Southern Visayas 7 nights

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

itinerary-duration

Duration

7 nights

itinerary-skill

Skill level

Open Water

Southern Visayas 7 nights

Overview

Great Visibility
Varied diving
Pristine Corals
Stunning reef systems
Tropical beaches
Abundant Marinelife
Abundant marine life
Mountain ranges

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.

Dates & Prices

What's included:
Obligatory surcharges:

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
  • 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 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.

Extras

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.

  • Taxes & Surcharges
  • On-board extras
  • Equipment
  • Nitrox, Rebreather & Cylinder
  • Diver Training
Per person
Airport Terminal Fee (domestic)
20-200PHP
Airport departure tax (international)
750PHP
6 night Visayas / Leyte itineraries
US$100
7 nights Visayas / Leyte itineraries
US$120
10 nights Visayas / Leyte / Malapascua itineries
US$155
13 nights Tubbataha / Visayas itineraries
US$160
6 nights Tubbataha marine park fees
US$120
Soft drinks
Free
Tea & Coffee
Free
Beer
US$2
Wine (per bottle)
US$30
Spirits (per shot)
US$6
Cocktails (per glass)
US$8
Laundry (per item)
US$1
Massage (per hour)
US$30
Merchandise
Prices vary
Kayaking (subject to availability)
Free
Equipment
per day:
6 nights
7 nights
10 nights
13 nights
Full set
US$ 30
US$ 150
US$ 180
US$ 270
US$ 360
BCD
US$ 12
US$ 60
US$ 72
US$ 108
US$ 144
Regulators
US$ 12
US$ 60
US$ 72
US$ 108
US$ 144
Mask
US$ 5
US$ 25
US$ 30
US$ 45
US$ 60
Snorkel
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Fins
US$ 5
US$ 25
US$ 30
US$ 45
US$ 60
Boots
US$ 5
US$ 25
US$ 30
US$ 45
US$ 60
3mm Wetsuit (Shorty)
US$ 10
US$ 50
US$ 60
US$ 90
US$ 120
Dive Computer
US$ 6
US$ 30
US$ 36
US$ 54
US$ 72
U/W Torch/Flash light
US$ 6
US$ 30
US$ 36
US$ 54
US$ 72

*Must be pre-booked to ensure availability and correct sizes etc are on board.

Price
Nitrox
Packages available from US$11.50 per day
Rebreather Supplies
Oxygen per litre
US$0.07
Sofnolime – 20kg tub
US$290
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 Courses
Cost:
PADI EANx- Nitrox
$190
PADI Deep Diver Specialty
$290
PADI Advanced Open Water
$350
Other PADI Specialties
Please enquire*

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).

*A range of other speciality courses are available. Please enquire with our travel team for more information, prices and to pre-book any course.
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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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