Stella Maris Explorer, Philippines

Excellent crew and service

“White tips, Napolian wrasses, trigger fish, huge schools of jacks, greens and hawksbills, on and on. Besides the dive group leade…”

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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, 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 a 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 to dive in nutrient-rich waters, bringing sharks, mantas, dolphins, and a 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. 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

  • 8.5 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
    7.6
  2. Crew
    8.7
  3. Food
    9.6
  4. Diving
    8.4
  5. Value
    8.4
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Robert D
  • United States United States
The diving and the crew.

White tips, Napolian wrasses, trigger fish, huge schools of jacks, greens and hawksbills, on and on. Besides the dive group leader, the concept of a safety dive master above the divers gives an added sense of security. Really a fun trip! The dive masters had a great sense of humor and most friendly. My original cabin was adjacent to the engine room which affected my sleep. I was given an upgrade with no charge (there was an empty cabin).

Recommended for
Diving Tubbataha reefs, dive guide leaders, friendly staff.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Fred Louis G
  • United States United States
Comfortable cabin and boat

After pandemic, LiveAboard trip was quite nice. Unfortunately, weather situation wasn't so good. Diving was a little disappointed to us. Will try to do one more time.

Recommended for
Cabin, boat, friendly crew
  • 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
  • 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
  • 9.2 Superb
  • KyooHwang H
  • South Korea South Korea
Very nice comfortable tour

Even though we didn't see the whale shark, the guides did their best.I would like to thank the crew for trying to make it a safe and comfortable dive.T The highlight is that we had a great time together dancing and singing on the last night.

Recommended for
1) food 2) kindness 3) safe guide
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Mikolaj R
  • Poland Poland
Amazing experience with a great crew

The owner made a nice gesture by sending us for a trip to the underground river free of charge as our boat was held back in the port due to bad weather. We lost 1.5days of diving, but the crew made sure we recuperated as many dives as possible by diving 5times a day.

Recommended for
Crew and Food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Gabriele C
  • Germany Germany
I had a fantastic trip

Prestine corals, schools of fish, e.g. Barracudas, Jacks, many turtles, differnt types of sharks and many more.

Recommended for
Very friendly and helpful crew. Food was excellent.
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Jose M
  • Spain Spain
Fantástic.

The guides were very professional. The food was nice.

Recommended for
Frendly staff, professional guides and dive was excelent.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Gordon R
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Comfortable and well equipped boat with well run dive operation, marred only by rather noisy cabin when engine running.

Lovely pristine reefs and walls, with abundant soft and hard coral (especially seafans) and generally great visibility. Some big stuff - though not as much, or as close (for photography) as hoped for.

Recommended for
The reefs and marine life (obviously). Crew handling of dives and camera equipment, and very friendly dive staff. More than decent food.
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Stefan B
  • Italy Italy
It was okay

Tubbataha Reef

Recommended for
Tubbataha Reef