The Indo Siren was ready for a great diving adventure in Raja Ampat! From day one we had wobbegong sharks, walking sharks, cuttlefish and more. The next day started off with Cape Kri , followed by Blue Magic and Sardines. Today was a “fishy” day with schooling fusiliers and trevallies, big schools of barracudas and snappers, whilst close to the reef black and white tip reef sharks cruised along. For the night dive we moved a little bit west and checked out the reef close to the Village of Sauwanderak.
The Philippine Siren was ready for another great liveaboard adventure diving in Tubbataha! First in the list, Wall Street and Gorgonian Channel! We encountered a massive school of bumphead parrotfish and plenty of whitetip reef sharks sailing in the current. After a sturdy lunch we visited the Park Ranger Station – and bought some t-shirts. The third and fourth dives were also on the south walls of the North Atoll and we bumped into some pretty cool photo opportunities with enormous sea fans, reef sharks, marbled stingrays and a zillion colorful anthias.
It was another hot day in paradise when the new guests boarded the S/Y Philippine Siren in Puerto Princesa on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. With boat, cabin and safety briefings out of the way, they started setting up their dive gear and getting ready for the five and a half days of diving in the Tubbataha Reefs National Park. The representatives of the park came on board for their briefing on the dos and don’ts once in the water, and after that we started the 12 hour trip to the north atoll where we would do the first dive the next day.
The Indo Siren is happy to welcome 16 guests from America, UK , Sweden and Italy. All ready to dive Raja Ampat! After the first orientation everybody had some time to rest and adjust. In the afternoon we got everything ready. In the evening we started the motor and sailed off to Misool.
Another great diving trip adventure in Tubbataha was waiting for the new Philippine Siren guests! It was a mixed group of different ages and nationalities, but they all shared the same love: the underwater world. We took them through the different boat, safety and general dive procedures briefings and everybody assembled their scuba diving gear.
The Philippine Siren was very excited to start this new trip! This was the first trip of the Tubbataha Reef season, with a little extra add-on of Southern Visayas dive sites. The 13 night trip would take us from Cebu, via Cabilao, Balicasag and Apo islands, Dauin and Cagayancillo to Tubbataha Reef, and would terminate in Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island. Many sea miles to go and lots of underwater life to encounter!
The first day of a cruise always provides plenty of excitement…new guests coming aboard the Indo Siren, crew making their final preparations, and nature giving us the first glimpse of what she has planned for our 10-night diving adventure.
This week the Philippine Siren liveaboard was chartered by our friends from Bluewater Travel. They all came to join us for a diving adventure in the Southern Visayas that was centered around underwater photography and videography. It promised to be a great twelve days on and in the water, and straight after a lunch we started the engine and set off for Cabilao Island where the next day we would do the first dive of a total of 40 dives during this trip.
The Palau Siren is back!!! And back with a vengeance – what amazing dives we got to share with our guests from Germany, Switzerland, England, South Africa, Australia and USA! Thanks in large part to the half-moon phase, we started our trip out with the local dives – checking out some WWII wrecks and the amazing Chandelier Cave.