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Dive Review of S/Y Philippine Siren in
Philippines/Southern Visayas

S/Y Philippine Siren, Oct, 2012,

by Anne Warburton, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 6720.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Lembeh Straits, Philippines, Malaysia, Cayman Islands, Curacao, La Paz, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Thailand, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression diving.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Two rinse tanks on the boat and two small tables with large storage drawers beneath for camera equipment. Good light over one of the tables.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments A 16 hour flight from LAX to Cebu with an hour or so lay0ver in Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific. Interestingly the seats on the plane in economy did not recline. They were tilted back a bit so were not horribly uncomfortable. Next year they will go back to reclinable seats. I stayed one night in a hotel in Cebu and was picked up the next day by the boat staff for the 15 minute ride to the boat. We were doing a possible 34 dives over the next 9 days in the Southern Visayas. The boat is a wooden sloop with sails though it runs by motor. My room was nice - large with 3 beds and small bathroom with hot water for showers. There was a computer for picture downloads in every room. Staff of 13 was excellent - for the 13 divers aboard. Food was good with a choice of 2 entrees and other dishes served buffet style. Soup every night for first course and dessert only with dinner. Cold food at 6:30am, with full breakfast after the 7am dive. Lunch after the second dive, snack after the third. Night dive for 45 minutes or more before dinner. Dive briefings were thorough and DMs very good pointing out the small critters. Most dives were 60-75 minutes from two pangas with one returning to the boat for a third group of divers. We were picked up very quickly at the end of the dives. With a category 5 typhoon north of us we were unable to do the scheduled mandarin dive. However, in its place we snorkeled with 7-10 juvenile whale sharks on another island. Several people opted to dive with them. We saw lots of critters - many types of scorpionfish, giant and small frogfish, sea moths, comet fish, many nudibranches, eels, humphead wrasse, mnay types of puffer, many schools of fish, etc. A very good trip.
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