The Philippine Siren crew got ready for another amazing liveaboard dive trip to Tubbataha Reefs. Reaching the Park, we started the day diving at Malayan Wreck twice, located at the Northwest tip of the North Atoll. School of big-eye trevally was seen at the reef margin, grey reef and white sharks were present swimming along the wall, Different schools of reef fishes were also enjoying the current such as: fusiliers, surgeonfish, pyramid butterflyfish, as well as yellowtail and blacktail barracuda. One the second dive, while cruising the gorgonian-filled wall, an unexpected friend showed up –Mr. Scalloped Hammerhead Shark. He gave us quite a show by swimming in circles several times before moving ahead into the blue-ness of the ocean. Everybody was thrilled and excited seeing our old friend. Next on the diving schedule was Gorgonian Wall.
The Philippine Siren welcomed on board a brand new groups of divers ready for their liveaboard dive trip in Tubbataha. After a quick talk from the Tubbataha management Office about Park rules and regulations, we lifted the anchor and sailed away to Tubbataha for another amazing dive trip. We commence the day’s diving in Malayan Wreck, southwest of the North Atoll. Not only was it nice and comfortable diving, there were sightings if interesting marine life all over the dive site, namely: school of blackfin barracuda, surgeonfish, Randall’s fusiliers, oceanic triggerfish and midnight snappers. Likewise, a ‘train’ of mature grey reef sharks were swimming against the current and a bunch of baby grey reef sharks were also present; whitetip sharks circling around a cleaning station; hawksbill turtle undisturbed and munching away on corals. Second dive we also dived in Malayan Wreck but entry was a little bit closer to the corner.
The Philippine Siren welcomed on board a brand new group of divers 9 different nationalities for a special #Shark trip. We were honored to welcome Gonzo Araujo, the Executive Director of LAMAVE (Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines) and everybody was very excited about this trip as of the first minute.
The Philippine Siren welcomed on board a new group of very excited divers ready for their next liveaboard holidays in Tubbataha! Many of them were repeater guests and they felt at home very quickly!
The check dive was done at Malayan Wreck where guests got a good feel of how healthy the coral life is in the whole Tubbataha reefs. Grey reef, Whitetip reef sharks abound, spiny lobsters, the curious dogtooth tuna, the usual school of reef fish sitting in the current and the hawksbill turtle that seemed unaware of all the cameras surrounding it. Second dive was still on the same site but from the other end of the divesite. The highlight of this dive would be the school of oceanic triggerfish, the skittish longnose hawkfish, the shy fire dartfish and the intelligent reef octopus. At Gorgonian Wall., it’s always worth taking a look at these massive gorgonian sea fans and its smaller cousins for pygmy seahorses. And voila! A pink Denise pygmy seahorse was spotted which made the dive extra special. In addition to this, the massive pineapple sea cucumber also starred in this dive.
The Philippine Siren crew was ready to start the transition cruise between Southern Visayas and Tubbataha! 15 lovely guests accompanied us in the incredible liveaboard dive trip! Many of them were repeater guests and they felt at home again. The sea was pretty calm and ready to take us to Cabilao Island.
The Philippine Siren welcomed on board 16 happy and smiling guests from 6 different countries for this New Year’s liveaboard dive trip in the Southern Visayas. Just before we wanted to set off for our first destination: Talisay Tree. The beautiful wall with Gorgonians and soft corals were a nice habitat for the usual suspects: tomato anemonefish, false clown anemonefish – and many other kinds of anemonefish, common lionfish, schooling fusiliers, red tooth triggerfish, rabbit fish, trevally, trumpetfish, anthias, dogface pufferfish, blackstriped angelfish, three spot angelfish and a huge zebra moray and ringed pipefish. It was not a bad dive at all for a check dive!
The Philippine Siren crew welcomed on board a new group of divers all ready for their 13 night liveboard dive trip between the Tubbataha Reef and Southern Visayas. Many of them were repeat guests, so soon everybody felt at home! We went through the boat, cabin, safety, and general dive procedures briefings, and got on our way to the Tubbataha Reefs National Park.
The Philippine Siren welcomed on board a brand new group of divers all ready for their liveaboard diving holidays in the Tubbataha Reef! The first dive day started at Jessie Beazley Reef. We did two lovely dives along the dramatic walls and over the shallow plateaus. We spotted numerous grey reef sharks and loads of whitetip reef sharks. The amount of fish just off the wall was again unbelievable. Everybody got a taste of Tubbataha’s beauty and was eager to have another bite of it. Next on the schedule was Malayan Wreck. The wreck itself sits on top of the shallow plateau and with the absence corals or big fish isn’t the main attraction of the site. That would be the nearby corner where the currents come together from different directions resulting in an upwelling of nutrients attraction loads of fish. And with that the dogtooth tunas, giant trevallies, grey reef sharks and white sharks. The nervous darting around of the fish really works well for our guests. It’s hard not to get excited yourself too when you see so much life around you. All in all, we drew the conclusion that it had been a great first day of diving!
This was going to be a special trip for the Philippine Siren because a group of many marine life researchers and people working in or on the Ocean were going to dive Tubbataha with us! We chatted with the group leaders and made some plans for what looked to be a very nice week with extra activities such as presentations, a barbeque at the ranger station and talktails… talks with cocktails. After the formalities and getting clearance from the coast guard we set off on the eleven to twelve hour boat ride to the Tubbataha Reefs National Park.
It was another searing hot Pilipino summer day in Puerto Princesa when our new guests arrived on the S/Y Philippine Siren. They were welcomed with a nice tropical drink and a refreshing cold towel and they all got comfortable for a day of briefings, setting up gear, doing paperwork and getting to know each other’s names.