S/Y Philippine Siren

4.15
(5 REVIEWS)

 

Destination: Philippines

Malapascua, The Visayas, Tubbatha (6-13 Nights) | From $420++/night

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The S/Y Philippine Siren has been built by divers for divers and every thought has gone into making her a yacht aboard which divers will be comfortable. Relax in the convenience of a highly experienced crew who work tirelessly to ensure your diving vacation is second to none.

 

Location

Departures from Cebu, Batangas, Busuanga, Puerto Princessa, Mactan, or Moalboal.

 

Dive Overview

Diving the Philippines means access to a wide assortment of marine environments, such as coastal reefs and steep walls and pinnacles. The S/Y Philippine Siren places divers amongst beautiful corals and a plethora of wildlife. Whale sharks frequent many of the dive sites.

[See: Cebu & Bohol Dive Travel Guide, Malapascua Dive Travel Guide, & Tubbataha Dive Travel Guide]

 

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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S/Y Philippine Siren Cabin Details

The Philippines Siren has 8 staterooms that accommodate up to 16 divers.

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The cabins

 

S/Y Philippine Siren Cabin Amenities

  • Individual aircon control
  • Personal audio/video system
  • Ensuite bathroom with hot water
  • Overhead reading lights
  • Lockable safety box
  • Cupboards for personal items
  • Bath & hand towels, Bathrobe

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General Facilities

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The dining area and saloon

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The sundeck and camera tank

 

S/Y Philippine Siren Boat Features

  • Aircon lounge/cocktail bar
  • Comfortable lounge sofas
  • 42″ Flatscreen TV
  • Library of movies, books & games
  • Covered outdoor dining
  • All meals served buffet style
  • Self-service drinks & snacks
  • Sundeck (8 cushioned loungers)
  • 2 high powered RIBs
  • Same day laundry
  • Massage (available 3 hours/day)
  • Yacht boutique (Equipment/Merchandise)
  • Kayak usage (Free of charge except for arrival/departure days)
  • Nautilus Lifeline (Charges apply – proceeds go to charity)

 

S/Y Philippine Siren Dive Facilities

  • Shaded dive deck
  • Individual dive stations
  • Personal storage drawers
  • 12l Alu-Tanks, weights & belt
  • Basic Aqualung equipment (Free of charge for the duration of the trip)
  • SMB (Safety Sausages) (Free of charge for the duration of the trip)
  • Numbered Towel – Diving/Deck use
  • Free Nitrox refills
  • Diving courses (charges apply)

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Food & Drinks Aboard S/Y Philippine Siren

Each meal is served buffet style in the rear deck dining area. Hot breakfast and eggs cooked to order start the day, lunches offer at least 2 choices of chicken, fish or red meat with salads and vegetable accompaniment. Evening meals consist of 3 courses: soup, entree, dessert. A choice of 2-3 entrees and a selection of side dishes are available with some evenings following a theme, to include Filipino specialties.

Each trip offers a freshly prepared BBQ. Fresh fruit, snacks and cookies are available throughout the day. A wide selection of carbonated soft drinks (coke, coke light, sprite, tonic, soda) and fruit juices are available. Freshly brewed coffee, black and herbal teas and hot chocolate are also available free of charge. San Miguel and Red Horse lagers are provided in cans and guests may help themselves at no cost. Wines and spirits are also available and additional charges apply.

 

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S/Y Philippine Siren Deck Plan

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SCHEDULE, RATES & AVAILABILITY

S/Y Philippine Siren Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and do not include park and port fees, and taxes. 

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

Inclusions

  • Local transfers from/to the airport
  • Essential dive equipment (BCD, regulator, 3mm shorty wetsuit, mask, finds, tank & weights
  • Free Nitrox
  • Meals & drinks
  • Local beer

 

Exclusions

  • International & domestic flights
  • Torch and dive computer rental (6 USD/ day)
  • Mandatory: Marine park and port fees & taxes (prices vary) 

 

Important note

Optional extras, Marine Park, Port fees and taxes payable on board the S/Y Philippine Siren are priced in USD. They accept cash payment in USD, Euro, GBP, AAU$ or Philippine Peso (PhP) as well as all major credit cards (excepting Amex). All credit card transactions will be billed in Philippine Peso dependent on the exchange rate at the time of your trip and an admin fee of 3% will be applied.

 

RATES &  AVAILABILITY

For more 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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Malapascua (June – February, 10 & 12 Nights)

Combine all the favorites from the Southern Visayas itinerary with a 2-day extension in Malapascua Island for thresher sharks, wrecks and more! 10-night and 12-night trips start in Mactan and culminate in Malapascua or vice versa. When divers think of Malapascua they immediately think about thresher sharks and with almost guaranteed daily sightings on Monad Shoal, it's not surprising. But there is more to Malapascua than just the threshers, especially when it's combined with the rest that the Visayas has to offer.

  • MONAD SHOAL, MALAPASCUA ISLAND - Is one of the few dive spots in the World where the shy pelagic thresher sharks may be seen on a daily basis. Divers rest at approximately 25m (90ft) on the sandy bottom to watch the sharks approach and be cleaned. Other visitors to the shoal include manta, devil and eagle rays. Diving with Nitrox is recommended to enjoy extended bottom time.
  • WHITE TIP ALLEY, GATO ISLAND - As the name suggests provides an almost guaranteed sighting of white tip reef sharks that enjoy their rest on the sand tucked under rocks and coral bommies. Other species found here include scorpion fish and seahorses. Pygmy seahorses may also be found too as well as whip coral shrimps which cling to the colorful whip corals adorning the overhangs of the island."
  • DONA MARILYN, MALAPASCUA WRECKS - Lying on her starboard side at a depth of 32m (110ft) this 100m (300ft) long passenger ferry is now a haven for marble and blue spotted stingrays and home to schools of sweetlips. Covered with corals and the remains of fishing nets she gives an eerie vibe to divers – not least because of the many people who lost their lives during her sinking more than 20 years ago. Guarding the wreckage is a resident giant moray eel and also commonly seen are large scorpionfish, lionfish and cuttlefish. Minimum depth 18m (60ft)
 

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Visayas (June – February, 6 & 10 Nights)

The Visayas region is home to some of the best diving in the Philippines, with its nutrient-rich water supporting a variety of eco-systems & a wide diversity of marine life. Sites range from steep coral covered walls to gentle sloping reefs and muck diving hotspots. During the tour, we visit and dive the islands of Cebu, Cabilao, Panglao, Balicasag and Pescador. Along with Apo Island marine sanctuary and critter hot spot Dauin. Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. A typical diving day is scheduled as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2
  • Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
  • Snack
  • Briefing for Sunset or Night dive (no Night dives: strong currents)
  • Dinner
 

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Tubbataha (February – June, 6 & 13 Nights)

The reefs of Tubbataha consist of vertical walls or near drop off's rising out of great depths where hammerheads, thresher sharks and whale sharks can be seen. The shallow reef tops are teeming with colorful reef fish whilst at many dive sites stingrays, spiny lobsters, immature manta rays and turtles are found. Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. A typical diving day is scheduled as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2
  • Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
  • Snack
  • Briefing for Sunset or Night dive (no night dives in Tubbataha: due to strong currents!)
  • Dinner
 

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Other Information

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Boat Specifications

  • Built: 2013
  • Length: 40 meters
  • Breadth: 9.7 meters
  • Draft: 3 meters
  • Construction Material: Ironwood
  • Engines: Marinized Nissan RH-10, Mitsubishi 6D-22
  • Max Speed: 10 knots
  • Generators: 3 x Yanmar
  • Water Storage: 16 tonnes

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: GMT+8
  • Local Currency: PHP (Philippine Peso)
  • Language Spoken: English and Tagalog
  • Electricity: 220v or 110v
  • Payment Onboard: Cash & credit card
 

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

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Photos provided by Aaron Wong & Gerald Rambert & Chris Huss.  

 

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Reviews (5)

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Outstanding boat, crew, and organization. It was my 25th live-aboard and I was not disappointed.

I was on the Coron to Anilao trip which also visits Puerto Gallera and Apo reef. Every site was very different and 3 days in each was perfect. Coron has WW2 wrecks. Apo is reef and walls, but few fish. Sad! Puerto Gallera has amazing corals and macro. Anilao is muck and little else.

I wish that there were more fish, but when you see the local poverty and fishermen, you realize that fish is the primary source of food for many of them.

Siren does a great job of arranging travel and transfers. Free gear rental and nitrox is sweet. The crew is extremely helpful and friendly. Dive from zodiacs. Food amazing and an experience. Stable and sea-worthy boat.

Visited on 11/2014 - Submitted on 12/10/2014
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I spent a week on a beautiful boat, eating excellent food and diving with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable crew. Despite the fact that the weather didn't get the memo we had a wonderful week exploring some of the great diving the Philippines has to offer. The seascape was varied and interesting as was the wildlife. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would gladly sail with a siren again given the opportunity.

Visited on 09/2012 - Submitted on 10/30/2014
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The S/Y Philippine Siren is the most comfortable live aboard I've been to. It's designed in order for the diver to be conformable anywhere he/she is. The dive deck is well distributed, so each one has it's place to get ready, its space to store dive equipment. As I use glasses, the drawer available for each dive position was a nice addition to the diver position. Also, the live aboard other TWO spaces available to each diver to store other equipment like camera and photographic equipment, as well as laptops.

The rooms are also design to be spacious, and not cram together like other liveaboards I've been to. The food was excellent because of it's diversity, taste and presentation. As I 'm following a special diet, they were very accommodating with my diet, and I got to enjoy the excellent cuisine.

The staff was kind, accommodating, helpful, friendly. Always ready to help.

The marine life was incredible. I think there was flora and fauna for everybody's taste. From huge tunas and sharks, through sharks, turtles, cuttlefish, bluespotted ribbon tail ray, Napoleons, very big photogenic jellyfishes, schools of jacks, barracudas,

This live aboard is suited for photographers and divers that do not mind a rough sea in order to get to very healthy and well protected marine natural park

On this trip we visited the Tubbataha Reefs Marine Park.

Visited on 03/2014 - Submitted on 08/19/2014
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Pacific Palisades, CA
United States
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An older boat and not as comfortable as some of the 4 and 5 star boats I have been on. Not a Mermaid or Agressor level by any means. Huge diving deck with diving off dingies. Was 5 or 6 divers to a guide. Rooms were good size though. Food was great and way above average-see the pics.
I agree with the above reviewer about the shallow draft that can make the first and last nights unpleasant due to lots of rolling even when waves not that big. Lat nights dinner disrupted by crashing bottles and plates on way back.. Great staff and friendly Philipino crew. Good captain and guides.
Tubbataha is mostly larger stuff, not much of any macro and diving conditions can be challenging. Avoid room #8 which is the back of the boat & accessible down a difficult ladder staircase & is claustrophobic and isolated from all the other rooms.

Visited on 04/2014 - Submitted on 04/18/2014
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We went on a live-aboard to the Tubbataha reef, which is far out in the sea and requires a 12 hours overnight ride with the boat from Puerto Princessa. Unfortunately we had bad weather and very high waves. The boat has only little draft which resulted in the worst rolling I have ever experienced on a ship. The cabins are spacious and nicely decorated. The eating area is outside, which is nice during good weather. To make this ship a great value we felt that it is missing more spacious and comfortable relaxation zones. Food was excellent, the presentation of the food by the cook was even better. Generally the team on the boat including the dive guides were highly motivated. The marine life is one of the best I have seen: gorgeous reefs with large sea fans and sponges, big schools of fish, including barracuda and jack fish and lots of sharks. At some places it felt like a shark soup with different types of sharks circling around. We also saw Mantas and a Whale shark on that trip.

Visited on 03/2012 - Submitted on 02/05/2014

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