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Dive Review of S/Y Philippine Siren in

S/Y Philippine Siren: "Tubbataha Reef: far away for just 18 dives!", Mar, 2016,

by Raymond Haddad, QC, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8933 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Honduras, Australia, Palau, Fiji, Indonesia, Turks & Caicos, Maldives, Philippines
Closest Airport Puerto Princess Getting There LAX to Manila then Puerto Princess

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 77 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Diving is done with a guide. Max depth 100 feet for 60 minutes
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
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Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
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UW Photo Comments Dedicated rinse buckets, many charging stations, individual storage areas ... no complaints! ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments After reading so much about the Philippines Tubbataha Reef, I finally decided to go even though it will be a very long trip from Montreal. I flew to LAX and had a ten hour layover, since flights from Montreal arrive in the late morning and flights to the Philippines depart late at night. To pass the time, I booked a day room at the Hilton LAX. The check in at LAX Philippines Airlines to Manila took forever. Mostly everybody had boxes and boxes along with their luggage crazy! Once I arrived at Terminal 1 in Manila, I had to go through customs and retrieve my bags to transfer them to terminal 3 to catch my flight to Puerto Princess. This is where the ship departs for the Tubbataha Reef. I had a long lay over prior to my flight to Puerto Princess at terminal 3. Exhausted and hungry, I was able to catch some sleep at a place called Wings Transit Lounge. At the Puerto Princess airport, I was picked up by the hotel where I stayed for two nights prior to boarding the ship. Not much to see but this gave me a chance to rest before the fourteen hour boat ride to the reef. Around noon of the departure day, I was picked up at my hotel and driven to the boat. Aboard the ship, the stan ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Joanne Parkerin AB, CA at May 25, 2016 23:14 EST  
One sick looking whale shark??? Maybe you should give up diving. I've been to Tubbataha on the Siren and would go back tomorrow. A very comfortable vessel to visit a very special place. But that's just my opinion and your entitled to yours.
By report author: Raymond Haddad in QC, CA at May 26, 2016 08:00 EST  
If I were to show you the video of the whale shark you would understand. All on board said the same thing. When you say that I should give up diving, reflects your odd personality. I sincerely wish never to see you on a dive boat.
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