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, and the opportunity to get up close to the World’s largest fish – the whale shark.
Diving in the Visayas region is possible year round as the area is well protected from the typhoons which affect the north. During this 10 day trip, we will visit Cabilao, Balicasag, Pescador, Moalboal, Dauin Apo and Malapascua Island! The dive sites vary between dark sand slopes, reef walls with soft corals and fans, pristine hard coral gardens and wrecks. Best known as a critter hotspot, you can expect to see seahorses, frogfish, seamoths, ghost pipefish, mandarin fish, flambouyant cuttlefish, cowries, candy crabs, squat lobsters, nudibranchs, gurnards, waspfish, mimic octopus, sawblade shrimp and more! Wall sites also attract schooling sardines, trevally and barracuda, whilst hawksbill turtles can be seen in abundance. Those taking the Malapascua extension may see pelagic thresher sharks and manta rays. During your cruise you have the option to visit Oslob, where you may snorkel with whale sharks; more than 8 seen together!
Siren Fleet have been operating a liveaboard in the Philippines since 2009, however in 2013 they launched the new Philippine Siren. Like her predecessor, she is a 40m Phinisi yacht with a capacity for 16 guests. Her cabin layout follows that of her sister boats providing greater flexibility for guests. Her main engine provides a travelling speed of up to 9 knots with an auxiliary engine installed in case of emergency. Three generators supply 24-hour power to the entire vessel. “Whole boat thoroughly functional, beautiful fit and finish down to the most minute detail… Top notch electronics throughout… Comfortable dining al fresco so much more enjoyable than an indoor aircon dining room… *Mid-ship cabins are for 2 guests only and can be converted from twin to double depending upon guest preference. On board water makers use a 3-stage ‘reverse osmosis’ filtration system which gives clean, safe, drinkable water and there is a storage facility of 16 tons. Centrally heated hot water is delivered, on demand, to guest cabins and deck heads. Nitrox is provided through the membrane system and all diving activities are support by two RHIBs that remain on stand-by to support and assist you.
Double and Twin Bed Cabins
Air-conditioning and fan
Tiled en-suite with hot water shower
Personal entertainment system
Towels and bathrobes
Hanging space and clothes storage
Indoor lounge with comfortable sofas
Personal storage drawers
Camera set-up and electronics charging
Spacious dive deck with individual set up stations and shaded resting area
Upper level sun deck with 8 cushioned lounge chairs
Shaded outdoor dining
The cruise cost includes:
– Full board accommodation during the cruise
– Up to 34 dives inclusive of night dives (10 nights cruise)
– Free Nitrox fills for Nitrox certified divers*
– Standard dive equipment rental**
– Transfer between Mactan-Cebu International Airport or local hotel and S/Y Philippine Siren on the day of embarkation
*PADI Enriched Air Nitrox certification courses available on request at an additional cost
**Dive equipment provided free of charge includes BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask & fins
– Port, park and tax fees: $138.83
– Transfer between S/Y Philippine Siren and Mactan-Cebu International Airport or local hotel on the day of disembarkation: $53.40
– Crew tips. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept crew tips via credit card so they are cash only. All major currencies are accepted and appreciated.
– Dependent on our guests’ wishes we offer the option to substitute dives for whaleshark snorkelling at Oslob, subject to additional fees payable at destination
These are not inexpensive trips, the cost is $3,750/diver. Remember that this is an adventure that you’ll remember for the rest of your life!