Something for every diver
Stunning reef systems
Abundant marine life
The Visayas, Southern Leyte & Malapascua region is especially rich in vital nutrients and plankton that support a variety of critical ecosystems. There are several protected mangrove areas, and marine sanctuaries protect much of the region. Underwater, the topography of dive sites varies wildly, from shallow sandy reefs to vertical rock walls dotted with seafans and sponges.
Maps & Itinerary
The 10 night Visayas, Southern Leyte & Malapascua liveaboard itinerary explores some of the very best scuba diving in the Eastern region of the Philippines.
Over the course of 11 days aboard Philippine Siren, you will visit and dive around Limawasa Island and Sogod Bay as well as Cabilao, Balicasag, Bohol, and Malapascua. This itinerary not only offers fantastic macro diving, and the chance to see masses of schooling fish, but also the possibility of some larger pelagic encounters. Whale sharks frequent the area around Southern Leyte and thresher sharks come in to feed on schools of sardines at various locations covered by this itinerary; most notably around Malapascua.
The dive sites vary from gentle sloping reefs and muck diving hotspots to steep coral and sponge covered walls with a wide variety of marine life. 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 in huge numbers on almost every dive.
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 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
*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 the Visayas, Southern Leyte & Malapascua itinerary, 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 the Visayas, Southern Leyte & Malapascua itinerary 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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