Oceanic III (All Star Liveaboards) Reviews & Specials - Bluewater Dive Travel

Oceanic III (All Star Liveaboards)


Destination: Philippines

Tubbataha, Apo Reef and Coron (6-7 Nights) | From $346++/night

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Oceanic III Quick Pitch

Oceanic III will be ready to go for Tubbataha season starting March 13, 2019. There are 10 private cabins accommodating up to 21 passengers.


Dive Overview

Nutrient-rich open-ocean diving brings pelagics: sharks, mantas, dolphins, whales, and macro-critters.

[See: Tubbataha Dive Travel Guide, Puerto Galera Dive Travel Guide]



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Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Oceanic III Cabin Details

  • Economy Cabins: Cabins C1, C2, C3, located on the lower deck. They all have their own bathrooms, but they are across the hall. Cabin 3 can accommodate 3 pax.
  • Standard Cabins: Cabins A1, A2, A3, and A4, located on the middle deck. They are a bit bigger than the economy cabins and have ensuite bathrooms.
  • Deluxe Cabins: Cabins B1, B2, and B3, located on the middle deck. They are slightly bigger than the standard cabins, have ensuite bathrooms, and are the only cabins that have side-by-side beds instead of bunks. These beds can also be pushed together to create one large bed. Also have TV, DVD player, and Nespresso machine. 

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General Facilities

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Oceanic III Boat Features

  • Entertainment center w/ TV and stereo
  • Hot and cold shower
  • 4 open-rinse showers on deck
  • Library of books, magazines and DVDs
  • Bar
  • Nitrox available
  • Aluminum tanks
  • Dive tenders


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Food & Drinks Aboard Oceanic III 

Expertly prepared meals and snacks incorporating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and a variety of proteins served with a local flare.

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Oceanic III Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Oceanic III Schedule & Rates

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For information on rates and availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Tubbataha Itinerary (6 Nights)

A trip to Tubbataha National Park, a protected UNEXSO World Heritage site is a trip that will be remembered for a lifetime. Clear water, big animals, incomparable marine diversity and lush, healthy coral reefs are awe-inspiring.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Puerto Princesa. Check-in onboard
  • Briefing by Boat Manager/Dive Master
  • 1800H Departure to Tubbataha Reef (ETD)
  • Accommodation and meals onboard Explorer
  • Day 2: North Tubbataha
  • Arrive at Bird Island, North Tubbataha
  • Dive Sites: Shark Airport, Washing Machine (Larry’s Reef), Sea Fan Alley
  • Day 3: North Tubbataha
  • Whole Day Diving at North Tubbataha
  • Dive Sites: Ranger Station, Amos Rock
  • Early morning departure for Light House, South Tubbataha
  • Day 4: Arrive Lighthouse, South Tubbataha
  • Whole day diving at South Tubbataha
  • Dive Sites: Black Rock, North wall of South Atoll
  • Day 5: South Tubbataha
  • Whole day diving at South Tubbataha
  • Dive Sites: Light House, Delsan Wreck, Staghorn Point
  • Day 6: South or North Tubbataha
  • Day Diving only (2-3 dives)
  • Departure for Puerto Princesa City
  • Day 7: Arrival in Puerto Princesa City
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Transfer to Airport


Apo Reef-Puerto Galera-Isla Verde Itinerary (7 Nights)

  • Day 1
  • Boarding in Anilao, Pier (Anilao, Batangas)
  • 1800H Departure to Apo Reef, Mindoro. (ETD)
  • Accommodation and meals onboard All Star Philippines
  • Day 2
  • Location: Apo Reef, Mindoro
  • Arrive Apo Reef at 0500H (ETA)
  • Dive site briefing, day diving only (3-4 dives)
  • Dive Sites: Hunter’s Rock, Shark Ridge
  • Day 3
  • Location: Apo Reef, Mindoro
  • Whole day diving at Apo Reef (3-4 dives)
  • Dive sites: Apo 29, Binagaan Dropoff
  • Depart Apo Reef, Mindoro for Puerto Galera at 1900H (ETD)
  • Day 4
  • Location: Puerto Galera
  • Arrive at Puerto Galera
  • Dive Sites: Manila Channel, Sabang Point, Sabang
  • Wreck, The Hill
  • Day 5
  • Location: Puerto Galera
  • Whole day diving at Puerto Galera (4 dives including night dive)
  • Dive Sites: Alma Jane, Dungon Wall, Canyons, Ernie’s Cave
  • Day 6
  • Location: Isla Verde
  • Early morning departure to Isla Verde
  • Whole day diving Isla Verde (4 dives including night dive)
  • Dive Sites: Blackfish Corner, Verde Island Dropoff
  • Day 7
  • Location: Puerto Galera
  • Day diving only (2-3 dives)
  • Evening departure for Anilao, Batangas
  • Day 8
  • Arrival in Anilao, Batangas
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Transfer to Airport


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Other Information

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boat specifications

  • Gross Tonnage/ Weight: 191.16
  • LOA: 33.31
  • Breadth: 6.2
  • Draft: 2.99
  • Main Engine: Yanmar
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Cruising Speed: 8-10 knots
  • Hull: Steel
  • Generators: 2 x Yanmar 125 KVA, 1 x Kubota 10 KVA
  • Water Capacity: 30 tons
  • Electricity: 220-110V- 60 htz
  • Minimum Capacity: 15 guests
  • Maximum Capacity: 28 guests


Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+8
  • Local Currency: PHD (Philippines Peso)
  • Language Spoken: Filipino & English
  • Electricity: 220V
  • Payment Onboard: Cash

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Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

And let us book your dream vacation!

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Underwater Gallery 

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Reviews (1)


We booked a trip on the Oceanic III which was just out of renovation and we were the second group on the boat. I knew this would be a budget trip but was not prepared for what we were about to experience. First of all, let me say that the staff on this boat are amazing, the food was out of this world. This ended up being one of the best dive trips I have ever been on despite the condition of the boat.

This boat has a stack that spews dark gray smoke and asbestos from the stack, so sitting up on the top deck was impossible if you were heading into the wind. The furniture in the rooms broke apart the first day and we were unable to store anything in the dressers, we had to just live out of our suitcases. The lock on the bathroom door was sticking and frequently my roommate or I would get locked in the tiny bathroom for 30 minutes or more until someone noticed us missing, or heard us banging on the wall. If one of us didn't show up for a dive or for a meal, they knew we were locked in the bathroom. The lock was eventually fixed but it took a few days. The door slammed shut so it was almost impossible to keep it open to avoid this. On one dive the bilge pump failed on the tender we were on and started sinking, we had to bail out of the boat and another tender had to come over to transfer our tanks so we could suit up for our dive. Luckily the seas were calm for most of our trip. The last three days of our trip the seas were very rough and water splashed over the sides of the boat to the point that you couldn't get to the staterooms on the main or lower deck without getting completely soaked with seawater.

But the diving made up for any inequities on the boat. We saw a large variety of sharks, and a whale shark. Some of the dives were sort of repetitive, but Tubbataha is a very beautiful place to dive. Just go on a different boat haha.

Visited on 04/2019 - Submitted on 05/08/2020


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