Abundant marine life
Stunning reef systems
Something for every diver
The Southern Visayas, Leyte, and Malapascua LAMAVE itinerary explores some of the best diving in the Philippines, with its nutrient rich water supporting a variety of eco-systems and a wide diversity of marine life. Dive sites are varied, ranging from vertical walls covered in coral to gentle sloping reefs and macro diving hotspots. During the tour we visit and dive the islands of Malapascua, Cabilao, and Limasawa. Along with Balicasag Marine Sanctuary and Sogod Bay, a whale shark hot spot in Southern Leyte.
Maps & Itinerary
This 10 night Southern Visayas, Leyte, and Malapascua LAMAVE liveaboard adventure allows up to 33 dives (including night dives) and takes you to some of the most beautiful regions of the Philippines, allowing you to experience some of the best diving in all of south east Asia.
A researcher from the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE), will join us on board Philippine Siren for this special trip. The itinerary visits several of LAMAVE’s research and conservation field sites including Sogod Bay, where the team has been studying whale sharks with local stakeholders since 2013 and Balicasag Island, a key foraging area for marine turtles. You will also be invited to assist with their research to deploy, retrieve, and service their acoustic receivers at sites along the itinerary route including Cabilao and Malapascua.
Throughout the trip, your observations and pictures enable LAMAVE to do photo identification of green and hawksbill turtles, mantas, and whale sharks as and where they are encountered. There will be presentations explaining LAMAVE’s research into the various species, how the collected data is used and interpreted, why it is important, and how it can lead to conservation impact.
On a typical day we offer up to 4 dives; 3 day dives and a fourth 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
Who is LAMAVE?
Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) is an Filipino non-stock non-government organisation dedicated to the conservation of marine megafauna and the marine environment in the Philippines and wider region. We apply science-based solutions to conservation challenges and bring together science, people and education.
*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 in the Malapascua & Visayas region can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.
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.
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.
Airport Terminal Fee (domestic)
Airport departure tax (international)
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Fuel Surcharge (per person, per night)
*All surcharges, including marine, park and port fees, are subject to change at any time, and without notice.
The applicable marine park fees for your itinerary will be added to your onboard extras to be paid on the boat before disembarkation.
Beer (per can)
Spirits (single shot)
Cocktails (per glass)
Wine (per bottle)
from 30 USD
Laundry (per item)
Massage (per hour)
Kayaking (subject to availability)
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.
Full equipment set*
Wetsuit (3mm shorty)
U/W Torch/ Flashlight
13L (AL100) cylinder
*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.
Nitrox – 6 nights
Nitrox – 7 nights
Nitrox – 10 nights
Nitrox – 13 nights
On-board pricing is subject to change without notice. While we endeavour to keep information as up to date as possible, please be aware that, although it is unlikely, prices may be different on your cruise.
We regret that we are unable to support rebreather divers on Philippine Siren.
PADI Advanced Open Water
PADI Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx)
PADI Deep Diver Speciality
Other PADI Specialities
Please note that the course prices listed above do not include course materials or certification registration. You can register for online learning for PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI EANx (Nitrox) here. For all other courses, please speak to our reservations team.
*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.
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