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Dive Review of S/Y Philippine Siren in
Philippines

S/Y Philippine Siren: "Philippine Siren 215", Aug, 2015,

by Richard Hart, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8389 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Siren is an amazing boat. The cabins are huge by live aboard standards. There is plenty of room and storage in the cabins. Very casual atmosphere and it is easy to over pack.
They have good equipment if you don't want to bring your own gear. All is Aqualung (regulators and BCs).
Nitrox is included. The Nitrox machine died for several days. The crew would go to a local dive shop and bring back Nitrox tanks while the on-board equipment was down. Nice service!
The food was ok, but nothing special. Frankly a little substandard compared to other live aboards. Not bad, but just plain.
The service was amazing. You only had to ask and they would bend over backwards to take care of you.
Diving is from pangas (pontoon boats). The distance was usually only a minute or two. Easy to get into the pangas and the water, but VERY difficult to climb back into the pangas even with the ladders. Many sore backs.
The soft corals were beautiful as were the fish. The whale sharks at Oslob is not to be missed. You can snorkel or scuba with the gentle giants.
There is an in-room entertainment center that has a wide selection of movies and TV shows.
Very good trip and the representatives with Worldwide Dive and Sail are extremely helpful both by phone and email.
While the Siren does have wetsuits, they only have shorties. You really need long protection from the stingers in the water. So, either bring a 1.5 to 3 mil or a skin to use with the shortie.
Websites S/Y Philippine Siren   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Moorea, Fiji, Costa Rica, Belize, Bahamas, Utila, Roatan, Bonaire, San Salvador, Cozumel, St Marteen
Closest Airport Cebu Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 75-°F / 24-°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Guides on all dives, but no problem or limit to dive your own profile.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Plenty of space and storage for photo equipment. Plugs, counter tops and storage in lobby area. Assigned storage bins in main lobby area.
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