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Tubbataha Reef is home to the best diving in the Philippines. Liveaboards start in mid-March and run until June for six night and five diving days. Great walls, fantastic reef life and close shark encounters all make for a fantastic dive experience. 

Why is Tubbataha so special? Check out the close encounter with a mature tiger shark below - that was just one of many highlights of the past season

We are general agent for three of the top liveaboard companies in the country. Book through us and you'll get a same day response,as well as help with other arrangements such as land transfers, shore based diving, accommodation before and after your trip and flights.


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About the liveaboards - All 2017 dates, individual boat rates and availability

Inclusions and exclusions

More about Tubbataha Reef and it's marine life

Getting to Puerto Princesa & What to Bring

 



 

 

 

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dive rates

Why do we offer a choice of liveaboards? Quite simply they are the best for diving Tubbataha in their price range. By offering you a choice of boats you can chose the one that fits you best.

Tubbataha is located 150 kilometres southeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. All our safaris start in PPS and we can help book domestic airfares from Manila or Cebu City.

Tours start with an overnight boat ride from PPS. We arrive in the morning ready to dive. Dives are made from speedboats and the main boat only moves during the surface interval to maximize dive time. Most of the dives are spectacular wall dives and at some times in the season there can be strong currents.

If you are not an advanced diver already, we advise getting advanced diver, nitrox and drift diver training.

Under each boat heading we have put more about the boat, the rate, schedule & current availability. As the boats can fill quickly please email us for the latest availability

 

MV Vasco

MV Discovery Palawan & MD Discovery Adventure

MV Stella Maris

Inclusions and Exclusions for all boats

 

 

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MY Vasco

M/Y Vasco is a Philippine registered Dive and Pleasure Yacht. She has been cruising in the Philippine waters since 1998 and is currently one of the longest running live-board vessels in the country with a highly experienced crew. Vasco carries just 16 divers and so is a more intimate experience than some of the larger boats visiting Tubbataha

As a former trawler Vasco is an exceptionally stable boat and ideally suited to off-shore diving. The rear deck has plenty of space for gearing up and briefings. Dives are made from two speedboats. The rear deck also fresh water deck showers for rinsing off after the dive

The sleeping area has eight cabins, each with twin bunks. The ensuite bathrooms are shared between two adjacent cabins. Meals are taken on the forward top deck and are served buffet style. For guest arriving before lunch in Puerto Princesa, the boat includes a lunch in a local restaurant prior to boarding

 


MY Vasco - U$1995 per person, twin share

Plus $100 Marine Park Permit

2017 Dates
Trip
Status
March 22 - 29 Transition Trip Open
March 30 - April 5 Regular FULL
April 06 - 12 Regular Open 
April 13 - 19 Regular Open
April 20 - 26 Regular Open
April 27 - May 3RegularFULL
May 4 - 10RegularOpen
May 11 - 17RegularOpen
May 18 - 24RegularOpen
May 25 - 31RegularOpen
June 1 - 7RegularOpen
June 9 - 16TransitionOpen

 

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Discovery Palawan

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MY Discovery Palawan & Discovery Palawan

M/Y Discovery Palawan has just completed a major renovation of all interiors - now with even more beautiful cabins and common spaces, including a dedicated camera room.

This larger dive boat can carry up to 32 divers in twin cabins. She has plenty of lounge areas & sun decks to relax in between dives A full refit in 2013 means that the cabins and public areas are decorated to a very high level. The 32 divers are split between four speed boats. On the reef the speedboats split into two groups so that no more than half the divers are diving a site at any one time. Currently most of the 2016 trips are fully booked except for those places noted below

MY Discovery Adventure is new for 2015 and has been fully renovated. She carries is 28 divers and is the sister ship to Discovery Palawan. Please note that minimum passenger loading does apply for tours to go ahead - 16 divers minimum for both boats.

 

 

MV Discovery Palawan 2017
Standard $2215, Upper Deck $2635
DatesTripStatus
March 23-29, 2017 Tubbataha 14
March 30 - April 5, 2017
Tubbataha
2
April 6 - 12, 2017
Tubbataha
FULLY BOOKEDBOOKED
April 13 - 19, 2017
Tubbataha
FULLY
BOOKED
April 20 - 26, 2017
Tubbataha
FULLY
BOOKEDLY BOOKED
April 27 - May 3, 2017
Tubbataha
1
May 4 - 10, 2017
Tubbataha
6
May 11 - 17, 2017
Tubbataha
16
May 18 - 24, 2017
Tubbataha
FULLY BOOKED
May 25 - 31, 2017
Tubbataha
Blocked
June 1 - 7, 2017
Tubbataha
31
June 9 - 17, 2017
Transition (Puerto Princesa – Tubbataha – Cuyo – Apo Reef – Batangas)
32
MV Discovery Adventure 2017
Standard $2650, Upper Deck $3150
DatesTripStatus
April 3 - 10, 2017
Transition (Batangas - Apo Reef – Cuyo --- Tubbataha – Puerto Princesa)- Puerto Princesa )
Blockedocked
April 12 – 18, 2017
Tubbataha
28
April 19 – 25, 2017
Tubbataha
8
April 26 – May 2, 2017
Tubbataha
Blocked
May 3 – 9, 2017
Tubbataha
28
May 10 – 16, 2017
Tubbataha
16
May 17 – 23, 2017
Tubbataha
28
May 24 – 30, 2017
Tubbataha
Blocked
May 31 – June 6, 2017
Tubbataha
28
June 8 – 15, 2017
Transition (Puerto Princesa – Tubbataha – Cuyo – Apo Reef – Batangas)
28

 


 

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stella maris

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MY Stella Maris

MY Stella Maris is one of the nicest liveaboards in the Philippines. In 2013 it had an extensive refit so that all of the 10 cabins and ensuite bathrooms are very well appointed. The three premium cabins each have their own flat screen TVs, DVD players [with large choice of movies], camera charging stations and even personal Nespresso coffee makers. Stella Maris can accommodate 21 divers, but usually sails with a maximum of 19 divers

The dive deck has large boxes for each diver and the stern area has fresh water showers Dives are made from two large tenders, with ultra-silent 4-stroke outboards, in groups of eight divers.

Please note that unlike other boats that the rate for Stells Maris include nitrox and the Tubbataha Marine Park Permit

Cabins:

Premium - Three on the main deck including one with a queen sized bed
Standard - Four on top deck [our favourite]. All with windows and the two rear cabins with seating area outside
C-deck - Three cabins in the hull. One Premium economy and two economy cabins [very small] All clean and newly renovated cabins & bathrooms.

 

 

MY Stella Maris Explorer Schedule 2017


MY Stella Maris

Premium- U$2700, Standard - U$2550
Premium Economy- $2700, Economy - U$2200

2017 Dates
Trip
Status
March 15 - 22 Transition trip Open
March  23 - 29 Regular Open
March 30 - April 5 Regular Open
April 06 - 12 Regular Open
April 13 - 19 Regular Open
April 20 - 26 Regular Open
April 27 - May 03 Regular Open
May 04 - 10 Regular Open
May 11 - 17 Regular Open
May18 - 24 Regular Open
May 25 - 31 Regular Open
June 01 - 08 Regular Open
June 09 - 15 Regular
Open
June 16 - 23 Transition trip Open

 

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Package Inclusions

  • Van transfers from / to PPS airport
  • Full board accommodation in a twin share cabin.
  • Meals, snacks, tea,coffee and drinking water.
  • Diving - four dives a day, service of a dive master,dive tanks & weights belts.
  • MY Stella Maris only - Nitrox & Marine Park fee are included

Package Exclusions

  • Dive, travel & medical insurances - please note that we require all divers to have dive insurance and highly recommend general travel insurance.
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine or spirits
  • Tips, laundry
  • Diving equipment rental - approx $30 per day full set
  • Nitrox - approx. $9 per tank
  • Tubbataha Marine Park Permit - $100 [2017]

 

 

 

Marine park mapTubbataha Reef (Tagalog: Bahurang Tubbataha) is an world heritage site and a Natural Marine Park in the Sulu Sea comprising two huge atolls and the smaller Jessie Beazley Reef.

The marine park is located 150 kilometres southeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. All our safaris start in PPS and we can help book domestic airfares from Manila or Cebu City.

Tours start with an overnight boat ride from PPS. We arrive in the morning ready to dive. Dives are made from speedboats and the main boat only moves during the surface interval to maximize dive time. Most of the dives are spectacular wall dives and at some times in the season there can be strong currents.

If you are not an advanced diver already, we advise getting advanced diver, nitrox and drift diver training.

 

Tubbataha Reefs are considered to be the global center of marine biodiversity and have the best diving in the Philippines. The reefs have beautiful corals and tropical fish and are home to large sharks, rays and barracuda. It's remote location and short window of good weather helps protects the fish life.

Reef sharks are common, with blacktip, nurse, grey reef and whitetips on most sites. It is also possible to see larger animals such as whale sharks, manta rays, as well as the occasional tiger shark and hammerhead

The reefs serve as a nesting ground for sea turtles. Both green turtles and hawksbill are seen on almost dive site.

 

We love all of the dive sites, but some of our favourites would be

South Atoll

  • Staghorn Point - great for a late afternoon dive
  • Dalsan wreck - sharks, sharks, sharks and lovely for the first dive of the day and good for a full day of diving
  • Black Rock - if strong current the big stuff comes out. If you are lucky maybe even an hammerhead shark.

North Atoll

  • Shark airport - as the name suggests sharks, but also great fish life in the shallow water
  • Seafan alley - beautiful wall with gorgonians and turtles in the shallows
  • Malayan wreck - beautiful fish life, bumphead parrotfish and sharks sleeping on the sand
  • Wall street - great fish life and lots of sharks

Jessie Beazley

  • Two dives - SW and NW points - Jessie has the most fish life of all of the reefs. Good for up to four dives and always good viz. However, currents can be strong and difficult to hide from, so it's usually done at the end of the safari, at the discretion of the boat captain.

 

 

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Getting to Puerto Princesa

Manila to Puerto Princesa [MNL - PPS]

Remember to allow extra luggage allowance for diving equipment. Boat board until 1700 and usually return before breakfast on the last day. However, as weather may delay the return and also to allow for flying after diving, we recommend the earliest return flight should be in the afternoon of the day of leaving the boat

Cebu Pacific air and Tiger Air have the most flexible flight schedule and luggage can be booked up to 30kg or 40kg at minimal cost when prepaid with the ticket.

Please note that March, April and May are peak holiday seasons in the Philippines. This means that morning flights are usually on time, but afternoon flight may be delayed or evern cancelled. For that reason we recommend  a morning flight to Puerto Princesa. The return flight can be booked for any time from 1000, or later if allowing for the flying-after-diving rule.


What to bring

  • Diving equipment - don't forget a spare battery for your computer, a signal tube [SMB] and a whistle.
    • Rental equipment is available but quite expensive. Best to bring all of your own equipment including a dive computer
  • Photographic - all boats have 220V on-board so you can bring chargers, or spare batteries. Tubbataha is excellent for wide-angle photography. Also bring a land camera for those amazing sunsets
    • The clear water gives a blue cast to videos. Bringing a GoPro? Add a cheap red filter to improve colour saturation and also a charger and spare battery, or two.
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • A light rain jacket
  • Comfortable informal clothes
  • A tablet or laptop for viewing and backing up photos and videos
  • Money - $100 for marine park fee if not paid in advance plus some cash for drinks. Drinks are cheap so Peso 500 a day would be sufficient
    • The ranger station sells books and nice t-shirts and rash-guards. Bring some cash for souvenirs.

What not to bring

  • Your mobile phone ! There is no mobile signal or internet off-shore. Boats carry long range radios for emergency use only.

 

 

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