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Dive Review of S/Y Philippine Siren in
Philippines/Tubbataha to Cebu

S/Y Philippine Siren: "Tubbataha on the Siren: Great & Not-So-Great", Jun, 2015,

by Michael Wood, WA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8257.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Indonesia, Maldives, PNG, GBR, Philippines, Hawai'i
Closest Airport Puerto Princesa Getting There Through Cebu or Manila via local jets

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox 28% because of deeper dives on Tubbataha.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Wide variety, from corals to pelagics to tropicals to muck. Decent viz. Night dives crowded. ... 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 4 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 The Great: Definitely among the top 5-7 dive itineraries I've been on in past 25 years. Comparable to Raja Ampat in terms of healthy hard corals (not nearly as many soft corals as Raja), mantas, whale sharks, tropicals, white-tips, muck for 2 days on the way back to Cebu. The food was very good, varied. My twin cabin #7 was spacious with tons of storage (more than I needed). Davide our dive guide was good, too, especially given the experienced divers and photographers he had to herd up on every dive. One hour dive times, sometimes 75 minutes; all dove nitrox. Stayed at the nice Hotel Central the night before the boat sailed, which is highly recommended, as getting your dive gear on the same plane is sometimes a challenge. One passenger had a 3 hour connection in Hong Kong to Manila and still didn't get her gear to the boat from Puerto Princesa, so build in an extra ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Mark Shandur in ZZ, TH at Jun 24, 2015 05:14 EST  
Hi Michael, Thank for taking the time to review your cruise, good to hear that on whole you enjoyed it and even more so that you decided to dive with us in Palau. We are constantly striving to improve our service and constructive criticism is always welcomed so wed like to quickly address a few points. Firstly, we already have non-slip mats for the bathrooms which are already on board (they are also already on-board in Palau you will be pleased to know). With regard to equipment being left on the RIBS, this is unfortunately not practical aboard the Philippines Siren as the vessel is often moving between dives and so tank fills are not possible. In Palau the boat is often anchored between dives and so fills on the skiffs is a much easier proposition. However, our crews are always to carry guest's equipment to and from the ribs if they are requested to do so, and often are. We are limited with response length here so we have sent a more detailed response via your agent, Again Michael, thank you for taking the time to write the report, we look forward to seeing you in Palau.
By Michael Wood in WA, US at Jun 24, 2015 09:28 EST  
Thank you for replying. One point is two people fell in the shower because there were NOT mats in them, and the crew did not offer to give them out, people had to ask. Second, it is not acceptable to have non-functioning air conditioners in 95F heat with no wind in the salon and cabins. I hope these have both been corrected. The boat design for divers walk to the dinghy ladder is poor, and unless you make the outer corridor wider, will continue to be problematic.
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