The SY Philippine Siren is a 40m long luxury liveaboard constructed in 2013 in the traditional gaff-rigged phinisi-style, out of Indonesian ironwood and teak to Lloyds safety standards. She accommodates 16 guests on a variety of cruises offering the best of Philippines diving in Tubbataha, Visayas, Malapascua and Donsol.
Being part of the prestigious Siren liveaboard fleet this schooner is European-owned and managed and has a crew of 12. Guests are accommodated in 8 well appointed, air-conditioned, standard en-suite cabins where you can retire and enjoy flat screen televisions with pre-loaded movies and a music system should you desire quiet relaxation time. After an action-packed day's diving, tired muscles can be soothed in the privacy of your cabin by the resident masseuse. Packing for these trips will be light as bathrobes, towels, shower gel and hairdryers are supplied. For your safety, cabins are fitted with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
The Philippine Siren's design has been fine-tuned to the needs of scuba divers. The large dive deck includes individual storage draws, a dedicated table for charging and preparation of camera and videography equipment, large separate camera rinse tanks and well-trained deck crew who will take care of you and your equipment. Dive equipment is available, as well as lost diver devices, and 12L tanks are supplied together with DIN adaptors if needed. An added advantage of diving trips on the Philippine Siren is that they offer enriched air nitrox. Hot water showers on the deck are a welcome convenience after each dive.
Beautiful tropical scenery is the backdrop for all meals which are served on the covered, open air main deck. A variety of Asian and western buffet meals are included, and if guests have special dietary needs, they can be accommodated if advanced notice is given. A toast to each day's incredible diving in the Philippines is enjoyed with a beer, wine, spirits or cocktails, all available at a reasonable cost. The liveaboard's spacious air-conditioned saloon is the ideal meeting place to view fellow divers' images and videos as well as to make new friends over a board game or discussion about the day's marine sightings. Sun lovers can relax on the reclining loungers on the spacious sun deck. Kayaks are available for those who still have the energy to explore.
Dive experience: It is recommended that divers have advanced certification to join the Tubbataha liveaboard safaris; all other routes require only open water license.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, soft drinks, fruit juices, electrolyte powder, transfers to and from the boat/airport (for trips starting/ending in Cebu and only from the airport, local hotels in Mactan Island, Cebu City and Mandaue City), dives, experienced English speaking divemasters (6 divers per guide), tanks, weights, weight belt, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 30 per day), dive computer (US$ 6 per day), marine park fees: Apo Island & The Visayas (6 nights - US$ 75, 7 nights - US$ 75, 10 nights - US$ 155), Malapascua Island & The Visayas 10 nights - US$ 155, Tubbataha 6 nights - US$ 120, Tubbataha, Apo Island & The Visayas 13 nights - US$ 160, diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Nitrox for enriched air certified divers (6 nights US$ 90), (7 nights US$ 100), (10 nights US$ 130), (13 nights US$ 150), torch (US$ 6 per day), 15 liter tank (US$ 5 per day), alcoholic drinks, Moalboal transfers (where necessary), travel insurance (highly recommended). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The S/Y Philippine Siren liveaboard trips depart from a variety of locations: Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park: Departs from Puerto Princessa. You are required to book a return flight to/from Puerto Princessa on Palawan Island. Domestic connections are possible from both Cebu and Manila. Malapascua Island & The Visayas: These trips depart from Cebu. Apo Island & The Visayas: These trips depart alternately from Cebu or Moalboal. We recommend booking your international flight into and out of Mactan International Airport, Cebu. For Cebu departures, your flight should arrive no later than 12 noon on the first day of the cruise. International flights on cruise end day should be booked for no earlier than 14:00 hrs.
For all of these routes in the Philippines, we recommend spending at least 1 night on land either side of your cruise, to ensure you are well-rested and on time for your domestic flight or minibus transfer. For all itineraries boarding is at 13:00 hrs, disembarkation at 10:00 hrs. The operator will handle your local airport/hotel to boat transfers. The last dive of the trip will be at around 13.00 hrs. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
For more information see our Philippines travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 10% discount available.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or if they would prefer to have a cabin to themselves, they need to add 80% to the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 8+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and 2 extra persons can join free of charge.
The SY Philippine Siren has 8 air-conditioned, double bed and twin bed cabins with en-suite private bathrooms, all situated on the lower deck and forward of the engine room. 2 cabins have double beds, 4 cabins have twin beds, and 2 cabins have twin beds which can convert to double beds.
All the cabins have:
Air-conditioning and fan
Private bathroom with toilet, hot water shower, towels, hand basin, towels, bathrobes and shower gel
Wardrobe and mirror
220V electricity supply with round 2-pin sockets (adaptors available)
Nitrox - 2 Motorised dinghies - Dive deck & platform with hot water showers, toilets, camera table and large dedicated rinse tanks - Air-conditioned saloon with bar, TV, DVD & music system - Book library, movies, games & magazines - Fish ID & diving books - Open air social and dining area - Sun deck with sun loungers - Massage service - Laundry - Kayaks - Water dispenser
After boarding and settling in, a light snack is enjoyed before the evening meal. As each new day dawns pre-breakfast is served, providing energy for the first dive. A cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner are served throughout the day, together with snacks and refreshments. You can take in the island scenery views while a variety of Asian and Western meals are served, including seafood, chicken, pork, beef, vegetables and salads. You may be tempted by delicious desserts such as molten chocolate cake, cheesecake or mango float.
Asian and International cuisine
Main meals are served buffet-style, with waitress assistance on the covered upper deck of the liveaboard,
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch and dinner included, with snacks in between.
Toast, biscuits, fresh fruit, drinking water, fruit juice, soft drinks, electrolyte powders, and tea & coffee are available free of charge.
Wine, beer, spirits and cocktails are available for purchase.
First meal served is snacks and dinner on the first day of the cruise, depending on your time of arrival.
Breakfast and or lunch served is on the last day of the trip, depending on your time of departure.
All special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
"Beautiful boat. Well appointed and with an excellent crew. 5* service. The diving was affected by a typhoon in the Philippines that brought rain, wind, and rough seas, but the crew worked hard in finding appropriate sites for the conditions. Food was very good and breakfast was cooked to order.
This was a complicated charter due to the pandemic. The date had to be moved 5 times! Dive The World handled all the changes and communication with the charter company very well.
" - Arturo Crespo, United States, 12 October 2022 ...
"Excellent dive boat - one of the best designed and equipped I have been on. Really good dive operation, including briefing and organising dives, transferring to sites via tenders, handling dive and photographic equipment, and generally looking after us (towels, drinks on return...). Great food as well (especially for the Philippines), with a combination of international and some local cuisine.
The cruise leader was brilliant. The one relative weakness were the divemasters -less confident, communicative and informative than you would expect on such a good liveaboard (though in fairness they did do some good critter spotting).
" - Gordon Reid, Malaysia, 18 July 2022 ...
"The Philippine Siren, outside of being slow to move (6.5-7kt), is a very nice boat with a fantastic crew. It's only 2nd to the Waow which sadly is not operating anymore.We were on a special trip since it is really 2 different trips in one, so it was even better as a result." - Marc Merlin, USA, 15 June 2018 ...
"The dive crew were excellent, led by a Dutch couple who joined in the evening entertainment every night, and were always full of energy, despite the gruelling itinerary on a 4-dives per day trip (with no break, other than boat turnaround, for the 3 month season!)" - Ian Farrar, UK, 27 April 2016 ...
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