Exploring the best sites of the Philippines is made truly comfortable while aboard the premier liveaboard, the MV Atlantis Azores. At 32.5m, she holds ample space for guests, especially photographers.
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The Philippine Siren is a stunning 40m yacht, built with luxury in mind and catering for the demanding requirements of divers. Itineraries are greatly varied, including Cebu, Coron Wrecks and more.
What to expect On a Dauin Liveaboard
Liveaboards to Dauin offer divers stunning visibility, beautiful coral reefs as well as diverse marine life. Set in the islands of the Philippines, Dauin is a beautiful area with around 25,000 locals and a Dauin liveaboard is a great place to start your trip. This area is said to be named after a majestic tree taller than all others on the island; some, however, claim that the area has spiritual beings seen by only people in need. Whichever story is true, it is clear that here in the town of Dauin there is an air of peace and majesty. Further afield passed the town you can venture up to the Geothermal Reserve for even more peace. Down on the beautiful beaches, Dauin switches its quiet nature to being a hub for many large resorts. A place where snorkellers and scuba lovers gather to talk about the beauties that the waters here have to offer. Liveaboard diving in Dauin is very popular amongst underwater enthusiasts. When you look back at Dauin on your liveaboard adventure you will notice a church with two mound-like watchtowers, which was once a lookout to spot pirates who were searching for treasures in these waters.
Liveaboard Dive Trips In Dauin, Phillipines
Embark on an incredible trip here in the Phillipine Islands. This stunning location offers great visibility up to 45 meters. The coast of Dauin is lined with coral reefs and you can try your hand at drift diving here as well. This coast is also often visited by whalesharks in the correct season as well as turtles and the lesser spotted frogfish! The waters here will offer something for professional divers and beginners so enjoy your Dauin liveaboard experience. Departing from the Island of Cebu you will be given a breifing about your week of diving ahead and be welcomed by the crew to your home for the next week. Then following an easy dive to assure groups are matched in ability and comfort levels, you will spend your week diving, eating, sleeping and diving some more. Relax on deck in the sun or the shade between dives as you travel between the dive sites here and enjoy time with your new dive buddies both on deck and underwater.
Here you will not miss out on the beauties of the ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for the Greater blueringed octopus and mimic octopus; nudibranchs and bluespotted stingrays; cuttlefish with colours that will mesmerise; and often spotted here many species of the rare frogfish.
Dive Sites and Areas of Dauin, Phillipines
Apo Island An island that is surrounded by a coral reef formation. This stunner is easily seen from the Dauin coast and it takes only 30 minutes by boat to arrive at the dive area. Look out here for Turtles, Horse-eyed Jacks and much more. Suitable to all diving abilities.
The Cars A unique site to see here in the clear waters of the Phillipines. You descend along a dark sand slope to find as you come to 24-28 metres 2 Volkswagon cars that have become encrusted with coral and schools of lionfish have made there home here. Expect also to find the more interesting frogfish, skeleton shrimp, mimic octopus, pipe horses and cockatoo waspfish at this site.
Mamsa Point Often a drift dive in strong currents you will be happy to see 10m - 35m visibility here. This is a dive for experienced divers. Descending to a depth of 38m this site often offers many big fish as well as Tuna and Trigger fish. As you reach the reef at the top of the dive you may spot seasnakes and nudibranch too.
When To Go
Although diving season is year round in the Phillipines, there are some things to consider when choosing your time to visit. The Phillipines sees the monsoon between September and December and from March through June the weather is warmest with the best visibility at this time too. In the colder months consider what skin protection to wear at 23 degrees celsius but in the summer months most will enjoy diving in a 3mm shortie at 30 degrees celsius. If its whale sharks you are after spotting then March to May is the time to visit. However, at all other times you won't be disappointed by the wonders that you find underwater.
Tips For Travellers
Local currency is the Phillipines Peso, this exchanges at over 50 to the US Dollar. If you enter the Phillipines as a US or UK citizen you will usually be granted 30 days as a tourist for other citizens please check your visa requirements on your government's website. It is important to remember to save some cash for your journey home as there is a 750 peso exit charge from Cebu airport. The Phillipines use plug types A, B and C; be sure to take an adapter to suit your travel needs as you will need to charge your underwater camera so you can capture photos of your exciting journey.
How To Get There & Ports Of Departure
You will more often then not arrive to the Philippines through the capital's Manila airport. Transfer in the shortest and by far easiest way from here with Cebu Pacific air, Phillipine Airlines or many other budget airlines to the islands of Cebu for departures of the Phillipine Siren. Be sure to check your port of departure for your liveaboard all three: Malapascua (north), Moalboal (west) and Cebu (east) can be reached by taxi or public transport.
The diving here suits all abilities and will bring you some great underwater sights. The liveaboards visiting the Dauin location can cost about $150 a day. For this you can expect to receive all meals on board, excellent accomodation and hospitality, as well as 4 dives per day. There may be additional National Park fees. Take a look at the options available to decide on what best suits your diving and liveaboard needs.