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, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Cabin Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (3,000-5,000 PHP per trip), Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Rental Gear.

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
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • 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 Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving

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

#deckplan 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

  • 8.3 Very good
  • 21 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 5.6 Review score
  • Yolaine D
  • France France
Desappointing value for money.

No highlight

Recommended for
Crew was friendly
  • 7.2 Good
  • Anne M
  • France France
Very good diving

Diving in Tubbataha is amazing: healthy reefs, huge schools of fish, sometimes whale sharks and mantas. Dolphin is a affordable liveaboard to dive this area. The cabins are comfortable. However the food could be better. The crew is friendly and the dive guide professional.

Recommended for
Great diving, comfortable cabins and friendly crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Joshua G
  • Canada Canada
Not an optimal boat layout but great crew and fantastic diving.

Obviously the diving was #1 but also the warm staff made the boat welcoming. The dive deck is small and crowded at times and there is a lack of lounging areas on the boat. They make a concerted effect to aim for sites based on where the other liveaboards are, thus avoiding overloaded dive sites and taking advantage of their own smaller groups.

Recommended for
Dive guides/deck hands, healthy reef, uncrowded dives.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Christoph W
  • Germany Germany
Great value for money, awesome crew

I've spent one awesome week of diving at Tubbataha onboard the Dolphin. Outstanding, very helpful and extremely friendly crew members. Fantastic organization and problem solving by cruise director Jan. The food was good and plenty, the boat in good condition and well suited for diving operations, the diving fantastic.

Recommended for
organization, crew friendliness, diving quality
  • 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
  • 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
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • holger P
  • Germany Germany
gute Unterhaltungen, nette Menschen kennengelernt und viel Spass sowohl über Wasser als auch unter Wasser gehabt.

Für mich waren die Tauchhighlights, die Haie am Apo Reef sowie ein Tintenfisch den ich 5 min lang beobachtet habe. Bei den Wracks die Taiei Maru, Okikawa Maru und Akisushima.

Recommended for
South Point(Apo Reef), BBQ am Apo Reef, gesunde Unterwasserwelt, Sternenhimmel
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Xavier C
  • France France
Une expérience à vivre, peu d'endroits comme cela dans le monde

- 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
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Antoine M
  • France France
Lieu magique pour plonger

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