Discovery Palawan, Philippines

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The MV Discovery Palawan, Philippines is an excellent liveaboard choice for exploring the rich dive sites of Tubbahata National Park, the spectacular diving of Apo Reef or the numerous wrecks of Coron. Divers can hope to see whale sharks, manta rays and hammerhead sharks as well as spectacular coral reefs on the Tubbahata dive cruise, and snorkelers are more than welcome to join in with the Apo Reef cruise to experience the underwater beauty of the Philippines. With a spacious dive platform and experienced guides, diving aboard the MV Discovery Palawan is sure to deliver a memorable vacation.

Having recently undergone a huge renovation, the M/V Discovery Palawan has a fresh, modern look, spacious relaxation areas and tastefully decorated cabins. At almost 50m in length there is plenty of room for relaxation on board, with an air-conditioned salon and dining area, camera room, sun deck, 2 shaded decks and a further outdoor dining area and bar to enjoy the sea air. There are 20 cabins aboard the MV Discovery Palawan, 16 lower deck standard rooms and 4 upper deck rooms. Each cabin has air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.

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Included: VAT, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (75-125 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox, Nitrox Course (260 USD), Rental Gear.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

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


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

The crew speaks English.


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

MV Discovery Palawan Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1972
  • Year renovated 2013
  • Length 49.2m
  • Beam 8.5m
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Max guests 32
  • Number of cabins 20
  • Tenders 3

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Discovery Palawan Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 7 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.3
  2. Crew
    9.7
  3. Food
    10.0
  4. Diving
    9.4
  5. Value
    8.3
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Yaro W
  • Germany Germany
Super diving and beautiful atoll

Lots of pelagic fish, no dive without at least a handful of reef sharks (mainly grey reef, and whitetip sharks). Also a few hammerheads, whale sharks, a manta, and tiger sharks were sighted (mentioned sightings in total by the boat, i.e., not every diver saw it all). Apart from that, tunas and barracudas, bumphead parrotfishes, and big schhools of jacks were among the highlights. The foot was also outstandingly good, with a great hospitality manager, "Joel". And the boat manager "Colin" did a great job to take care for everybody, from nice stories to medical advice. Only negative aspect: some DMs were relatively novice, especially to the reef.

Recommended for
1. Great dive sites (lots of sharks, tuna, barracudas), 2. hands-on staff, 3. great food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Audrey H
  • Singapore Singapore
Fantastic diving with a fun and friendly crew

Whale sharks, in fact just lots of sharks. Friendly and very service-oriented crew.

Recommended for
Diving, crew, switching off
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ngung Chia S
  • Singapore Singapore
Great diving with whaleshark for 40 mins

Pros: 1 - Excellent DM Chris. Found whaleshark twice for us and manage to 'play' with it for more than 40 mins in second encounter. 2 - Excellent food. The best soup and ice cream ever. Joel and crew serve us like kings and queens. 3 - Excellent safety standards. Deployed extra chase boat as safety watch out and enforcement of no deco diving. Cons: 1 - Dinning and bar areas can do better with some fans. It can get really hot during meals. 2 - Some boats offers free flow soft drinks and titbits e.g. chips, peanuts. Only coffee, tea and biscuits are free here 3 - For the many deep dives we had on liveaboard, Nitrox should be included in the package rather than charged separately.

Recommended for
Diving with whaleshark; Good food; Great staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Craig H
  • Canada Canada
Excellent Diving in Tubbataha

Above water the highlights were a well run, if older, boat. Excellent and friendly crew that worked hard the whole week. Food was good, plentiful and varied. Below water the exceptional high quality reefs, enormous schools of fish, plentiful sharks and whale sharks on 4 of 18 divers were all highlights.

Recommended for
Excellent dive guides, friendly and helpful crew, stable boat in rough waters.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kevin L
  • Canada Canada
A great memorable Trip

Whalesharks!

Recommended for
Friendly staff, good food, great management
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Margaret T
  • Canada Canada
An amazing trip

The beautiful scenery was an incredible part of the trip and a definite highlight. Another unexpected highlight was the fact there were only 6 passengers - we all got to know each other well and were well-looked after by the 30 crew! Colin, the manager of the ship, did a fantastic job of looking after us and dealing with the aftermath of the typhoon. Also, the New Year's Eve festivities (involving karaoke of course!) were a part of the trip I will never forget!

Recommended for
1. The crew were fantastic; helpful and friendly. 2. I enjoyed the diving, particularly the wreck diving, the freshwater lake, and Apo Reef. 3. The food was fantastic and there was always plenty.