Built in the traditional, gaff-rigged Phinisi style by the master shipbuilders of Sulawesi, Indonesia, the Philippine Siren transports divers in style to the most remote dive sites in the Philippines. This is the second ship of the Siren fleet, designed using previous lessons learnt in order to better serve its guests. Its spacious cabins, ample amenities and specialized features for photographers are sure to make your time on board the Philippine Siren a very comfortable experience.
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This Philippines liveaboard offers eight cabins. Each of these boasts individually-controlled air conditioning, personal audio-visual entertainment systems, plenty of storage, a safety box and an en suite bathroom with hot water. These staterooms were designed with flexibility in mind in order to accommodate a variety of diving groups.
Fixed Double Cabins: Lower Deck. These rooms are perfect for couples on a diving adventure. The two double cabins boast a queen bed, an en-suite bathroom, a cabinet, bathrobes, a hairdryer and towels.
Twin Bed Cabins: Lower Deck. These cabins are suitable for couples, friends or solo divers. All four of these rooms offer two single beds, an en-suite bathroom, a cabinet, bathrobes, a hairdryer and towels.
Twin/Double Cabins: Lower Deck. These cabins are unique in that the beds can either stay as two twin beds or can be converted to one double bed. Both of these cabins offer an en-suite bathroom, a cabinet, bathrobes, a hairdryer and towels.
During your time on the Philippine Siren, you will dine in style. The chef offers a huge menu that includes delicious local and Western options. All three meals of the day are served buffet-style so you’ll be able to eat as much or as little as you choose. Snacks and soft drinks are available between meals to keep your stomach happy. Special dietary requests should be made prior to departure.
Most meals include Western and Asian dishes with as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible. During dining hours, you’ll be able to eat in the open-air dining area while enjoying the view of emerald islands dotting sapphire blue seas. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, you can also choose to enjoy your meals at the cocktail bar or in the common areas.
Three meals a day, coffee, tea, juices, soft drinks, and cookies are included. Alcohol is available for purchase on board.
Designed to be both traditional and luxurious, the Philippine Siren travels in style through the Visayas and to Tubbataha in the Philippines. There are several amenities to keep you occupied during topside hours.
You will be able to take advantage of the large common spaces onboard, including an expansive shaded outdoor dining area, an air-conditioned lounge with a cocktail bar and sofas, and a sun deck with 8 loungers. Soak up the tropical sun while enjoying a good book or opt for an hour-long massage service. This is your holiday; enjoy it!
During most intervals, you’ll find your fellow guests hanging out in the lounge where you can view photos on the flat-screen TV, enjoy the movie network or utilize the library of books and games. The crew is available for fish identification sessions, and guests can use the onboard kayaks at any time free of charge.
In addition to your time spent diving and on the yacht, you will also be treated to several excursions from the Philippine Siren. These trips may include sunbathing on pristine beaches, shopping in local markets and other watersports. Don’t forget your camera. The excursions are often some of the most memorable parts of the journey.
The Philippine Siren takes divers on 6, 10 and 12-night trips departing from Cebu or Puerto Princesa and heading for remote destinations such as Malapascua Island, the southern Visayas and Tubbataha Reef. You can expect to see Tubbataha itineraries from March to May and itineraries throughout the Visayas throughout the rest of the year.
While diving with this liveaboard in the Philippines, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful reefs in the world as well as wrecks, caves and steep walls in search of sharks, pygmy seahorses and bountiful fish species. The Visayas itineraries are suitable to intermediate and advanced divers, but currents around Tubbataha Reef make those trips most appropriate for advanced divers.
The Siren’s route and order of sites visited are heavily influenced by weather conditions and sea currents. Therefore, each trip differs from the last, but dives are rarely cancelled.
Depending on the distance the Philippine Siren needs to cover, divers, average about four dives a day. On trips through the Visayas, the fourth dive is a night dive, but on trips to Tubbataha, the fourth dive is a sunset dive. Occasionally, afternoon dives may be replaced with land excursions.
As a member of the Siren Fleet, the Philippine Siren includes every amenity necessary for a comfortable diving experience. A shaded dive deck provides individual storage drawers and spacious stations for gearing up. Numbered deck towels are provided to each guest. As an added perk, the Philippine Siren provides every diver with a full set of equipment, free of charge. Nitrox is also complimentary for those with the proper certification.
Two high-powered tenders which dock alongside the mothership ferry divers to and from dive sites. A boarding platform provides easy entry and exit.
Having a reputation as the professionals’ choice, the photography and videography amenities on the Philippine Siren are the pride of the ship. Indoor and outdoor workstations are provided along with numerous charging points, large storage drawers and large rinse tanks dedicated to electronics.
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