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Dive Review of S/Y Philippine Siren in
Philippines/Visayas - Cebu, Bohol, Apo, Ne

S/Y Philippine Siren: "Great service, diverse diving", Aug, 2016,

by Lenore Neigeborn, NJ, US ( 2 reports). Report 9038.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We chose this trip because of the diversity of the dive sites visited. There were shark and whale shark dives, muck dives, drift dives, reef dives with hard and soft corals - something new every day.

This was our second Siren trip and they didn't disappoint. I'd say this was the most attentive crew I've ever encountered on a liveaboard. They took care of all the gear and even rinsed all the wetsuits after every dive. Tanks were refilled quickly and completely - never had to wait. One "oddity" was the Nitrox mix - 28%; other trips we've been on have been around 32%. But, it didn't affect our bottom time or ability to be as deep as we wanted. Briefings were thorough, including photos of the area and species we should look for.

The crew was always waiting with juice or water (they learned my preference for pineapple juice after the first day) as soon as we surfaced, and always there with a glass of water before each dive. There were ample rinse tanks for cameras and separate tanks for masks.

Diving was great - tons of critters and more frog fish than anywhere else. Lots of nudis, crabs, shrimp. Many, many turtles...Thresher shark dive had poor vis, so not so great, but that's just the luck of the draw. Highlight for me: blue ring octopus, schools of sardines and gorgeous soft corals.

Food was only OK. There was plenty of it, but not too inspired. Breakfasts were the best - made to order. Mangos were to die for! Meals are all served on shaded outdoor deck.

Cabins were huge and kept spotless. AC in cabins was great...they didn't turn on the AC in the salon, so it did get pretty warm in there. There's a great sun deck with some slight shade, but it was basically sunny!

All in all, fabulous trip - I totally recommend it.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawaii, Galapagos, Komodo, Fiji, Palau, Indonesia, Australia, Cocos, Maldives, Thailand, etc
Closest Airport Cebu Getting There Depending on itinerary, there's a 3hr car ride to or from the boat

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute bottom time, back onboard with 500 PSI
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great set up with assigned drawers for each diver inside to store photography or other items. Plenty of storage. But, there could be more surface area (counters) for all the cameras and chargers. Americans: bring lots of converters!
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