Dolphin Liveaboard, Philippines


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 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
  • 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.

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

  • 8.1 Very good
  • 8 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 7.6 Good
  • victoria O
  • Mexico Mexico
Amazing dive adventure with friendly crew

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
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Geoff B
  • Australia Australia
Excellent diving at Tubbatatha Reef!!

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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Eunbe K
  • South Korea South Korea
Wonderful experience with MV Dolphin

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
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Mariya V
  • Ukraine Ukraine
Amazing whale sharks with very average boat

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
  • 7.2 Good
  • Alberto S
  • Italy Italy
Good Value for money and friend crew

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
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Kosuke F
  • Japan Japan
Great adventure with wonderful mates

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