Philippines Liveaboards - Bluewater Dive Travel

Philippines Liveaboards

The Philippines is home to some of the world's best scuba diving, making it an excellent year-round liveaboard destination. With pristine coral reefs, lush coral gardens, huge schools of fish, rare critters, manta rays, and even whale sharks--there's something for everyone in the Philippines!

There is a number of great liveaboards available in the Philippines, from mid-range to luxury. 

1. Already know where to go?  Use our live availability search tool, and select your date range, boat and/or destination, to find your next trip and click on 'Booking Request' to submit your online booking.

2. Want to pick a boat first? Go to full list and reviews of liveaboards in the Philippines available at Bluewater Travel.

3. Not sure where to dive or when to go? Go to our liveaboard diving season and area guide.  

4. Need assistance? Contact us. Our travel advisors can recommend the right destination and boat based on your requirements and preferences.

New to Liveaboards? Check out this article on liveaboard diving.

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Please contact us for the latest availability of the following boats: InfinitiNirvanaM/Y ResoluteM/V Discovery Adventure, and M/V Discovery Palawan

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The rates shown below are per person in USD. Some of the operators quote in other currencies and the pricing at the time of booking may vary depending on the latest exchange rates.

Guide to Liveaboard Diving in The Philippines

In general, liveaboard diving in the Philippines can be divided into two distinct seasons: March to June, which is the prime season to dive Tubbataha, and July to February, which offers a wider variety of itineraries mainly visiting the Visayas with varying departure ports.

In case you're not familiar with the different dive areas the following summary can help you pick one: 

Tubbataha (March to June)

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is often referred to as the best diving spot in the Philippines, and one of the most biodiverse dive areas on earth. Think pristine coral reefs, rich marine life, and prominent pelagic action (11 shark species including whale sharks too!). 

Most Tubbataha trips depart from Puerto Princessa (PPR) which is around a 1-hour flight from Manila (MNL).

Learn more on diving Tubbataha

Malapascua & Visayas (July to February)

Malapascua is a Philippine island in the Visayan Sea, known to be the only place in the world where thresher sharks are seen daily. Liveaboard trips to Malapascua are usually offered in combination with other Visayan Islands, which often include Cabilao, Balicasag, Moalboal (THE place to witness a sardine run), Dauin (critter diving), and Apo Island. 

Most of the Malapascua/Visayas trips depart from Cebu (CEB) but you'll find variations which start in other areas such as Dumaguete and Puerto Galera, making these trips excellent to combine with a dive resort stay.

Learn more on diving Malapascua 

Apo Reef & Coron (Dec/Jan to February)

There is a smaller number of liveaboards offering trips to this area. Often called "little Tubbataha", Apo Reef is an excellent UNESCO heritage site candidate boasting colorful walls, plenty of sharks, turtles, bumphead parrotfish, and huge schools of snappers and tuna. Coron Bay is the wreck dive capital of the Philippines, with 11 unique World War II shipwrecks to explore. 

Looking for a land-based option? View our selection of dive resorts in the Philippines.

 You might also want to check out diving in Moalboal 


For another great liveaboard destination, check out our Indonesia liveaboards.

LIveaboards in the philippines

Bluewater Travel can help you book a liveaboard in the Philippines and over 40 other destinations in the world at the same price or even lower than booking any other way. We know the boats, cabins, diving, and logistics better than anyone else in the industry. Email us today or leave us a message through the live chat box to start planning your dream dive vacation in the Philippines! 


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