including a wide range of nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs can be found on each reef during every dive. The calm seas and diversity of marine life make the Visayas an ideal diving destination for all experience levels.
Just a few hours south of Manila, lies the World renown muck diving area of Anilao. It is here that many new species, particularly nudibranchs, have been discovered. There are numerous dive sites to explore including Secret Bay, Twin Rocks and Kirby's Rock where xeno crabs, seahorses, mimic octopus and many more odd looking critters can be seen. After 2-3 days diving in Anilao the S/Y Philippine Siren cruises southwards to Apo Reef, the second largest of the World's continuous reef systems. 33Km from the coast of Mindoro Occidental the reef teems with life. Rocky walls with huge seafans and barrel sponges attract schooling snappers & white tip reef sharks. Manta rays and eagle rays are also known visitors to the reefs for cleaning.
To the far north of Palawan lies the Calamian group of islands, to which Busuanga and Coron are a part. During the Battle of Coron Bay in 1944, 24 ships of the Japanese supply fleet were sunk including the armed Arkitsushima and the oil tanker Olympia Maru. Up to 12 wrecks are within recreational diving depths and we spend up to 3 days diving the bay along with dives in the north part of the island for the chance to see dugongs and a trip to the inland Barracuda Lake - a freshwater site offering great visibility within the cave systems and some interesting thermoclines.
Trips start in either Coron and culminate in Batangas or vice versa. A one-way domestic flight is required.
150km South East of Puerto Princessa, on Palawan Island, the Tubbataha reef system consists chiefly of two atolls (North and South) and the Jessie Beazley reefs. After an overnight cruise of approximately 14 hours we arrive at the Tubbataha Reef system to enjoy up to 4 dives per day over the course of our 6-night trip. The delicate reef system supports over 600 different fish species and over 300 coral species, whilst providing a haven for nesting hawksbill and green turtles along with numerous birds. A field station on the North atoll is manned by rangers year-round, during our trips we visit with the rangers to learn more about conservation and reef protection.
Dive sites include Washing Machine, where many shark species can be sighted in the speedy current, the Delsan Wreck - now home to a plethora of reef fish and white tip reeef sharks as well as Amos' Rock. Seafan Alley is where huge sea fans adorn the reef walls whilst Staghorn Point boasts fields of staghorn corals. Divers can expect to see stunning corals, schools of jacks, numerous reef sharks, marble rays, blue spotted sting rays, turtles, unicorn and triggerfishes in schools. There are a wide variety of smaller creatures from sea cucumbers to coral crabs, ghost pipefish to sea stars, crinoids with cling fish and pygmy seahorses. After our final dive on day 6, the yacht will make the cruise back to Puerto Princesa where the trip will culminate.
The S/Y Philippine Siren liveaboard yacht departs from Mactan, Cebu to spend 6 days within the Sogod Bay area. Working closely with the local municipalities, who act as "spotters", our dinghies position themselves ahead of the shark so that you may enter the water and are able to watch as it approaches, keeping well away from the head and tail of the shark. The yacht will move to the best areas dependent on the most frequent sightings. The small area of Sunok Bay and the coral slopes of San Ricardo are typically visited and Limasawa Island also sees much whaleshark activity with up to 5 seen in the bay at one time. Only snorkelling is allowed, however whale sharks may also be seen during the dives.
Dive sites vary between steep reefs with soft corals, sponges & black corals to the critter dive hot spot of the Padre Burgos Pier, where seahorses, frogfish, pipefish and mandarin fish can all be seen. The Marine Sanctuary at Napantaw offers stunning soft corals and a great opportunity for over/under photography in the hard coral garden. The walls in Padre Burgos shelter numerous reef fish species, including grouper & sweetlips and within seafans pygmy seahorses are commonly spotted. Occasional visitors to the reefs are eagle rays, meanwhile research is on going to find the manta ray cleaning station that has been reported by local fishermen.
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