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Tubbataha reef is home to some of the best diving in the Philippines. Liveaboards visit from March to June for four or five days of diving. Great walls, fantastic reef and close shark encounters all make for a memorable experience.

 

 

 

 

Chose from three boats and our 2015 cruise dates below.

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6 night / 5 diving days U$1900 + Park fee

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Join Rick and the team aboard MY Vasco for a great dive safari. The dates for 2015 will be announced soon. Package includes twin share accommodation, no-deco diving, all meals and tanks, weights and guide

 

Email Rick for more information

 

 

 


 

Tubbataha Reef

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

The park is a Marine Protected Area (MPA) located 150 kilometres (93 mi) southeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. All our safaris start in PPS and we can help book domestic airfares from Manila and 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.7

 

 

 

grey reefThe national park considered to be the global center of marine biodiversity and has some of the best diving in the Philippines.[7] Research of scientists visiting the reefs since the 1980s revealed that the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park contains no less than 600 fish species, 360 corall species and 11 shark species.. It is this chance to see larger animals that makes Tubbataha special. While all reefs, including Tubbataha, are under pressure from fishing, it's remote location and short window of good weather [the dive season] helps protects the fish life.

Reef sharks are common and from time to time it is possible to see larger animals such as whale sharks, manta rays and the occasional tiger sharks

The reefs also serve as a nesting ground for sea turtles.reen sea turtles

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Schedule and Prices: MV Vasco

M/Y Vasco is a Philppine 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

M/Y Vasco has a rare and unique history of being a Russian spy trawler during the cold war. A few years after decommissioning, she was bought and converted into a full service dive vessel. She has been taking divers to the most exciting as well as remote dive destinations in the Philippines for almost 15 years.

We will be chartering the boat for special tours at the peak of the season on Tubbutaha. Join us on-board for a great diving experience

Please note that minimum loading for trips does apply. Trips may be cancelled if the boat fails to make a minimum number of confirmed passengers. Trips may also be subject to cancellation due to the weather or problems with the boat and so it is highly recommended that you carry full travel insurance [as well as diving insurance].

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MY Vasco Schedule 2015
6 Nights / 5 diving days
(extendable by 1 or 2 days for full charters)
DATE TRIP
Dates TBA
 

 

Frontier Scuba Tubbataha 2015 on MY Vasco - Dates TBA

We will be chartering Vasco for two safaris in 2015. These trips will be at the peak of the season on Tubbataha for great weather and diving. There will be 15 places available on each safari

Rick will be joining from Frontier Scuba. He will guiding in addition to the boat guides, for hands-on attention and naturalist talks after the dive. Join us for what promises to be the trip of the season.

Itinerary: Board boat between 1100 and 1700 on day 1, dive Tubbataha on May 2 until 6,then return to Puerto Princesa by 0800 on the last day. Please remember that if you will be doing four dives on the last dives, then the return domestic flight to Manila or Cebu should be booked after 1200 to allow for at least 18 hours no-fly time [DAN No-fly recommendations]

 

Tubbataha 2014 MY Vasco
Availability updated as of March 6, 2014

Price: USD $ 1,900* per pax - Regular Trip

Schedule

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2014 Schedule and Prices: 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.This larger ship has plenty of lounge areas and sun decks to relax in between dives and makes a great base to explore the Philippines

Please note that minimum loading for trips does apply. Trips may be cancelled if the boat fails to make a minimum number of confirmed passengers. Trips may also be subject to cancellation due to the weather or problems with the boat and so it is highly recommended that you carry full travel insurance [as well as diving insurance].

discovery palawan

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Tubbataha (March 18 – June 12, 2015)
Puerto Princesa – Tubbataha
ROOM CATEGORY DIVE PACKAGE (Tubbataha)
USD
STANDARD ROOMS
USD 2,100
UPPER DECK ROOM
USD 2,500
Prices based on double occupancy. Single occupancy surcharge of 50%

 

Schedule
7 Days/6 Nights (extendable by 1 or 2 days for full charters)
DATE TRIP
AVAILABILITY
March 18 - 25,  2015 ( Batangas-Apo Reef-Cuyo-Tubbataha-PPS ) Transition Available
March 26 - April 1,  2015
Regular Available
April 2 - 8, 2015 Regular 10 pax
April 9 - 15, 2015 Regular Available
April 16 - 22, 2015
Regular Available
April 23 - 29, 2015 Regular Available
April 30 - May 6, 2015 Regular 15 pax
May 7 - 13, 2015 Regular Available
May 14 - 20, 2015 Regular Available
May 21 - 27, 2015 Regular Available
May 28 - June 3, 2015 Regular Available

June 5 - 12, 2015 ( PPS-Tubbataha-Cuyo-Apo Reef )

Transition

22  pax

** "Optioned" means that the date has been reserved and we are just waiting for the deposit.

 

Package Inclusions

  • Full board accommodation in a twin sharing cabin.
  • Meals, snacks, tea, coffee, juice and drinking water.
  • Diving (4 non deco dives a day), service of a dive master, full dive tanks and weights belts.
  • Van transfers Puerto Princesa airport to boat

 

Package Exclusions

  • International or domestic air transportation, hotels and meals before and after the cruise. Contact us for help booking domestic airfares.Please remember that if you will be doing four dives on the last day of diving, then the return domestic flight to Manila or Cebu should be booked after 1200 to allow for at least 18 hours no-fly time [DAN No-fly recommendations]
  • Dive, travel and medical insurances - please note that we require all divers to have dive insurance and highly recommend gerneral travel insurance. We recommend Dive Assure - U$39 one week, U$99 one year world-wide coverage. Click here to sign-up online in under 5 minutes
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine or spirits.
  • Tips, laundry.
  • Diving equipment rental.
  • Nitrox fills.
  • *Park fees of approx. $78 usd  additional for Tubbataha  apply for regular trips.  
  • Park Fees of Php 4,500 pesos additional for Tubbataha  and Apo Reef apply for Transition trips.

 

Additional Fees

  • Apo Reef Conservation fee US $ 50.00/person
    (only for transition trips)

  • Tubbataha Conservation fees approx US $ 75.00/person

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2015 Schedule and Prices: MV Atlantis Azores

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My Atlantis Azores is one of the mostly highly regarded Liveaboards in Asia. It is the perfect base from which to explore Tubbataha Reef.

The spacious dive deco can easily accommodate all the divers on-board; each diver has space to store their own equipment and there are dedicated camera tables for photographers. There are hot, fresh showers on the dive deck.

Dives are made from two zodiac boats, with short rides to the dive sites. Daily diving can be up to 5 dives a day, including night dives, weather and other logistical concerns permitting. Nitrox is available for an extra charge.

Tubbataha 7 day / 6 night
Puerto Princesa – Tubbataha
ROOM CATEGORY DIVE PACKAGE (Tubbataha)
USD
STANDARD ROOMS
Contact us for our great promo rates
Prices based on double occupancy. Single occupancy surcharge of 50% subject to availability

Schedule MY Atlantis Azores 2015
7 night / 6 diving days

2015 Dates TBA

DATE TRIP
AVAILABILITY

 

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