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Tubbataha Reef & Southern Visayas on Philippine Siren, 3-16 June 2021

Tubbataha Reef & Southern Visayas on Philippine Siren, 3-16 June 2021

This 13 night adventure trip will be run on Philippine Siren Liveaboard to dive two of the Philippines best dive destinations, Tubbataha Reef and the Southern Visayas. Combining these two destinations in one trip makes for the Ultimate Philippines liveaboard trip! Tubbataha Reef offers some of the Philippines best big fish diving with a good chance to encounter Whale Sharks, Mantas, Guitar Sharks and Tiger Sharks! The Southern Visayas offers relaxed diving on beautiful coral reefs with schooling fish, Frogfish, Turtles, incredible diversity and lots of macro critters!

Tubbataha Reef & Southern Visayas 13 night itinerary
The trip starts in Puerto Princesa and finishes in Cebu and will dive the best sites at both Tubbataha Reef and the Southern Visayas, including Cagayancillo, Apo Island, Dauin, Balicasag Island and Cabilao Island.

Tubbataha Reef & Southern Visayas itinerary (pdf)

Tubbataha Reef
The Philippines is full of great diving, but the most awe inspiring spot is Tubbataha Reef. This isolated reef, 181km off the coast of Palawan, is extremely remote and can only be accessed by liveaboard. Tubbataha consists of two atolls (North and South) and the Jessie Beazley reefs. Tubbataha’s North atoll is 16km long, whilst the South atoll is smaller at 5km long – inbetween the two atolls is a deep 8km wide channel. At Tubbataha vertical walls and dramatic drop offs provide for the Philippines best big fish diving! Expect to see large Napoleon Wrasse, Bumphead Parrotfish, Barracuda, schooling Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna, Turtles, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, the occasional Hammerhead or Tiger Shark, Guitar Sharks, Whale Sharks and Dolphins! For shark fans dive sites such as Shark Airport, Washing Machine, Black Rock and Jessie Beazley Reefs are often highlight dive sites! Tubbataha also has the Malayan Wreck, plus some great macro diving at Seafan Alley, including Orangutan Crabs, Pygmy Seahorse and plenty of Nudibranchs.

Southern Visayas
The Southern Visayas offer some of the Philippines most beautiful and diverse diving. At Cabilao Island steep reef walls are covered with sea fans, corals and sponges. Pygmy seahorses and frogfish are common sightings at Cabilao. Moving on to Balicasag you will dive a variety of sites around this 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. Friendly Turtles approach divers and at least 8 species of Anemone fish can be found here.

The 40 metre SY Philippine Siren has the same specifications as her sister yachts, the SY Indo Siren and the SY Palau Siren. The large cabins have an elegant teak finish and can accommodate both double and twin sleeping arrangements. The outdoor dining area is very comfortable and provides a fabulous setting for all your meals, whilst the dive deck offers both convenience and plenty of space when getting ready for your dives.

There are excellent facilities for underwater photographers and videographers, with large rinse tanks and designated areas for charging and preparation of your camera and video equipment, the SY Philippine Siren truly sets out to be the pros choice for underwater photography and videography. Like the other Siren yachts, the SY Philippine Siren was built on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi and is a traditional gaft rigged Phinisi handcrafted from ironwood and teak. Built by divers for divers you can rest assured that your every need has been thought of. Nitrox and equipment rental is complimentary on the Philippine Siren.

There are 4 spaces available on this trip.

Tubbataha Reef & Southern Visayas on Philippine Siren, 3-16 June 2021

The cost of the trip is 7,120 USD including 13 nights on Philippine Siren with up to 4 dives per day (inc night dive), free Nitrox, free equipment rental (except torch and dive computer), all meals, soft drinks, beer, tea/coffee and return transfers between local airport and the vessel on the day of embarkation and disembarkation. Flights are not included in the price, but can be readily arranged by Equator Diving upon request.

Marine Park/Port fee: 160 USD

Trip prices in GBP and EURO are also available upon request.