Philippines - 2024
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Diving Philippines - week one - 22nd June 2024 - 28th June 2024, week two 29th June 2024 - 4th July 2024
The Philippines comprise over 7,100 islands, surrounded by deep blue seas that contain some of the richest marine life on earth. Thought by many to be the apex of the Coral Triangle, diving in the Philippines will whet the appetite of even the most seasoned diver.
The Southern Visayas - on S/Y Philippine Siren
DATES : week one 22nd - 28th June 2024, week two 29th June - 4th July 2024
ABOARD : S/Y Philippine Siren
COST : Cabin £1805pp, Park Fees £80pp per week
FLIGHTS : approx £900pp booked through Blue O Two as an ATOL protected trip.
DEPOSIT : *£105pp non-refundable PLACES : 16
Join us on our 6 night liveaboard adventure to the Visayas region, which is home to some of the best diving in the Philippines. There is a wide diversity of marine life, steep coral covered walls, gentle sloping reefs and muck diving hotspots.
You will visit and dive the islands of Cebu, Cabilao, Balicasag and Pescador; along with Apo Island marine sanctuary and critter hot spot Dauin. This trip not only offers fantastic macro and the chance to see schooling fish, but also the possibility of some larger pelagic. The shy thresher sharks come in to feed on schools of sardines and whale sharks may also be seen.
There are several areas of protected mangroves and much of the region is protected by marine sanctuaries. Fishing is still a staple means of income for many Filipinos however, marine sanctuaries such as those enforced at Apo Island, have spurred islanders to protect their marine habitats.
Underwater the topography of dive sites varies from shallow sandy fringing reefs to steep walls dotted with seafans and sponges, whilst a couple of small plane wrecks and cars have formed artificial reefs. Marine life is diverse however common sightings include green and hawksbill turtles and schools of barracuda and jacks, whilst redtooth trigger fish, pyramid butterfly fish and blue lined fusileers are seen on almost each dive in huge numbers. Smaller creatures such as frogfish, ghost pipefish, octopus and pygmy seahorses are found at several of the dive sites and of course a wide range of nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs can be found on each reef.
The Vessel... S/Y Philippine Siren a 40 metre liveaboard was built on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Handcrafted from ironwood and teak, it is the largest vessel in the Siren fleet to date, welcoming 16 guests in eight cabins. Two fixed doubles, four fixed twins and 2 cabins are flexible doubles/twins. Each cabin is equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning units and en-suite bathrooms with hot water, bathrobes and towels are provided.
The spacious, air-conditioned saloon benefits from a cocktail bar, comfortable seating and a 50-inch flat screen TV. Dining is outdoors under a covered area with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. An expansive dive deck provides ample space for kitting up, underwater photographers and videographers will appreciate the designated areas for charging and preparation of equipment.
The vessel also benefits from 2 high-powered tenders, kayaks, laundry and massage services.
Price includes : Transfer to / from the vessel on days of embarkation or disembarkation in Cebu, Full board accommodation (based on double occupancy), Tea, Coffee, Juices, Soft drinks & local beer, Up to 4 dives daily, 12ltr cylinder with air fills or nitrox if qualified, Weights & weight belt, Equipment hire (BCD/regulator/3mm shorty wetsuit/mask/fins & boots)
Not included : Marine Park & Port Fees, Flights, Additional equipment hire (torch/computer), Spirits, Cocktails, Wine, On board merchandise, Crew and dive guide gratuities, Transfers between Cebu & Moalboal
For further information please call Jason on 01793 423 363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
*Please note deposits are non-refundable