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Dive Review of Worldwide Dive & Sail/Philippine Siren in
Philippines/Tubbataha & Southern Visayas

Worldwide Dive & Sail/Philippine Siren, May, 2010,

by Janet Czapski , MI, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5844.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, PNG, Caribbean, Australia, Maldives et al!
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was not a designated camera work area on board when we were there; that has since been remedied. Camera handling by the staff was excellent.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I was not overly impressed with the diving in the Tubbataha area; perhaps because of the weather the first few days we were there. We were limited to a few moorings and re-dove some of the same sites. We did see a school of at least 2 dozen baby whitetips on one dive; a few other sharks on other dives, some turtles and small schools of chevron barracuda and jacks. The barrel sponges there are HUGE!

I much preferred the diving the 2nd week of the trip which included Apo, Dauin and some other "critter" diving. If I personally were to return to the Phillipines it would be to the Southern Visayas rather than the more remote Tubbataha region, but I prefer muck!

Overall, the boat is beautiful, the crew phenomenal and the food awesome!
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