Navis 1 Liveaboard, Philippines

Excellent food and drinks

“The crew makes this experience incredible. They are all so nice and go out of their way to make sure you are happy. Food was incre…”

Roxanne B, United States United States
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  • Nitrox available
  • Dedicated camera room

Embark on a Palawan dive trip aboard the Navis 1, a spacious 23m/76ft long catamaran liveaboard based in Palawan, Philippines. The Navis 1 accommodates 18 guests in double and twin cabins, each with air conditioning, large windows, and private ensuite bathrooms. As the Navis 1 cruises the pristine, island-filled waters of Palawan, guests can enjoy gourmet meals in the open-air dining area, taking in the incredible vistas of Palawan from the spacious roof deck.

What distinguishes the Navis 1 experience is the spaciousness that only comes with a catamaran and diving the Philippines' most pristine and untouched dive sites. Dive into the rich ecosystems of Apo Reef, explore the history-embedded WWII wrecks in Coron, and dive with mantas and sharks in the remote areas between El Nido and Coron.

Book your Palawan dive trip aboard the Navis 1 today.

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Included: VAT, Environment Tax, Fuel Surcharge, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Night Dives, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkeling Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: Dive Insurance, National Park Fees (80-120 USD per trip), Port Fees (50 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (60 USD per trip), Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Extra Dives, Nitrox, Rental Gear (20 USD per day), Scuba Diving Courses (15,000 PHP).

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

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Wine Available
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Beach BBQ
  • Al Fresco Dining

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
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English, French, and Italian.

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

Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2009
  • Year renovated 2022
  • Length 23 meters
  • Beam 13 meters
  • Top speed 10 knots
  • Cruising speed 7 knots
  • Engines 2x Weichai 350hp
  • Max guests 22
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 12
  • Tenders 2
  • Water capacity 10000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 8000 liters

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
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Navis 1 Reviews

  • 9.2 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Roxanne B
  • United States United States
Amazing experience!

The crew makes this experience incredible. They are all so nice and go out of their way to make sure you are happy. Food was incredible, I think I am spoiled for the rest of my life now. Diving on this trip was epic! I was in a shared room which was ok - if you only care about the room this boat is not for you. But it’s a diving liveaboard so I spent very little time in the room - just to sleep. Thank you so much!

Recommended for
The crew, the dive locations, the food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Kitti Kata H
  • Hungary Hungary
Great crew and lovely journey!

The crew is amazing and kind, with experienced dive instructors who are enthusiastic about each dive. We even got few marine biology presentations. The food was delicious and the chef made sure we were never hungry. However, the boat could use a facelift, though it matches the pictures. There's also a need for a new nitrox analyzer as the current one is unreliable. The team is aware and actively addressing these issues.

Recommended for
crew; food, dive instructors
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Silvia L
  • Switzerland Switzerland
awesome dives, best crew and meals but our cabin was loud and smelly

amazing divesites at Apo Reef. great staff.

Recommended for
amazing divesites with great diveguides. delicious food. great crew but boat needs to be renovated
  • 9.2 Superb
  • DOUG B
  • Canada Canada

My wife and I did the 8 day trip. I would recommend it to anyone serious about seeing as much of Philippines diving in one journey as possible. It's pretty intensive, but also very satisfying and exiting. The bed was comfortable, and the cabins have private bathrooms that could use a little TLC, but they are clean. The boat being multihull is quite spacious in the shared areas and functions well for it's new purpose. It just needs a little spiffing up as it is relatively new to this role. Pricing is very reasonable. It did meet all of our expectations. The staff are wonderful, I could name a couple that stand out but I don't want to take away from the whole excellent team. The food is excellent and the chef takes great care to keep everyone well fed. Thank you all for a great trip!

Recommended for
The diving, the crew, the food, Apo Reef.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • richard H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Life enhancing

This is my fourth and so far favourite liveaboard. Palawan’s breathtaking scenery and the consistently great diving is memorable. The boat is comfortable and functional - if you come expecting diptyque toiletries and cable TV in your room you may be disappointed- if great diving facilities are more important you will be delighted. The experience however is made by the crew, all of whom are gracious, warm hearted and helpful beyond comparison. I can’t praise them enough. I left feeling rejuvenated, excited for my next trip but sad to be leaving so many wonderful people behind. Special mention to Mimi whose smile could power a small town.

Recommended for
The crew, the diving facilities, the dive sites
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Maria Miguel F
  • Portugal Portugal
Best crew and diving guides

What the boat may lack in comfort, is widely compensated by the know how and quality of the people on board.

Recommended for
Guides, crew, location
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Helen H
  • Australia Australia
Palawan diversity didn't disappoint

The wrecks of Coron, seeing a dugong, diving Barracuda Lake, the tireless work of the boat crew.

Recommended for
Organisation of dive schedule, diversity of fish and dive sites, an exceptional dive guide (Ranger) who sought to optimise our diving experience while keeping us safe.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • David M
  • Canada Canada
A budget operation but good value overall

I had a good time but imho these gushing 9-10.0 reviews are not very helpful. I will try to provide some solid information, which may be appreciated by some. I booked Navis 1 wanting to dive the Coron wrecks. It was an excellent experience. The crew were fabulous. What I will address are other factors including the vessel, food, service, equipment, itinerary and safety. TLDR: If you want to dive Coron wrecks, Navis 1 is your affordable but basic choice, and I think you will have a good time. I am a PADI master diver and in the past few years have done 5 liveaboards. One Great Barrier Reef, two Thailand, one Philippines Cebu/Leyte aboard Seadoors, and now a week doing Coron to El Nido aboard Navis 1. Unfair to compare Navis 1 with GBR Spirit of Freedom, which is a spectacular vessel and crew, managed to Australian standards. My comparisons will be relative to Thailand and especially to the very excellent Seadoors, my only other Philippines experience. THE VESSEL ... is a catamaran originally commissioned as a livestock (pig) transport, now converted for diving. She is spacious, stable and well suited to her new purpose, with plenty of room for briefings and relaxation - but there are a few unfortunate things that were OK for pigs but not so great for divers, such as the diesel exhaust right where you board the tenders, and lack of a below-decks generator. Many remarks made by my fellow divers about breathing diesel fumes as we waited to load and push off in the tenders. A large generator installed directly adjacent to the diving deck creates deafening noise, requiring dive briefings in the adjacent cabin to be practically shouted. My cabin had two beds with no shelf, ledge or surface on which to place anything. Storage is under the bed so get used to living with all your stuff on the floor, except your cell phone which you will sleep with because the single outlet is centered 6 inches above your mattress. In my other experiences the cabins were better furnished with storage cubbies and an actual table for your stuff. Mattress was OK but the only bedding was a blanket without a sheet, an odd and uncomfortable choice in tropical heat. You will be issued a SINGLE towel for the trip which you cannot realistically dry on the top deck because there is no good way to secure it without risk of loss when underway. Mine was smelling a bit sour by day 4. In contrast, Seadoors provided cabin towels on demand as well as fresh towels on the dive deck after every single dive. Seadoors also provided cabin service daily but there is none aboard Navis 1. Where other vessels have been air conditioned throughout, only the cabins have A/C on Navis 1, but it worked well and there were fans set up in the common area. My Navis cabin had a large plastic window but it was so filthy on the outside that it was not a pleasure to look out. There was no hot water in the morning, which was a first in my experience, although sometimes warm water was available late in the day. FOOD ... was just OK and there was frequently not enough. Without exageration, every single lunch and dinner was chicken, pork, rice and a veg, prepared Filipino style. Every. Single. Meal. No seafood because "we would rather look at them". Meals seved buffet style on mini wooden plates the size of a salad plate. Numerous times some of us returned to the buffet hoping for a little bit more but everything except rice would be finished. This was a VERY unwelcome first for me on any liveaboard. The only free beverage was water. Contrast with Seadoors: ample amounts and variety including pastas, french fries, mashed, sausages, lasagna, beef, cheese, shrimp, fish, stir fry, salad with every meal, fruit juices every meal, fresh prepared dessert with every dinner, etc. First breakfast on day 1 was your choice of... any overripe banana you wanted. I don't eat bananas. Day 2 was the same so thereafter I asked chef for a piece of toast. As a general rule there were no snacks available

Recommended for
Coron wrecks, crew, value for money
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Tina G
  • Germany Germany
Apo Reef

Again a wonderful trip! The vibes on the boat are special and the crew is absolutely top!!! Apo reef was amazing to dive, the marine life is great.

Recommended for
Dives, Crew and equipment
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Grahame G
  • Australia Australia
Cruising through Paradise

- the beautiful island scenary and remote beaches. - the health and vibrancy of the diverse coral reef systems. - the interactions with the crew.

Recommended for
1.above water scenery. 2. coral 3. sunsets.