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Dive Review of S/Y Philippine Siren in

March, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Raymond Haddad, QC, CA
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Tubbataha Reef: far away for just 18 dives!"
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Belize, Honduras, Australia, Palau, Fiji, Indonesia, Turks &
Caicos, Maldives, Philippines
Closest Airport
Puerto Princess
Getting There
LAX to Manila then Puerto

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
77   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving is done with a guide. Max depth 100 feet for 60 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Dedicated rinse buckets, many charging stations, individual storage areas
... no complaints! ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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3 stars
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Value for $$
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After reading so much about the Philippines Tubbataha Reef, I finally
decided to go even though it will be a very long trip from Montreal.  I
flew to LAX and had a ten hour layover, since flights from Montreal arrive
in the late morning and flights to the Philippines depart late at night. To
pass the time, I booked a day room at the Hilton LAX. The check in at LAX
Philippines Airlines to Manila took forever. Mostly everybody had boxes and
boxes along with their luggage  crazy! Once I arrived at Terminal 1 in
Manila, I had to go through customs and retrieve my bags to transfer them
to terminal 3 to catch my flight to Puerto Princess. This is where the ship
departs for the Tubbataha Reef. I had a long lay over prior to my flight to
Puerto Princess at terminal 3. Exhausted and hungry, I was able to catch
some sleep at a place called Wings Transit Lounge. At the Puerto Princess
airport, I was picked up by the hotel where I stayed for two nights prior
to boarding the ship. Not much to see but this gave me a chance to rest
before the fourteen hour boat ride to the reef. Around noon of the
departure day, I was picked up at my hotel and driven to the boat. Aboard
the ship, the stan ...
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By Joanne Parker in AB, CA at May 25, 2016 23:14 EST  
One sick looking whale shark??? Maybe you should give up diving. I've been
to Tubbataha on the Siren and would go back tomorrow. A very comfortable
vessel to visit a very special place. But that's just my opinion and your
entitled to yours.
By Raymond Haddad in QC, CA at May 26, 2016 08:00 EST  
If I were to show you the video of the whale shark you would understand.
All on board said the same thing. When you say that I should give up
diving, reflects your odd personality. I sincerely wish never to see you on
a dive boat.
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