Liveaboard Review

The Goya liveaboard was built in 2005 and resembles the traditional Filipino fishing boat. You will have the opportunity to view 12,000 fish species in the pristine coral conditions of the Philippines. You will also have the ability to sleep under the stars while the waves null you to sleep. The liveaboard can accommodate up to 10 divers in 4 cabins. This is a great vessel to explore the best of what the Philippines has to offer.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Many people were happy with the compact nature of the bunks that are ideal for backpackers
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    Divers said that they were able to explore some of the 12,000 species of fish
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    A couple of divers noted that the crew were friendly and always helpful between dives

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA couple of people were taken back by the one bathroom system they had on liveaboard
  • check-markSome people noted that the meals that were served were pretty basic everyday

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Diving on the Goya liveaboard in the Philippines

Goya liveaboard

The Goya is a simplistic liveaboard that solely focuses on delivering the best dive experience imaginable. The boat is based on traditional Filipino fishing boats that are called bankas. This is a boat that is run by divers for divers and provides cruises around the island of Cebu, Bohol, and Negros in intimate diving experience. You will get to experience the coral triangle that has an excess of over 12,000 fish species. This is a good liveaboard for an affordable dive cruise around the Philippines.

Features of the boat

This is the ideal boat if you want to take a tour from one tropical island to the next while diving on some of the best sites. The liveaboard is custom-built for scuba diving and is meant for backpackers in mind. It has four basic bunks that can accommodate two divers each. There is a bathroom that is shared amongst the guest. This is ideal if you are a group of friends who are passionate about diving. There is a sheltered sunbathing area to unwind after dive sessions on the Goya.

Dive Deck

The dive deck is spacious with enough room for all your diving equipment. The crew is also conversant in English for better communication. Moreover, they are knowledgeable and know the local area and dive spots well.

Food on the liveaboard

On the Goya, you will receive meals 3 times a day. Snacks will also be served throughout the day with sandwiches and fruit platters being the mainstay. The cuisine is a mixture of Filipino and Western dishes with a lot of fresh ingredients. Your special dietary requirements should be given to the crew before the liveaboard leaves the port. There are also beverages onboard, alcohol will only be served after the last dive of the evening.


With the Goya, you will be traveling around the islands of Cebu, Bohol, and Negros. The divemaster only selects the best diving destinations with the most pristine corals and waters.

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