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Dive Review of S/Y Philippine Siren in
Philippines/Between Tubbataha and Cabilao

S/Y Philippine Siren: "From Cabilao to Tubbataha", Mar, 2014,

by Jorge J. More, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8063 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Truk (Chuuk), Philippines, Palau, Yap, Socorro, Galapagos, Cocos, Fiji, Cayman Islands, Turk and Caicos, Bahamas, Thailand, Coral Sea, Cozumel, Bermudas, Belize
Closest Airport Cebu Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They assumed that you were a responsible diver
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments I was on a 10-day trip aboard the S/Y Philippine Siren, with the ultimate destination being the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. If you have not heard of Tubbataha, you are in good company; I was interested in Tubbataha because it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a restricted diving season of three months, from mid-March to mid-June.

Getting there is not difficult. You fly into Hong Kong, and take a
three-hour flight to Cebu, the second largest city in the Philippines. If
you feel that there will be no delays, you can arrive in Cebu without an
overnight stay, but I have had too many cases of lost luggage so I elected for the overnight in Hong Kong; this made the trip relatively easy.

I was somewhat apprehensive about going on a Siren fleet liveaboard. I had read an Undercurrent report (July 2012 issue) about the sinking of the Oriental Siren. This report raised serious concerns about the safety record of the Siren fleet. On the other hand, it did say that the response by the ship's operator, World Dive and Sail (WDS), was exemplary. I discussed these issues with the owners of my dive shop, and was reassured.

My concerns started to evaporate once I boarded the Philippine Siren. At 40 meters (about 131 feet), the Siren is about 30 feet longer than other liveaboards, and the extra space can be seen in the sleeping quarters. The rooms are spacious; two beds on opposite sides of the room (no bunk beds), a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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