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Dive Review of S/Y Philippine Siren in

S/Y Philippine Siren: "Seriously Amazing Diving in Tubbataha", May, 2016,

by Angela Richards Dona, HI, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9420 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Raja Ampat, Philippines: Southern Visayas and Honda Bay, Micronesia, Fiji, Egyptian Red Sea, Hawaii, Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Cozumel, etc.
Closest Airport Puerto Princesa Getting There Philippines Airlines Honolulu to Manila, Manila to Puerto Princesa

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 26 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 5 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Strict one hour limit. No night dives. No peeing in your wetsuit (seriously)! Stay within Nitrox depth limits.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments All Sirens have a dedicated rinse bucket, a place to store and charge you ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments I've now seen some pretty spectacular reefs and these are at the top of my list in terms of health, diversity, and overall experience. Tubbataha is a truly special place. Upon reaching the top of the reef on one dive, I actually began to cry. Everything was healthy as far as I could see. And these days, that is a rare thing to behold. The ecosystem in Tubbataha appears intact. Everything large and small is present. There are algae (turf and macro), small invertebrates (nudibranchs and such), larger invertebrates (lobsters, sea stars, etc.), small fish, large fish, pelagics, turtles, eels...I could go on.

The Siren and Diving
Tubbataha is practically in the middle of the Sulu Sea. It takes several hours (7-8) to get there from Puerto Princesa, on the Siren, and we were lucky to have pretty calm waters for our crossing. There was to be no night diving because of the unpredictable currents and abundance of large sharks (cool with me) so the dive times were strictly enforced (ugh), and the times between dives were shorter than on previous Siren cruises we've done. The set up was exactly the same as we had experienced in the past with 16 divers aboard - a full house. One of the things I cannot understand though, is why, since we are repeat customers, the DMs or cruise managers, always divide our group. Each time they do it and each time we clarify that we are a group of three. It causes us to make requests that we would not like to have to make. In this instance, things started off ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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