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S/Y PHILIPPINES SIREN

The S/Y Philippine Siren is a 40 metre luxury Diving liveaboard built by divers for divers on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.  She is handcrafted from teak and ironwood and is a traditional ‘gaft rigged Phinsi’. With 8 cabins including 2 double bed fixed cabins and 6 twin which two can be converted to double, it provides flexibility for all our divers. The S/Y Philippine Siren has an incredibly spacious dive deck compared to other liveaboards. Indoor and outdoor designated areas are provided for both charging and preparation of your video and camera equipment with large rinse tanks.  All this is overseen by our well trained and experienced crew.  Semi circular comfortable bench seating offers excellent al fresco dining.  This beautiful liveaboard can welcome 16 guests onboard offering an abundance of space for each guest.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

SCHEDULES 2016

SCHEDULES 2017

DIVE SITES

S/Y  PHILIPPINES SIREN SPECIFICATIONS

Deck plan of the SY Philippines Siren showing upper deck and lower deck compartments

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Built: 2013

Length: 40 metres

Breadth: 9.7 metres

Draft: 3 metres

Construction Material: Ironwood

Engines: Marinized Nissan RH-10    Mitsubishi 6D-22

Max Speed: 10 knots

Generators: 3 x Yanmar

Water Storage: 16 tonnes

ONBOARD SAFETY

First Aid

Emergency Responders

Emergency Oxygen

Life Jackets

Life Rafts

Life Rings

Radios

EPIRB

Fire Fighting Equipment

Smoke Detectors

THE CREW

Captain: 1

Engineer: 1

Chefs: 2

Deck Hands 1

Tender Drivers 2

Housekeeper: 1

Host: 1

Dive Team: 3

ACCOMMODATION

Guests: 16

Twin Cabins: 6*

Double Cabins: 2

En-suite

Air-Conditioning

Wall Fan

Entertainment System

Personal Safe

Towels

Bathrobe

Hairdryer

Amenities: Shower Gel

*2 twin cabins can be adapted to double bed cabins if required.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Full Board: FOC

Fresh Coffee:FOC

Black & Herbal Teas FOC

Carbonated Soft Drinks FOC

Fruit Juices: FOC

Beer: FOC

Wines & Spirits

Electrolyte powders:  FOC

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaks FOC

Massage

DIVING FACILITIES

Scuba Equipment Rental:  FOC*

12l & 15l tanks aluminium valve Fittings DIN & International

Nitrox Bank System: FOC

Compressors: 2 x MCH13

NOT Tec Diving Friendly

Rebreather Friendly

Rebreather Rental

Surface Marker Buoys FOC

Nautilus Lifeline

Tenders: 2

Dive Courses:   AOW, EANx

*Aqua Lung BCD, Regulator, 3mm wetsuit, mask & fins available FOC. Additional charges apply for computer & torch rental.

COMMUNAL AREAS

Indoor Lounge

Outdoor Dining Area

Sundeck (un-shaded)

Cushioned Loungers 8

Outdoor Shaded Area

Personal Item Storage

Camera Table

Charging Station

Adapter Plugs European

DIVE DECK

Personal Storage

Camera Rinse Tanks

Camera Table

Fresh Water

Deck Towel

Deck Heads: 2

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SAMPLE ITINERARY

Batangas-Coron

Malapascua-Donsol

Malapascua &

Visayas

Southern Leyte

Southern Visayas

Tubbataha

Tubbataha &
 Visayas

BATANGAS-CORON

 

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari with the Siren Fleet in the Philippines. We wish to show you the very best diving possible but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, currents and how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes. This itinerary involves some long distance travel. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2 Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
  • Snack
  • Briefing for Sunset or Night dive Dinner

For your final day aboard we schedule 2 morning dives to allow plenty of time for off- gassing before disembarkation and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

 

Anilao

A must for ‘muck diving’ enthusiasts, our guests can explore a variety of dive sites which are densely populated with marine creatures, choosing from:-

Secret Bay a perfect dark sand critter diving site offers plenty of variety of macro with sightings of mimic octopus, pygmy cuttlefish, robust ghost pipefish, flying gurnards, dragonets and seahorses. Also to be spotted are the almost transparent skeleton shrimps and fire urchins.

Twin Rocks with its typically mild current attracts a range of colorful reef fish from sweetlips to butterfly fish, as well as schools of yellow tail barracuda, batfish and trevally. Ribbon eels are often seen here also.

Dead Palm just off the Calumpan Peninsula is ideal for spotting nudibranchs, stone fish, demon stingers, numerous crustaceans and eels.

Sombrero Island Coral Garden where huge boulders covered in corals can be found sheltering moray eels, sweetlips, coral groupers and porcupine fish.

Layag Layag – offers chance to see reef sharks and other large pelagic species but also smaller critters and Spanish Dancers Anilao Pier provides a superb site for night diving. Bobbit worms, snake eels, bobtail squid & stargazers can be seen lurking out of the sandy bottom, whilst coconut octopus, pipehorses and schools of catfish are also commonly seen.

Koala offers a relaxing dive with typically mild current affording divers the time and to search the many whip corals, barrel sponges and crinoids for xeno crabs, pink squat lobsters, clingfish & crinoid shrimp. Commonly seen are pygmy seahorses, cowfish and mantis shrimp.

Kirby’s Rock reef walls adorned with seafans are the place to hunt for the bargibanti pygmy seahorses that typically hide within. Squat lobsters, cling fish and harlequin crabs are amongst the other critters found at this site close to Caban Island.

Verde Island’s “Drop Off” provides for a fast-paced drift dive along the steep reef walls of this small island in the passage formed between Luzon and Mindoro islands.

Beatrice Rock close to Sombrero Island offers schools of bannerfish, Moorish idols, triggerfish and plenty of butterfly fish varieties as well as many species of moray eel including fimbriated and snowflake. Currents can be strong here!

 

Apo Reef

The largest contiguous coral reef in the Philippines, Apo Reef Natural Park consists of 3 islands, Apo Major, Apo Menor and Cayos del Bajo. The mangroves on Apo Major serve as a breeding ground for a range of fish species, mammals and invertebrates and with the diverse coral life the islands also attract many pelagic species too.

Typical marine life sightings in any dive include white tip reef sharks, dog tooth tuna, Napoleon wrasse, schools of surgeon fish, red tooth trigger fish, pyramid butterfly fish, blue fin trevally, green & hawksbill turtle, giant moray eels and barracuda. Eagle rays and manta rays have been known to cruise by, with the occasional black tip reef shark sighting. Currents though quite often mild, can increase in intensity, particularly at Bahura 29 and South West Apo Major, bringing with it larger fish schools and the possibility of hunting action! Your cruise director will choose sites based on the best conditions and variety of marine life that is being seen during the season.

 

Dimipac Island

Diving sites at Dimipac Island provide a range of topography mixing healthy coral gardens with sandy bottoms over which to spot a wide range of fish and critters. Eagle rays, schools of surgeon fish and neon fusiliers, black tip reef sharks, hawksbill and green turtles, big eye jacks, Napoleon wrasse and dog tooth tuna are some of the larger regular visitors to the reefs. Meanwhile keen-eyed divers can also frequently see a myriad of smaller camouflaged species including ornate & robust ghost pipefish, cockatoo waspfish, mushroom coral pipefish, demon stingers and flambouyant cuttlefish.

 

 

Busuanga Island & the Coron Wrecks

Offering a combination of historical World War II wrecks and stunning reefs each day, there are 12 known wrecks within recreational diving depths and your cruise director will choose the best sites based on the conditions of the day. Options include:- Arkitsushima is a Japanese Navy seaplane lying between 18-38m (60-130ft). She is 113m (320ft) long she broke apart at the stern as she crashed to the bottom allowing for some basic penetration. The intact masts are covered with black corals and sponges and the wreckage is also home to schools of batfish, swarms of glass fish and shrimp fish.

Kogyo Maru was hit by several bombs and sank quickly to rest at 34m (110ft). Once a navy auxiliary supply ship, within her cargo holds you can still see cement bags and a bulldozer whilst upon her deck the anti-aircraft guns, mast & superstructure provide interesting features to swim around. Scorpion fish, crocodile fish and stone fish lurk amongst the corals and rest on the decks so guests should be mindful of where they put their hands! Experienced wreck divers may also make a more advanced penetration through the machine room, propeller shaft & exit close to the rudder. Though not a designated war grave we do however request that our guest respect the 39 sailors who lost their lives in the sinking.

Tangat Wreck, possibly the Olympia Maru, is a 120m (360ft) long Japanese freighter resting on the bottom at 24m (85ft). Her decks at 18m (60ft) provide a perfect site for divers of all levels to get some wreck experience, with open cargo holds to explore and masts which rise up towards the surface allowing for a multi-level profile. Covered with black coral bushes the wreckage attracts juvenile barracudas, dog tooth tuna and schools of squid.

Okikawa Maru a Japanese Oiler, thought to be the Taiei Maru, was actually sunk after being hit by several bombs in two separate attacks. During the first attack she caught fire and was still visible however on the 9th October a second attack proved fatal and she sunk down to 26m (85ft). An interesting dive, the wreck offers several features and the possibility of deeper exploration attracting schools of snappers and sweetlips she is also home to smaller creatures including seahorses, nudibranchs and skeleton shrimps. With a typically mild current the Okikawa Maru is suitable for both day and night dives. Lusong Gunboat is ideal for divers of all levels and provides a great spot for a late afternoon dive as she rests at just 10m (30ft). Corals and sponges grow over this small 35m (100ft) subchaser. Schools of cardinal fish gather here along with snappers, clumps of anemones and resident fish, gobies and jawfish.

Twin Peaks is best dived at sunset to witness the mandarin fish mating ritual. Bobtail squid, cuttlefish, juvenile sweetlips and seapens are commonly sighted also.

Cayangan Lake also known as Barracuda Lake for the large barracuda that lurks in the water! A short hike brings you to a freshwater lake, surrounded by spectacular limestone pinnacles. Descending through the water you can feel the thermoclines and a gradually increasing water temperature …. A bizarre experience for any diver.

Siete Pescados South provides an easy relaxed die, though with typically lower visibility (5m / 15ft) than other dives in the area. Schools of snapper, sergeant majors, banner fish and sweetlips are amongst the regular fish species seen, along with coral groupers, rabbit fish, ribbon eels, squat lobsters and banded sea snakes.

 

 

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MALAPACUA-DONSOL

 

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari with the Siren Fleet in the Philippines. We wish to show you the very best diving possible but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, currents and how

busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes. This itinerary involves some long distance travel. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2 Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
  • Snack
  • Briefing for Sunset or Night dive Dinner

For your final day aboard we schedule 2 morning dives OR snorkeling activity to allow plenty of time for off-gassing before disembarkation and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

 

Malapascua Island

Monad Shoal - one of the few dive spots in the World where the shy pelagic thresher sharks may be seen on a daily basis. Divers rest at approximately 25m (90ft) on the sandy bottom to watch the sharks approach and be cleaned. Other visitors to the shoal include manta, devil and eagle rays. Diving with Nitrox is recommended to enjoy extended bottom time.

Kimud Shoal – close by to Monad Shoal and running along the same outer reef ridge is another superb site to spot for thresher sharks and a variety of rays, but the main draw is the opportunity to see hammerhead sharks that visit the waters here between December and May each year. Other pelagic species that frequent the area include tuna, white tip reef sharks and dolphins! Minimum depth of 12m (40ft).

Bantigi – a shallow reef with sandy bottom at just 12m (40ft) provides a macro lovers delight, where all manner of benthic species can be found; mantis shrimps, fire urchins with resident zebra crabs, frogfish and moray eels. Mimic octopus and hairy frogfish have also been spotted along the sand here.

There are numerous shallow reef sites dotted around the island at which we make our afternoon and night dives. Commonly sighted are a variety of anemone fish, flambouyant cuttlefish, seahorses, frogfish, ghost pipefish, cowries, porcelain crabs and even schools of batfish.

 

Gato Island

A Marine Reserve and sea snake sanctuary, the island of Gato provides a diverse range of marine life; cuttlefish can be seen performing their mating rituals whilst white tip reef sharks seek shelter under bommies and a plethora of macro critters command the sea floor. There are several sites around the small island and we choose from the following:- White Tip Alley as the name suggests provides an almost guaranteed sighting of white tip reef sharks that enjoy their rest on the sand tucked under rocks and coral bommies. Other species found here include scorpion fish and seahorses. Pygmy seahorses may also be found too as well as whip coral shrimps which cling to the colourful whip corals adorning the overhangs of the island.

Nudibranch City – rubble, rocks, sponges and corals provide a perfect habitat and create an “Undersea City” for a wide variety of nudibranchs and flatworms. Blue dragons, chromodoris, hypselodoris, and plakobranchs.

The Cave – running through Gato Island, divers can take a journey to the other side! Keeping a look out for resting white tip sharks or use your light to search for lobsters and crabs that like to dwell within the cavern. Currents need to be navigated to ensure a timely exit and inexperienced divers are recommended to stay on the outside where juvenile white tips are also found resting.

 

Malapascua Wrecks

Dona Marilyn – Lying on her starboard side at a depth of 32m (110ft) this 100m (300ft) long passenger ferry is now a haven for marble and blue spotted stingrays and home to schools of sweetlips. Covered with corals and the remains of fishing nets she gives an eerie vibe to divers – not least because of the many people who lost their lives during her sinking more than 20 years ago. Guarding the wreckage is a resident giant moray eel and also commonly seen are large scorpion fish, lionfish and cuttlefish.

Minimum depth 18m (60ft).

Tapilon, a Japanese cargo vessel sunk during WWII, is now covered in bushes of black corals and home to a wealth of macro life including tiny skeleton shrimp and squat

lobsters.

 

Sambawan Island

Stunning corals and the opportunity to see black tip reef sharks is the main draw for dives at Sambawan Island.

 

Maripipi Island

This volcanic island reaches 700m above sea level and provides a dramatic backdrop to top side views whilst underwater the dark sand and warmth attract a wealth of critters. Likened to diving the dark sands in Dauin (Negros) exploring here we can expect to find seahorses, frogfish, pipefish, nudibranchs and a range of odd-shaped critters that make the seabed their home.

 

Kerikite, Almagro & Santo Nino islands

Dives along the coral and sponge laden reef walls are the signature of these tiny islands. Huge sea fans stack up in a variety of colours running down from 3m – to over 30m.

Divers can get lost amongst them and there is a high probability of long nose hawkfish and pygmy seahorse sightings for keen-eyed patient divers. Blue spotted sting rays can be found resting on the sandy bottom whilst white tip reef sharks put in an occasional appearance. Plenty of fish and amazing corals just about sums up the dive sites!

 

Naranyan Pass & Capul pass

If you like to have isolation and be away from civilization then the Naranyan/Capul pass is the place for you. The island scenery and chance to go ashore brings us to this region but there is also plenty to see underwater including nudibranchs, crustaceans and ribbon eels. Current depending divers may be lucky with a shark encounter or two on the outer lying shoals; however with incoming swells direct from the Pacific Ocean dives are very dependent on the local conditions being safe.

 

Ticao & San Miguel islands

Manta Bowl Shoal lies in the middle of the ocean and is considered the “Manta Ray Capital” of the Philippines, due to the high concentration of plankton brought in on the San Bernardino currents. Also attracted into the “Ticao Pass” are thresher, whale and hammerhead shark species.

Shark Apartment Along the sandy bottom are numerous coral covered boulders which provide shelter for resting white tip reef sharks, whilst colourful reef fish such as angel and banner fish hover above.

 

R.A.C. Point provides a variety of topography in one site; including a coral garden and sandy slope. Schools of butterfly fish, fusileers, surgeon fish and triggerfish form vast clouds over the reef, engulfing divers who can just sit back and watch the show. Manta rays also come for cleaning on the bommies so you can expect a dramatic encounter or two.

The Point on the northern tip of San Miguel Island with its converging currents is THE spot to hang out and watch for sharks, manta rays and eagle rays. Dotted along the reef are numerous caves and crevices which shelter smaller creatures such as lionfish and boxer shrimps – a great place for photography.

Bobby’s Wall on the east of San Miguel Island has s steep coral encrusted slope. Spot scorpion fish and stone fishes that lay in wait amongst the hard and soft coral formations or rest on one of the numerous sponges.

Tuna Alley with its passing train of sardines attracts hungry tuna and barracuda in large numbers which in their turn attract the reef sharks in for the bounty; an exciting dive with strong currents to be expected.

 

Donsol

Whale shark snorkelling is the main attraction for marine life lovers visiting Donsol. Between November and June each year the nutrient rich waters of Donsol Bay attract numerous whale sharks in for a feast on plankton and krill. Several sharks can be seen during our snorkelling activities, ranging in size from 4-12m (12 -40ft), many of which have been successfully tagged and identified through on-going research.

Snorkelling with these gentle giants is an awe-inspiring event and we are sure you won’t leave disappointed!

 

 

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MALAPASCUA & VISAYAS

 

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari with the Siren Fleet in the Philippines. We wish to show you the very best diving possible but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, currents and how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes. This itinerary involves some long distance travel. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2 Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
  • Snack
  • Briefing for Sunset or Night dive Dinner

For your final day aboard we schedule 2 morning dives to allow plenty of time for off-

gassing before disembarkation and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

 

Malapascua Island

Monad Shoal is one of the few dive spots in the World where the shy pelagic thresher sharks may be seen on a daily basis. Divers rest at approximately 25m (90ft) on the sandy bottom to watch the sharks approach and be cleaned. Other visitors to the shoal include manta, devil and eagle rays. Diving with Nitrox is recommended to enjoy extended bottom time.

Kimud Shoal – close by to Monad Shoal and running along the same outer reef ridge is another superb site to spot for thresher sharks and a variety of rays, but the main draw is the opportunity to see hammerhead sharks that visit the waters here between December and May each year. Other pelagic species that frequent the area include tuna, white tip reef sharks and dolphins! Minimum depth of 12m (40ft).

Bantigi – a shallow reef with sandy bottom at just 12m (40ft) provides a macro lovers delight, where all manner of benthic species can be found; mantis shrimps, fire urchins with resident zebra crabs, frogfish and moray eels. Mimic octopus and hairy frogfish have also been spotted along the sand here.

There are numerous shallow reef sites dotted around the island at which we make our afternoon and night dives. Commonly sighted are a variety of anemone fish, flambouyant cuttlefish, seahorses, frogfish, ghost pipefish, cowries, porcelain crabs and even schools of batfish.

 

Gato Island

A Marine Reserve and sea snake sanctuary, the island of Gato provides a diverse range of marine life; cuttlefish can be seen performing their mating rituals whilst white tip reef sharks seek shelter under bommies and a plethora of macro critters command the sea floor. There are several sites around the small island and we choose from the following:- White Tip Alley as the name suggests provides an almost guaranteed sighting of white tip reef sharks that enjoy their rest on the sand tucked under rocks and coral bommies. Other species found here include scorpion fish and seahorses. Pygmy seahorses may also be found too as well as whip coral shrimps which cling to the colourful whip corals adorning the overhangs of the island.

Nudibranch City – rubble, rocks, sponges and corals provide a perfect habitat and create an “Undersea City” for a wide variety of nudibranchs and flatworms. Blue dragons, chromodoris, hypselodoris, and plakobranchs,

The Cave – running through Gato Island, divers can take a journey to the other side! Keeping a look out for resting white tip sharks or use your light to search for lobsters and crabs that like to dwell within the cavern. Currents need to be navigated to ensure a timely exit and inexperienced divers are recommended to stay on the outside where juvenile white tips are also found resting.

 

Malapascua Wrecks

Dona Marilyn – Lying on her starboard side at a depth of 32m (110ft) this 100m (300ft) long passenger ferry is now a haven for marble and blue spotted stingrays and home to schools of sweetlips. Covered with corals and the remains of fishing nets she gives an eerie vibe to divers – not least because of the many people who lost their lives during her sinking more than 20 years ago. Guarding the wreckage is a resident giant moray eel and also commonly seen are large scorpion fish, lionfish and cuttlefish. Minimum depth 18m (60ft)

Tapilon, a Japanese cargo vessel sunk during WWII, is now covered in bushes of black corals and home to a wealth of macro life including tiny skeleton shrimp and squat

lobsters.

 

Moalboal, Cebu

Kasai Wall – is where we see many turtles – both hawksbill and green turtles are attracted to the reef here.

Dolphin House Reef – the shallow reef top hosts pipefish and many varieties of nudibranchs. Along the slope we see bannerfish and trevallies, trigger fish and snappers. Turtles are another common sighting.

Tongo Point yellow tail barracuda, shrimp fish hovering in schools, and schools of big mouth mackerel make for an interesting dive. Add crocodile fish, scorpion fish, sea snakes & turtles for an awesome dive site.

Turtle Bay makes for an awesome night dive with juvenile pinate batfish, white snout pipefish, soft coral crabs and so many species of nudibranch- far too many to list!

Serena House Reef a superb spot for a sunset dive to see mandarin fish mating.

 

Pescador Island

The tiny offshore island of Pescador attracts large schools of sardines, just seeing the wall of fish is spectacular in itself but these sardines have also been known to bring some larger friends with them! Fortunate divers have been lucky enough to see whale sharks and thresher sharks here. Other large pelagics include dog tooth tuna, potato groupers & yellow-tail barracuda. Oceanic triggerfish, midnight snappers and blue-lined fusiliers as well as trumpet fish, box fish, turtles, angle fish and batfish are commonly seen. The walls themselves are adorned with gorgonian fans, soft and hard corals provide the perfect places for white-eyed morays to lurk.

 

Sumilon Island

Sumilon Island is where black tip and white tip reefs sharks are known to frequent the waters. The sanctuaries also support numerous fish species and healthy coral growth. Sightings of tuna, batfish, trevally & unicorn fish are common and there is also a wide variety of crustaceans. We typically make two dives here before crossing the strait to Balicasag Island or moving to Pescador Island. Dependent on our guests’ wishes we offer the option to substitute dives for whale shark snorkelling at Oslob, subject to additional fees payable at destination.

 

Apo Island

Apo Island Marine Reserve is one of most successful marine sanctuaries to be established in the Philippines. Night diving is unfortunately not permitted however a sunset dive at The Chapel provides a superb opportunity to watch mandarin fish mating. The order of dives will be based on the currents and conditions of the day choosing from:-

Coconut Point An often fast paced drift brings divers over the sloping coral reef wall. Giant trevally, humphead parrotfish and marbled groupers are seen off the reef along with schools of banner fish. Turtles cruise effortlessly in the currents and nembrotha nudibranchs can be seen munching on tunicates.

Rock Point West Just beyond the chapel opposite the marine park warden’s office, Rock Point offers some of the most stunning hard corals to be found in the region. The steep reef walls support numerous colourful reef species – pyramid butterfly fish and red- toothed trigger fish are here in their hundreds, frogfish, cuttlefish, banded sea snakes and hawksbill turtles are amongst the common sightings.

Boluarte Marbled groupers, batfish & snowflake morays are to be expected, perhaps attracted by the hot bubbles emerging from the dark sand from the active volcano.

 

Dauin, Negros

Your Cruise Director will choose sites based on where the most interesting critters are being seen, these sites include:

The Cars Between 25-30m (80-100ft) lie 2 Volkswagen sunk as an artificial reef and attracting schools of lionfish. Nudibranchs, porcelain crabs & ghost pipe fish are amongst the many weird and wonderful creatures found at this site.

Dauin North The sanctuary just to the left of The Cars, offers a shallow sloping reef, however it is the sand patches to the right of the sanctuary that really capture our attention. Seahorses, minute frogfish, ghost pipefish, flying gurnards, waspfish, devil scorpionfish, pipefish and octopus are all to be found scurrying over the sand. The sand itself appears to move as hundreds of skeleton shrimp bounce their way across. Tiny pygmy pipehorses can also be seen on the shallow shelf during a safety stop – expect to spend a long dive here!

Ginama-An A typical dark sand dive with small out-croppings in which to hunt for octopus, frog fish and scorpion fish, with the occasional turtle cruising by.

Ceres provides a mix of marine life from schools of snapper, banner fish and fusiliers to tiny bubble coral shrimp and squat lobsters. An assortment of anemone fish can be seen including spine cheek and skunk varieties. Demon stingers and smashing mantis shrimp can be seen scurrying along the bottom and robust ghost pipefish can be spotted

 

bobbing about.

Atlantis Sanctuary offers a dark sandy slope with a collection of sunken tyres that provide an artificial reef in which seahorses and pipefish, moray eels, lion fish and nudibranchs can all be found.

San Miguel another critter wonderland! Painted frogfish, varieties of ghost pipefish, cockatoo waspfish and flambouyant cuttlefish are just a few of the most commonly seen species. With occasion we see up to 4 flambouyants in one dive!! During night dives coconut octopus can be seen creeping about with their shells and bobtail squid quickly scurry under the sand.

 

Balicasag Island

The small island of Balicasag, just off the tip of Panglao, is characterised for its many turtles, coral gardens and steep walls which provide overhangs, cracks & crevices in which to search for a variety of marine species.

Sanctuary a steep coral wall covered in soft corals and gorgonian fans. A great place to find frogfish & leaf fish and as you end the dive you can be surrounded by schooling jacks in the shallows.

Divers Heaven/ Cathedral – two dives in one along this stunning wall complete  with crags and overhangs. Sponges, sea fans, soft corals and cup corals provide a haven for many tiny critters such as warty frogfish and porcelain crabs. Also seen are schools of pyramid butterfly fish and banner fish, titan triggerfish moray eel and clown anemones.

Rico's Wall, makes for an interesting dive with shallow swim throughs and gaps in the craggy wall, at sunset turtles can be spotted coming into the reef to rest.

Black Forest, once famed for its black coral is where we encounter schools of jacks, meanwhile leaf fish are often seen resting on the rough coral ledges. Turtles are a common sight in the shallow sea grass garden- a perfect place for your safety stop.

 

Cabilao Island

There are several interesting wall and coral garden dives around the island of Cabilao and we choose from the following:-

Cambiquiz; a fantastic spot with a gentle sloping reef and sandy bottom to 20m – soft corals and seapens can be found dotted over the sand; also a great site for sightings of bent stick pipefish and Pegasus seamoths.

Paradise Wall provides a gentle drift along a fantastic coral reef with schooling fish and plenty of macro life in the shallow water, including odd shaped plakobranks and leaf fish.

 

Lighthouse Sloping walls full of sponges and gorgonian fans. This is a great place to

look for pygmy seahorses and to dive with large green turtles. Also being seen are giant frogfish which can be spotted resting on sponges and numerous cowries hiding amidst the stunning hard coral garden.

Talisay Tree- Pygmy seahorses hang on the huge gorgonian fans that adorn the steep wall. In the shallow coral gardens robust ghost pipe fish attempt to blend in, whilst bubble head shrimps and orangutan crabs are often seen resting on bubble anemones. South Point offers you the opportunity to look for white tip reef sharks that hang out in the caverns within the steep coral wall. Huge tube sponges support giant frogfish, whilst leaf fish and many scorpion fish can be found resting in the crevices.

 

Olango Island & Mactan

Talima Reef wall has soft and whip corals where small critters like to hide. The wreckage of a banca can also be found along the sandy reef shelf – a great place to find grouper and sweetlips; whilst jacks and batfish school above you.

Shangri-la House Reef - The topography is diverse with a wreck, white sand a mini wall, sea grasses and plenty of healthy coral. Schooling fish can be seen and a few treats such as, giant clam, jacks, and batfish put in an appearance

 

 

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SOUTHERN LEYTE

 

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari with the Siren Fleet in the Philippines. We wish to show you the very best diving possible but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, currents and how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes. This itinerary involves some long distance travel. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

 Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2 Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
  • Snack
  • Briefing for Sunset or Night dive Dinner

For your final day aboard we schedule 2 morning dives to allow plenty of time for off- gassing before disembarkation and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

The focus of our trip is snorkelling with whale sharks. We communicate with the local municipalities to bring our guests to the most likely places for sightings and interaction. However the area also offers some superb diving too.

 

Limasawa

Dives are offered at a selection of sites around the island including:-

Gunter’s Wall - Covered with green tree corals and barrel sponges, the wall here is a great place to spot for nudibranchs and crustaceans such as pink squat lobsters. Turtles and sea snakes are also common and the shallow coral gardens are a superb place to hunt for leaf fish, robust ghost pipefish and seahorses.

Crocodile Rocks – A shallow coral garden which turns up little gems such as cuttlefish, nudibranchs and octopus.

Limasawa Pier – A superb place to small the small macro species – finds include frogfish, cowries. Whale sharks do come into this area at night to feed on plankton. Adrian’s Cove – clinging to seawhips divers will often find xeno-crabs at this dive site, as well as many sand dwelling fish such as gobies, jawfish and moray eels.

 

Padre Burgos

Maureen’s Place - A small banca wreckage can be found in the shallow waters whilst the reef slopes down to a whip coral covered wall where schools of snappers and banner fish hang out in the gentle currents. Different coloured pygmy seahorses can be found in the gorgonian fans and stingrays can be seen hiding beneath the table corals.

 

Padre Burgos Pier – At just 6m divers could spend hours at this wondrous site and still not find all of its

hidden gems. Freckled frogfish, stargazers, seahorses, ghost pipe fish, blue ring octopus, pleurobranchs, nudibranchs all muddle together on the soft coral and sponge laden pier supports. Juvenile batfish can also be seen mimicking leaves in the shallow water, meanwhile at sunset the mandarin fish come out to play; definitely a spot for the weird and wonderful.

 

Napantaw Sanctuary

Napantaw Sanctuary - managed by the Coral Cay conservation team the corals are truly impressive and certainly at least 2 dives can be made here along the wall and in the shallow coral garden. The walls are covered with bushes of black corals, sponges, whip corals, sea fans and small sprouting soft corals. Painted frogfish, flat worms and pygmy seahorses are just some of the creatures spotted. The hard coral in the shallower waters have formed into tunnels, offering black tip reef sharks somewhere to hide. Turtles, jacks and barracuda are amongst the common sightings in the area as well as many jelly fish (skinsuit or full length wetsuit is advised)

 

Olango Island & Mactan

Talima Reef wall has soft and whip corals where small critters like to hide. The wreckage of a banca can also be found along the sandy reef shelf – a great place to find grouper and sweetlips; whilst jacks and batfish school above you.

Shangri-la House Reef - The topography is diverse with a wreck, white sand a mini wall, sea grasses and plenty of healthy coral. Schooling fish can be seen and a few treats such as, giant clam, jacks, and batfish put in an appearance

 

 

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SOUTHERN VISAYAS

 

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari with the Siren Fleet in the Philippines. We wish to show you the very best diving possible but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, currents and how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes. This itinerary involves some long distance travel. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2 Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
  • Snack
  • Briefing for Sunset or Night dive Dinner

For your final day aboard we schedule 2 morning dives to allow plenty of time for off- gassing before disembarkation and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

 

Moalboal, Cebu

Kasai Wall – is where we see many turtles – both hawksbill and green turtles are attracted to the reef here.

Dolphin House Reef – the shallow reef top hosts pipefish and many varieties of nudibranchs. Along the slope we see bannerfish and trevallies, trigger fish and snappers. Turtles are another common sighting.

Tongo Point yellow tail barracuda, shrimp fish hovering in schools, and schools of big mouth mackerel make for an interesting dive. Add crocodile fish, scorpion fish, sea snakes & turtles for an awesome dive site.

Turtle Bay makes for an awesome night dive with juvenile pinate batfish, white snout pipefish, soft coral crabs and so many species of nudibranch- far too many to list!

Serena House Reef a superb spot for a sunset dive to see mandarin fish mating.

 

 

Pescador Island

The tiny offshore island of Pescador attracts large schools of sardines, just seeing the wall of fish is spectacular in itself but these sardines have also been known to bring some larger friends with them! Fortunate divers have been lucky enough to see whale sharks and thresher sharks here. Other large pelagics include dog tooth tuna, potato groupers & yellow-tail barracuda. Oceanic triggerfish, midnight snappers and blue-lined fusiliers as well as trumpet fish, box fish, turtles, angle fish and batfish are commonly seen. The walls themselves are adorned with gorgonian fans, soft and hard corals provide the perfect places for white-eyed morays to lurk.

 

Sumilon Island

Sumilon Island is where black tip and white tip reefs sharks are known to frequent the waters. The sanctuaries also support numerous fish species and healthy coral growth. Sightings of tuna, batfish, trevally & unicorn fish are common and there is also a wide variety of crustaceans. We typically make two dives here before crossing the strait to Balicasag Island or moving to Pescador Island.

Dependent on our guests’ wishes we offer the option to substitute dives for whale shark snorkelling at Oslob, subject to additional fees payable at destination.

 

Apo Island

Apo Island Marine Reserve is one of most successful marine sanctuaries to be established in the Philippines. Night diving is unfortunately not permitted however a sunset dive at The Chapel provides a superb opportunity to watch mandarin fish mating. The order of dives will be based on the currents and conditions of the day choosing from:-

Coconut Point An often fast paced drift brings divers over the sloping coral reef wall. Giant trevally, humphead parrotfish and marbled groupers are seen off the reef along with schools of banner fish. Turtles cruise effortlessly in the currents and nembrotha nudibranchs can be seen munching on tunicates.

Rock Point West Just beyond the chapel opposite the marine park warden’s office, Rock Point offers some of the most stunning hard corals to be found in the region. The steep reef walls support numerous colourful reef species – pyramid butterfly fish and red- toothed trigger fish are here in their hundreds, frogfish, cuttlefish, banded sea snakes and hawksbill turtles are amongst the common sightings.

Boluarte Marbled groupers, batfish & snowflake morays are to be expected, perhaps attracted by the hot bubbles emerging from the dark sand from the active volcano.

 

Dauin, Negros

Your Cruise Director will choose sites based on where the most interesting critters are being seen, these sites include:

The Cars Between 25-30m (80-100ft) lie 2 Volkswagen sunk as an artificial reef and attracting schools of lionfish. Nudibranchs, porcelain crabs & ghost pipe fish are amongst the many weird and wonderful creatures found at this site.

Dauin North The sanctuary just to the left of The Cars, offers a shallow sloping reef, however it is the sand patches to the right of the sanctuary that really capture our attention. Seahorses, minute frogfish, ghost pipefish, flying gurnards, waspfish, devil scorpionfish, pipefish and octopus are all to be found scurrying over the sand. The sand itself appears to move as hundreds of skeleton shrimp bounce their way across. Tiny pygmy pipehorses can also be seen on the shallow shelf during a safety stop – expect to spend a long dive here!

Ginama-An A typical dark sand dive with small out-croppings in which to hunt for octopus, frog fish and scorpion fish, with the occasional turtle cruising by.

Ceres provides a mix of marine life from schools of snapper, banner fish and fusiliers to tiny bubble coral shrimp and squat lobsters. An assortment of anemone fish can be seen including spine cheek and skunk varieties. Demon stingers and smashing mantis shrimp can be seen scurrying along the bottom and robust ghost pipefish can be spotted bobbing about.

Atlantis Sanctuary offers a dark sandy slope with a collection of sunken tyres that provide an artificial reef in which seahorses and pipefish, moray eels, lion fish and nudibranchs can all be found.

San Miguel another critter wonderland! Painted frogfish, varieties of ghost pipefish, cockatoo waspfish and flambouyant cuttlefish are just a few of the most commonly seen species. With occasion we see up to 4 flambouyants in one dive!! During night dives coconut octopus can be seen creeping about with their shells and bobtail squid quickly scurry under the sand.

 

Balicasag Island

The small island of Balicasag, just off the tip of Panglao, is characterised for its many turtles, coral gardens and steep walls which provide overhangs, cracks & crevices in which to search for a variety of marine species.

Sanctuary a steep coral wall covered in soft corals and gorgonian fans. A great place to find frogfish & leaf fish and as you end the dive you can be surrounded by schooling jacks in the shallows.

Divers Heaven/ Cathedral – two dives in one along this stunning wall complete  with crags and overhangs. Sponges, sea fans, soft corals and cup corals provide a haven for many tiny critters such as warty frogfish and porcelain crabs. Also seen are schools of pyramid butterfly fish and banner fish, titan triggerfish moray eel and clown anemones. Rico's Wall, makes for an interesting dive with shallow swim throughs and gaps in the craggy wall, at sunset turtles can be spotted coming into the reef to rest.

Black Forest, once famed for its black coral is where we encounter schools of jacks, meanwhile leaf fish are often seen resting on the rough coral ledges. Turtles are a common sight in the shallow sea grass garden- a perfect place for your safety stop.

 

Cabilao Island

There are several interesting wall and coral garden dives around the island of Cabilao and we choose from the following:-

Cambiquiz; a fantastic spot with a gentle sloping reef and sandy bottom to 20m – soft corals and seapens can be found dotted over the sand; also a great site for sightings of bent stick pipefish and Pegasus seamoths.

Paradise Wall provides a gentle drift along a fantastic coral reef with schooling fish and plenty of macro life in the shallow water, including odd shaped plakobranks and leaf fish.

Lighthouse Sloping walls full of sponges and gorgonian fans. This is a great place to look for pygmy seahorses and to dive with large green turtles. Also being seen are giant frogfish which can be spotted resting on sponges and numerous cowries hiding amidst the stunning hard coral garden.

Talisay Tree- Pygmy seahorses hang on the huge gorgonian fans that adorn the steep wall. In the shallow coral gardens robust ghost pipe fish attempt to blend in, whilst bubble head shrimps and orangutan crabs are often seen resting on bubble anemones. South Point offers you the opportunity to look for white tip reef sharks that hang out in the caverns within the steep coral wall. Huge tube sponges support giant frogfish, whilst leaf fish and many scorpion fish can be found resting in the crevices.

 

Olango Island & Mactan

Talima Reef wall has soft and whip corals where small critters like to hide. The wreckage of a banca can also be found along the sandy reef shelf – a great place to find grouper and sweetlips; whilst jacks and batfish school above you.

 

Shangri-la House Reef - The topography is diverse with a wreck, white sand a mini

wall, sea grasses and plenty of healthy coral. Schooling fish can be seen and a few treats such as, giant clam, jacks, and batfish put in an appearance

 

 

 

 

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TUBBATAHA

 

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari with the Siren Fleet in the Philippines. We wish to show you the very best diving possible but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, currents and how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes. This itinerary involves some long distance travel. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2 Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
  • Snack
  • Briefing for Sunset or Night dive Dinner

For your final day aboard we schedule 3 day dives before the yacht cruises to Puerto

Princesa. Onward domestic flights should not be scheduled earlier than 4pm on day of disembarkation to allow plenty of time for off-gassing. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

 

Tubbataha Reef

At the Tubbataha Reef the sites consist of vertical walls or near drop offs rising out of great depths. The shallow reef tops are teeming with local reef fish; in many places stingrays, marble rays, spiny lobsters and juvenile reef sharks are common. The angelfish, butterfly fish, rainbow runners, moorish idols, fusiliers, jacks, snappers and sweetlips follow you around.

Large trevally, tuna and barracuda as well as grey reef sharks and white tip reef sharks can be spotted patrolling the reefs on the majority of the dive sites, whilst manta and eagle rays are occasional visitors. There are several species of turtle known to inhabit the waters of the national park; the most commonly sighted being green and hawksbill. Groupers and wrasse to flourish and sightings of hammerheads and silver tip sharks have been amongst the large elasmobranchs spotted by guests of the Siren Fleet during our cruises. This really is an amazing dive location and rated by those who have been fortunate to dive it as one of the world’s best. Dive sites include:-

Delsan Wreck - is a great place to spot sweetlips, midnight snapper, spotted eagle rays and grey reef sharks. Schools of jacks hang over the reef which is also home to smaller creatures and we see plenty of odd-shaped sea cucumbers too.

Black Rock – There is so much to explore at this dive site that we will often spend the whole day diving here. Schools of surgeon fish, rainbow runners and sweetlips are a common sight, White tip and nurse sharks are found resting under huge table corals and scribbled filefish, box fish and leaf fish add to the colour and spectacle of the stunning reefs; a great site for spotting spiny lobster too!

Washing Machine – All manner of colourful reef fish form schools here. Big eye jacks to tiny orange & purple anthias create a welcoming atmosphere, whilst tiny creatures including cowries wedge themselves amidst the leather corals. It is a great site for turtles and whale sharks have also been spotted here.

Donato’s Wall – Adorned with stunning sea fans and colourful soft corals, Donato’s wall is super for wide-angle photography. Schools of bannerfish hove in the blue, turtles bimble along the wall and from the sandy bed garden eels and gobies emerge. Nurse sharks are also seen here and the hard coral formations are very impressive.

Shark Airport – Dog tooth tuna, schools of trevally, marble rays, eagle rays, nurse sharks and batfish all add drama to the stunning reef. Turtles and moray eels are a common sight but divers should watch out for the triggerfish.

Amos Rock – Moorish idols, sweetlips and snappers all form large schools here, also commonly seen are white tip reef sharks, great barracuda and giant trevally.

Staghorn Point – Golden, Pinate and longfin spade fish all form schools along this fan encrusted wall, meanwhile clouds of purple anthias hover over the fields of staghorn corals in the shallow reef top; also a good site to spy turtles, snow flake morays and spiny lobster.

Jessie Beazley Reefs – Huge schools of surgeon fish and unicorn fish hover over the reefs, where we commonly see numerous grey reef sharks and huge Napoleon wrasse.

 Hammerhead shark sightings have been consistent during the season also.

Malayan – A super site to focus on macro, numerous shrimps and crabs can be found amongst the corals, whilst many types of nudibranch and sea slug are also found on and around the wreckage. The reef wall is also stunning with colourful fans and corals and several species reef sharks can be seen during the dive. Ghost pipefish can be spotted hovering mysteriously above the bottom also.

 

You will also have the opportunity to visit the ranger station on the North Island to learn more about the marine protection of the area.

 

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TUBBATAHA & VISAYAS

 

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari with the Siren Fleet in the Philippines. We wish to show you the very best diving possible but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, currents and how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes. This itinerary involves some long distance travel. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2 Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
  • Snack
  • Briefing for Sunset or Night dive Dinner

For your final day aboard we schedule 2 morning dives to allow plenty of time for off- gassing before disembarkation and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

 

Tubbataha Reef

At the Tubbataha Reef the sites consist of vertical walls or near drop offs rising out of great depths. The shallow reef tops are teeming with local reef fish; in many places stingrays, marble rays, spiny lobsters and juvenile reef sharks are common. The angelfish, butterfly fish, rainbow runners, moorish idols, fusiliers, jacks, snappers and sweetlips follow you around.

Large trevally, tuna and barracuda as well as grey reef sharks and white tip reef sharks can be spotted patrolling the reefs on the majority of the dive sites, whilst manta and eagle rays are occasional visitors. There are several species of turtle known to inhabit the waters of the national park; the most commonly sighted being green and hawksbill. Groupers and wrasse to flourish and sightings of hammerheads and silver tip sharks have been amongst the large elasmobranchs spotted by guests of the Siren Fleet during our cruises. This really is an amazing dive location and rated by those who have been fortunate to dive it as one of the world’s best. Dive sites include:-

Delsan Wreck - is a great place to spot sweetlips, midnight snapper, spotted eagle rays and grey reef sharks. Schools of jacks hang over the reef which is also home to smaller creatures and we see plenty of odd-shaped sea cucumbers too.

Black Rock – There is so much to explore at this dive site that we will often spend the whole day diving here. Schools of surgeon fish, rainbow runners and sweetlips are a common sight, White tip and nurse sharks are found resting under huge table corals and scribbled filefish, box fish and leaf fish add to the colour and spectacle of the stunning reefs; a great site for spotting spiny lobster too!

Washing Machine – All manner of colourful reef fish form schools here. Big eye jacks to tiny orange & purple anthias create a welcoming atmosphere, whilst tiny creatures including cowries wedge themselves amidst the leather corals. It is a great site for turtles and whale sharks have also been spotted here.

Donato’s Wall – Adorned with stunning sea fans and colourful soft corals, Donato’s wall is super for wide-angle photography. Schools of bannerfish hove in the blue, turtles bimble along the wall and from the sandy bed garden eels and gobies emerge. Nurse sharks are also seen here and the hard coral formations are very impressive.

Shark Airport – Dog tooth tuna, schools of trevally, marble rays, eagle rays, nurse sharks and batfish all add drama to the stunning reef. Turtles and moray eels are a common sight but divers should watch out for the triggerfish.

Amos Rock – Moorish idols, sweetlips and snappers all form large schools here, also commonly seen are white tip reef sharks, great barracuda and giant trevally.

Staghorn Point – Golden, Pinate and longfin spade fish all form schools along this fan encrusted wall, meanwhile clouds of purple anthias hover over the fields of staghorn corals in the shallow reef top; also a good site to spy turtles, snow flake morays and spiny lobster.

Jessie Beazley Reefs – Huge schools of surgeon fish and unicorn fish hover over the reefs, where we commonly see numerous grey reef sharks and huge Napoleon wrasse. Hammerhead shark sightings have been consistent during the season also.

 Malayan – A super site to focus on macro, numerous shrimps and crabs can be found amongst the corals, whilst many types of nudibranch and sea slug are also found on and around the wreckage. The reef wall is also stunning with colourful fans and corals and several species reef sharks can be seen during the dive. Ghost pipefish can be spotted hovering mysteriously above the bottom also.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the ranger station on the North Island to learn more about the marine protection of the area.

 

Cagayancillo

We break our journey from the Visayas at the picturesque island of Cagayancillo where the steep walls are adorned with healthy hard and soft corals along with huge sea fans in which the Denise pygmy seahorses can be found. Colourful reef fish, marbled groupers and Napoleon wrasse all entice divers to stay just a little longer.

 

Moalboal, Cebu

Kasai Wall – is where we see many turtles – both hawksbill and green turtles are attracted to the reef here.

Dolphin House Reef – the shallow reef top hosts pipefish and many varieties of nudibranchs. Along the slope we see banner fish and trevallies, trigger fish and snappers. Turtles are another common sighting.

Tongo Point yellow tail barracuda, shrimp fish hovering in schools, and schools of big mouth mackerel make for an interesting dive. Add crocodile fish, scorpion fish, sea snakes & turtles for an awesome dive site.

Turtle Bay makes for an awesome night dive with juvenile pinate batfish, white snout pipefish, soft coral crabs and so many species of nudibranch- far too many to list!

Serena House Reef a superb spot for a sunset dive to see mandarin fish mating.

 

Pescador Island

The tiny offshore island of Pescador attracts large schools of sardines, just seeing the wall of fish is spectacular in itself but these sardines have also been known to bring some larger friends with them! Fortunate divers have been lucky enough to see whale sharks and thresher sharks here. Other large pelagics include dog tooth tuna, potato groupers & yellow-tail barracuda. Oceanic triggerfish, midnight snappers and blue-lined fusiliers as well as  trumpet fish, box fish, turtles, angle fish and batfish are commonly seen. The walls  themselves are adorned with gorgonian fans, soft and hard corals provide the perfect places for white-eyed morays to lurk.

 

Sumilon Island

Sumilon Island is where black tip and white tip reefs sharks are known to frequent the waters. The sanctuaries also support numerous fish species and healthy coral growth. Sightings of tuna, batfish, trevally & unicorn fish are common and there is also a wide variety of crustaceans. We typically make two dives here before crossing the strait to Balicasag Island or moving to Pescador Island.

Dependent on our guests’ wishes we offer the option to substitute dives for whale shark snorkelling at Oslob, subject to additional fees payable at destination.

 

Apo Island

Apo Island Marine Reserve is one of most successful marine sanctuaries to be established in the Philippines. Night diving is unfortunately not permitted however a sunset dive at The Chapel provides a superb opportunity to watch mandarin fish mating. The order of dives will be based on the currents and conditions of the day choosing from:-

Coconut Point An often fast paced drift brings divers over the sloping coral reef wall. Giant trevally, humphead parrotfish and marbled groupers are seen off the reef along with schools of banner fish. Turtles cruise effortlessly in the currents and nembrotha nudibranchs can be seen munching on tunicates.

Rock Point West Just beyond the chapel opposite the marine park warden’s office, Rock Point offers some of the most stunning hard corals to be found in the region. The steep reef walls support numerous colourful reef species – pyramid butterfly fish and red-toothed trigger fish are here in their hundreds, frogfish, cuttlefish, banded sea snakes and hawksbill turtles are amongst the common sightings.

Boluarte Marbled groupers, batfish & snowflake morays are to be expected, perhaps attracted by the hot bubbles emerging from the dark sand from the active volcano.

 

 

Dauin, Negros

Your Cruise Director will choose sites based on where the most interesting critters are being seen, these sites include:

The Cars Between 25-30m (80-100ft) lie 2 Volkswagen sunk as an artificial reef and attracting schools of lionfish. Nudibranchs, porcelain crabs & ghost pipe fish are amongst the many weird and wonderful creatures found at this site.

Dauin North The sanctuary just to the left of The Cars, offers a shallow sloping reef, however it is the sand patches to the right of the sanctuary that really capture our attention. Seahorses, minute frogfish, ghost pipefish, flying gurnards, waspfish, devil scorpionfish, pipefish and octopus are all to be found scurrying over the sand. The sand itself appears to move as hundreds of skeleton shrimp bounce their way across. Tiny pygmy pipehorses can also be seen on the shallow shelf during a safety stop – expect to spend a long dive here! Ginama-An A typical dark sand dive with small out-croppings in which to hunt for octopus, frog fish and scorpion fish, with the occasional turtle cruising by.

Ceres provides a mix of marine life from schools of snapper, banner fish and fusiliers to  tiny bubble coral shrimp and squat lobsters. An assortment of anemone fish can be seen including spine cheek and skunk varieties. Demon stingers and smashing mantis shrimp can be seen scurrying along the bottom and robust ghost pipefish can be spotted bobbing about. Atlantis Sanctuary offers a dark sandy slope with a collection of sunken tyres that provide an artificial reef in which seahorses and pipefish, moray eels, lion fish and nudibranchs can all be found.

San Miguel another critter wonderland! Painted frogfish, varieties of ghost pipefish, cockatoo waspfish and flambouyant cuttlefish are just a few of the most commonly seen species. With occasion we see up to 4 flambouyants in one dive!! During night dives coconut octopus can be seen creeping about with their shells and bobtail squid quickly scurry under the sand.

 

Balicasag Island

The small island of Balicasag, just off the tip of Panglao, is characterised for its many turtles, coral gardens and steep walls which provide overhangs, cracks & crevices in which to search for a variety of marine species.

 Sanctuary a steep coral wall covered in soft corals and gorgonian fans. A great place to find frogfish & leaf fish and as you end the dive you can be surrounded by schooling jacks in the shallows.

Divers Heaven/ Cathedral – two dives in one along this stunning wall complete with crags and overhangs. Sponges, sea fans, soft corals and cup corals provide a haven for many tiny critters such as warty frogfish and porcelain crabs. Also seen are schools of pyramid butterfly fish and banner fish, titan triggerfish moray eel and clown anemones.

Rico's Wall, makes for an interesting dive with shallow swim throughs and gaps in the craggy wall, at sunset turtles can be spotted coming into the reef to rest.

Black Forest, once famed for its black coral is where we encounter schools of jacks, meanwhile leaf fish are often seen resting on the rough coral ledges. Turtles are a common sight in the shallow sea grass garden- a perfect place for your safety stop.

 

Cabilao Island

There are several interesting wall and coral garden dives around the island of Cabilao and we choose from the following:-

Cambiquiz; a fantastic spot with a gentle sloping reef and sandy bottom to 20m – soft corals and seapens can be found dotted over the sand; also a great site for sightings of bent stick pipefish and Pegasus seamoths.

Paradise Wall provides a gentle drift along a fantastic coral reef with schooling fish and plenty of macro life in the shallow water, including odd shaped plakobranks and leaf fish.

Lighthouse Sloping walls full of sponges and gorgonian fans. This is a great place to look for pygmy seahorses and to dive with large green turtles. Also being seen are giant frogfish which can be spotted resting on sponges and numerous cowries hiding amidst the stunning hard coral garden.

Talisay Tree- Pygmy seahorses hang on the huge gorgonian fans that adorn the steep wall. In the shallow coral gardens robust ghost pipe fish attempt to blend in, whilst bubble head shrimps and orangutan crabs are often seen resting on bubble anemones.

South Point offers you the opportunity to look for white tip reef sharks that hang out in the caverns within the steep coral wall. Huge tube sponges support giant frogfish, whilst leaf fish and many scorpion fish can be found resting in the crevices.

 

Olango Island & Mactan

Talima Reef wall has soft and whip corals where small critters like to hide. The wreckage of a banca can also be found along the sandy reef shelf – a great place to find grouper and sweetlips; whilst jacks and batfish school above you.

Shangri-la House Reef - The topography is diverse with a wreck, white sand a mini wall, sea grasses and plenty of healthy coral. Schooling fish can be seen and a few treats such as, giant clam, jacks, and batfish put in an appearance.

 

 

 

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Lighthouse- Cabilao Island. A sloping reef wall is adorned with huge elephant ear sponges, in which we find giant frogfish attempting to camouflage themselves. Green and hawksbill turtles are common visitors and it is often we can see schools of surgeon fish and big-mouth mackerel. Drift along the wall and as you ascend towards the shallows a sandy plateau dotted with gorgonian fans is the place the stop and look for pygmy seahorses. The dive ends at a stunning hard coral garden where pipefish, cowries, cuttlefish, commensal shrimps, nudibranchs, squat lobsters and orangutan crabs are amongst a few of the commonly seen critters. Occasionally some stronger currents can be experienced.

 

South Point, Cabilao Island offers you the opportunity to look for white tip reef sharks that hang out in the caverns within the steep coral wall. Huge tube sponges support giant frogfish, whilst leaf fish and many scorpion fish can be found resting in the crevices.

 

Cambiquiz, Cabilao Island is where octopus, crocodile fish and many crustaceans can be seen. A superb spot day or night

 

leaffish1Diver's Heaven, Balicasag Island. Typically with stronger currents than most dives during the trip, Diver's Heaven is a character site of Balicasag with a steep reef wall, many overhangs with soft corals, sponges & sea fans. Schools of jacks and chevron barracuda are frequently seen, along with pyramid butterfly fish and bannerfish. Warty frogfish,  leaf fish and porcelain crabs are just a few of the smaller creatures that can be found at this dive site.

 

Black Forest, Balicasag Island - once famed for its black coral is where we encounter schools of jacks, meanwhile leaf fish are often seen resting on the rough coral ledges. Turtles are a common sight in the shallow sea grass garden- a perfect place for your safety stop.

 

Tongo Point, Moalboal offer yellow tail barracuda, shrimp fish hovering in schools, and schools of big mouth mackerel make for an interesting dive. Add crocodile fish, scorpion fish, sea snakes & turtles for an awesome dive site.

 

ws-LowPescador Island - Western Cebu. We dive here for the schools of sardines that occasionally bring with them hunting thresher sharks. The tiny off shore island is a haven for all manner of marine life. The walls, covered with sponges and soft corals hide frogfish, boxfish, batfish and many species of moral eel. Whale sharks have been known to put in an appearance in an attempt to steal the lime light!

 

"The Cars"/ "Dauin North" , Dauin. The dark sand slope leads down to two sunken volkswagens- covered with corals and sponges and home to schooling lionfish. The cars are just one feature of the site however, as over the slope we also find microscopic frogfish, skeleton shrimps, cockatoo waspfish, pipe horses, seahorses and mimic and blue-ring octopus, flying gurnards, spiny devilfish, robust and ornate ghost pipefish gathered together in groups (sometimes 5-7 at a one time!) and flambouyant cuttlefish. A true macro critter playground.

 

the cars-frogfishSan Miguel, Dauin- another critter wonderland! Painted frogfish, varieties of ghost pipefish, cockatoo waspfish are just a few of the most commonly seen species and on occasion we see up to 4 flambouyant cuttlefish in one dive!! During night dives coconut octopus can be seen creeping about with their shells and bobtail squid quickly scurry under the sand.

 

Coconut Point, Apo Island An often fast paced drift brings divers over the sloping coral reef wall. Giant trevally, humphead parrotfish and marbled groupers are seen off the reef along with schools of banner fish. Turtles cruise effortlessly in the currents and nembrotha nudibranchs can be seen munching on tunicates.

 

Rock Point, Apo Island  West Just beyond the chapel opposite the marine park warden’s office, Rock Point offers some of the most stunning hard corals to be found in the region. The steep reef walls support numerous colourful reef species – pyramid butterfly fish and red-toothed trigger fish are here in their hundreds, frogfish, cuttlefish, banded sea snakes and hawksbill turtles are amongst the common sightings.

 

The following sites will also be visited during our Malapascua extension:-

 

Monad Shoal, Malapascua Island is one of the few dive spots in the World where the shy pelagic thresher sharks may be seen on a daily basis. Divers rest at approximately 25m (90ft) on the sandy bottom to watch the sharks approach and be cleaned. Other visitors to the shoal include manta, devil and eagle rays. Diving with Nitrox is recommended to enjoy extended bottom time.

 

sharkairport14White Tip Alley, Gato Island as the name suggests provides an almost guaranteed sighting of white tip reef sharks that enjoy their rest on the sand tucked under rocks and coral bommies. Other species found here include scorpion fish and seahorses. Pygmy seahorses may also be found too as well as whip coral shrimps which cling to the colourful whip corals adorning the overhangs of the island.

 

Malapascua Island, Malapascua Wrecks – Lying on her starboard side at a depth of 32m (110ft) this 100m (300ft) long passenger ferry is now a haven for marble and blue spotted stingrays and home to schools of sweetlips. Covered with corals and the remains of fishing nets she gives an eerie vibe to divers – not least because of the many people who lost their lives during her sinking more than 20 years ago. Guarding the wreckage is a resident giant moray eel and also commonly seen are large scorpion fish, lionfish and cuttlefish. Minimum depth 18m (60ft)

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