Southern Visayas 10 nights

Requirements: PADI Open Water or equivalent - minimum of 10 logged dives

itinerary-duration

Duration

10 nights

itinerary-skill

Skill level

Open Water

Southern Visayas 10 nights

Overview

Abundant Marinelife
Abundant marine life
Pristine Corals
Stunning reef systems
Great Visibility
Something for every diver
Mountain ranges
Stunning Topography
Tropical beaches

The Southern Visayas is a region mostly protected. The Visayan Sea is rich in nutrients and plankton that supports a variety of important ecosystems. There are several areas of protected mangroves and much of the region is marine sanctuaries. Fishing is still a staple means of income for many Filipinos however, marine sanctuaries such as those enforced at Apo Island, have spurred islanders to protect their marine habitats.

Dates & Prices

What's included:
Obligatory surcharges:

Maps & Itinerary

This 10 night liveaboard adventure takes you to the Southern Visayas region, which boasts some of the best diving in the Philippines. There is a huge diversity of marine life, muck diving hotspots, gentle sloping reefs and steep coral covered walls.

During this trip you will visit and dive the islands of Cabilao, Cebu, Balicasag and Pescador along with Apo Island marine sanctuary and macro hot spot Dauin. This itinerary not only offers amazing macro opportunities and the chance to see big schools of fish, but also the possibility of some larger pelagic encounters. Thresher sharks come in to feed on the huge schools of sardines around Moalboal and Pescador and whale sharks can occasionally be seen here during July, August and September.

Underwater the topography of the dive sites in the Southern Visayas varies from shallow sandy fringing reefs to steep walls dotted with seafans and sponges, whilst a couple of small plane wrecks and cars have formed artificial reefs.

Marine life is diverse although common sightings include green and hawksbill turtles and schools of barracuda and jacks, whilst redtooth trigger fish, pyramid butterfly fish and blue lined fusiliers are seen on almost every dive in huge numbers.

Smaller creatures such as frogfish, ghost pipefish, octopus and pygmy seahorses are found at several of the dive sites and of course a wide range of nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs can be found on each reef.

On a typical day we offer up to 4 day dives: 3 day dives and a sunset or night dive. The diving day is usually scheduled as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing and Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 2
  • Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 3
  • Snack relaxation period, briefing and Dive 4, (where possible)
  • Dinner:
Detailed itinerary

*The itinerary above is an example only and is subject to change depending on local regulations, guests’ experience, flight schedules, weather and logistics and is at the Captain’s discretion. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.

As of 1st September 2017, a new memorandum has been put in place by the authorities in the Philippines, who operate the permits on Balicasag Island. This area forms a small part of the Southern Visayas itineraries. In order to comply, we must provide a copy of dive certificates/license for every diver booking onto this itinerary. Please ensure that you send a scanned copy of your certification to divingholidays@masterliveaboards.com once you have confirmed a booking. Without a scanned copy of guests’ certifications, there is a strong risk that the authorities will not issue the permit. This would result in the whole boat being refused dive permissions for Balicasag Island.

Accommodation

9.7

Rated excellent

Nitrox

Surcharge

Wifi

No

Equipment

Surcharge

Tech friendly

Yes

The 40 metre Philippine Siren liveaboard was built on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Handcrafted from ironwood and teak (traditional to the area), you will find no other dive liveaboard as beautiful in waters of the Philippines.

Philippine Siren is the largest vessel in the Siren fleet to date, welcoming up to 16 guests in eight cabins: Two fixed doubles, four fixed twins and 2 cabins that are flexible doubles/twins. Each cabin is equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning units and en-suite bathrooms with hot water. For added luxury, towels are provided.

Extras

Master Liveaboards offers a range of services to make your stay on board even more enjoyable. Marine Park & Port fees, Rental equipment, Nitrox and courses can now be pre-booked and pre-paid at the time of booking your liveaboard. For our rebreather and technical diver guests, please send us your gas and equipment requests as early as possible.

  • Taxes & Surcharges
  • On-board extras
  • Equipment
  • Nitrox, Rebreather & Cylinder
  • Diver Training
Per person
Airport Terminal Fee (domestic)
50-220PHP
Airport departure tax (international)
750PHP
6 nights Visayas itineraries
75 USD
7 nights Visayas/ Leyte itineraries
100 USD
10 nights Visayas/ Leyte/ Malapascua
155 USD
13 nights Tubbataha & More itineraries
160 USD
6 nights Tubbataha itineraries
120 USD
Beer (per can)
2 USD
Spirits (single shot)
6 USD
Cocktails (per glass)
8 USD
Wine (per bottle)
from 30 USD
Laundry (per item)
1 USD
Massage (per hour)
30 USD
Merchandise
Prices vary
Kayaking (subject to availability)
Free

On-board pricing is subject to change without notice. While we try to keep information as up to date as possible please be aware that, although unlikely, prices may be different on your cruise.

Equipment
6 nights
7 nights
10 nights
13 nights
Full equipment set*
150 USD
180 USD
270 USD
360 USD
BCD
60 USD
72 USD
108 USD
144 USD
Regulators
60 USD
72 USD
108 USD
144 USD
Mask
25 USD
30 USD
45 USD
60 USD
Fins
25 USD
30 USD
45 USD
60 USD
Boots
25 USD
30 USD
45 USD
60 USD
Wetsuit (3mm shorty)
50 USD
60 USD
90 USD
120 USD
Dive Computer
30 USD
36 USD
54 USD
72 USD
U/W Torch/ Flashlight
30 USD
36 USD
54 USD
72 USD

*Full equipment set does not include dive computer or torch. If required these must be requested separately.

All equipment must be pre-booked to ensure availability and correct sizes, etc. are on board.

Price
Nitrox – 6 nights
90 USD
Nitrox – 7 nights
100 USD
Nitrox – 10 nights
130 USD
Nitrox – 13 nights
150 USD
Rebreather Supplies
Oxygen per litre
0.07 USD
Sofnolime – 20kg tub
290 USD
2L or 3L CCR cylinder set
12 USD per diving day

On-board pricing is liable to change without notice. Though we try to keep documentation as up to date as possible, please be aware that, although it is unlikely, prices may be different on your cruise.

PADI Courses
Cost:
PADI Advanced Open Water
350 USD
PADI Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx)
190 USD
PADI Deep Diver Speciality
290 USD
Other PADI Specialities
Please enquire*

The course prices listed are inclusive of the required manual and PADI certification card (PIC).

*A range of other speciality courses are available, on request. Please contact our reservations team for more information, prices and to pre-book any course.

Courses are subject to availability and must be pre-booked to ensure an instructor is available.

Master Liveaboards

Not only fantastic macro, but also the chance to see huge schools of fish

Come with us on a 'Southern Visayas 10 nights' trip

You could secure your spaces today for as little as 2% deposit*

*our payment terms and  standard terms and conditions apply

Customer Reviews

Take a look at what our customers have said about our liveaboard in the Philippines

Great diving, great boat and guests!the staff
Great diving, great boat and guests!the staff
Philippine Siren, February 2020
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Vibrant reefs even though most dive sites had lots of day boats. The crew is amazing! Happy, accommodating, playful, thoughtful (underwater birthday celebration). The food is excellent and plentyful.
Tubbataha on the Siren - wonderful experience
Tubbataha on the Siren - wonderful experience
Philippine Siren, April 2019
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Best dive guides and crew, beautiful boat and facilities. Fantastic food. Spacious cabins.
A caring & professional crew
A caring & professional crew
Philippine Siren, October 2018
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The diving was excellent, the food too (!), and the whole crew was very professional & caring. Thanks!
Do yourself a favour and get on board
Do yourself a favour and get on board
Philippine Siren, September 2018
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Not a single thing to complain about and everything to rave about. Chrissie and Jona made everything so easy, and the entire Siren crew made this "Princess Diving" at its very best. Accommodations were superb, the showers were the best after a dive, the food was absolutely excellent - chef and kitchen staff awesome. The dive boats and crew were top notch, and the support staff were simply the best. And this doesn't even start with the diving, which was fantastic (vis, temp, dive guides, and marine life). Philippines Siren is simply one of the best live aboard dive adventures going.
Magnificent Live Aboard
Magnificent Live Aboard
Philippine Siren, September 2018
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A well organised and facilitated 6 days. Departed from Cebu City. All the staff on board were fantastic and assisted without question. On board facilities are fantastic. Dive guides were brilliant and guided us around some fantastic dive sites. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. Money well spent, great value and I'll be doing this again. As far as guidelines, bring your dive gear, minimal clothing and have a ball. A big thanks to the Cruise Director Chrissie, her backup Jona and all the staff on board. You are all a credit to the organisation.
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