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

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Anne Warburton, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6720
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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

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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