Narayana, Philippines

Excellent diving and guidance

“The staff was amazing. Overly helpful. Did stuff I could easily handle, but went out of their way to go above and beyond to make i…”

Steven D, United States United States
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    • Buffet-style meals with Western and local dishes
    • Visit Tubbataha National Park
    • BBQ on board

Specially designed for Tubbataha liveaboard diving, the Narayana yacht caters to up to 14 guests in 8 cozy cabins. Each cabin features private en-suite bathrooms, individually controlled AC, and storage space and offers queen-size double or twin bunk beds. The 6 double cabins on the middle deck also have a private balcony, perfect for relaxing in-between dives. Meals are served buffet-style in the indoor dining room and mix Western and local dishes. Social areas include the outdoor dining and lounge area and sun deck.

Philippine liveaboard dive cruises aboard the Narayana visit the Tubbataha National Park from March to June and El Nido, Coron & Apo Reef from October to December. Diving in Tubbataha Reef is only accessible via liveaboard and is fast becoming known as one of the best places to dive in the Philippines. With over 600 species of fish, 11 species of shark, and 13 species of dolphins and whales, it's easy to see why. These trips fill up fast, so booking in advance is advisable. The National Park of Apo Reef is home to the largest reef system in the Philippines and is full of marine life, large and small, offering excellent diving. Add to this the wrecks of Coron and the pristine waters of El Nido, and you will have a fantastic dive trip.

The experienced dive guides and crew are waiting to show you the underwater beauty of the Philippines. Book online today.

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Included: VAT, Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (5,000 PHP per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Soft drinks, Rental Gear, Laundry / Pressing Services.

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

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • TV in cabins
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Budget Friendly Cruise
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

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

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
  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck

The crew speaks English, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

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.

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2014
  • Year renovated 2018
  • Length 26 meters
  • Beam 5.2
  • Max guests 14
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 8

Boat Navigation and Safety

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

Narayana Reviews

  • 8.5 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Steven D
  • United States United States
Great liveaboard for the money!

The staff was amazing. Overly helpful. Did stuff I could easily handle, but went out of their way to go above and beyond to make it as great a trip as they could. The dive guides were amazing.

Recommended for
The staff, the diving, the location
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Andrei B
  • United States United States
Tubbataha is nice and Narayana is a safe and economical way to explore it

Narayana exceeded my expectations. Although the dive deck is pretty crowded, the crew tried their best to make diving convenient to everyone. The rooms have huge panoramic windows, the A/C at night works great, the food is mostly Philippine, which is perfect, as it gives an opportunity to explore new flavors. And the diving was very nice: beautiful corals, plenty of fishes, great visibility…

Recommended for
Crew attentiveness and flexibility, varied itinerary, rooms with huge windows
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Geoff G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Good value, everything was to a very decent standard for price

Diving with hammerheads! Really liked dive gude Don!

Recommended for
Staff couldn't help enough, super friendly and social crew, food plentiful and quality
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Catherine O
  • Philippines Philippines
Would book again just for the lovely staff. Cabins left something to be desired.

The staff was really very friendly and helpful, though most were shy to speak in English so the foreign divers didn’t feel that as much as I did. I would book again though just to spend time with the staff again cause they really were very lovely. The cook clearly put a lot of love into his dishes, and I think the food would really shine with higher quality ingredients. I appreciated the small group (14 divers max). We had two dive groups and getting into the water was quick and efficient. The cabins were alright, but could be better designed and maintained. Some simple improvements can make a world of difference (thicker mattress, better pillows, doorknob instead of latches, cleaning stains from the windows and switches, etc). The bathroom has a “stale water” smell in my opinion – perhaps some coffee grounds would help neutralize that. But I really appreciated that the bathroom had a bidet! Staff would fix up our cabins every day which I also appreciated. Towels provided would shed like crazy — another easy but big improvement to make. I mostly avoided the cabins and stayed in the common area when I could, which was nice. If there were more space, some lounge chairs would be great. The biggest problems for me were: - The staff didn’t have their own beds or cabins. They had to sleep in the common area when the divers weren’t there. It isn’t comfortable, and it meant that the staff couldn’t rest at all during the day as the divers would be out and about then. I think small renovations to the captain’s area and a reserved cabin with an additional bunk bed for the crew would be great. It would mean 2 less divers could join, but the staff really made the trip for me. I imagine they’d make an even better impression on guests if they were properly rested. - The smoke coming from the engine. I could smell it when we were moving in the common area, and in the cabins as our AC was broken so we kept the windows open. Overall, I had a good time. I may go for a different liveaboard the next time around, but I don’t regret this trip. I loved the staff and the people I met on the group. I got to know them all quite well too since we were only a few people on board. My only recommendation if you join this boat, bring your own towel and a good amount of extra cash to tip the staff!

Recommended for
Staff, small group, toilets had bidets
  • 8.0 Very good
  • charlie D
  • France France
Des plongées avec des coraux splendides

Le fait que l’on soit en petit groupe permet de pouvoir profiter encore plus sous l’eau et de faire connaissance plus rapidement. Le staff est sympathique et les repas copieux. Les plongées sont magnifiques en termes de corail bien que nous n’ayons pas vu de mantas / requin baleine.

Recommended for
Les guides de plongée, les coraux qui sont tous plus beaux les uns que les autres et enfin les couchers de soleil depuis le sundeck qui sont extraordinaires
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Iu C
  • Spain Spain
Narayana great experience!

Ya por si solo sabes que vas a ir a una de las mejores zonas de buceo del país (y de Sud Asia), además de tener la suerte si te toca un grupo de buceo genial, y los propietarios y staff (incluyo instructores de buceo) se lo curran para que estés lo más cómodo posible y disfrutes el máximo posible, pues tienes un destino que no cabe otra resultado que es, ÉXITO ABSOLUTO. Muy recomendable para los amantes de tiburones (y todo tipo de multicolores de coral y peces, no te los acabas), nivel de dificultad medi-bajo. Piden 50 inmersiones, no por la dificultad de buceo, si no por el destrozo que puedes causar si no tienes suficiente experiencia y te cargas corales y demás, lo cual está super protegido, y me parece esencial este nivel para respetar una joya como Tubbataha Reefs. Go go Dive!

Recommended for
Dive&divers, staff, food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Carlos C
  • Brazil Brazil

The entire experience. It was amazing

Recommended for
The crew, the divers, the people are very friendly