Dolphin Liveaboard, Philippines

from US$ 227 / day
  • Nitrox available
8.110 "Very good"   8 Verified Reviews
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    Join the M/V Dolphin liveaboard in the Philippines for an exciting dive trip to Tubbataha, Apo and Coron reefs. Spectacular diving in the Philippines is available year-round. The Tubbataha Marine Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and diving is only available between March - June. Home to almost 90% of the coral species in the Philippines, divers may encounter up to 11 species of shark, as well as whale sharks, manta rays, barracuda, Napoleon wrasse and Tuna. Between June and February, the Dolphin liveaboard relocates to Puerto Galera to dive Apo Reef & Coron. Coron is known to have some of the best wreck diving in SE Asia and combined with the stunning diving of Apo Reef marine sanctuary, makes for another fantastic dive trip.

    Topside the M/V Dolphin Philippines caters to 18 guests in 9 air-conditioned cabins. Each cabin is carpeted with en-suite bathrooms, and the 2 VIP Cabins located on the upper deck have an extra sofa, mini-bar & TV. Social areas include the indoor salon, bar and dining area, where freshly prepared Asian-Fusion cuisine is served. There is also an open-air lounge area on the top deck, a great place to unwind after a day of spectacular diving in the Philippines.

    The MV Dolphin is a fantastic option for a budget-friendly dive liveaboard in the Philippines. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.

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    Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Alcoholic beverages, Towels Provided, Transfers/pickups from hotel

    Excluded: Marine Park fees (5,000 PHP for Tubataha / 3,000 PHP for Apo Reef per 48hrs), Flights, Transfers from Manila - Batangas for Apo Coron Safaris, Alcoholic Beverages. Airport/Hotel Transfer to the boat (free pick up from the airport in Puerto Princesa, Palawan for the regular trips starting and ending there)

    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

    • Laundry Service
    • Massage
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Audio & video entertainment
    • TV in cabins
    • Air Conditioned saloon
    • Aircon Cabins
    • Sun Deck
    • Indoor Saloon
    • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
    • Warm Water Showers
    • Separate rinse for u/w camera
    • Custom built for diving
    • Charging stations
    • En-Suite bathrooms

    Food & Drinks

    • Western Food
    • Local Food
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Buffet style
    • Beer available
    • Selection of wines
    • Snacks All Day

    If you have specific diet requests 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. The liveaboard serves great food and you will be hungry after a full day of diving!


    • DIN Adaptors
    • Nitrox available
    • Tech diving
    • Rinse hosts
    • Dive deck
    • Tenders for diving
    • Sidemount Diving

    The crew speaks English and German.

    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

    Rental Gear Prices

    • Nitrox tank:2USD per tank
    • Fins:100 PHP per day
    • Wetsuit:250 PHP per day
    • Regulator:400 PHP per day
    • BCD:400 PHP per day
    • Dive Computer:400 PHP per day

    Drawings & Vessel Layouts

    Deck Plan floorplan


    Boat Specifications

    • Year built:1986
    • Length:27 meters
    • Beam:6.5 meters
    • Top speed:10 knots
    • Cruising speed:8 knots
    • Engines:Yanmar
    • Max guests:18
    • Number of cabins:9
    • Number of bathrooms:9
    • Water capacity:40 tons
    • Freshwater maker:5 tons per day

    Boat Navigation and Safety

    • Radar
    • Depth Sounder
    • GPS
    • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
    • Life Vests
    • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
    • Oxygen
    • First Aid Kits
    • Fishfinder
    • Satellite & mobile phones
    • Bilge pump alarm
    • Search light

    Dolphin Reviews

    Very good (out of 10)
    Average score from 8 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through and joined the liveaboard can write a review.
    Antoine M
    Lieu magique pour plonger Tubbataha Reef, Philippines in April

    La rencontre avec les requin-baleines et les raies mantas. La beauté et la préservation des coraux ainsi que là faunes sous-marine.

    Recommended for

    Le lieu, la gentillesse de l’équipage et l’organisation

    Alberto S
    Good Value for money and friend crew Tubbataha Reef, Philippines in April

    1. Good diving; 2. Satisfactory boat condition but not more than that, exhaust toilet in our cabin was not working properly during the trip, the boat is showing its age in overall; 3. Friendly crew helping us

    Recommended for

    Good Diving spots, friendly crew, friendship

    Kosuke F
    Very good
    Great adventure with wonderful mates Tubbataha Reef, Philippines in April

    The last day when I saw a shark attacking a parrot fish to eat from inside of coral. I could encounter an important moment. I enjoyed converstation with other mates and crews very much. Thanks for all.

    Recommended for

    Sea animals,Local food speciality and Crews

    Mariya V
    Review score
    Amazing whale sharks with very average boat Tubbataha Reef, Philippines in May

    4 times a day to meet a whale shark it was amazing!!! Also schools of jackfishes, grey reef sharks - very close and beautiful...

    Recommended for

    Whale sharks, big fishes, phillipines crew

    Eunbe K
    South Korea
    Wonderful experience with MV Dolphin Tubbataha Reef, Philippines in May

    Tubbataha reef is wonderful place that you might see so many white tip and grey reef sharks, manta ray, tiger shark and even whale shark in one place! Corals are well protected and oceanic creatures don't be afraid of human being. It is a great place that I really want to visit again. Also, MV Dolphin is a nice ship that can serve you very well. All crews are well experienced and kind. It has relatively large room compared to its price, and beers are included in your boat fee. MV Dolphin is absolutely a good choice and value for money among 15 liveboard ships in Tubbataha reef.

    Recommended for

    Experienced crew, large room, free beer

    Geoff B
    Very good
    Excellent diving at Tubbatatha Reef!! Tubbataha Reef, Philippines in May

    Only 3 dive guests on board - so was very relaxing!! Reef is fantastic - unbelievable marine life !! Weather poor fist two days but then picked up and was superb!! Crew very friendly and helpful!! Free booze - outstanding!! Currents are strong, so, you need to be a fit diver!! Overall - an excellent trip for the money - do it soon - you won't be disappointed!!

    Recommended for

    Whale sharks, Mantas, sharks, marine life etc

    victoria O
    Amazing dive adventure with friendly crew Transition Trip Tubbataha Reef (Puerto Princessa-Puerto Galera), Philippines in June

    Tubbataha is by far the best and healthiest reef I’ve ever seen! And even though we were at the end of the season, we got pretty lucky with the weather and still managed to see mantas and a whale shark among other mesmerizing creatures! Being a transition trip, the owner and family (huge family) traveled with us, giving and unexpected but very rewarding and fun turn into my liveaboard experience. Loved playing and swimming with the kids!! The crew is so friendly that I even ended up hanging out with some of them after the trip for some insider guide to Puerto Galera town. Being the only beginner diver in the boat, I experienced for the first time, a more independent way of diving, where the instructor isn’t necessarily putting his attention in one person in particular. Overall it was a great experience! The only thing I would improve is probably arranging the top deck so that there’s more space for guests to gather, since is so beautiful up there (sky watching might be the best way to finish your day)

    Recommended for

    The site, the crew and the weather

    françois Xavier C
    Very good
    Une expérience à vivre, peu d'endroits comme cela dans le monde Transition Trip Tubbataha Reef (Puerto Princessa-Puerto Galera), Philippines in June

    - moments de convivialité le soir après 5 plongées parfois - tombants magnifiques ( riches en gorgognes et occupants ) passage insaissant de gros dans le bleu

    Recommended for

    - organisation rodée - sécurité assurée - gentillesse équipage et staff

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