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What To Expect On a Sulu Sea Liveaboard
Liveaboard diving in the Sulu Sea offers the delights you will come to expect from the waters here in the philippines and more. The Sulu Sea is a vast expanse of blue between many of the Phillipine Islands. South of Cebu and North of Mindanao. Sulu Sea houses the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Parks one of the philippines most interesting dive areas. Best Sulu Sea liveaboard cruises will takes you either North of the Sea across from Cebu to Tubbataha or out of Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island. The luxury liveaboard options in the Sulu Sea are available to spend days at sea to take in all of the sites that Tubbataha has to offer. Relax in between dives on your sun deck and enjoy the food prepared for you by your crew.
Sulu Sea Underwater
Sulu Sea dive tours will give you an opportunity to take in a great deal of sea life including the big species: white tips, grey reef sharks, manta rays, eagle rays and turtles. You will not be disappointed with what sailing Sulu Sea has to offer. Sulu sea has a dive site for everyone: wrecks, reefs, walls and drift dives for the more adventurous and experienced. The Sulu Sea is stunning underwater. On your dive trip treat yourself to these beautiful sights of colourful corals, great sea fans and encrusted walls. Enjoy the biodiversity that these waters brings shrimps, nudibranch and tiny critters alongside the big fish we have come to expect here: 11 shark species and 13 dolphin and whale species. Opportunities whilst scuba diving in Sulu Sea to see much of this life are great with up to 4 dives a day on you live aboard option. Not only can nature enthusiasts enjoy their dive liveaboard but also underwater photographers and those seeking beautiful dive sites to enjoy.
Dive Sites Of Sulu Sea
Delsan Wreck This site in South Atoll is home to schools of sweetlips and snappers. On the bottom at up to 35 meters keep a look out for eagle rays, white tips, black tips and grey reef sharks. A fabulous wreck, the vessel is encrusted in molluscs, crustaceans and all sorts of macro life. Liveaboards in the Sulu Sea will often allow for two dives here as there is so much to be seen.
Black Rock A whole day can be spent diving here to take in everything the site has to offer. Sweetlips, schools of surgeon fish and rainbow runners reside here as well as white tips and nurse sharks who take shelter under coral tables. If you look closely you will find box fish, scribbled filefish and leaf fish in amongst the reef. As well as the spiny lobster. The main sight that divers come for here is the sharks.
Washing Machine The reef here in North Atoll slopes down to 12 meters and drops off. As clearly stated the name this site can have strong and unpredictable currents. Still many divers take to the waters here for the shark and manta ray spottings; even hammerhead swim in these waters. Find here also on your dive safari dogtooth tuna, large Napolean wrasse and pickhandle barracuda.
Donato's Wall Get your wide-angle lens camera out here as the sights stretch side to side. Sea fans and soft corals are a plenty and hard corals extremely beautiful on the wall, schools of bannerfish and turtles will be waiting here for you to spot.
Malayan Located on the North Atoll, this site offers two dive types: wreck and wall. Focus in on the macro species that inhabit to wreck: shrimp, nudibranch, crabs and sea slugs. Whilst your descent to 35 meters on the wall will afford you the opportunity to see beautiful corals, colourful sea fans and a variety of reef sharks. Look closely for the spotting of a ghost pipefish on the bottom. Due to the currents and depth of this site, it is only suitable for advanced divers.
Amos Rock situated on the North Atoll, this popular dive site offers a stunning wall dive with whip corals, gorgonians and a variety of beautifully coloured corals. Large groupers, grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, mackerel, snappers and Napolean wrasse live here along the wall. At night time lobsters and crabs come out to play here.
Top Tips For Divers
Bring your underwater camera on your liveaboard trip to catch the moments in the clear water. You are likely to catch some wonderful snaps of the mantas that will make your diving pals back home very jealous of your trip. Remember to bring your suncream for the restful sunbathing on the sun deck between dives.
Getting To Sulu Sea
You will more often than not arrive at the Phillipine islands through the capital's Manila airport. Transfer in the shortest and by far easiest way from here with South East Asian Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air philippines to the island of Palawan. Your departure point will be Puerto Princesa, the airport is in the city so take a tricycle to the port for an easy transfer.
If your liveaboard's port of departure is Cebu, from Manila take a flight direct to Cebu with Cebu-Pacific Air or alternatively fly into Cebu with Qatar Airways from Doha, Malaysian Airlines from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore Airlines from Singapore.