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4th – 16th December 2020

THIS TRIP HAS ALREADY SOLD OUT 

Cost:
£3750 per person £3628  liveaboard + £122 park/port fees

Includes:

  • Return Flights
  • 1 night hotel accommodation on the way out
  • 10 day liveaboard
  • Upto 4 dives per day
  • Nitrox
  • Local beer and soft drinks
  • Marine park fees

Usual price is £4500 + marine park fees

The Philippines is a place of natural wonders and is rich in biodiversity.

 

Boat exterior effectThe Vessel…

S/Y Philippine Siren is a 40m phinisi yacht with comfortable accommodation for 16 guests. Classic or Premium en-suite cabins are available, all with air-conditioning and personal entertainment systems. Towels and robes are provided as standard, while each cabin includes a safe. Also, the cabin design maximises flexibility, to meet the needs of guests and group bookers. Shipmates enjoy mouth-watering meals alfresco. To relax, there is an indoor lounge with comfortable sofas, plasma screen and cocktail bar. There is an upper sundeck with lounge chairs to relax in too. 

On board water makers supply clean, safe, drinkable water. Centrally-heated hot water is delivered, on demand, to guest cabins and deck heads. 

The dive deck is spacious and set up to make diving simple. Plus, there are all the facilities necessary for underwater photographers. Nitrox is provided through our membrane system and all diving activities are supported by two RHIBs that remain on stand-by to support and assist you. 

Built on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, S/Y Philippine Siren is handcrafted from ironwood and teak (traditional to the area). You will find no other diving liveaboard in the Philippines of equal beauty. With capacity for 16 guests, there is ample space to relax. The 3 double and 5 twin cabins offer air conditioning, personal computers, entertainment system and ensuite bathrooms with hot water. Unwind and relax after a fantastic day of diving in the indoor saloon which offers a cocktail bar and bar with a 42 inch flat screen TV.

Take advantage of the benefits on board including free equipment hire, nitrox and beer! The vessel also benefits from 2 tender, kayaks, laundry and massage services.

Your holiday in paradise includes:
This package includes: Return flights from London departing on 04/12/2020. 10 nights full board accommodation on board S/Y Philippine Siren. All food, tea, fresh coffee, fruit juice, soft drinks & beer. Free Nitrox fills, 12ltr cylinder, weights and all standard dive equipment are included.

*Additional £122 marine park and port fees apply, as above.

 

Some Itinerary Highlights…

**PLEASE NOTE** the dive sites below are just an example of the route taken and are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and local seasonal knowledge and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. 

MONAD SHOAL, MALAPASCUA ISLAND
Is one of the few dive spots in the World where the shy pelagic thresher sharks may be seen on a daily basis. Divers rest at approximately 25m (90ft) on the sandy bottom to watch the sharks approach and be cleaned. Other visitors to the shoal include manta, devil and eagle rays. Diving with Nitrox is recommended to enjoy extended bottom time.

No strobes and flash light allowed at Monad Shoal

CHOCOLATE ISLAND
This little island has the typical topography around Malapascua area. The shallow tops full of soft corals and algae are home for different kinds of nudibranchs. The shallow bottom of maximum 16 m (50ft) around this island is the perfect spot for odd shaped bottom dwellers like bearded scorpionfish, devil scorpionfish and dwarf cuttlefish but also many different kinds of sea stars, sea urchins with their urchin clingfish inside, black velutinid and ringed pipefish can be found.

WHITE TIP ALLEY, GATO ISLAND
As the name suggests this dive site provides an almost guaranteed sighting of white tip reef sharks that enjoy their rest on the sand tucked under rocks and coral bommies. Other species found here include scorpion fish and seahorses. Pygmy seahorses may also be found too as well as whip coral shrimps which cling to the colourful whip corals adorning the overhangs of the island.

LIGHTHOUSE, CABILAO ISLAND
Sloping walls full of huge elephant ear sponges and gorgonian fans. This is a great place to dive with large green turtles. Giant frogfish can be spotted resting on sponges and numerous cowries hiding amidst the stunning hard coral garden. Often we can see schools of surgeon fish and big-mouth mackerel. Drift along the wall and as you ascend towards the shallows a sandy plateau dotted with gorgonian fans is the place the stop and look for pygmy seahorses. The dive ends at a stunning hard coral garden where pipefish, cowries, cuttlefish, commensal shrimps, nudibranchs, squat lobsters and orangutan crabs are amongst a few of the commonly seen critters. Occasionally some stronger currents can be experienced!

DIVER’S HEAVEN, BALICASAG ISLAND
Typically with stronger currents than most dives during the trip, Diver’s Heaven is a character site of Balicasag with a steep reef wall, many overhangs with soft corals, sponges & sea fans. The main attraction of this beautiful dive site is the green sea and hawksbill turtles in the shallow waters. The reeftop edge is a nice habitat for schools of colorful damsels and anthias and when lucky also for giant frogfish.

COCONUT POINT, APO ISLAND
An often fast paced drift brings divers over the sloping coral reef wall. Along the way giant trevally, blackfin barracuda, big school of big-eyed trevally and plenty of sea snakes can be encountered.

 

All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed. 

 

PAYMENT PLAN

If you would like to make a booking we will require a £500 deposit per person to secure your space.

PAYMENT PLAN LIVEABOARD ONLY

£500       At time of booking
£500       By December 6th 2019
£500       By February 6th 2020
£1000    By June 6th 2020
£1250    By September 6th 2020

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