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Dive Review of Worldwide Dive & Sail/Philippine Siren in
Philippines/Tubbataha, Apo & S. Visayas

Worldwide Dive & Sail/Philippine Siren, Jun, 2011,

by Martin Roberts, Fordingbridge, GB (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6107.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving indonesia - raja ampat, alor, komodo, wakatobi, lembeh, bali; palau, australia - GBR & WA; mozambique, egypt, costa rica, ecuador, south africa, thailand, cuba, belize, grenada, tobago, usa, jordan, tanzania, caymans,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 28 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 5 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions MOD for Nitrox mixes @ 1.5, maximum dive time dependent on site.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera area in Saloon would be cramped with many large rigs as would the RIBs. Plenty of charging sockets.
Large dedicated rinse tanks on dive deck with fresh water changed regularly, crew handled cameras to & from tenders efficiently.
PC in every cabin enabling easy upload, transfer & back up of files

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments A comfortable phinise schooner. Spacious cabins & saloon, bathrooms are a little small relatively. Large dive deck area with individual storage draws, plenty of "own space". Access to ribs can be tricky in choppy seas and these are a little small.

Very friendly & helpful crew in all areas. Good dive briefings, great food, good bean to cup coffee machine.

This was a 13 day itinerary from Puerto Princesa on Palawan, spending six days at Tubbataha, Cagayancillo and then crossing to Apo Island, Dumagette, Bohol, Cabilao etc ending in Cebu.

Very varied diving from current blown wall dives with pelagics (white tip, black tip, grey, hammerhead & even a tiger shark spotted - manta, eagle & large marble rays) to great reef sites & some good muck diving (frogfish, many ornate ghosts, various bizarre crabs, shrimps etc).
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