The motor yacht Discovery Palawan is a spacious and comfortable vessel able to welcome 32 divers on board, offering one of the best options to discover the magic of the Philippines' islands.

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 50 Metre (164ft) 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.

She 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 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

The Discovery Palawan has 18 comfortable staterooms, it can welcome max. 32 divers/40 non-divers on board.

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

11 Lower Deck Cabins :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with two singel beds side by side, portholes.

1 Lower Deck Cabin :
Located on the lower deck, this cabin comes with one double bed and one single bed, portholes.

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

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


Diving

  • 3 to 4 dives per day, depending on the liveaboard program.

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • All diving will provide expericed guide to lead the dive.


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

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.

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Destinations Coron and Apo Reef, Tubbataha Reef
Facilities
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)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

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.


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.

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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