FAQs

Travel Planning

For visits under 30 days, and for pleasure, no visa is required to visit Indonesia.

It is best to check with the CDC when arranging your travel plans. Information can be found here.

Local ground transfers will be provided in Puerto Princesa to and from the airport or One Manalo Hotel to the boat. For Anilao itineraries guests will need to book a shuttle or take a taxi from Manila Airport to Batangas.

The only additional spending money is for onboard purchases. This can include sodas, alcohol, dive instruction or crew gratuity. Payment is accepted in cash – U.S. dollars, Euros or Philippine Peso (PhP). Credit cards are not accepted for onboard payments.

If a guest arrives later than 6:00pm there is a very good chance the boat will have already departed. We highly recommend arriving a day early and purchasing trip insurance in the event there are issues with your travel plans or you have to cancel.

In the event you have delays in your travels please contact us as soon as possible. The U.S. Reservations Office can take your calls Monday thru Friday 9:00am-5:00pm EST at 800.327.9600 or 954.734.7111. Outside of business hours you can contact the boat directly at +63 9175501936.

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Policies

All deposits are forfeited unless space is resold. If space is resold a refund will be issued less a 5% administrative fee.

Individuals – $750.00 per person. The balance is due 120 days prior to departure. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover, personal check, money order and wire transfers.

The fees include port tax and dive permits for the Marine Park. These fees are payable on board when you check out. Consider paying in Euros or dollars. Credit card payments incur a fee.

Families that wish to join us are welcome. It is recommended that children be snorkelers or divers to fully enjoy the activities on board. The minimum age is 12 years old. Children ages 12-15 must hold a minimum certification level of Junior Advanced Open Water in order to participate in dives. Children under the age of 15 must be under the supervision of a parent or guardian at ALL times. Our crew is most gracious and good with all ages however, the crew will not provide child care services or supervision at ANY time.

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Diving

There is at least one dive guide per every five (5) divers. The dives are guided and allow for 50 – 60 minutes of bottom time.

Yes, private dive guides are available for a supplement of $300.00

By all means, yes. There will always be a diving buddy for you. Many of our passengers come aboard as singles and it’s a great way to meet other likeminded adventure travelers who love to dive!

Side mount diving is possible and we can provide two 63 CF (9L) tanks.

Rebreather divers can be accommodated. We can provide the lime scrubbers and an oxygen tank for $100.00. A cleaned scuba tank and valve can be provided for $150.00 or guests may bring their own.

If guests wish to dive, they must be certified prior to arrival. If a guest is not certified they may snorkel on select dive sites.

Yes, with prior arrangement, you can rent dive gear. For rental rates, click here. Please request these items on your Trip Application. Payment is made while on board.

We suggest guests have an advanced open water certification or at least 30 dives logged. Be sure to bring your certification card (c-card) with you, we’ll need to see it.

Guests can complete the advanced open water course, nitrox and select other specialties during their trip.

Tubbataha is very warm diving and does not typically require a wetsuit. Water temperatures can fluctuate in Anilao, but a full 3mm wetsuit is suggested with occasionally a hooded vest or a 5mm may be needed depending on the season

Due to high currents and diving from a tender, solo diving is not allowed.

The Philippines typically offers excellent visibility and many reefs starting as shallow as 10 feet. This makes for excellent snorkeling. Certain sites can have higher currents or unfavorable conditions for snorkeling.

Divers will have the opportunity to log up to 4 dives each full dive day.

Night dives are prohibited in Tubbataha due to higher currents, profile of reefs and the remote nature of the marine park. There are typically between 2-3 night dives offered on our Anilao itineraries, but these can be dependent on conditions.

Yes, nitrox is included in the price of your trip. Nitrox is 32% and membrane blended. Get nitrox certified while on board! The course is $270.00. A Medical Form is required.

Month Water Temperature (F/C) Air Temperature (F/C)
Tubbataha: March – June 79-86 / 26–30 81–86 / 27–30
Anilao / Puerto Galera: October – February 75–81 / 24–27 77–88 / 25–31

Certified scuba divers need snorkel, fins, mask, and regulator with pressure gauge, buoyancy compensator (BC), u/w watch, and depth gauge. A dive light is required for night dives. We provide tanks, weights and weightbelts.ÊBetween fall and spring, a wetsuit is recommended. Please request rental items on your Trip Application.

The Philippines are an archipelago of over 7,000 island located between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea. The islands are within the area dubbed the Coral Triangle, considered to be the world’s most biodiverse marine environment. This area is home to over 500 species of coral and 3,000 species of fish. The diving can vary by itinerary but many of the sites are in areas with currents bringing in nutrient rich waters. In Tubbataha or Apo Reef you have the opportunity for big creature diving and the chance to see whale sharks, manta rays, hammerheads and large schools of trevallies and jacks. Puerto Galera is known as a macro capital and stellar night dives. You can expect to find frogfish, ghost pipefish, nudibranchs and more. If you’re not into macro don’t worry because you will see your share of whitetip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, turtles and barracuda. Contact us and we would be happy to share additional information.

We have 63 CF (9L), 80 F (12L) and 100 CF (15L) (limited supply) tanks for guests to use.

Our tanks are fitted with yoke valves, however if you dive with a DIN regulator, let us know and we can have an adaptor added to your tank.

Whitetip and grey reef sharks can be seen on most of the dives. Depending on the itinerary whale sharks, hammerheads and tiger sharks are sighted frequently but as with nature, cannot be guaranteed.

It is recommended that all passengers purchase travel protection to help protect you and your trip investment. It is also recommended that all divers have diving accident insurance. For more information and to purchase dive and travel insurance, visit the providers below:

Diveassure: For annual combination trip and dive accident insurance.

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On Board

Beverages – soda and alcohol – are available for purchase. You are welcome to bring your own duty free purchases.

All of the outlets onboard are universal outlets. Items can be recharged in your cabin or in the common areas. Devices should not be left unattended while charging in your cabin. Fireproof charging bags – Lipo [lithium polymer] Guard – are available for purchasing online or check with your local dive shop.

The Philippines typically offers excellent visibility and many reefs starting as shallow as 10 feet. This makes for excellent snorkeling. Certain sites can have higher currents or unfavorable conditions for snorkeling.

The only additional spending money is for onboard purchases. This can include sodas, alcohol, dive instruction or crew gratuity. Payment is accepted in cash – U.S. dollars, Euros or Philippine Peso (PhP). Credit cards are not accepted for onboard payments.

Smoking is allowed in designated areas.

There is no guest internet available on board. We have satellite connection for emergencies only. Mobile phone signal strength varies throughout each cruise but is typically stronger when in close proximity to major islands, such as Cebu, Negros or Palawan. Connectivity is offered when within range of a signal. Tubbataha is very remote and therefore the only connectivity is while in port. Our Anilao-Puerto Galera itinerary can offer more frequent signal, but is still limited to when in range of a tower.

The chef will prepare three gourmet meals daily served buffet style. Guests can expect a blend of local flare along with French and Italian influence. A choice of at least two entrees is offered at lunch and dinner accompanied by fresh vegetables, a salad, pasta and rice. Snacks and exotic fresh fruits are always available.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free are pretty easy to work with as well as allergies so let us know upon booking if you require special meals. Please remember that you are participating in an adventure travel vacation that is occurring in a remote part of the world. Many of the modern conveniences, brands and pre-packaged goods we use at home are not available in remote destinations. As such, many special requests that are very specific may be difficult to accommodate.

Finally, if you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special life event, please let us know. Our crew stands ready to assist you in making your special day something to remember.

The boat is equipped with a satellite phone that is only to be used for emergencies. If someone needs to get in contact with you because of a true emergency, contact our U.S. Reservations Office and we will relay the message. The U.S. Reservations Office can take your calls Monday thru Friday 9:00am-5:00pm EST at 800.327.9600 or 954.734.7111.

Motion sickness medication should be brought along in the event that we encounter rough seas. We want you to be comfortable. The boat will spend the night in calm anchorages and normally scuba diving will be done on the lee side of the islands. The best thing about a liveaboard diving vacation is that we can flex our schedule to go where the weather and conditions are best!

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