The Philippines 2020 group trip on the Philippine Siren



2020 Best of the Visayas Group Trip

Join us from February 9 - 19, 2020 on the luxurious Philippine Siren to experience the best that the Visayas sea has to offer!

February 9 - 19, 2020

Led by Katie Yonker

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10 Nights for $4,200 per person


Why Join This Trip?

  • Sail and dive in comfort on one of the most luxurious boats aboard the Philippine Siren
  • Many shark species, including thresher sharks, white tips and whale sharks
  • Great for both big fish and small critters
  • Beginner photographers welcome
  • Price includes Nitrox for certified Nitrox divers


Why Travel With Bluewater?

  • We book resorts/ liveaboards that offer the best overall value
  • Gear discounts and other benefits
  • Great support if flight/weather issues occur
  • "Bluewater helped me out when I needed it most, the airline wouldn't let me board because of a Visa issue. They saved my butt" - Ray Tsusuki

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Trip Overview

Sail for 10 nights and dive all the best locations in the Visayas including Cabilao Island, Balicasag Island, Moalboal, Dauin, Apo Island and Malapascua Island. This trip has been planned to hit all the best dive spots in the Visayas Seas including thresher sharks at Malapascua Island, critter heaven at Dauin, big schools of fish at Moalboal and beautiful coral reefs at Apo Island.




Read the great reviews of the Philippine Siren! Read the report from our previous trip here.



  • Local transfers
  • Dive equipment
  • Free Nitrox
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Local beer



  • International & domestic flights
  • Marine Park & Port Fees (155 USD)
  • Wine / Cocktails / Spirits (varies / 8 USD / 6 USD)
  • Torch and Dive Computer rental (6 USD / day)
  • Massages (25 Euro/hr)
  • Laundry (0.75 USD/per item)

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Dive Overview

Experience the best macro and big animal encounters like no other place in the world.

  • Malapascua Island: Exciting diving awaits from dusk till dawn with thresher sharks visiting the cleaning station at Monad Shoal in the early morning and mandarin fish coming out to dance at sunset.
  • Gato Island: The island of Gato located less than 2 hours away from Malapascua provides a diverse range of marine life; cuttlefish can be seen performing their mating rituals when it is the right season. White tip reef sharks seek shelter under bommies and a plethora of macro critters command the sea floor. 
  • Dauin: One of the top places in the world for macro photography with regular sightings of frogfish, mimic octopus and flamboyant cuttlefish in the sand. 
  • Apo Island: Apo Island Marine Reserve is one of the most successful marine sanctuaries established in the Philippines. Reef hooks and gloves are not allowed and night diving is unfortunately not permitted. 
  • Western Cebu: Large schools of fish like mackerel, sardines, and barracuda gather around Maolboal and Pescador Island. Whale sharks have also been known to frequent the area.
  • Bohol: Swim with green and hawksbill turtle and white tips reef sharks at Cabilao while schools of jack and barracuda float in the currents of Balicasag Island.


Conditions in February

Water temperature will be around 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit with average visibility between 50 and 65 feet.


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Trip Schedule

During the trip, we visit and dive the islands of Cebu, Cabilao, Panglao, Balicasag, and Pescador. Along with Apo Island marine sanctuary and critter hot spot Dauin, plus Malapascua Island for thresher sharks, wrecks and more. Up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive will be scheduled. 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 dive
  • Dinner



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About the Trip Leader

Katie is the Director of Operations for Bluewater Travel. Though no stranger to the Southern California waters, Katie prefers to travel around the world and experience new cultures, food, and marine environments. Katie has led trips to the Red Sea, Maldives, Cocos, Guadalupe, Anilao, Raja Ampat and Komodo.

Read more about Katie here


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 Philippine Siren


About Philippine Siren

The 40 meter S/Y Philippine Siren luxury diving liveaboard was designed by divers for divers and every thought has gone into making her a yacht aboard which divers will be comfortable. The Philippines Siren has 8 staterooms that accommodate up to 16 divers. The outdoor dining area offers a superb setting for all your meals, with comfortable bench seating set in a semi-circular shape. The dive deck is likely to be one of the most spacious you will have ever come across, except for on other Siren Fleet yachts!




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Flight Information  

Trip attendees should fly in and out of Cebu City through Mactan International Airport (airport code CEB). Flights should arrive no later than noon on departure day (Feb 9). Return flights should be made anytime on the last day of the trip (Feb 19). Airport transfers are included and travel time is about 30 minutes each way.   

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Payment Schedule

Deposit: $800

Payment 2: $2,400, Due 7/15/19

Payment 3: $1,000, Due 10/15/19

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Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us

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Underwater Photos from Previous Trips  




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