Discovery Adventure is finally back to the market after a long renovation from 2014 to beginning of 2016. It offers different diving routes in the Philippines for up to 28 divers at a time.

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Description

Boat

Discovery Adventure measuring 47m long and 8.5m wide and cruising at 7 knots is a diving liveaboard that was built in Fiji back in 1987.

It was completely renovated during 2014 to 2016. This boat is run by a professional diving team - Discovery Fleet. They put all their energy to make sure it remains the most pleasant and most functional liveaboard for divers.

On the main deck, there is an indoor air conditioned saloon which also includes a camera room, with lots of tables and charging stations. Just outside of the salon/camera room, there are large rinse tanks for cameras.

And the upper sundeck has a very pleasant outdoors shaded dining area.

Discovery Adventure is an ideal holiday for lovers of the underwater world.


Cabin

Discovery Adventure has 14 comfortable modern air-conditioned cabins, it can accommodate up to 28 guests per trip:

Each cabin comes with a centralized air-conditioning, closet, and ensuite bathroom.

2 VIP Cabins:
Located on the upper deck, each with two single beds

4 Upper Deck Cabins:
Located on the upper deck, each with two double beds

6 Standard Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, each with two single beds

2 Standard Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, each with one double bed


Diving

  • Minimum 50 logged dives required to take part in Tubbataha trips.
  • 4 dives per day, depending on the liveaboard program.
  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.
  • All diving is guided by experienced dive guide.

Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional cost
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request, must book in advance
  • Dive insurance:All divers travelling aboard must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash (USD/PHP) only
  • Crew Number:20 - 32, include 4 - 5 dive guides

Itineraries

Tubbataha (Late March – Mid June)

A Tubbataha dive safari on the Discovery Fleet is the perfect way to explore the wonders of this special Place and during this period the ship turns into a full-fledged diving live aboard whose activities center around diving exclusively.

The Discovery Fleet will make best efforts to follow the established itineraries but reserves the right to change it due to sea conditions, weather and safety considerations during the actual voyage.

Itinerary for Tubbataha Regular trip

Day 1 -> Guest embarkation in Puerto Princesa Port between 2 – 4pm, lift anchor in the evening.
Day 2 -> South of North Atoll (Dive sites: Ranger Station, Amos Rock, Wall Street)
Day 3 -> South of South Atoll (Dive sites: Delsan Wreck, Southwest wall, Triggerfish City)
Day 4 -> North of South Atoll (Dive sites: Black Rock, T Wreck, Ko-ok)
Day 5 -> North of North Atoll (Dive sites: Shark Airport, Seafan Alley, Washing Machine)
Day 6 -> Malayan Wreck of North Atoll and Jessie Beazley
Day 7 -> Disembarkation in Puerto Princesa Port after breakfast, 8am onwards.

Transition Trip Batangas to Tubbataha

Day 1 -> Embarkation in Batangas Int’l Container Port (between 2-4 pm)
Day 2 -> 3 dives in Apo Reef (no Night dive)
Day 3 -> 3 dives in Cuyo Islands (No night dive)
Day 4-6 -> 4 dives in TRNP
Day 7 -> 3 day dives (no night dive) TRNP
Day 8 -> Disembarkation in Puerto Princesa Port after breakfast, 8am onwards

Transition Trip Tubbataha to Batangas

Day 1 -> Embarkation in Puerto Princesa Port (Between 2- 4 pm)
Day 2-5 -> 4 dives in TRNP
Day 6 -> 2 dives Cuyo
Day 7 -> 3 day dives Apo Reef. Lift anchor
Day 8 -> Disembarkation in Batangas Int’l Container Port after breakfast, around 11am-12nn.


Tubbataha Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are Tubbataha Reef Transition Trips?
Tubbataha Reef Transition 1 is the transition of the ship from Batangas Int'l Port to Tubbataha. Tubbataha Transition Trip 2 the Port of embarkation is Port of Puerto Princesa. Disembarkation will be at the Batangas Int'l Port.

2. What is Tubbataha Regular Trip?
Tubbataha Regular Trip starts and ends at Puerto Princesa. All diving is done in the Tubbataha Reefs National Park.

3.What time does the boat leave on the day of departure/arrive day of arrival?
The ship embark for Tubbataha between 6-8 pm on the day of departure. We advise the guests arrive Puerto Princesa around 2pm.

The check-out time in the vessel is 0800am on the last day, but guests who have later flights are free to remain on board until airport transfer time.

4.Should I be an advanced diver?
Not necessarily. All dives begin with a back-roll onto the reef top which is usually around 15 meters. After everyone has trimmed their buoyancy and are comfortable, the dive leader will then bring the group to the drop off and down the wall. Current is usually present in Tubbataha and thus drift diving is the norm. Divers go with the flow of the current and a chaseboat will be ready to pick them up when they surface.

More

Destinations Palau, Tubbataha Reef
Facilities Laundry
Languages spoken English

Schedules & routes

Prices & conditions

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills

Useful information

Palau

Period : Liveaboards trip can be offered year round. While the best diving season is considered to be between late November to early June.

Visa's : For most nationalities worldwide, a tourist entry visas valid for 30 days can be obtained on arrival, and may be extended.

Climat : Palau has a pleasantly warm climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 27°C (82F). The average relative humidity is approx 82% and although rain falls are more frequent between July and October, there is still plenty of sunshine. Average daily temperature is 28 - 32°C.

Water : Water temperature varies little throughout with the year, usually ranging from 27 to 29°C.

Clothing : It is best to bring a light jacket for evenings and light airy clothes for the daytime.

Plugs : Type A/B electrical plugs (US standard) 120V @ 60Hz

Flights : Many visitors to Palau arrive on United Airlines by way of daily scheduled flights from Guam (the gateway to Micronesia). And some other Airlines also offer from serval Asia destinations (Soul/Manila/Tapei) via Guam to Koror.

Currency : Official currency is the U.S. Dollar(USD), Money-Exchanger can be found in most of the place. International ATM's are available. Credit Cards are also widely accepted.


Tubbataha Reef

Period : Liveaboards run trips ONLY from March to June.

Visa's : Nationals from the vast majority of countries, including all ASEAN countries, can enter the Philippines without a visa for a period not exceeding 30 days. Central Asia and India citizens need a visa before arriving. Please check with the nearest consulate of the Philippines about the most-updated imformation.

Climat : Average daily temperature range is 31°C year round. The rainy season is July to December (with the most storms generally in November and December) and the dry season is January to June.

Water : Water temperature averages from 27°C - 30°C. The hottest time of the year is March to May and the coolest is December to February when the water temperature may drop to 24°C - 26°C.

Clothing : Light clothes and sun protection is essential while visiting, early months can be slightly rainy.

Plugs : Type A electrical plug most commonly found (but type B and C sometimes used) 220V @ 60Hz.

Flights : International flights arrive to Manila, with daily domestic connections to Puerto Princesa.

Currency : Local currency is Philippine Peso (PHP), other currencies can be easily changed at banks or money changers, and international ATM's are available. Credit Cards are widely accepted but when travelling to outer island it is recommended to carry sufficient amount of Philippine pesos.

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