Diving in the Philippines - Discovery Fleet Liveaboard | Dive Tubbataha, Coron, El Nido, Apo Reef

Apo Reef - Coron 2017

 

Vessel Duration Cabin Occupancy

Price(per person)
in US Dollar

Bed Type Min./Max.
M/V Discovery Palawan

6D5N

(Cruise & Dive w/ 12 dives)

Standard Double $ 1,720

LOWER DECK CABIN
11 cabins – Twin Bed,
1 cabin – Family Room (1 twin + double elevated bed for kids), 2 cabins – Queen bed


UPPER DECK CABIN
2 cabin – Twin Bed
2 cabins – Double Bed
2 cabins - Twin Bed

Min. 16 / Max. 32 if all divers, Max. 38 – 40 if non divers
Single $ 2,580
Upper Deck Double $ 2,170
Single $ 3,255

 

Lower Deck Double
Single
Upper Deck Double
Single

8D7N

(Cruise only)

Lower Deck Double $ 1,900
Single $ 2,850
Upper Deck Double $ 2,500
Single $ 3,750

8D7N

(Cruise & Dive w/ 16 dives)


Lower Deck Double $ 2,500
Single $ 3,750
Upper Deck Double $ 3,100
Single $ 4,650
PARK FEE Price (per person)
$ 100
Trip Schedule Duration
Available Space
Vessel
Oct 01 - 06, 2017 6D5N 40
Discovery Palawan
Oct 08 - 13, 2017 6D5N 40
Oct 15 - 20, 2017 6D5N 40
Oct 22 - 27, 2017 6D5N 40
Oct 29 - Nov 03, 2017 6D5N 40
Nov 05 - 10, 2017 6D5N 40
Nov 12 - 17, 2017 6D5N 40
Nov 19 - 24, 2017 6D5N 40
Nov 26 - Dec 01, 2017 6D5N 40
Dec 03 - 08, 2017 6D5N 40
Dec 10 - 15, 2017 6D5N 40
Dec 17 - 22, 2017 6D5N 40
Dec 23 - 30, 2017 8D7N 4

 

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

- Welcome drinks
- Tea, coffee
- Juice (morning only) 
- Air-conditioned accommodation with private toilet and shower
- Full-board meals (buffet) for the whole cruise, excluding drinks. (Starts with Dinner on the first day; Ends with Breakfast on the last day)
- Cruise Only Package - includes various activities such as island hopping, snorkelling and other activities mentioned in the itinerary (weather permitting)
- Cruise & Dive Package –
includes 16 dives for 8D7N, 16 dives for 7D6N and 12 dives for 6D5N without equipment with 
tanks, weights, weight belt, boat & services of a Dive Professional 
- Free use of VHF Radio with GPS – NAUTILUS LIFELINE (for divers only)

PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS:
- Rental of snorkel - and dive gear
- All beverages and bottled mineral water
- Dive/Travel Insurance
- Nitrox
- Flight Ticket
- Hotel 
- Dives (for Cruise only package)
- Marine/Environmental Fees (to be included in the invoice) 
- Transfer to/from the ship

 

 

 

*Notes:
- Corkage Fee is USD20 per bottle and a dollar per can of beer. 
- All passengers, regardless of age must prepaid all island and harbour fees/park fees: (per person)
- Dive & Travel Insurance is required and a copy must be submitted prior departure.
- Guest information sheet must be completed and must be submitted 2 months prior departure. 
- Divers must present their Certification Card/Log Book for our Dive Professionals to verify.


Schedule is subject to change without prior notice and dependent on sea and weather conditions.

 

EQUIPMENT RENTAL (per day)
Mask and fins $ 8.00
Wetsuit rental $ 8.00
Full Snorkel Set ( Wetsuit/Mask/Fins ) $ 16.00
Regulator $ 10.00
BCD 
$ 10.00
Dive Computer $ 6.00
Dive Torch/Light
$ 5.50
Full Equipment ( Wetsuit, Mask, Fins, BCD & Regulator ) $ 30.00
100cu/15L air tank (Note: 12L/80cu air tank is included in the package) $ 6.00 per tank
COURSES
PADI Discover Scuba Dive (w/ full equipment, certificate and manual) $ 76.00
PADI Open Water Referral - Open Water Part only (w/ full equipment)
$ 266.00
PADI Nitrox Course** $ 260.00
PADI Advance OW Course** $ 386.00
Refresher Course (incl. 1 dive with full equipment) $150.00
NITROX 28%

PER TANK

Extra fills

$ 8.00

$ 2.00

DIVES W/ OWN EQUIPMENT W/ FULL EQUIPMENT RENTAL
1 Dive $ 38.00 $ 42.00
6 Dives $ 200.00 $ 230.00
12 Dives $ 400.00 $ 460.00
Night Dive $ 46.00 $ 51.00
*weights and weightbelt included

 


 

6D5N  APO REEF – CORON

Day 1 -  Departure from Batangas International Port Embarkation time is between 2-4 pm

Boat Briefing – Dinner


Day 2 - Barracuda Lake - Siete Pecados (7 Islands) - Maquinit Hot Spring- Kayangan Lake (3 dives)

Divers will do 1 dive at the Barracuda lake, 2nd dive in Twin Peaks  and  last dive in Siete Pecados.

Barracuda Lake - a unique and highly unusual dive site. It is a deep, volcanic in-land lake where the water temperature increases with as one goes deeper. The underwater topography is an extension of the topside  jagged limestone peaks . An  old barracuda reportedly lives in the lake, hence the name. The lake is accessible through a short climb over stairs placed over jagged rocks.

Twin Peaks is named after the two limestone formations that break the surface of the water. We descend along one of the rock walls adorned with large seafans. Turtles are frequently seen here while macro photographers can find commensal shrimps, crabs, crocofile fish, nudibranchs and other  critters close to the macro enthusiasts heart.

Siete Pecados is  home to a great variety of unusual tropical fish and a very rich coral environment. Scientists found 2 new coral species here within the last 5 years . This dive is suitable for Advanced Open Water certified divers or higher.

Non-divers will visit award winning Kayangan Lake. Snorkel along the edges of the lake to see what the pinnacles look like underwater. Some guests have compared it to the home of Superman.

We return to the ship for lunch  and then  will have a snorkeling expedition at Siete Pecados then transfer to Maquinit hot springs for a hot soak .

Day 3 – Southern Busuanga (3 dives)

Divers will be diving 2 wrecks and 1 reef dive today.  Among the wrecks are:

Akitsushima is the one true warship of the Japanese Fleet. A Sea Plane tender, the crane lies in the sand not far from the hull, while an Anti Aircraft gun can be found right next to the deck lying on the sandy sea floor. Around the wreck is one of the few areas where divers can see Sea-whips in the shape of a harp.

Irako is a massive 200-meter refrigeration vessel, resting upright on the sea bed, is frequently home to Giant Groupers, as well as shoals of Tuna, Yellow Fin, Lion and Scorpion fish.

Okikawa Maru - this sunken tanker is completely covered in a thick carpet of coral and home to a vast variety of marine life.  Since the top deck ranges between 10 and 16 meters from the surface, this wreck is a good site for beginner divers.

Kogyo Maru - A wide range of coral cover the port side of this 160-meter site where many types of fish, including big Groupers, frequently congregate. Anti-Aircraft guns remain discernable on the top deck of this wreck; a cement mixer, antique bulldozer and other construction materials can be found within this vessel's large cargo hold areas. Wreck has a depth range of 24 to 34 meters; easy hull penetration can be found in numerous areas.

Olympia Maru - This 160 meter site offers a large variety of marine life; large shoals of tropical fish including Banana fish, Giant Bat fish, and Giant Puffers can frequently be seen around the bow, stern and mast areas.

Lusong Gunboat - this wreck is nicely covered with hard coral and soft and offers a wide variety of fish life. Perfect for snorkelers, the stern breaks the surface at low tide with a maximum bow depth of only 12 meters.

Last dive will be in Calumbuyan Reef. Expect to find Coral bommies with colonies of giant sized grape corals.


Non-divers will depart for Lusong Gunboat and Chindonan Resort for some snorkeling and beach fun. Back to the ship for lunch and sail to Calumbuyan.

Day 4- Club Paradise, Dimakya Island (3 dives)

We will be doing 2 morning dives, the first one shall be at Kyokozan Maru (Dimalanta Wreck). A 25 minute ride by chase boat, but divers will be rewarded with a beautiful WWII wreck that stands upright on a slope not far from Dimalanta Island.

2nd dive will be in Diboyuyan Island. It is a protected private island with long white,powdery sand and with 1 local family that look after the island. Beach front reef is the best part of the island to offer to both divers and snorklers. Depths start where- a person can stand up and slowly dropping up to 30 meter deep. Fusilliers of various kind patrols the reef and seasonal schooling of yellowtail barracudas. A divesite where a black tip reef often sighted together with turtles, cuttlefish, and some occasional pelagic stuff. The place also offers good chance for macro photographers as it inhabits some rare critters. For wide angle shooters, the shallow part of the reef is highly recomended because of big hard coral heads and formation. This will range to depth of 6-12 meters.

3rd and last dive of the trip will be at Club Paradise house reef. This is a chance to dive with its resident sea turtle and  schooling jacks in the sea grass areas, as well as observe the myriad of macro critters such as frog fishes and nudibranchs on the reef itself.

Non-divers: Snorkeling, kayaking and the other beach activities. Guests will have a chance to use the beaches and facilities of our sister property, Club Paradise. Those who are extending their holiday at this resort will be disembarked after lunch.

Day 5 - Apo Reef (3 dives)

Apo Reef is regarded as one of the world's best diving locations. We will make a total of 3 day dives. You can look forward to some spectacular dives with visibility of up to 40 m or better. The reef begins at five meters depth, descending to approximately 40 m.


Non-divers: After Breakfast we will leave the ship for a full day on “Apo mayor- the biggest island in the park. The island is surrounded by a white sand beach, clear blue waters and very rich reefs of both hard and soft coral. There is an inland lagoon to visit as well as a lighthouse to climb. Some of the best snorkeling can be found here. For lunch we have a beautiful area with picnic tables shaded by leafy trees.

Day 6 - Disembark Batangas International Port, approximately 11am - 12nn

 

7D6N

Day 6 - Verde Island/Puerto Galera (3 - 4 dives)

Day 7 - Disembark Batangas International Port, approximately 11am - 12nn

 

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8D7N Itinerary

Day 1 - Departure from Batangas International Port Embarkation time is between 2-4 pm

Boat Briefing – Dinner

Day 2 - Apo Reef

Apo Reef is regarded as one of the world's best diving locations. We will make a total of 3 dives today, 2 day dives and a night dive for those qualified. You can look forward to some spectacular dives with visibility of up to 40 m or better. The reef begins at five meters depth, descending to approximately 40 m. The first dive will be a check out dive where you will be asked to demonstrate the 3 basic skills, mask clearing, regulator recovery and buoyancy control.

Non-divers: After Breakfast we will leave the ship for a full day on “Apo mayor- the biggest island in the park. The island is surrounded by a white sand beach, clear blue waters and very rich reefs of both hard and soft coral. There is an inland lagoon to visit as well as a lighthouse to climb. Some of the best snorkeling can be found here. For lunch we have a beautiful area with picnic tables shaded by leafy trees.

Day 3 - Barracuda Lake - Siete Pecados (7 Islands) - Maquinit Hot Spring- Kayangan Lake

Divers will do 2 morning dives in Siete Pecados and Twin Peaks and 1 dive at the Barracuda lake

1) Twin Peaks is named after the two limestone formations that break the surface of the water. We descend along one of the rock walls adorned with large gorgonians. Turtles are frequently seen here.
This dive is suitable for Advanced Open Water certified divers or higher.

2) Siete Pecados is home to a great variety of unusual tropical fish and a very rich coral environment. Scientists found 2 new coral species here within the last 5 years . This dive is suitable for Advanced Open Water certified divers or higher.

3) Barracuda Lake - a unique and highly unusual dive site. It is a deep, volcanic in-land lake where the water temperature increases with depth - roughly 1ºC per metre. The water is clear, but aside from some small c fish in the shallower parts, the lake is devoid of aquatic life.
Divers come to appreciate the underwater pinnacles.However, an ancient old barracuda reportedly lives in the lake, hence the name. The lake is accessible through a short climb over stairs placed over jagged rocks.

Non-divers will visit award winning Kayangan Lake after breakfast . Snorkel along the edges of the lake to see what the pinnacles look like underwater. Some guests have compared it to the home of Superman.

We return to the ship for lunch and then will have a snorkeling expedition at Siete Pecados. Transfer to the ship to freshen up and then transfer to Maquinit hot springs for dinner and a hot soak .

Day 4 - Sangat & Culion Islands

Divers will be diving 3 wrecks today. Irako will be the destination for their first early morning dive. After a heavy breakfast, divers will depart for 2 dives with a packed lunch. Sangat or Tangat Wreck and the Olympia Maru are their 2nd & 3rd dives. Divers will meet up with the ship in Culion Island after the 3rd dive.

Night Dive at Dynamite Point is available for those qualified.

Non-divers will depart for the beach on Sangat island for some snorkeling and beach fun. After lunch on the ship, they will depart for Culion and there will be a Church and Museum Tour. Culion used to be the home of one of the largest Leper Colonies in the Philippines and the laboratory and hospital equipment are now on display as well as historical photographs of the colony.

Day 5 - Calumbuyan & North Cay Islands

The Akitsushima is the one true warship of the Japanese Fleet that we will be visiting today. A Sea Plane tender, the crane lies in the sand not far from the hull, while an Anti Aircraft gun can be found right next to the deck lying on the sandy sea floor. Around the wreck is one of the few areas where divers can see Sea-whips in the shape of a harp.

The second dive of the day will be at the freighter "Taiei Maru". The ship now rests on the side. It was hit by three torpedoes that all went through the same hole. The gigantic hole is now visible at 14 metres depth. Inside the ship, the two large engine boilers can be seen. The top side of the wreck is completely overgrown with corals, which attract plenty of crocodile fish.

The afternoon dive will be at one of Calumbuyans beautiful reefs. Expect to find Coral bommies with colonies of giant sized grape corals.

At 6 p.m. it is time for a night dive. We will explore North Cay , where we may see octopuses on the hunt and big moray eels leaving their shelters in search off food.

Non-divers: Guided Snorkeling trips are on the menu today for both Calumbuyan & North Cay islands in addition to the usual beach activities. This is the night for the Philippine Style Luau with a Roast Pig and other grilled seafood. Shoes NOT required for beach dancing….

Day 6 - Dibotonai & Talampulan Islands

Upon arriving at Dibotonai, we will cross to Black Island by boat where we will dive at the remains of the 50 m long "Nanshin Maru". It is a civilian tanker converted to carry special fuels in small isolated tanks for replenishment of land-based depots. The wreck rests upright on a sandy bottom at a maximum depth of 32 m. Visibility here is much better than at the other wrecks, 20-25 m or better is common. Near the wreck you can see plenty of scorpion fish, lion fish, groupers, and bat fish.

In the afternoon we will make a dive at the northern reef of Dibotonai. If we are lucky, we may encounter the nearly extinct dugong (sea cow), which sometimes comes to graze on the sea grass in the area. A wide variety of crabs, octopuses, surgeon fish and puffer fish inhabit the reef.

Non-divers: Guided Snorkeling and beach activities in the morning and in the afternoon there will be a visit to the nearby fishermens village. Weather permitting there will be a basketball or volleyball game between the guests and crew and some of the villagers. We will bring pencils and crayons as well as small notebooks for the children of the village.

Day 7 - Club Paradise, Dimakya Island
We will be doing 2 morning dives, the first one shall be at Kyokozan Maru (Dimalanta Wreck). A 45 minute ride by chase boat, but divers will be rewarded with a beautiful WWII wreck that stands upright on a slope not far from Dimalanta Island. And finally the last dive of the trip will be at Club paradise house reef. This is a chance to dive with its resident sea turtle and schooling jacks in the sea grass areas, as well as observe the myriad of macro critters such as frog fishes and nudibranchs on the reef itself.

Non-divers: Snorkeling, kayaking and the other beach activities. Guests will have a chance to use the beaches and facilities of our sister property, Club Paradise. Those who are extending their holiday at this resort will be disembarked after lunch. The ship will lift anchor for Batangas by 2 pm.

Day 8 - Disembark Batangas International Port, approximately 11am - 12nn
** Subject to weather and sea conditions


*Discovery Fleet will make best efforts to follow the established itineraries but reserves the right to change it due to sea conditions, weather and safety considerations during the actual voyage.