Stella Maris Explorer, Philippines

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Highlights

  • Fully air-conditioned with carpeted interiors
  • En-suite cabins with hot & cold water showers
  • Memory foam mattresses and pillows
  • Large sundeck with bar and jacuzzi
  • Free Nitrox for certified divers
  • Up to 4 dives per day at Tubbataha Reefs

Designed with comfort in mind, the Stella Maris Explorer offers year-round liveaboard diving in the Philippines. Ten spacious 'retro-chic' cabins accommodate up to 21 guests. Each cabin features memory foam mattresses and pillows, AC, storage space and private en-suite bathrooms. The cabins are spread over 3 decks with a choice of deluxe or premium economy, with twin, double or queen beds available. Social areas include a spacious salon with a large TV and dining area where expertly prepared meals and snacks incorporating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and a variety of proteins are served. The top deck offers chairs and loungers either in the sun or covered area, the perfect place to soak up the sun, relax in between dives or enjoy a stunning sunset with a cocktail.

The Stella Maris Explorer yacht offers itineraries to dive the best of Tubbataha in the Sulu Sea and Apo Reef & Coron. Up to 4 dives per day are scheduled for the opportunity to dive in nutrient-rich waters which brings sharks, mantas, dolphins and a whole host of macro critters. Diving is made easy with the 2 custom-designed 26ft/8mtr hard bottom dive tenders, and groups are kept small with a diver to guide ratio of 5:1. Nitrox is also available for those certified.

Join the Stella Maris Explorer yacht for a fantastic dive liveaboard in the Philippines. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Nitrox, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Park, Port and Fuel Fees (270-370 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox Course (270 USD), Private Dive Guide (600 USD), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (250-485 USD), Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Laundry / Pressing Services, WiFi internet.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Available for Charter
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Wine Available
  • 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.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area
  • Free Nitrox

The crew speaks English.


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 1980
  • Year renovated 2018
  • Length 33 meters
  • Deck area 12 sqm
  • Beam 6.5 meters
  • Top speed 15 knots
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines Single
  • Max guests 20
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 10
  • Tenders 2
  • Water capacity 30 tons
  • Fuel capacity 30 tons

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

Stella Maris Explorer Reviews

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • 4 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.0
  2. Crew
    10.0
  3. Food
    10.0
  4. Diving
    10.0
  5. Value
    10.0
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kenneth D
  • United States United States
The Stella Maris Explorer provided an amazing scuba diving trip in Tubbataha Philippines !

Being with in 5 feet of a 25 foot Whale Shark was absolutely AMAZING ! The staggering amount of different fish, healthy coral reefs and marine life big and small was the trip of a life time. The whole crew from Captain to deck hands were professional, friendly and treated everyone like family and served up tasty food at every meal. I would definately reccomend and use the Stella Maris anytime I come back to the Philippines. To the crew I can't thank you enough for making my dreams come true !

Recommended for
# 1 scuba diving with a Whale Shark, #2 scuba diving with a Whale Shark, #3 Did I mention divng with a Whale Shark?
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Amos M
  • United States United States
Amazing!

The scuba diving along with awesome company and great food

Recommended for
The diving, the crew, and the food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kim C
  • United States United States
This was such a great trip, I am planning on returning next year with my husband!

I am an older female diver (55 years) traveling alone. The crew and dive masters were amazingly professional. I have been diving for 30+ years all over the world and sometimes have encountered micro examples of sexism, but not one this boat and with this crew. The diving itself is amazing, especially for corals and fish life. l live on a tropical island and have seen the damage to reefs over time, so the health and diversity of these reefs was amazing.

Recommended for
1. the diving: the natural beauty was astounding. 2. the food was fantastic. 3. the organization of dive boats was fantastic.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Zander R
  • Australia Australia
Wonderful diving experience with an experienced diving crew

Excellent camaraderie onboard, all crew were super lovely, gear was very well looked after and the boat moved around freely to avoid chop and other dive boats. Felt very well accommodated, everything went very smoothly and we had some wonderful wall dives. If you don't like sleeping on satin, bring your own sheets.

Recommended for
Great instructors, great food and a really well appointed boat
Origin: US