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Dive Review of Worldwide Dive and Sail/S/Y Philippine Siren in
Philippines/Coron to Boracay

January, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Lisa Vitale, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5889
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Wakatobi, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, Galapagos, Honduras, Belize,
Mexico, Caymans, Bahamas, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 foot depth limit if on nitrox  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
They have an area inside for cameras and a dedicated freshwater tank on the
dive deck for cameras.  The crew was very careful with camera equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
The boat and crew were great! The diving not what I expected.  

The dive deck crew had your equipment all ready for you when time to dive.
The divemasters were great. Diving is from zodiacs, which can be a bit
challenging sometimes to get on and off, but the crew was right there to
help. There are 4 planned dives per day. The 4th dive was always a sunset
dive; I know that a couple people would have preferred these to be true
night dives. Personally I would have liked to see 5 dives, 4 day and 1
night. However, filling tanks was a slow process (it appeared they could
only fill one tank at a time) so getting a 5th dive in would have been
impossible. Typically dives were scheduled for 8AM, 11AM, 3PM, and 6:30PM.
The schedule would change some to you really had to watch the board where
everything was posted since these changes were not always communicated to

The first several days of the trip were spent diving World War II wrecks.
They were interesting, although the visibility was not that great, maybe 20
to 30 feet. Then we moved to the reef areas. Unfortunately, the reefs were
in bad shape. Dynamite fishing is still practiced in the Philippines and in
many of the areas we dove on this was very evident. In fact, there were
about 4 times when we were in the water that we heard the blasts, which
were a bit unnerving, but they were a few miles away and we were not in any
danger. There were also some bleaching events recently that have damaged
the reefs as well. This itinerary included Apo Reef, in this area the
diving and visibility was better, but still not what I had expected.  We
did dive 2 sites on Apo Island that were amazing! 

I was very disappointed in the diving with the Coron to Boracay itinerary.
I know that there is better diving further south of where we were in the
Philippines, but I dont think I will be going back any time soon.

The boat/dive operation was one of the best I have been on and I would
definitely dive with Worldwide Dive and Sail again, just in another
location. I cant say enough about how friendly and helpful the staff was. 
The food was the best I have had on any liveaboard I have been on, you
wont go hungry! They also offer massages (15 euro), they were great!! But
sign up for these on the first day, the spots go fast! The boat is laid out
nicely, I really liked the area at the stern where we ate and hung out. The
lounge area inside has several couches, a huge HD TV and lots of movies to
watch if you so choose. Full bar for those who want something other than
beer, and a decent choice of wines for purchase. It is a wooden boat so
there is a lot of creaking in the rooms at night, but you get used to it.
This is also the first boat I have been on that recycles!  A+++ boat/dive
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