Liveaboard Review

Oceanic 3 - Review 2022

Oceanic 3 was built in 1980 and was renovated in 2018 with modern features. The magnificent liveaboard has a length of 33 metres/108 feet long and can house 20 divers in 10 luxurious cabins. The itinerary will take you to breathtaking dive sites all around Tubbataha. The Oceanic 3 can reach speeds of 15 knots and has a cruising speed of 10 knots. This is a modern-day liveaboard that has all the amenities that will make your journey fun and memorable.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Many people were happy with the performance of the crew and staff
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    People said the sun deck was the perfect place to unwind between dives
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    The boat was well kept and in immaculate condition
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    Divers said the itinerary took them to the best diving sites in the Philippines

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome people were taken back that the liveaboard did not offer any night dives

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Diving on the Oceanic 3 in the Philippines 

Oceanic 3

The Oceanic 3 is an exceptional liveaboard that is not only stylish but comes with all of the eminent facilities that will make your trip memorable. You will have the opportunity to dive in Tubbataha between March – June. The crew are multilingual and can speak English which will make communication easier. With Oceanic 3 you will explore some of the most diverse areas in the Philippines with an abundance of marine life, cool critters, and different dive sites.


Boat interior

Oceanic 3 can house up to 20 guests in 10 air-conditioned cabins. Amongst these cabins you will find 5 economy rooms, 2 standard cabins, and a deluxe stateroom, there is something for all budget levels. In addition, all cabins have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold showers. The communal areas on the boat include a modern indoor saloon that is the epicenter of relaxation on the liveaboard. The dining room is filled with local and western cuisine and also creates an intimate atmosphere that guests will enjoy. This liveaboard will give you that luxurious experience you have been craving for.

Deck Areas

All the action happens on the large dive deck that has all the eminent facilities which will make diving a breeze. On the dive deck, you will find four large hoses and Nitrox for certified divers. The tanks are positioned so that maximum use of the area can be exploited. There is space for your personal belongings and room to move. Moreover, there is a spacious tender for easy transportation to diving sites from the Oceanic 3. On the deck, you will find an open-air terrace where you can gather for a laugh or good conversation over a cup of tea. If you feel like soaking up some vitamin D the large partially shaded sundeck is the appropriate space to recharge your batteries in-between dives.

Food and Entertainment

The entertainment areas like the saloon will keep you occupied while you wait for the next dive experience. There is a wide selection of movies to watch. There is also a personal computer you can use to reach out to your friends and family whilst there is no other form of communication. The food is always well prepared and gives you a great variety of western, local and vegetarian dishes to choose from. Besides the delicious meals, you will be served snacks all day long as well as after dives to keep your strength at a high level. Tea and coffee are free, however, alcohol beverages and soft drinks will be charged extra. If you have any special food requirements you should indicate this to the liveaboard personal so that they can make arrangements accordingly.

Best time to go

The best time to explore this liveaboard is between March and June. This is the only time that the Tubbataha Reefs are accessible.

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