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, Accommodation, Tanks, Weights, Belts, All meals

Excluded: Rental of snorkel and dive gear, All beverages/alcohol and bottled mineral water, Corkage fee for bringing own alcohol on board, Dive/Travel Insurance, Nitrox, Flight Ticket, Hotel, Transfers outside Puerto Princesa City, Park Fees (to be included in the invoice - US$125 for Transition trip, US$75 for Tubbataha, USD115 for Bantagas, $100 for Visayas). Dive insurance is mandatory. Please note: From October 2018 a USD$100 fuel surcharge will be added to all trips.

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Boat features

  • Shaded diving deck
  • Onboard kayaks
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Selection of wines
  • Fine Cuisine

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

  • Nitrox available
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

The crew speaks English.


Gear Rental

There is diving gear available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. 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

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 6 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.3
  2. Crew
    9.7
  3. Food
    10.0
  4. Diving
    10.0
  5. Value
    8.3
  • 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.