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Dive Review of S/Y Philippine Siren in
Philippines/Anilao to Coron

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by ann mcgrath, VA, US
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6782
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
just about everywhere
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
75   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox depth limits, usually no time limit  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Each photographer gets a good sized drawer in the salon for their camera
gear and accessories.  There is limited counter space, but enough outlets
to get everything charged.  DMs did a good job of rinsing camera gear after
each dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
The boat is very nice.  Cabins are roomy, although there is very limited
storage for bags or clothes.  More hooks and shelves would be helpful. 
There is a computer desk that is connected to a network on the boat, but we
never used that, so the desk became another place to store things.

Bathrooms are decent size, but again, need more places to be able to put
things - there are no shelves in the bathroom, except for tiny ones in the
shower for shampoo and soap.  There was always plenty of hot water for
showers, which was great.  And you can set the temperature in your cabin as
cold as you want it.

The salon is odd.  There is a bar and a small area to sit with good
headroom.  Then there is a large area with about 5 feet of headroom, which
meant almost all of us were walking hunched over to get to a couch.  From
their web site, it looks as if all their boats are designed this way, so
the captain can see over the salon.  Strange, and a pain to use that area
of the boat, which is most of the salon.

The dining area is large enough for a full boat, although the inside seats
are just plastic, so are not terribly comfortable.  But there is more room
out there, so that's a good place to hang out.  There is also a large deck
over the salon, but it is in full sun, so you can't spend much time there.

The food is acceptable, but there is plenty of it.  I made a special order,
to make sure I had fresh fruit in the morning, and a salad for lunch and
dinner, and they did an excellent job of accommodating me.  But if you eat
the food they normally serve, expect a lot of fried food (french fries with
lunch every day, for example), and some overcooked meats.  Some entrees
were not good at all.  But the presentation by Chef Jimmy is worth the trip
- he loves his work!

The divemasters are outstanding.  I was traveling with my 78-year old mom,
and I much appreciated their looking out for her, and helping her in
current.  They helped her get into her gear and out of her gear.  They
helped her get back into the boat, and we didn't have any problems at all.

They have a very good massage therapist on board, which we took advantage
of as often as we could!  One day, however, I made an appointment and she
didn't show up, so just because you write your name on the list at a
particular time, doesn't mean you'll actually get a massage at that time. 
So, they need to work on their organization skills a bit.

Diving is excellent.  The divemasters were very good at pointing out
everything they could find, even if it's something we had seen many times
before.  They are a little hard on the wildlife sometimes, and don't
hesitate to pick up an animal to show it to us, which was not necessary. 
But they were just trying to please us.  Be sure to tell them if you don't
want them to touch the animals, because they will!

There was only one relatively rough crossing on our trip, but it didn't
interrupt our sleep very much.  They did their crossings at night as much
as possible, to not interfere with diving.

I'm glad I went to the Philippines, but if I go again, based on the two
Sirens that sank within six months of each other, will not choose the Siren
fleet again.  It is my humble opinion that if two boats from the same
manufacturer can go down, one of them brand new, that they are not made
very well.

So, although I had a good time, with no issues, the reputation of the Siren
fleet, again in my humble opinion, is not good.
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