Tubbataha, located in the Sulu Sea, is a marine reserve and a UNESCO world heritage site. Due to its location and dependence on weather conditions is only accessible by liveaboard and dived from March till June.
The marine reserve comprises two reefs, North and South Atolls, and both enclose a beautiful sandy lagoon. At the southern tip is an islet with a lighthouse which is used as a rookery by birds and is frequented by sea turtles.
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Parks is home to more than 570 species of fish, 370 species of coral, 11 species of shark, and 12 species of dolphin and whale. There is also a large population of nesting Hawksbill and Green sea turtles. Tubbataha is one of ‘THE’ places to dive for scuba adventurers.
Bespoke, designed by divers for divers, sleek lines and pretty on the eye. The Philippine Siren adds extra aesthetic appeal and comfort to your dive cruise. She gets our vote as the most beautiful dive liveaboard in the Philippines.
The Philippine Siren is a 40-metre-long Phinisi yacht that has taken divers safely and comfortably to incredible dive spots for over a decade. Constructed in Indonesia, she is a majestic vessel with a luxurious appointment. Very unique in the Philippines waters, the Siren is a fantastic liveaboard for your next dive holiday.
This liveaboard caters for up to 16 divers in 8 double or twin share cabins, each with an en suite bathroom, hot and cold water, and individually controlled air conditioning. Guests are looked after by 12 extremely attentive crew members as they enjoy the A/C lounge, sun deck, and cocktail bar. The current cruise directors, Ed and Shu, are highly experienced, ensuring you will be well taken care of.
Food onboard the Philippines Siren is second to none for liveaboard diving. The kitchen and chef are incredibly experienced and highly talented with their food creations. The baked treats and desserts that appear for snacks and after dinner are legendary. Catering for plant-based and vegan diets on the Siren fleet has never been problematic, especially with Ed being vegan.
The dive deck is large, shaded and well-equipped, with plenty of storage for your personal items. Diving itself is done from one of two tenders; this ensures you will be cared for safely in the water. The diving itself ranges from sandy macro sites to awe-inspiring walls, coral reefs, and with more than the odd wreck to boot. Placed firmly within the coral triangle, the area is often recommended as one of the best places to dive in the world.
Kindly note trip cost excludes, Marine park | Port fees, (payable onboard), equipment rental, (if any), PADI course fees, (if any).
Don’t hesitate to contact us for exact details, as the above charges may alter depending on which dive cruise itinerary interests you.
On a typical day, you can dive up to 4 dives; 3-day dives and a fourth sunset or night dive. The diving day is usually scheduled as follows:
Embarkation from Baywalk Pier at 13:00. Once on board, lunch will be served, followed by a mandatory briefing from the Tubbataha Management Office and a check conducted by the coast guard before the boat can leave port. There is no diving on embarkation day.
Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3-day dives and a sunsetdive, typically as follows:
● Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1● Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2● Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3● Snack● Briefing for Sunset dive (no night dives)● Dinner
Following Tubbataha Marine Park regulations, dive times are limited to a maximum of 60 minutes.
Two morning dives* in Tubbataha National Park before Philippine Siren commences the 12-16 hour crossing back to Puerto Princesa.
Following breakfast on board, disembarkation between 09:30 and 10:00.*We kindly request that guests check their flight departure times to ensure that they leave at least 24 hours between their final dive and their flight departure from Puerto Princesa.
Following is a sample of the dive sites we may visit during your time aboard the Philippine Siren. The safety of our guests is paramount, and we always do our best to offer diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.
Guests are welcome to suggest preferred dive sites to the Cruise Director, who will happily accommodate guests’ wishes, providing it is possible, and the schedule allows for it.
One of the best dive sites in Tubbataha with big schools of big-eyed trevally, yellowtailbarracuda, great barracuda, dogtooth tuna, and giant trevally together with grey reef sharks and white tip reef sharks.
There is so much to explore at this dive site that we will often spend the whole day diving here. Schools of surgeonfish, rainbow runners and sweetlips are a common sight. White tip and nurse sharks are found resting under colossal table corals, and scribbled filefish, boxfish, and leaf fish add to the colour and spectacle of the stunning reefs; an excellent site for spotting spiny lobster too!
A wide variety of colourful reef fish form schools here, from big-eye jacks to tiny orange & purple anthias, all creating a welcoming atmosphere. Spot the tiny creatures, including cowries, wedge themselves amidst the leather and whip corals. It is a great site for turtles, and whale sharks have also been spotted here.
Adorned with stunning sea fans and colourful soft corals. This wall is super for wide-angle photography. Schools of bannerfish hover in the blue, turtles bumble along the wall and from the sandy bed, garden eels and gobies emerge.
Many white-tip reef sharks resting at the shallow plateau are typically seen here, hence the name Shark Airport. Dog tooth tuna, schools of trevally, marble rays, eagle rays, nurse sharks and batfish all add drama to the stunning reef. Turtles and moray eels are common, but divers should watch out for triggerfish.
Moorish idols, sweetlips and snappers all form large schools here; white-tip reef sharks, great barracuda and giant trevally are commonly seen. When lucky, pygmy seahorses can be found in the Gorgonians.
Golden, pinnate and longfin spadefish all form schools along this fan-encrusted wall; meanwhile, clouds of purple anthias hover over the fields of staghorn corals in the shallow reef top. Also, this is an excellent site to spy turtles, snowflake morays and spiny lobster.
Vast schools of surgeon and unicorn fish hover over the reefs, where we commonly see numerous grey reef sharks and huge Napoleon wrasses.
This reef is the habitat for different trevallies, barracudas, bump-head parrotfish, and juvenile grey reef sharks, with the usual suspects darting around. Marbled stingrays can sometimes hang out here.
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