Solitude One is a deluxe standard professional dive yacht runs by Solitude Fleet, offering dive trips in both the Philippines and Palau according to seasons, it can accommodate 22 guests.

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Boat

Solitude One is a 52 meters long, 8.6 meters wide steel-hulled merchant vessel originally built in 1979 and compeletly rebuilt in 2013. This boat is definition of luxury begins with its design, creating purposeful and functional spaces for rest and play, with even the vessel’s dive deck and boat deck space. It has two engines, cruising speed at 11 knots per hour.

Solitude One has a well-trained crew team who address their guests by name, can anticipate individual needs, and appear only when needed, allowing them the privacy and exclusivity of a “home away from home”.

The main lounge area is designed both for social interaction and private reflection. The lounge will immediately sets you at ease with its deck colour scheme. From its very inviting bean bags beckoning you to sink into them with a good book to the plush sofas to play card and board games with your pals. Computer terminals are available if you want to leave your laptop at home and a library of carefully selected periodicals and books will give you all the intellectual stimulation you need.

There is an independent digital room placed adjacent to the lounge, purpose-built for safely stowing camera and video equipment, for prepping, charging batteries and working on. A CCTV will also be installed to make sure everything stays safe!

Solitude One has another Open air dinning lounge on the upper deck, as well as a jacuzzi for relaxing during the cruise.

Meals are carefully planned and constructed to make sure all palates are taken into consideration. Great pride goes into the preparation of these meals and special diets are attended to, so we can look after you well.

There is a wide selection of beverages at your disposal, and there will always be something for the peckish, even in the wee hours of the morning. The bar serves a good selection of spirits, wines and beer, readily available to you at an additional cost.

Solitude One also features a spacious sundeck for all the sun lovers. Half the deck is swathed in shade for those of you who prefer fresh sea air under some UV protection. The deck is also great for watching out for dancing dolphins and breaching mantas or hanging out in the evenings to look at constellations in the night sky. On specified trips, a massage therapist can work your cares away on the open deck. It'll just be like your own private resort, surrounded by clear blue waters, mushroom islands and your personal reflections.

The dive deck has enough space to accommodate 30 divers. Fully equipped with 3 air compressor, Nitrox membrane system, 130 units aluminium tanks in different size with DIN Valves (York Adapters available), Rebreather Support etc.


Cabin

Solitude One has 10 guest cabins, it can accommodate up to 22 guests per trip :

All cabins have en-suite bathroom (with shampoo and shower gel), A/C, safe deposit box, bath robes, towels, hair dryer, reading lights, ample hangers & wardrobe organisers, electrical points with 200V - 240V.

1 VIP Stateroom (Cabin A1) :
Located on the main deck, at the front of the vessel. This is the largest cabin available with 19.2sqm, comes with a kingsize double bed and a day‐bed that can be converted into a single bed for a 3rd person sharing (child 12 years or younger) if required.

1 VIP Stateroom (Cabin A2) :
Located on the main deck, cabin size about 14.7sqm. This cabin comes with two single beds side by side, seaview windows.

1 VIP Stateroom (Cabin B6) :
Located on the lower deck, this is the 2nd largest cabin with 17.8sqm in size. This cabin somes with a kingsize double bed and a day‐bed that can be converted into a single bed for a 3rd person sharing (child 12 years or younger) if required.

2 Deluxe Double Cabins (Cabin B1, B2) :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin is 11.7sqm in size, comes with one queen-size double bed, ideal for couples.

3 Deluxe Twin Cabins (Cabin B3, B5, B7) :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin is 11.7sqm in size, comes with one queen-size double bed and an extra single bed in bunk style.

1 Deluxe Bunk Cabin (Cabin B4) :
Located on the lower deck, this cabin is 10.5sqm in size, comes with two single beds in bunk style.

1 Quad Sharing Cabin (Cabin B8) :
Located on the lower deck, 23.7sqm in size. This cabin is designed for families, a small group of friends or individuals who do not mind sharing with other like‐minded divers. The cabin has 2 bunk‐beds and 2 single beds, each guest will have their own wardrobe and personal electrical points to charge their own gadgets.


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.
  • Complimentary Nautilus Lifeline GPS will be provided.
  • Dive Guides ratio : 1 to 6 Divers, Private Guide available with surcharge

Other Information

  • Nitrox:Available with additional charge
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional charge
  • REBREATHER Dive:Only on Full Charters with surcharge
  • Technical Dive:Only on Full Charters with surcharge
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available with additional charge
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Available with additional charge
  • Laundry Service:Available with additional charge
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment yet
  • Payment on board:Cash (USD), credit cards
  • Crew Number:Unknown, include 3 - 4 dive guides

Itineraries

Palau - 8D/7N Itinerary

Day 1 – Palau Mainland
Embarkation: Upon boarding Solitude One, a welcome from the rest of our crew awaits you. Orientation and registration will begin once you are welcomed.

Day 2 : Choice of: Helmet Wreck/Chandelier Cave/Jake Seaplane/ Teshio Maru (2 or 3 dives).

Day 3 : Choice of: Iro Wreck/Ulong Channel/Sandy Paradise/Siaes Corner (3 or 4 dives).

Day 4 : Choice of: Siaes Tunnel/Siases Corner/Ulong Channel/Sandy Paradise/German Channel/New Drop-Off (3 or 4 dives).

Day 5 & 6 : Choice of: Peleliu (Wall/Cut/Express/Corner)/Orange Beach/ German Channel/(Blue Corner/Blue Holes)/Turtle Cove/Big Drop-Off (3 or 4 dives per day)

Day 7 : Choice of: German Channel/Blue Corner/New Drop-Off/Big Drop-Off/Ngedebus Corner (3 dives)

Day 8 ‐ Palau Mainland
After a big breakfast, you have optional complimentary tours (you will only need to pay for the entry permit fees) of Jellyfish Lake & Milky Way by speed boat. After the tour, you will return to Solitude One and prepare for check-out before a late lunch. Disembarkation (check-out) will be by 1700hrs (dinner is not included). Late check-out till the latest 0000Hrs (the next day) can be accommodated subject to availability and extra charge (please enquire for the current rate that will also include dinner).


Tubbataha Reef National Park - 7D/6N

Day 1 – Embarkation (Puerto Princesa)
Embarkation at the harbour of Puerto Princesa starts from 1400Hrs. Only transfers from Puerto Princesa Domestic Airport are included in the cruise package. Hotel transfer will be subject to charges. Solitude One will get underway towards Tubbataha Reef National Park at sunset (estimated time of travel is 10 hours)

Day 2 to 4 - Tubbataha North & South Atoll
As dive sites in Tubbataha Reefs are in close proximity, dive sites will be scheduled based on tides/currents as well as communicating with other liveaboards in the vicinity to avoid overcrowding a particular dive site.

Day 5 to 6 - North Atoll & Jessie Beazley Reef
As dive sites in Tubbataha Reefs are in close proximity, dive sites will be scheduled based on tides/currents as well as communicating with other liveaboards in the vicinity to avoid overcrowding a particular dive site. Your last dive has to conform to our 18 hours no‐fly/no‐altitude policy.

Day 6 - Evening
Solitude One will get underway towards Puerto Princesa (estimated time of travel is 9 hours) after the scheduled final night dive in Jessie Beazley Reef.

Day 7 - Disembarkation (Puerto Princesa)
After a big breakfast, we will organise an appreciation briefing followed by final disembarkation for our guests around 1100hrs.


Romblon, Ticao & Verde Island - 8D/7N

Day 1 – Embarkation (Anilao, Philippines)
Embarkation in Batangas, the voyage will begin in Anilao, where we will embark Solitude One by 5 pm at the latest (depending on flight arrival times), overnight cruise to Romblon.

Day 2 & 3 - Romblon (Featuring Blackwater/Bonfire Dives)
We will spend our first two diving days in the macro haven of Romblon diving around an array of sites there, such as ‘Ghost Valley’ and ‘Broken House’ where we look for the famous Melibe sp. And Cyerce sp. nudibranchs. While here we will also conduct either Blackwater or Bonfire dives depending on conditions.

Day 4 - North & East Ticao (San Miguel Island, Lapus Lapus & Manta Bowl)
After Romblon, we will head over to the islands North of Ticao and dive a couple of the stunning reef walls, which are packed with a variety of nudibranchs and crustaceans.

Day 5 - East Ticao (Manta Bowl)
Following, we will move to the East of Ticao and dive ‘Manta Bowl’ where we hope to see Manta Rays and potentially Whale Sharks. According to LAMAVE, 250 of the 400 individual Mantas spotted in the Philippines have been recorded at this dive site.

Day 6 - South Ticao (Snake Island & Mangroves)
Our last destination in Ticao will be in the South, where we will dive around the lush mangroves and ‘Snake Island’ which is teeming with a variety of life due to the nutrient-rich waters.

Day 7 - Verde Island (San Agapito)
We will spend our last diving day at Verde Island, in particular, ‘San Agapito’, the centre of biodiversity in the Philippines. This site offers a sheer abundance of life with pristine corals shrouded by dense shoals of fish, a remarkable dive spot. In between the giant trevallies hunting, the strong currents this sight is known for on occasion bring in passing pelagics.

Day 8 – Disembarkation at Anilao
After a big breakfast, disembarkation will begin the morning of the 8th day between 8 am, and 11 am.


Anilao TO Surigao - 11D/10N

Day 1: Anilao
Embark Solitude One by 5 pm at the latest (depending on flight arrival times)& Welcome Briefing, overnight cruise to Romblon.

Day 2: Verde Island
Our first diving day at Verde Island, in particular, ‘San Agapito’. This site offers a sheer abundance of life with pristine corals shrouded by dense shoals of fish, a remarkable dive spot. In between the giant trevallies hunting, the strong currents this sight is known for on occasion bring in passing pelagics.

Day 3 & 4: Romblon
we will spend one day diving in the macro haven of Romblon diving around an array of sites there, such as ‘Ghost Valley’ and ‘Broken House’ where we look for the famous Melibe sp. And Cyerce sp. nudibranchs. While here we will also conduct either Blackwater or Bonfire dives depending on conditions.

Day 5, 6 & 7: Ticao
Dive a couple of the stunning reef walls, which are packed with a variety of nudibranchs and crustaceans.Following, we will move to the East of Ticao and dive ‘Manta Bowl’ where we hope to see Manta Rays and potentially Whale Sharks. Our last destination in Ticao will be in the South, where we will dive around the lush mangroves and ‘Snake Island’ which is teeming with a variety of life due to the nutrient-rich waters.

Day 8 & 9: Malapascua
One of the few places where Thresher Sharks are regularly seen – being on a liveaboard we can be there before any of the land based centres! Besides the Threshers there is plenty of great dive spots around such as Gato Island and Kalanggaman and its picturesque sandbar.

Day 10: Southern Leyte
Home to stunning reef that are reminiscent of Tubbataha and fantastic black sand macro; one of the hidden gems in the Philippines.

Day 11: Surigao
Disembarkation between 8 am, and 11 am.

More

Destinations Palau, Tubbataha Reef, Visayas and Leyte
Facilities Nitrox support, Tech Friendly, Camera station, Internet, Jacuzzi, Water Toys, Rebreathe Friendly, Laundry
Languages spoken English, Spanish

Schedules & routes

Prices & conditions

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • GST 12%
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • 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)
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

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.


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.

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