Agos Liveaboard, Philippines

Excellent food and drinks

“I did my advanced open water certification. Living on board the boat was excellent. The marine life was fantastic. I really enjo…”

Stanley K, United States United States
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Highlights

  • Budget-friendly liveaboard diving
  • Explore Apo Reef and Coron Wrecks

The Agos boat is a traditional Philippino Banca offering budget liveaboard diving in the Philippines. Based in Coron, the Agos offers affordable dorm-style accommodation to explore the underwater beauty of Apo Reef and the wrecks of Coron to access dive sites not easily reached by land-based dive resorts. Built in 2019, 12-14 guests will be accommodated in single bunks or double beds. There is room for lounging in between dives, and freshly prepared Asian dishes will keep hungry divers satisfied throughout the day.

Itineraries aboard the Agos vary from 3 to 6 nights, and visit Apo Reef and Coron Wrecks. the marine park is known as the Crown Jewels of the Philippines and boasts crystal-clear water and incredible marine biodiversity. Home to over 450 species of coral and 300 species of fish, there is the chance to dive with manta rays, eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, schools of barracuda, giant trevally, and a whole host of macro critters. The crew have been together for over 10 years and are regional experts.

Perfect for budget-friendly liveaboard diving in the Philippines, join the Agos for a fantastic trip. Book online today.


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Included: VAT, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Cabin Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (100 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (5 USD), Hotel Transfer (3 USD), Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Extra Dives (20 USD per activity), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses.

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Boat features

  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Available for Charter
  • Stand Up Paddleboard

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Vegan Options
  • Beach BBQ

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English and French.


Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.


Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2019
  • Length 25.5 meters
  • Beam 3 meters
  • Top speed 12 knots
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Engines 2
  • Max guests 12
  • Number of cabins 5
  • Number of bathrooms 2
  • Tenders 19FT 40HP
  • Water capacity 5000L
  • Fuel capacity 1000L

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Agos Reviews

  • 8.7 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
    8.2
  2. Crew
    7.9
  3. Food
    9.3
  4. Diving
    9.3
  5. Value
    8.7
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Stanley K
  • United States United States
This was a great experience diving.

I did my advanced open water certification. Living on board the boat was excellent. The marine life was fantastic. I really enjoyed the night dives and seeing different things.Apo Reef was so beautiful. I did a total of 15 dives. The last 2 days was spent on ship wrecks. The crew explained the history of the ships.

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Excellent food,care and hospitality of crew.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Roger
  • United States United States
Memorable scuba trip at Apo Reef

Lots of diving (11 in all over 4 days). Great water visibility. Lots of pelagic animals and bright-colored coral.

Recommended for
The crew; the other divers; the food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tai Anh N
  • Vietnam Vietnam
Comfort, cozy, excellent services and beyond expectation about the dive sites. Dive maps detail and instructions are clear, guy is well - experienced!

Wonderful trip and very affordable!

Recommended for
Comfortable beds, great dive sites, great dive buddies
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Schroeter S
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Inoubliable

Les plongées de suite, grâce au guide étaient incroyables, il voyait tout, après passé 25 ans de plongée et environ 1500 plongées, je découvre toujours grâce à notre guide, des poissons, crabes etc etc

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Discretion du team philippin, mais toujours super nikel et propre, matériel de plongée prêt....
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Schroeter S
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Inoubliable

Les plongées de suite, grâce au guide étaient incroyables, il voyait tout, après passé 25 ans de plongée et environ 1500 plongées, je découvre toujours grâce à notre guide, des poissons, crabes etc etc

Recommended for
Discretion du team philippin, mais toujours super nikel et propre, matériel de plongée prêt....
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Florian K
  • Germany Germany
Perfect Liveaboard Trip

From the start of the liveaboard to the dives to the food, the liveaboard is a dream. The crew was super nice and always ready to help and provide information. The boat is simple but I personally found the liveaboard perfect for the Apo Reef. The food was very tasty and after every dive the chef conjured up something for the divers. All in all, I can recommend the liveaboard.

Recommended for
The Apo Reef is an incredible diving spot and the boat and crew were just amazing.
  • 4.8 Review score
  • Lisa K
  • Australia Australia
Food poisoning nightmare

Agos was my 3rd liveaboard experience and easily the worst. I’ve done a low budget liveaboard in Indonesia and a nicer one in Galapagos that were amazing experiences. But Agos was terrible . 8 out of 10 guests got food poisoning . I was one of them. From day 2 I was vomiting and going to the toilet many times a day. I barely ate for the next 3 or 4 days. This was the experience for 5 guests and 3 guests only had a bit of vomiting and diarrhea. I missed half the dives because I was too sick to dive. On one of the dives I did do, I vomited a few times under water…not fun . The hygiene on the boat was terrible., No soap or cleanser in the toilet . I am pretty sure the toilet was never cleaned. No cleanser on the food table. It was generally a dirty boat in the sleeping area. We are pretty sure it was the food as none of the crew got sick - they were eating different food to us. The owner of the boat did not apologize and kept on trying to blame the water , he even tried to blame the sea water? He eventually promised a refund of the missed dives but this never happened… he stopped responding and disappeared without giving anyone a refund. Fortunately Liveaboard were great and gave us some credits to compensate us. I would stay away from Agos, I only had 2 weeks in the Philippines and I was still a little sick when I got home to Australia. It ruined my whole holiday

Recommended for
Beautiful location Apo reef
  • 3.2 Review score
  • Marcus R
  • Australia Australia
Floating Zest Pool. Food Poisoning for 80% of Guests.

I’ve been diving and travelling for nearly 30 years and never had an experience this bad!!! If you want basic hygiene, this is not the boat for you. Hygiene doesn’t exist on this boat which is probably why 8 out the 10 guests were sick from food poisoning, many violently ill. I was food poisoned on the second day and was ill for over 2 weeks. The boat is a “Zest Pool”. Just because you’re a budget operation, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be clean. Below are my experiences and opinions: Poor Hygiene: • Kitchen hand was thrown in the water by other staff for not showering for 3 days. • Saw chef blow his nose on another staff members shirt that was hanging up and walked straight into the kitchen and started working with food without washing hands. • There was nowhere to wash hands or brush teeth. No sink anywhere on the boat except the kitchen where the food is handled. • Nowhere to have a real shower. Only on the side of the boat outside the kitchen window (no privacy or naked showers). I found people just ended up not showering which got a little smelly towards the end especially in the heat and humidity. • Toilets are old and dirty. Also, on a slope so very slippery when wet. I fell over several times and was very lucky not to smash my head open. Very dangerous. • Nowhere to wash your hands in the toilet, so everyone wipes their bum and touches all the doors and surfaces without washing. Boat Facilities: • Air compressor filing the tanks looks very old and dodgy. Looks like it’s been retro fitted or they made it themselves and not a real air compressor for scuba diving (in my opinion). I worry about the quality of air filling the tanks could get contaminated. • Mattresses look very old and dirty under the bed sheets. Disgusting actually. • Power on the boat only runs for 18 hours. So, there are times during the night the fans in the room turn off and you wake up in a hot and sweaty sauna. • Not really many places to hide from the sun. Very small cover on the top deck where only a couple of people can lay down, otherwise you have to lay in the hot room with poor circulation or sit in the dinning area. Very uncomfortable. Food & Beverages: • Got food poisoning on the 2nd day of the trip so I can’t recommend eating on the boat. Owners tried to say it was the water not the food. But I believe it was the food as guests started getting sick a few hours after lunch before dinner, the staff where eating different food and they didn’t get sick, and the boat hygiene was so poor it was most likely the cause. • There were no colds drinks or ice served on the boat for the whole 4 days. So we were drinking water that was room temperature (34 degrees Celsius). o If you’re dehydrating from vomiting and Diarrhoea in 34 degree heat and 75% humidity, it’s hell on earth as your can’t cool down. The Management: • Owners and management didn’t really care everyone got sick and did not want to refund anyone. When we mentioned you might get some negative reviews, they commented “we don’t care, you can’t please everyone”. Showing that these guys don’t care about there divers, just profit. Promised a refund of an agreed amount to be paid that week. But then the owners disappeared and stop responding to calls and emails once I left Coron. It wasn’t until Liveaboard.com started pushing them that I got only a proportion of that back 3 months later. (Fortunately Liveaboard.com came to the party and also gave me a credit for my next Liveaboard.com trip which I am grateful to them for.) These aren’t the operators you want to be dealing with if there is a problem. I’m not sure if the other guests got anything back from the operators. People were trying to vomit before they went for the dive so they wouldn’t be sick underwater and didn’t want to miss the dive. The operators would only compensate if they missed dives. Terrible policy. • When I was sick, the manager took me to a medical clinic for tests as I was very ill. Turns out he is part owner

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I’ve been diving and travelling for nearly 30 years and never had an experience this bad!!!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Helena B
  • Germany Germany
Incredible experience for a low budget

Seeing and experiencing the intact and diverse coral reefs at Apo reefs

Recommended for
Outstanding dive sites, fantastic staff, great value for money
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Laressa R
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Unbelievably friendly, knowledgable and flexible crew

The marine life. Guides pointed out several items of interest, were adaptable, flexible and friendly. You can tell the crew have been working together awhile, they all get on so well and help each other out.

Recommended for
Apo reef diving, ship wreck diving, the food