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Rags II is essentially a boat made by divers, for divers! It is a traditional Philippine banca boat that measures 27 meters (88.5 feet) long and 4.5 meters (14.76 feet) wide, making it quite the stable platform for diving. But that’s not all – Rags II comes with all the amenities a diver needs to be comfortable while out on the sea. This charming but functional boat has four air-conditioned cabins, which can accommodate two guests each. This boat will take you to the magnificent diving spots in Palawan, but before reaching your destination, you can always relax on the sun deck and have your dose of Vitamin D. At night, take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful night sky of the Philippines.

Our Overall Review

3.5

Reasons to buy:

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    Some people stated the crew were professional and delivered an outstanding service.
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    Many people were happy with the various activities and it gave them a chance to bond with their fellow travelers.
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    The food was deliciously prepared by the master chef and fellow cooks.
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    Some divers said that it was an experienced that they will repeat in future.

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markSome divers said that the boat was small and the waves caused the boat to wobble at night.

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Diving on the Rags II in the Philippines

Vessel Features

Passengers of the Rags II are guaranteed safety with the vessel’s state of the art navigation system. Onboard, a satellite phone is available, as well as a VHF radio, depth finders, GPS, and a radar. There are two bathrooms available with hot showers and there’s lots of space for your diving gear and other equipment. There’s also an entertainment system equipped with a DVD and TV for passengers to enjoy, a 12-seater dining area, and a huge lounge to laze around when navigating or in between dives. A sun deck is also available for one’s enjoyment and you’ll never run out of batteries with the vessel’s charging table to ensure all your gadgets are fully charged.

Rags II is a boat made for divers, so expect that nothing is spared to ensure that everyone on board will have a fun, safe, and easy time. Divers will be guided by a professional dive team that will take them to witness the gorgeous reefs and magnificent views all within the itinerary. There are kitting up stations available and storage spaces ready for use, a spacious space to rest and relax while you are not diving.

Overall, the features of the Rags II are guaranteed to offer one of the most dynamic liveaboard diving experiences in the Philippines without breaking the budget. It has everything a diver needs when it comes to personalized trips and comfort. It can be one of the most exciting dive holidays you can ever experience.

Dining and Onboard Facilities

The vessel’s main communal space is a combined dining and lounge area. The area is big and comfortable enough to hold breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners, as well as for entertainment purposes. As for the dishes, the chef will prepare a mix of Philippine and Western meals often made from the day’s catch, so expect local seafood for each meal. For vegetarian passengers, you can always inform the crew before your scheduled trip so they can prepare your meals according to your dietary specifications. Rest assured, all the meals prepared on board are fresh, healthy, and scrumptious.

If you prefer the outdoor views, you can always dine out on the sun deck just at the front of the vessel. It offers picture-perfect views and is the best way to bask in the glorious rays of the sun or see the twinkling stars at night.

Itinerary

Along with Coron and El Nido, the Apo Reef is also included in the itinerary.

There are several types of dives possible on the Rags II, such as wreck diving, reef diving, and there’s also cavern exploration. Needless to say, every type of diver definitely has an option and will be happy to hop on board the Rags II.

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