Azalea Liveaboard, Philippines



  • Small groups of 10 divers
  • Pristine diving in Tubbataha
  • On-deck bathroom & gear storage

The 21m MY Azalea is a simple yet comfortable liveaboard offering week-long, year-round dive safaris to some of the best destinations in the Philippines, including Tubbataha Reef, Apo Reef, and Coron. Known for pristine diving, the Tubbataha reefs are natural Marine Protected Parks located in the middle of the Sulu Sea and only accessible via liveaboard. Abundant marine life encounters are on offer, such as manta rays, multiple species of sharks, turtles, dolphins, and whales, and hundreds of species of fish and coral. The Tubbataha season is only from March - June, and spaces fill up fast, so be sure to book in advance!

Azalea Liveaboard also offers El Nido, Coron, and Apo Reefs itineraries. This dive trip offers something for everyone. This is a fantastic Philippines dive destination, from the impressive wrecks of WWII in Coron Bay to the wealth of marine life and big-fish sightings found at Apo Reef.

Topside, M/Y Azalea caters to just 10 guests in 4 twin-bunk cabins and 1 master cabin. Built by divers for divers, each cabin features modern conveniences such as en-suite bathrooms, AC, plug sockets, and storage. The indoor dining area is located on the main deck, where freshly prepared tasty dishes will be served. This leads out to the dive deck, where there is ample space for gear storage, kitting up, and an on-deck bathroom. The sun deck is a favorite divers' hangout for unwinding with a cold beer at the end of the day while enjoying the sunset and discussing the day's numerous sightings.

The incredibly passionate guides and crew of the MY Azalea yacht are looking forward to sharing the beauty of the underwater world of the Philippines with fellow divers. Call us or book online today to reserve your space and plan your Philippines liveaboard adventure.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Soft Drinks at Meal Times, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Fishing, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (75-110 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (100 USD per item), Alcoholic Beverages, Extra Dives, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Welcome Cocktails

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.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Dive deck
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English and German.

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.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2018
  • Length 21m
  • Beam 3
  • Top speed 22 knodes
  • Cruising speed 12 knodes
  • Engines 2
  • Max guests 10
  • Number of cabins 5
  • Number of bathrooms 6
  • Tenders 1
  • Water capacity 2500
  • Fuel capacity 2800
  • Freshwater maker 150 Liter / h

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • 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

Azalea Reviews

  • 8.5 Fabulous
  • 25 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.0 Very good
  • James H
  • United States United States
It was an adapt & adjust satisfactory experience.

The sighting of a swimming yellow-spotted manta & an albino manta stingray. Seeing an octopus was another highlight. Always like to view sea turtles. Schools of jackfish & snappers were appreciated. Variety of coral & fish was impressive. Many sightings of sharks were seen on most dives.

Recommended for
Exploring the Tubbataha Reef. The crew on the boat & the diving crew.
  • 7.2 Good
  • Kayla W
  • Canada Canada
A bit disorganized after 2 years of no tours

This is a budget live aboard, so you do get what you pay for. It was the first tour in 2 years so naturally there will be some growing pains, but there are some things to consider if you are looking to book the Azalea. The boat is VERY rocky, so may not be best for those with motion sickness. As noted before the bathrooms don't drain well so my bathroom was a little lake for most of the trip. The boat ran out of water for showering and hand washing a few times for several hours. The downstairs area where there are 3 cabins can smell strongly like diesel. There were some miscommunications about timing, day 2 we expected to dive at tubbataha at 6:30am, but the boat didn't arrive until around noon (which made us miss 2 dives that day), and on the last day we were supossed to arrive to the port between 8-10am but didn't arrive back until 2:30pm (a note if you plan to fly out the same day). The crew is very new to this route, as well boats in general, so organization was minimal. I also rented gear and they didn't really have anything that fit me, I had to wear 2 booties for the foot, they only had size large flippers so the dive master gave me his medium flippers which were still too big, and there were multiple issues with BCD's and other equipment. We also would do 3 dives at the same dive site instead of going to new dive sites which was a bit disappointing. You can go on this live aboard and still have a nice thing, just take these things into consideration.

Recommended for
Tubbataha reef is beautiful, the food was quite good, the crew really tried their hardest
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Jacqueline S
  • Australia Australia
Great diving, friendly crew

The trip was great, particularly our diving with JR in Apo Reef. We had a lovely cabin on deck but be warned, the cabins below deck smell very strongly of engine fumes. If you select the upstairs cabins you will have a fabulous trip.

Recommended for
Crew, diving, food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Matt F
  • United States United States
Better than expected

Diving at Apo Reef was the highlight; especially the ‘shark airport’ dive site...there were probably 18-20 whitetip sharks hanging out. We had some rough/windy conditions the first night and had to take an alternate route to Apo, and ended up only doing 7, instead of 8 dives, but it was understandably the right thing to do for safety. The crew is great, and the owner was on the trip with us. Overall, an enjoyable trip and worth the money.

Recommended for
Diving, smaller number of guests, friendly vibe
  • 10 Exceptional
  • christina S
  • Singapore Singapore
Cosy and enjoyable unlike bigger LOBs

Utterly satisfied with the entire crew. The Swedish family we travelled with were nice and friendly which makes the LOB cosy. I went on the LOB and actually forgot to bring the charger of my underwater camera. An American and his Philippino partner both had the same underwater camera and charger as me. I tried to borrow his charger twice but he needs to constantly use it and cannot lend to me at any point of time. Despite this, the entire crew and the rest of people on the LOB tried to find if they had any that could be used on my Olympus camera. Even though I could not take anymore pictures on the rest of my dive trip, everyone else and the crew were very nice.

Recommended for
Crew is good and attentive/ food is good / service is best
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Charlott R
  • Sweden Sweden
Share your hobby with your teenagers is fabolous

All the laughs with the crew and the very best service To Enjoy the holiday was to die for

Recommended for
food, snacks and drinks, Hospitaltity from The Whole crew Privacy in the night, To Sleep in separate rooms
  • 8.0 Very good
  • dae jin K
  • South Korea South Korea
Good Crew Bad Cabin

a good dive a good crew a good view a lot of fish and sharks paint-smelling cabins Night Only Operating Air Conditioning Narrow space But the price is the best.

Recommended for
Diving people together Crew
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Avihou B
  • Israel Israel
Very good value for money!

The amazing dive sites with very good dive instructors the lead us there

Recommended for
Value for money, crew members and the boat owner
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Vladislav P
  • Germany Germany
Croisière sans grands surprises

Voir des perroquets à bosse. Des gros banc de carengues, de vivaneaux, de barracudas, de platax... Des tombants magnifiques et des coraux superbes, surtout sur les plateaux

Recommended for
Très bons repas. On voit des beaux coraux. Les guides de plongée sont souples
  • 10 Exceptional
  • david F
  • France France
Excellente croisière

Les plongées sont top l équipage, le lever et coucher du soleil. Tout était excellent à faire sans hésiter

Recommended for
Convivialité nourriture plongée