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Dive Review of S/Y Philippine Siren in
Philippines/Tubbataha to Cebu

June, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Wood, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
"Tubbataha on the Siren: Great & Not-So-Great"
Report Number 8257
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Indonesia, Maldives, PNG, GBR, Philippines, Hawai'i
Closest Airport
Puerto Princesa
Getting There
Through Cebu or Manila via
local jets

Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 90    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox 28% because of deeper dives on Tubbataha.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
2 stars
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Wide variety, from corals to pelagics to tropicals to muck.  Decent viz. 
Night dives crowded. ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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The Great:  Definitely among the top 5-7 dive itineraries I've been on in
past 25 years.  Comparable to Raja Ampat in terms of healthy hard corals
(not nearly as many soft corals as Raja), mantas, whale sharks, tropicals,
white-tips, muck for 2 days on the way back to Cebu.  The food was very
good, varied.  My twin cabin #7 was spacious with tons of storage (more
than I needed). Davide our dive guide was good, too, especially given the
experienced divers and photographers he had to herd up on every dive. One
hour dive times, sometimes 75 minutes; all dove nitrox. Stayed at the nice
Hotel Central the night before the boat sailed, which is highly
recommended, as getting your dive gear on the same plane is sometimes a
challenge. One passenger had a 3 hour connection in Hong Kong to Manila and
still didn't get her gear to the boat from Puerto Princesa, so build in an
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By wwds at Jun 24, 2015 05:14 EST  
Hi Michael,

Thank for taking the time to review your cruise, good to hear that on whole
you enjoyed it and even more so that you decided to dive with us in Palau.

We are constantly striving to improve our service and constructive
criticism is always welcomed so wed like to quickly address a few points.
Firstly, we already have non-slip mats for the bathrooms which are already
on board (they are also already on-board in Palau you will be pleased to
know). With regard to equipment being left on the RIBS, this is
unfortunately not practical aboard the Philippines Siren as the vessel is
often moving between dives and so tank fills are not possible. In Palau the
boat is often anchored between dives and so fills on the skiffs is a much
easier proposition. However, our crews are always to carry guest's
equipment to and from the ribs if they are requested to do so, and often

We are limited with response length here so we have sent a more detailed
response via your agent, Again Michael, thank you for taking the time to
write the report, we look forward to seeing you in Palau.
By mwood9 at Jun 24, 2015 09:28 EST  
Thank you for replying. One point is two people fell in the shower because
there were NOT mats in them, and the crew did not offer to give them out,
people had to ask. Second, it is not acceptable to have non-functioning air
conditioners in 95F heat with no wind in the salon and cabins. I hope these
have both been corrected. The boat design for divers walk to the dinghy
ladder is poor, and unless you make the outer corridor wider, will continue
to be problematic.
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