Discovery Palawan is a deluxe standard professional dive yacht, offering scuba diving trips around Philippines according to the seasons, it can accommodate 24 - 32 divers or up to 38 non-divers.

Debhi

26/06/2018

The good: The crew was outstanding! The food was very good! There was plenty of room for all 27 guests and crew. It never felt crowded. They had a pretty good system for rotating divers on the...

Description

Boat

Discovery Palawan is a 49.20 meters long and 8.5 meters wide steel yacht, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She can cruise at 10 knots and has 220 volt power on board.

Previously named Hans Christian Andersen, was built in 1972 in Groningen, Holland. The initial idea was to create a luxurious sailing-ship for cruising around the Caribbean.

Discovery Palawan was later rebuilt as a navigation training ship then refitted in 2006 with a new and more powerful engine with all modern navigational equipment, then she was moved to the Philippines to serve as an adventure cruise ship.

In 2013, she was renamed as Discovery Palawan and underwent a USD 1.5 million renovation for a fresh, modern look.

On the main deck, there is an indoor saloon which also used as 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 deck has a very pleasant outdoors eating area.

The dive deck is also located on the upper deck and once the gear is set up, the crew will carry it into the tender boat. All you have to do is wear your wetsuit and your mask.

An ideal holiday for families with children, the boat sails from island to island in sheltered waters. Every day there is the opportunity to go ashore to discover beautiful beaches, local fishing villages and local markets.


Cabin

Discovery Palawan has 18 guest cabins, it can welcome max. 32 divers/38 non-divers on board.

All cabins have private head with shower, closet and A/C, storage, and charting facilites.

2 Uppder Deck Cabins :
Located on the upper deck, each cabin comes with two single beds side by side, seaview windows.

2 Uppder Deck Cabins :
Located on the upper deck, each cabin comes with one double bed, seaview windows.

11 Standard Cabins :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with two single beds side by side, portholes.

2 Standard Cabins :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with one queen-size bed, portholes.

1 Family Cabin (Only open for certain trips) :
Located on the lower deck, this cabin comes with 2 single beds + 1 elevated double bed, portholes.


Diving

  • 3 dives per day + alternating additional sunset/night dives.
  • No night dives are allowed in the Tubbataha Marine Park.
  • No dive on the embarkation and disembarkation day.
  • Only 1 - 2 dives will be provided on the last diving day.
  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.
  • Kayaks are available for guests to use during the cruise free of charge.

Other information

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional cost
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Technical Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available with additional cost.
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Available with additional cost
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:Cash only (USD/PHP)
  • Crew Number:20 - 32, include 3 - 4 dive guides

Itineraries

Tubbataha

Day 01 – Embarkation in Puerto Princesa Port, between 2 – 4pm
Day 02 – 4 dives in TRNP (Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park) (no night dive)
Day 03 – 4 dives in TRNP (no night dive)
Day 04 – 4 dives in TRNP (no night dive)
Day 05 – 4 dives in TRNP (no night dive)
Day 06 – 3 dives in TRNP and Jessie Beazley (no night dive)
Day 07 – Disembarkation in Puerto Princesa Port after breakfast, 8am onwards

Divers must have at least 50 logged dives due to safety reasons. No refund will be given and will be banned from diving if DFC finds out that the guest has less than the required logged dives.

Book a flight to Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS) on your account. If arriving on the day of departure, please book a flight that arrives before 4pm. We will not entertain guests arriving 4pm onwards. Embarkation time at port is between 2 – 4pm only.

Upon arrival at the airport, kindly proceed to the arrival exit and look for our staff holding a Discovery Fleet banner.

If you are staying in a hotel in Puerto Princesa City prior trip departure, we provide free transfer to the boat as long as your hotel is located within 10km from Puerto Princesa Port. Please inform us in advance so we can arrange this for you. The boat manager will contact your hotel when the transfer is on its way to pick up the guests (no exact time will be provided).

Disembarkation time is after breakfast, 8am onwards. Please provide us with your return flight in advance so we can arrange your free transfer to airport or hotel as long as located within 10km from port.


CEBU - MALAPASCUA - VISAYAS

Day 01 – Embarkation in Cebu Yacht Club between 2 – 4pm
Day 02 – Kalanggaman (3 dives)
Day 03 – Monad Shoal/Malapascua/Gato (3 dives)
Day 04 – Pescador Island & Moal Boal (3 dives)
Day 05 – Oslob – Sumilon (3 dives)
Day 06 – Cabilao Island (3 dives)
Day 07 – Disembarkation in Cebu Yacht Club between 8 – 10am

Book a flight to Mactan – Cebu International Airport (CEB) on your account. Embarkation time at Cebu Yacht Club is between 2 – 4pm.

Disembarkation time is after breakfast, between 8am – 10am. Please provide us with your return flight in advance so we can arrange your free transfer to Mactan Airport (CEB)


APO REEF- CORON

Day 01 – Embarkation in Bauan Port, Batangas between 1 – 3pm
Day 02 – Apo Reef Natural Park (3 dives)
Day 03 – Barracuda Lake, Twin Peaks, Siete Pecados (7 islands), Maquinit Hotspring, Kayangan Lake (3 dives)
Day 04 – Sangat & Culion Islands (3 dives)
Day 05 – Calumbuyan & North Cay Islands (3 dives)
Day 06 – Club Paradise, Dimakya Island (2 dives)
Day 07 – Disembarkation in Bauan Port, Batangas approximately 11am – 12nn

Book a flight to Manila (MNL) on your account. Embarkation time in Bauan Port, Batangas is between 1 – 3pm. Transfer from Manila Airport to Bauan Port on extra cost (inquire with us). Travel time from airport to port is approximately 2.5 hrs. If you will be using your own transfer, the port entrance fee will be on your own account. The driver should bring the vehicle’s Official Receipt and Registration Certificate as required by port.

Disembarkation time in Bauan Port, Batangas is approximately 11am – 12nn.


NATURE ESCAPE CEBU

Day 01 – Embarkation in Cebu Yacht Club starting 11:30am
Day 02 – Oslob & Sumilon (3 dives)
Day 03 – Apo Island (3 dives)
Day 04 – Cabilao ( 3dives)
Day 05 – Disembarkation in Cebu Yacht Club after breakfast between 8 – 11am

Book a flight to Mactan – Cebu International Airport (CEB) on your account. Embarkation time at Cebu Yacht Club is 11:30am. Disembarkation time is after breakfast, between 8am – 11am.

More

Destinations Tubbataha Reef, Visayas and Leyte, Coron and Apo Reef
Facilities Nitrox support, Camera Station, Watersport equipment, Laundry
Languages spoken English

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
02/12/2022 to 06/12/2022 4 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $1,400.00 Detail
09/12/2022 to 13/12/2022 4 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $1,400.00 Detail
16/12/2022 to 20/12/2022 4 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $1,400.00 Detail
23/12/2022 to 29/12/2022 6 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $2,300.00 Detail
06/01/2023 to 10/01/2023 4 nights Coron and Apo Reef Bauan - Coron From $1,470.00 Detail
20/01/2023 to 24/01/2023 4 nights Coron and Apo Reef Bauan - Coron From $1,470.00 Detail
27/01/2023 to 31/01/2023 4 nights Coron and Apo Reef Bauan - Coron From $1,470.00 Detail
03/02/2023 to 07/02/2023 4 nights Coron and Apo Reef Bauan - Coron From $1,470.00 Detail
10/02/2023 to 14/02/2023 4 nights Coron and Apo Reef Bauan - Coron From $1,470.00 Detail
17/02/2023 to 21/02/2023 4 nights Coron and Apo Reef Bauan - Coron From $1,470.00 Detail
25/02/2023 to 03/03/2023 6 nights Coron and Apo Reef Bauan - Batangas From $2,418.00 Detail
16/03/2023 to 22/03/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
23/03/2023 to 29/03/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
30/03/2023 to 05/04/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
06/04/2023 to 12/04/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
13/04/2023 to 19/04/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
20/04/2023 to 26/04/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
27/04/2023 to 03/05/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
04/05/2023 to 10/05/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
11/05/2023 to 17/05/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
18/05/2023 to 24/05/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
25/05/2023 to 31/05/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
01/06/2023 to 07/06/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
08/06/2023 to 14/06/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
15/06/2023 to 21/06/2023 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
03/11/2023 to 07/11/2023 4 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $1,470.00 Detail
10/11/2023 to 14/11/2023 4 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $1,470.00 Detail
17/11/2023 to 21/11/2023 4 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $1,470.00 Detail
24/11/2023 to 28/11/2023 4 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $1,470.00 Detail
01/12/2023 to 05/12/2023 4 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $1,470.00 Detail
08/12/2023 to 12/12/2023 4 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $1,470.00 Detail
15/12/2023 to 19/12/2023 4 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $1,470.00 Detail
22/12/2023 to 28/12/2023 6 nights Visayas and Leyte Cebu - Cebu From $2,418.00 Detail
14/03/2024 to 20/03/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
21/03/2024 to 27/03/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
28/03/2024 to 03/04/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
04/04/2024 to 10/04/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
11/04/2024 to 17/04/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
18/04/2024 to 24/04/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
25/04/2024 to 01/05/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
02/05/2024 to 08/05/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
09/05/2024 to 15/05/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
16/05/2024 to 22/05/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
23/05/2024 to 29/05/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
30/05/2024 to 05/06/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
06/06/2024 to 12/06/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail
13/06/2024 to 19/06/2024 6 nights Tubbataha Reef Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa From $2,578.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Visayas and Leyte 4 nights Standard Double Twin From $1,400.00
Visayas and Leyte 4 nights Upper Deck Twin Double From $1,610.00
Visayas and Leyte 6 nights Standard Double Twin From $2,300.00
Visayas and Leyte 6 nights Upper Deck Twin Double From $2,600.00
Tubbataha Reef 6 nights Standard Double Twin From $2,578.00
Tubbataha Reef 6 nights Upper Deck Twin Double From $3,058.00
Coron and Apo Reef 4 nights Standard Double Twin From $1,470.00
Coron and Apo Reef 4 nights Upper Deck Twin Double From $1,698.00
Coron and Apo Reef 6 nights Standard Double Twin From $2,418.00
Coron and Apo Reef 6 nights Upper Deck Twin Double From $2,730.00

Included

  • Diving activity (incl. tanks, weights, weight belts)
  • Maldivian GST 12%
  • Cabin cleaning service
  • Transfers from airport and/or hotel to the yacht
  • Full-board meal plan (including snacks)
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner ashore the night before disembarkation
  • Land excursions and activities throughout the trip
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights in destination country
  • Complimentary alcoholic beverage with dinner
  • Soft drinks
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance (mandatory requirement)
  • Travel insurance (trip cancellation insurance)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees & Port fees

Useful information

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.


Visayas and Leyte

Period : Liveaboards trip can be offered from December to March.

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 : There are generally 2 seasons in the Visayas: the rainy season from June to November, and the cool dry season from December to March. Typhoon season is from July to October. Average daily temperature around 28°C.

Water : Water temps stay upwards of 27°C through most of the year

Clothing : Light clothes and sun protection is essential while visiting, but a light jacket is good for possible cooler evenings.

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

Flights : International and domestic flights arrive directly to Cebu.

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.


Coron and Apo Reef

Period : Liveaboards trips is possible year round. The dry season from November to June brings the warmest water and the best visibility.

Visa's : Most nationalities receive a 30-day free visa on arrival, Central Asia and India citizens need a visa before arriving. Please contact the embassy or consulate nearest you for more information.

Climat : The dry season is from late December through May, and the cooler wet season runs from June to November. Average daily temperature is around 29°C, and usually it ranges from 21/30°C to 25/34°C all year round.

Water : Average temperature is 27°C through most of the year.

Clothing : Light clothes and sun protection is essential while visiting, but a light jacket is good for possible cooler evenings, and rain covers for the wet season.

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

Flights : International flights arrive directly to Manila, and Batangas can be reached within a few hours by car. And between Manila and Coron there are daily domestic flights too.

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.

Diver's reviews (2)

Debhi, 26/06/2018

The good: The crew was outstanding! The food was very good! There was plenty of room for all 27 guests and crew. It never felt crowded. They had a pretty good system for rotating divers on the zodiacs. 4 teams and 2 boats. They listed order of launch every day. The bad: It advertises a/c in the rooms, but 80-82 degrees does not count as airconditioned. They did put fans in the room though which helped it be bearable to sleep The public bathrooms stunk so bad. Occasionally our room bathroom smelled as well. The boat should put in a ventilation system. The Nitrox compressor went out and they had to get their sister ship to come by the next day to fill up tanks. Although weather was bad and cut our trip in Tubbataha short, I believe some of the time we only did 2 dives/day because of shortage of tanks. Of the 9 days, there was only 1 day they did 4 dives. Most days were 2 and some 3. Never got to dive Coron due to coast guard prohibition for 3 days due to weather (not the boats fault). Water in the bathroom after a shower did not readily drain and you ended up going to the bathroom later with your feet in 1" of water. If you disconnected the sink drain, you could get the water to drain. Tiles were cracked and moved because of it and I'm sure there was mold underneath.

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Lars, 06/05/2014

I've been on this boat last april and it was the only possibility to fit my schedule. I enjoy the whole trip as the crew and diving team know perfectly the area and show us the best they could. Diving in Tubbataha was super good and we got lots of encounter where the best was hammerhead shark, eagle rays and sail fish. reefs were really nice and colorful. Cabin are well maintained and clean and food was good the whole trip, better than on land...i would recommend this boat as a solo divers i meet nice other people on boat. Lars.

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