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Finding the perfect Liveaboard in Philippines

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The Philippines are a collection of around 7,000 islands located in South East Asia, within the Western Pacific. Known for its stunning beaches and extremely long coastlines, it would take almost 20 years to travel and spend 24 hours on every single one of the islands of the Philippines.

Since the Philippines were colonized by Spain, the country has been the largest Catholic country in Asia. Now, there are hundreds of ethnic groups that call the Philippines their home. It really is a country mixed with cultures, religions as well as incredible art.

We'll help you find the perfect Liveaboard trip, that suits your needs:

It's difficult to choose wich liveaboard that will suit your needs and how to find the best price on that boat.

So we've gathered the best boats and made it possible to compare prices across all the different booking platforms. This way, you'll get the best boat for your needs at the best price.

Start by sorting the boats after your budget, and find a liveaboard that fits your budget and your needs:

Sort the liveaboards based on your needs

We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Seadoors :

Average price is US$ 284 per day

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Year built:2017
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Philippines has many abundant species of fish and corals compared to any other marine ecosystem on earth. Experience a warm welcome from Filipinos as well as the beautiful landscapes and scenery that it can offer. Explore tropical white beaches, remote dive sites, and forest excursions. There are many activities on every destination to all travelers who would join the cruise. Travel with Seadoors to experience high-quality service and home-like accommodation. The itinerary packages are budget-friendly to suit everyone’s budget. The well-trained staff members are on hand to assist you with everything you need on board. Our services are open to serve you all year.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the SY Philippines Siren :

Average price is US$ 237 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes (free)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Set sail to the most secluded dive spots and explore beautiful islands around the Philippines. The Philippines Siren is an excellent option to cruise with your family and friends. Our management ensures to give high-quality service that this liveaboard can offer with the help of professional crew and dive guides on board. Enjoy exciting activities and watersports that await everyone at every destination. The Philippines has an abundant variety of fish and marine life compared to other dive site destinations. There are thousands of tourists that travel to the Philippines to explore and to have an unforgettable dive activity.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Dolphin :

Average price is US$ 217 per day

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Year built:1986
Max divers18
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Dive to the most famous dive spots in the Philippines that only liveaboard visits and travel with your family and friends aboard MV Dolphin. The itinerary destinations are carefully selected to offer budget-friendly packages to everyone. Many activities await tourists in every destination and get a chance to have an up-close encounter with marine life as well as wildlife around the islands. Capture the beautiful landscapes and watch the sunset while drinking a hot coffee onboard. The friendly crew team is on hand to give you the best service that this liveaboard can offer. We are here to serve you throughout the year.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Discovery Adventure :

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Year built:1987
Max divers28
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The commodious and lavish liveaboard MV Discovery Adventure is the sister ship of MY Discovery Palawan. It offers the fervent divers, a thrilling opportunity to encounter the giant Whale Sharks, Manta Rays and large Hammerheads along with magnificent colorful coral Reefs in the famous Tubbahata National Park and the Apo Reef. The steel-hulled vessel Discovery Adventure allows diving at amazing Reefs and wrecks to all type of divers. Whereas, the non-divers can avail the chance to explore the underwater treasure by Snorkeling, enjoy their time in kayaking and beach hopping on the scheduled land excursions. Enjoy a safe dive safari vacation with the ultimate liveaboard Discovery Adventure.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MY DISCOVERY ADVENTURE :

Average price is US$ 423 per day

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Year built:2017
Max divers26
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconNo

M/Y Discovery Adventure welcomes you to an extraordinary adventure to the remote islands of the Philippines. It also offers budget-friendly itinerary packages to give everyone a chance to explore the Philippines sea. The Philippines can provide the most exciting diving destinations. Explore the famous Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, and Chandelier Cave and see the fantastic underwater paradise along with lush reefs, sea walls, and pinnacles. Tourists can also enjoy the ocean view from the upper deck of this liveaboard as well as other activities that this boat can provide. Our friendly staff team ensures to give high-quality service throughout the safari.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Infiniti :

Average price is US$ 207 per day

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Year built:2013
Max divers22
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes (free)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Explore the pristine and rich ocean of the Philippines with Infiniti liveaboard. This boat can bring you to the best dive spots that only liveaboard visit and encounter sharks up close in different locations. Many activities await every tourist on every destination included in the itinerary. Catch captivating scenery underwater and explore the depth of the ocean. Non-divers can also explore the sea by snorkeling and swimming. The budget-friendly packages are carefully selected to give everyone an unforgettable holiday experience. This boat provides a high-quality service with the help of the professional crew on board. Our services are open all year to serve you.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Azalea :

Average price is US$ 359 per day

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Year built:2018
Max divers10
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Travel on a humble and comfortable liveaboard that gives personal care to every tourist on board. Explore the best destinations around the Philippine sea that only liveaboard visit and experience a great adventure at Tubbataha Reef where there are thousands of fish, sharks and unique marine life that lives within. The Philippines has natural Marine Protected Parks located in the middle of the Sulu Sea. This liveaboard also offers tours around El Nido, Coron, and Apo Reefs. Capture amazing wreck sites full of artifacts from WWII. Apo Reefs is famous for being the second largest reef in the world.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Discovery Palawan :

Average price is US$ 263 per day

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Year built:2006
Max divers40
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Enjoy the most exciting diving destinations around the Philippines onboard Discovery Palawan liveaboard. Explore the wonders of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and swim along with extraordinary sharks that live within the depth of the ocean. Apo Reef and Coron are one of the best destinations from January to March because of the perfect weather the goes within these months. Explore the lush reef of Cebu – Malapascua – the Visayas from October to December to capture thresher sharks, mantas and whale sharks. We offer the perfect itinerary destination with budget-friendly packages to give everyone a chance to explore the great waters of the Philippines sea.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the M/Y Resolute :

Average price is US$ 323 per day

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Year built:2019
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

M/Y Resolute liveaboard is one of the best choices to explore the Philippine Sea. The management ensures to give high-quality service with the help of our experienced crew on board. It’s best to explore the Tubbataha Reef from March to June when the days are dry and sunny. Also, the sea is calm and clear during these months. Many activities await every tourist on all destinations, and there is much to do onboard M/Y Resolute. We make sure that there won’t be any dull moments during the trip, and we are on hand to offer an unforgettable experience exploring the waters of the Philippines.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Atlantis Azores :

Average price is US$ 317 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Visit the best diving country on the planet and join aboard Atlantis Azores to explore the Philippines sea. Capture the fantastic ocean walls filled with schools of fish and other unique marine life that lives within the depth of the ocean. The Philippines sea offers the best dive experience that every tourist around the wants to visit. Encounter sea turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, and barracudas up close. Atlantis Azores offers budget-friendly itinerary packages to suit everyone’s budget and to give all tourists a chance to explore the Philippines sea at a reasonable price. Our services are open all year to serve you.

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There are 10 PADI approved liveaboards that travel around this awesome archipelago. Home to over 1200 marine species to discover, you won’t fall short of things to see and do within the waters surrounding the Philippines. The Philippines are known for its sheer amount of pelagic visitors, not only will you see a huge variety of sharks you may also get to see whale sharks. There are so many top dive sites located around the islands, however, some of them are pretty remote, making a liveaboard the best and most convenient way to dive this area. Dive safaris usually go from 4 to 10 nights, depending on your criteria.

With so many incredible dive sites to explore, there are a few locations around the Philippines to be aware of when choosing your liveaboard.

Manila

Manila is the Capital of the Philippines and is a fascinating city where culturally, east meets west. It’s home to high rises’ and beautiful tourist resort hotels. It is also a great place to dive. If you are traveling to Manila, don’t forget to dive within Subic Bay and Puerto Galera.

Apo Reef and Coron
This location is home to some of the best wreck diving opportunities available throughout the whole world. Not only are the wrecks at Coron awe-inspiring, but it is also a place that is immersed in history, making it both a fascinating as well as interesting, which as a combination work really well.

Palawan

With its stunning reefs and WWII wrecks, this location does not fall short of being incredible. Tubbataha Reef is one of the best dive sites found in the area.

Cebu

Thresher sharks are the highlight for most divers visiting this area. Cebu provides unique experiences for even the most seasoned of divers.

Boracay

Boracay was once known as one of the ‘Best Islands in The World’ not only because of its white sandy beaches but also because of its tropical nature and spectacular dive sites.

Mindoro

Home to the second largest coral reef in the world, Mindoro is a scuba divers paradise. Home to over 75% of the worlds coral species, this is not only a fascinating location it is also absolutely beautiful. If you are new to diving, then this would be a great place to visit.

Information to know about liveaboard diving in The Philippines

  • Diving in the Philippines used to get a bad wrap due to overfishing and constant boat traffic. However, things have now changed and diving is a spectacular experience enjoyed by all.
  • Water temperatures are usually warm enough that you can dive either with no wetsuit at all, or you dive with only a 3mm wetsuit if you’re planning on completing a longer stint underwater.
  • The best time to dive is during the dive season from the months of November through to May.
  • Rainy season is between June and October and the Philippines are known for strong monsoons during this time period.
  • Diving during the rainy season is not recommended as visibility drops dramatically and some dive sites are completely off limits during this time.
  • During this time, typhoons can also be incredibly dangerous both on land and in the water.
  • Air temperature averages at 25C/78F-32C/90F, with high humidity.
  • Getting to the Philippines is not as difficult as you may think. The Philippines has 3 main international airports MNL (Manila Nivoy Auino). It is important to be aware that if you are planning on using MNL as a transfer airports for an onward flight, then it is not unusual to encounter issues with traffic, plan for this accordingly and give yourself plenty of time, and by ‘plenty’ at least 2-3 hours extra.
  • The second most popular international airport is CEB (Mactan-Cebu). If you decide to take a liveaboard trip around the areas of Cebu, Negros or Bohol, then this would be your ideal airport to fly into. Transfers from CEB are also easy to organise, either by your holiday resort or your chosen liveaboard.
  • The third most popular international airport is CRK (Clark International Airport), which is located around 60lm north of Manila. It is sometimes referred to as Manila Airport. If you’re planning to take a liveaboard north of Manila, then this is your ideal airport to fly into.
  • The currency used in the Philippines is the Philippine Piso. There are around 52.94PHP to 1 USD.

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