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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 Oceanic 3 :

Average price is US$ 271 per day

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Year built:2018
Max divers20
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Stella Maris Explorer :

Average price is US$ 297 per day

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Year built:2016
Max divers21
InternetNo
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Stella Maris Explorer was launched in 1980 and has had some major upgrades and renovations in 2018. The length of the boat is 33 meters/108 feet long and accommodate up to 21 guests. The itinerary will take you to Tubbataha in the Sulu Sea and Apo Reef & Coron. The liveaboard brings all the comforts you would expect from a luxurious yacht.

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

Average price is US$ 264 per day

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Year built:2018
Max divers14
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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

Average price is US$ 193 per day

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Year built:2008
Max divers10
InternetYes (free)
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconNo

The Royo was built in 2008 and it is a simple liveaboard that can accommodate up to 8-10 people. It is custom made for scuba diving and was built for backpackers in mind. They offer 6-day sea safari adventures that will both be memorable and exhilarating. The food is delicious and served throughout the day. It also has ample open space for sunbathing or relaxation.

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

Average price is US$ 193 per day

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Year built:2005
Max divers10
InternetYes (free)
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconNo

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.

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

Average price is US$ 455 per day

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Year built:2020
Max divers24
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Philippines Aggressor is a brand new liveaboard that starts operating in 2020. It will go to stunning dive sites among them is the Tubbataha Reefs and the Visaya Islands. While you aren’t diving you can take up snorkeling do some land excursions and explore secluded beaches. The liveaboard can accommodate up to 24 guests in 12 luxurious that all have their own bathroom with hot showers and air-conditioning. This is a great liveaboard with all the amenities of a world-class yacht.

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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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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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