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

March, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Jorge J. More, IL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"From Cabilao to Tubbataha"
Report Number 8063 has 1 Helpful vote
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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
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They assumed that you were a responsible diver  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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  4 stars
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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 ...
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