Liveaboard At A Glance
The biggest boat in the Siren Fleet, the luxury S/Y Philippine Siren was built by divers for divers and is a traditional “gaft rigged Phinisi” with 7 sails hand-crafted from ironwood and teak and accommodating 16 guests in eight large air-conditioned cabins.
Diving in the Philippines offers you a huge variety of marine environments to choose from and the Philippine Siren’s schedule is made up of six, seven, ten and thirteen night departures with a choice of four very distinct diving itineraries that take you to the best dive sites on offer; Dive Southern Visayas – Cebu, Bohol and Apo; Southern Leyte – diving with Whalesharks; Batangas & Wrecks of Coron and Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park from Mactan or Puerto Princessa.
S/Y Philippine Siren was built on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia; she is a traditional “gaft rigged Phinisi” and accommodates sixteen passengers in eight large, luxury cabins; three double bedded, three twin bedded and two triple bedded. The double bed "owners cabin" is located towards the aft of the yacht. All the cabins are located on the lower deck; they have their own personal computer and multiple power sources to facilitate the needs of digital photography, audio visual entertainment system, individually controlled air-conditioning and mood lighting and in the ensuite bathrooms are bathrobes, hairdryers and towels.
The main facilities of the boat are on the middle deck providing guests with a spacious indoor air-conditioned saloon with comfortable soafs, camera charging station, cocktail bar, 50 inch flatscreen and a computer server that supports the inter-cabin network. The dining area is to the aft of the yacht and complete with full refreshment making facilities, espresso machine, fresh fruit and snacks.
The large dive deck is forward of the salon and offers a shaded relaxation area including a storage area and workstations for the preparation and maintenance of cameras with large fresh water rinse tanks solely for cameras and videos. Two high-powered Zodiacs accompany the S/Y Philippine Siren.
The upper deck has large sun deck providing eight cushioned loungers for sun bathing and relaxation and additional services include the Yacht Boutique for merchandise, PADI dive courses, Kayaking, Massage and laundry service.
The diving is done from the two ribs which are loaded from a dedicated platform on the main vessel allowing them to drop exactly where they need to be as well as offering surface cover throughout the dive. The ribs provide plenty of space for dive equipment and cameras, deck staff will carry your equipment to the waiting tenders and up to 4 dives a day are available, this may vary depending on the itinerary.
On the dive deck the individual dive stations offer plenty of space and extra storage for your personal items, fresh water showers for rinsing and large rinse tanks for camera equipment.
Aqua Lung WAVE BCDs, CALYPSO regulators, 3mm shorty wetsuits, masks and fins are all available FREE of charge. Dive computers and torches can be provided for a small additional fee. Nitrox is delivered through a Coltri membrane system and is FREE for those who are certified to use it – courses are also available.
Water temperatures are broadly similar throughout the region; the coolest waters are usually in January – March with an average of between 24 – 26°C. Warmer waters are common in May – July with averages between 26 – 28°C. Most guests find that a 3mm is suitable in the warmer months, and a 3 – 5mm for the rest of the year.
Schedule & Itinerary
S/Y Philippine Siren operates four different itineraries to offer you the very best dive sites available at the optimum time of year;
Southern Visayas – June to November trips to dive the islands of Cebu, Cabilao, Panglao, Balicasag and Pescador as well as Apo Island and Dauin.
Southern Leyte – March to May diving trips to Sogod Bay, Leyte and diving with Whalesharks
Batangas & Coron – November to February and trips start in either Coron and culminate in Batangas or vice versa. Diving highlights include Arkitsushima – Coron Bay, Bahura 29 – Apo Menor, drop-off Verde Island and Twin Rocks – Anilao.
Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park – March to June and trips depart from and return to Puerto Princessa or depart from either Cebu or Puerto Princessa and diving highlights are Delsan Wreck, Washing Machine, Lighthouse and Seafan Alley.
The most common routing to the various diving areas of the Philippines is via Manila.
If you are travelling from the UK we can arrange flights to Manila on either award winning Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Singapore or Malaysian Airlines - we are very pleased to be able to offer our clients 30kgs luggage allowance for dive equipment with each of these carriers.
From Manila you may have either a land/sea transfer to join the main vessel or require a short flight followed by a land/sea transfer depending on the sailing itinerary. It is very easy to combine your stay with a resort elsewhere in the Philippines.
We are very experienced in putting together combination itineraries throughout the Philippines and we have first-hand knowledge of this destination, so please give us a call to find out more and to get a personalised itinerary and quote to suit your requirements.
Late afternoon departure from the UK for overnight flight to Manila via Hong Kong
Evening arrival into Manila. Transfer to hotel for one night's accommodation.
Depart Manila for morning flight to Mactan, Cebu and transfer to S/Y Philippine Siren for 10nts fantastic diving exploring the stunning sites of Cabilao Island, Balicasag Island, Dauin, Moalboal, Apo Island, Pescador Island and more.
Morning departure for flight to Manila and transfer to hotel for 1 night's accommodation.
Morning departure from Manila to UK via Hong Kong, arriving UK later in the evening.
1 night Manila & 10 nights S/Y Philippine Siren & 1 night Manila from £3133 per person plus £450 departure taxes
Price includes return international flights in economy class on Cathay Pacific from London Heathrow to Manila.
In Manila it includes a total of 2nts accommodation at the Manila Airport Hotel (1nt either side of the Siren) with breakfast on a twin/double share basis and free shuttle bus transfers from airport.
Price also includes return flights from Manila to Mactan, Cebu in economy class.
For S/Y Philippine Siren it includes transfers, 10 nights accommodation on board in a twin/double cabin with all meals and refreshments such as coffee/tea, fresh water, carbonated soft drinks, fruit juice, fresh fruit, cookies and local brand beer, all diving and essential dive equipment of Aqua Lung Wave BCD, Calypso regulator, 3mm shorty wetsuit, mask and fins.
Excluded: Marine Park & Port Fees, Torch and Dive computer rental