Liveaboard Review

Narayana - Review 2023

The Narayana was built in 2014 and renovated in 2018 with all the modern-day features like air-conditioning and spacious cabins. The boat has a length of 26 meters/85 foot long and can accommodate a maximum of 14 guests in 8 great cabins. The liveaboard is equipped with balconies and a large sun sundeck for relaxation. You will find up to 600 species of fish to explore this magnificent liveaboard.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Many people noted that the boat offered an intimate environment with a relatively small group of divers
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    A couple of people said the crew was diligent and took care of all of their needs including taking care of their gear
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    Divers said they got clear dive briefings that handled all the dive sites and what they would encounter
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    Some divers noted that the dive master always gave them an option between a ‘comfort zone dive’ or ‘a more challenging one’ for instance deeper than what they usually went

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA couple of people said the cabins on the lower deck was exposed to the noise from the engine room

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Diving on the Narayana in the Philippines 

The Narayana liveaboard has been in operation since 2014 and offers great diving experiences all over the Philippines. The liveaboard has all the amenities that make it one of the best when it comes to great stay and comfort. The crew are knowledgeable and come with years of experience that extend throughout the local dive sites and islands. The itinerary will take you to Tubbataha which is only accessible through liveaboard.

Boat interior and features

The Narayana can house up to 14 guests in 8 comfortable cabins. All of the cabins have their air-conditioning and ample storage space for your belongings. You will have your choice of either queen size, double or twin bunk beds. There are 6 double cabins on the middle deck that have their own private balconies. Furthermore, this is the ideal spot for relaxing after dives on the balcony. There is also an indoor dining area where meals are served to the guest.

Exterior Decks on the Narayana

The dive deck on the Narayana is where most activities take place on the liveaboard. It is spacious and has enough room for your dive gear. There are also recreational spots for in-between dives like the lounge area and sun deck. The lounge is suitable for just lazing about and catching up on some reading. Whereas, the sun deck is the perfect place to give you that perfect Philippines tan.

Food on the liveaboard

Onboard the Narayana you will be served three meals a day that consists of a mix of Philippines and western cuisine. The meals are served buffet style and there is the occasional BBQ that takes place on the main deck. They also have various vegetarian and vegan options for you to choose from.


The itinerary will take you all over the Philippines with an abundance of over 600 species of fish, 11 species of shark, and 13 species of dolphins and whales. These trips tend to fill up fast because of the secluded nature of the diving sites. You will get to visit the Tubbataha National Park from March – June as well as El Nido, during October – December the Narayana will take you to Coron & Apo Reef.

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