Stunning reef systems
Abundant marine life
Surrounding the Southern Visayas is the Visayan sea, 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 protected by 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.
Maps & Itinerary
This 7 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 Pescador Island feed on schools of sardines and whale sharks can be seen year round around Oslob.
Underwater the topography of dive sites 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 however common sightings include green and hawksbill turtles and schools of barracuda and jacks, whilst redtooth trigger fish, pyramid butterfly fish and blue lined fusileers are seen on almost each 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 or 3 day dives and a sunset or night dive. The diving day is 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
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The 40 metre S/Y 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.
S/Y 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 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.
Master Liveaboards offers a range of services to make your stay on board even more enjoyable. Rental equipment, Marine Park & Port fees, and courses can now be pre-booked and pre-paid at the time of booking. For our technical diver guests, please send us your gas and equipment requests as early as possible.
Airport Terminal Fee (domestic)
Airport departure tax (international)
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Tea & Coffee
Wine (per bottle)
Spirits (per shot)
Cocktails (per glass)
Laundry (per item)
Massage (per hour)
Kayaking (subject to availability)
3mm Wetsuit (Shorty)
U/W Torch/Flash light
*Must be pre-booked to ensure availability and correct sizes etc are on board.
Packages available from US$11.50 per day
Oxygen per litre
Sofnolime – 20kg tub
CCR cylinder set – 3L or 2L cylinders
US$12 per 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 EANx- Nitrox
PADI Deep Diver Specialty
PADI Advanced Open Water
Other PADI Specialties
Courses are subject to availability and must be pre-booked to ensure an instructor is available.
Please note that the course prices listed above include the required manual and PADI certification card (PIC).
Do you have questions about the Philippines?
We’ve tried to include a lot information on our website. You may find, however, that you have additional questions about our philippines liveaboard, the diving in the Southern Visayas or just general information about booking with Master Liveaboards. Via the following link you can find answers to some commonly asked questions. Should you have other questions or queries, please contact our reservations team who will be pleased to assist you.
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