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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
MY Vasco - U$1995 per
person, twin share
Plus $100 Marine Park Permit
March 22 - 29
March 30 - April 5
April 06 - 12
13 - 19
20 - 26
April 27 - May 3
May 4 - 10
May 11 - 17
May 18 - 24
May 25 - 31
June 1 - 7
June 9 - 16
MY Discovery Palawan &
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
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
Stella Maris is one of the nicest liveaboards in the Philippines. In
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
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.
note that unlike other boats that the rate for Stells Maris include nitrox and
the Tubbataha Marine Park Permit
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.
four dives a day, service of a dive master,dive tanks & weights
Maris only - Nitrox & Marine Park fee are included
travel & medical insurances - please note that we require all
divers to have dive insurance and highly recommend general travel
drinks, beer, wine or spirits
equipment rental - approx $30 per day full set
approx. $9 per tank
Marine Park Permit - $100 
Tubbataha 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.
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
- great for a late afternoon dive
- 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.
- as the name suggests sharks, but also great fish life in the shallow
- 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
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.
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.
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
can be booked for any time from 1000, or later if allowing for the
- 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
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.
A light rain jacket
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.