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Special offer !!!

– Guests can receive a 10% discount on ALL cruises on ALL Siren vessels departing between 1st May 2015 and 30th September 2015
– Repeating Siren Fleet customers receive an EXTRA 10% discount when confirming trips departing between 1st May 2015 and 30th September 2015

 

The 40 metre S/Y Philippine Siren luxury diving liveaboard was designed and built using the lessons learnt from our first yacht the S/Y Siren and has been modified to better suit the growing needs of our guests. The 8 cabins are all situated forward of the engine room with 2 fixed double bed cabins located at the bow and 6 twin bed cabins throughout the remaining lower deck quarters, however we offer flexibility with 2 cabins which can be converted from twin to double should guests require (cabins 5 & 6).
The outdoor dining area offers a superb setting for all your meals, with comfortable bench seating set in a semi-circular shape. The dive deck is likely one of the most spacious you will have come across, excepting other Siren Fleet yachts!

We have improved facilities for underwater photographers and videographers, providing both indoor and outdoor designated areas for charging and preparation of your camera and video equipment. Large rinse tanks on the dive deck and a well trained crew!

Built on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, she is a traditional “gaft rigged Phinisi” handcrafted from ironwood and teak. Built by divers for divers the S/Y Philippine Siren is a modern and spacious diving liveaboard.

Aboard the S/Y Philippine Siren we welcome 16 guests on each trip to ensure abundant space for all divers.

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Features of the S/Y Philippine Siren liveaboard include:

    • 8 large air-conditioned cabins each with their own personal audio-visual entertainment system and ensuite bathrooms with hot water through our centrally ehated system. Overbed reading lights and individual controls for your air-conditioning unit are provided for your convenience, as well as several cupboards for clothing and personal items, an in-cupboard safety box and a hairdryer. Each guest is provided with 1 bath & 1 hand towel and a cotton bathrobe for use in the cabin
    • Expansive shaded diving deck area, with individual stations and personal storage drawers. Guests are provided with a 12l aluminim tank, weights & belt. Basic Aqua Lung scuba equipment rental (BCD, Regulator, 3mm wetsuit, mask & fins) and SMB (safety sausage) are provided FREE of charge. Sizing requests can be submitted via the online application form when confirming your booking. For your convenience each guest is provided with a numbered deck towel and more towels are available upon request
    • Spacious air-conditioned lounge with cocktail bar, sofas, 42 inch flatscreen & movie network and library of books & games
    • Covered outdoor dining and refreshment area. All meals are served buffet style and guest may help themselves throughout the day to all soft drinks & snacks that are available
    • Un-shaded Sun Deck with 8 cushioned loungers
    • Enriched Air Nitrox is FREE for all certified Nitrox divers. If you are not a certified Nitrox diver all our instructors can certainly teach you the Enriched Air Diver Specialty during your liveaboard trip
    • 2 high-powered Ridged-Hulled Inflatable Boats accompany the S/Y Philippine Siren
    • Laundry Service – our housekeeper will launder your clothes and return to you the same day (0.50 euro per item)
    • Massage Service – available for 3 hours daily* for 25 Euro/ hour
    • Yacht Boutique, which includes a range of Siren Fleet clothing, reef hooks and nudi-pointers
    • Kayaks, for guest use FREE of charge

* Excepting arrival and departure days

Specialised features for Underwater Photographers & Videographers include:

  • Indoor & outdoor workstations for the preparation and maintenance of cameras and equipment
  • Large storage drawers for your peripheral items
  • Numerous charging points, adapters available (sockets are 2-pin European style)
  • Large rinse tanks with fresh water solely for camera and video equipment.

Liveaboard: S/Y Philippine Siren Itineraries

Diving in the Philippines by luxury liveaboard you will have the opportunity to explore many islands and fantastic coral reefs. The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, surrounded by deep blue seas that contain some of the richest marine life on Earth. Thought by many to be the apex of the coral triangle,diving in the Philippines offers you a wide variety of marine environments to choose from. Dives on steep walls and offshore pinnacles, critter hunting in coastal reefs, and the opportunity to get up close to the World’s largest fish – the whale shark. We offer 4 distinct trips to the islands and dive sites of the Philippines that will whet the appetite of even the most seasoned diver. Join us in Tubbataha, Visayas – Cebu, Bohol, Apo, Negros & Malapascua, Donsol and Leyte.

Visayas Liveaboard Diving Itinerary

Year round – 6 to 10 nights 
The Visayas region is home to some of the best diving in the Philippines, with its nutrient rich water supporting a variety of eco-systems & a wide diversity of marine life. Sites range from steep coral covered walls to gentle sloping reefs and muck diving hotspots. During the tour we visit and dive the islands of Cebu, Cabilao, Panglao, Balicasag and Pescador. Along with Apo Island marine sanctuary and critter hot spot Dauin.

Departing from Cebu the S/Y Philippine Siren cruises southwards to the first stop at Cabilao Island, where steep reef walls are covered with sea fans, corals and sponges. Pygmy seahorses and frogfish are common sightings. Moving on to Balicasag we dive a variety of sites around the tiny island to see turtles and schools of jacks as well as barracuda and snapper. The dark sand slopes of Dauin are the place to find a myriad of tiny odd shaped bottom dwellers from robust ghost pipefish to pipehorses, waspfish and skeleton shrimps.

Apo Island is a testament to the success of the marine sanctuaries in the Philippines and the pristine coralsabound with numerous fish species including redtooth trigger fish, pyramid butterfly fish and blue lined fusileers. Friendly turtles approach divers and at least 8 species of anemone fish can be found here. Moalboal and tiny Pescador Island are the next destination.Schools of sardines are known to pass through with the occasional hungry thresher shark in their wake.Whale sharks are  frequently seen in the channel. Smaller creatures including a wide range of nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs can be found on each reef during every dive. The calm seas and diversity of marine life make the Visayas an ideal diving destination for all experience levels.

Malapascua / Donsol Liveaboard Diving Itinerary

November – December 10 nights 
Different shark species will be the order of the day as the S/YPhilippine Siren cruises between Malapascua Island, on the northern tip of Cebu and Donsol in the Bicol region. Encounters with thresher sharks, black tip reef sharks and whale sharks can all be expected during this 10-night trip. Many of the islands and reef located in this section of the Visayan Sea have seen few divers due to a lack of dive operators in the region. However there sre sites with pristine corals and schools of fish waiting to be explored in depth. Whilst at Ticao we can expect to see manta rays and macro.

Departing from Malapascua the S/Y Philippine Siren crew welcome their guests aboard to spend the first 2-3 days of the trip diving Monad Shoal, Gato Island and the Dona Marilon wreck. A mix of macro critters including sea horses and ghostpipefish are commonly seen, but its the change to seee thresher sharks and manta rays that have our guests repeating dives at Monad Shoal. Moving northwards we then encounter Maripipi, Santo Nino and Almagro Islandswhere topography ranges from dark volcanic sand to steep reef walls laden with sea fans and sponges. Marine life found here includes long nose hawkfish, white tip reef sharks and blue spotted sting rays.

Dives at the Naranyan and Capul Pass follow. Here divers can expect some current as the tides move in through the channels from the Pacific Ocean, which can bring forth pelagics such as grey reef sharks and wahoo.  Reaching Ticao we dive the “Manta Bowl” to spot these gentle giants drawn here by the plankton blook from the San Bernadino Pass. Thresher sharks and the occasional hammerhead have also been spotted here. The island has a range of sites, some where currents can be expected to bring schools of fish, whilst there are plenty of “relaxed” dives where schools of bannerfish, triggerfish, butterflyfish and fusiliers literally engulf divers. Our trip culminates in Donsol, where numerous whale sharks can be seen in the shallow waters of the bay. Only snorkelling is permitted but this provides a better interaction all round.

This trip involves some long distance travel with some 120 nautical miles covered. Your cruise director will schedule up to 30 dives and a snorkelling excursion though this will be dependent on the conditions during your cruise.

Trips also operate in reverse, departing from Donsol and culminating in Malapascua.

Leyte & Sogod Bay Liveaboard Diving Itinerary

March to May – 7 day/ 6night
Sogod Bay is world famous for sightings of whale sharks. These enormous filter feeders arrive here each year to feast on the swarms of plankton that bloom in the warm shallow waters. The area is perfect for both scuba diving and snorkelling but its not just the whale sharks that people come to see. The coral reefs around the bays of southern Leyte & Limasawa Island provide havens for numerous fish species and a whole host of weird and wonderful creatures.

The S/Y Philippine Siren liveaboard yacht departs from Mactan, Cebu to spend 6 days within the Sogod Bay area. Working closely with the local municipalities, who act as “spotters”, our dinghies position themselves ahead of the shark so that you may enter the water and are able to watch as it approaches, keeping well away from the head and tail of the shark. The yacht will move to the best areas dependent on the most frequent sightings. The small area of Sunok Bay and the coral slopes of San Ricardo are typically visited andLimasawa Island also sees much whaleshark activity with up to 5 seen in the bay at one time. Only snorkelling is allowed, however whale sharks may also be seen during the dives.
Dive sites vary between steep reefs with soft corals, sponges & black corals to the critter dive hot spot of thePadre Burgos Pier, where seahorses, frogfish, pipefish and mandarin fish can all be seen. The Marine Sanctuary at Napantaw offers stunning soft corals and a great opportunity for over/under photography in the hard coral garden. The walls in Padre Burgos shelter numerous reef fish species, including grouper & sweetlips and within seafans pygmy seahorses are commonly spotted. Occasional visitors to the reefs areeagle rays, meanwhile research is on going to find the manta ray cleaning station that has been reported by local fishermen.

Tubbataha Liveaboard Diving Itinerary

February to June – 6 nights / 13 nights 
Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993, in recognition of its outstanding universal value in terms of marine life species diversity and richness, Tubbataha Reef offers some truly amazing diving, only accesible by liveaboard. These reefs consist of vertical walls or near drop off’s rising out of great depths where hammerheads, thresher sharks and whale sharks can be seen. The shallow reef tops are teeming with colourful reef fish whilst at many dive sites stingrays, spiny lobsters, immature manta rays and turtles are found.

150km South East of Puerto Princessa, on Palawan Island, the Tubbataha reef system consists chiefly of two atolls (North and South) and the Jessie Beazley reefs. After an overnight cruise of approximately 14 hours we arrive at the Tubbataha Reef system to enjoy up to 4 dives per day over the course of our 6-night trip. The delicate reef system supports over 600 different fish species and over 300 coral species, whilst providing a haven for nesting hawksbill and green turtles along with numerous birds. A field station on the North atoll is manned by rangers year-round, during our trips we visit with the rangers to learn more aboutconservation and reef protection.
Dive sites include Washing Machine, where many shark species can be sighted in the speedy current, theDelsan Wreck – now home to a plethora of reef fish andwhite tip reeef sharks as well as Amos’ Rock. Seafan Alley is where huge sea fans adorn the reef walls whilst Staghorn Point boasts fields of staghorn corals. Divers can expect to see stunning corals, schools of jacks, numerous reef sharks, marble rays, blue spotted sting rays, turtles, unicorn and triggerfishes in schools. There are a wide variety of smaller creatures from sea cucumbers to coral crabs, ghost pipefish to sea stars, crinoids with cling fish and pygmy seahorses. After our final dive on day 6, the yacht will make the cruise back to Puerto Princesa where the trip will culminate.
The S/Y Philippine Siren also offers extended 13 night trips, which combine 5-6 days of diving at the Tubbataha reefs with the highlights of diving the Southern Visayas. These trips depart from Puerto Princessa or Cebu.

 

Liveaboard Trip price includes:-

  • Essential dive equipment of Aqua Lung Wave BCD, Calypso regulator, 3mm shorty wetsuit, mask & fins.* 12l aluminium tank & weights, SMB (safety sausage)
  • Free Nitrox fills for all certified Nitrox divers!
  • All meals, refreshments & snacks such as coffee, tea, herbal tea, fresh water, carbonated soft drinks, fruit juice, fresh fruit & cookies.
  • Free local brand beer.
  • Local transfers to/from the yacht to/from the local airport (excepting Batangas Trip departures)

Liveaboard Trip price excludes:-

    • International & domestic flights
    • Marine Park, Port Fees & Taxes from 75 Euro/ person

* Torch and Dive computer rental 5 Euro/ day

Optional Extras which may be purchased whilst on board:-

  • Wine, Cocktails & Spirits (25 Euro / 5 Euro / 4 Euro)
  • Massages & Laundry (25 Euro/hr / 0.50 Euro/item)
  • PADI Dive Courses ( from 150 Euro)

Optional extras, Marine Park, Port fees and taxes payable on board the S/Y Philippine Siren  and S/Y P. Siren are priced in Euros. We accept cash payment in Euro, US$, GBP, AAU$, NZ$ or Philippine Peso (PhP) as well as all major credit cards (excepting Amex). All credit card transactions will be billed in Philippine Peso dependent on the exchange rate at the time of your trip and an admin fee of 3% will be applied.