Philippines August Dive Report: Turtles, Octopus And Millions Of Fish!

Great live aboard dive trip in Southern Visayas.

Moalboal:

Frogfish in the Philippines

 

  • Reef dive 
  • Current: Mild
  • Giant frogfish, yellow boxfish, trumpetfish, zillion anthias, damsels and chromis, different kinds of fusiliers (blue and yellow, rudy’s, randall’s), glassfish, ringed pipefish, titan triggerfish, dogface puffer, bearded scorpionfish, big school of sardines, green sea turtles, small school of big-eye trevally, leaf scorpionfish , hawksbill turtle, day octopus, tiny coconut octopus, tropical bottletail squid, cuttlefish and gorgeous dramatic wall covered in different colors of soft corals.

Apo Island:

Anemones fish in the Philippines

  • Reef dive
  • Current: Mild
  • Titan triggerfish, pufferfish, schooling bannerfish, zillion anthias and damsels, many different fusiliers, surgeonfish and parrotfish, longfin and circular spadefish, red snapper, blacktail and red snapper, singular bannerfish, yellow boxfish, anemone fish, school of blackspine unicornfish, juvenile striped sweetlips, devil scorpionfish, school of big-eye barracuda, juvenile striped sweetlips, orangespine unicornfish, bluestreak goby, oriental sweetlips,  longface emperor hunting together with bluefin trevally and black banded sea krait, circular and pinnate spadefish, sweetlips, moorish idols, massive day octopus, banded sea snake,  sea snake, porcelain crab, hawksbill turtles,  beautiful dive sites with lots of color (crinoids, soft corals and hard corals).

Dauin:

Flamboyant cuttlefish in Philippines

  • Muck dive
  • Current: None
  • Ambon scorpionfish, ornate ghostpipefish, painted frogfish, warty frogfish, freckled frogfish, finger dragonet, flounders and soles, orange-banded pipefish, japanese night shrimps, rough box crab, skeleton shrimps, flamboyant cuttlefish and tropical bottletail squid.

Panglao:

Moray eel

  • Reef dive
  • Current: Mild
  • Zillion purple anthias, grey and yellow damsel, chromis, giant frogfish, fusiliers, parrotfish, two-spot snapper, schooling bannerfish, pyramid butterflyfish, lionfish, reptilian snake eel, two-eyed coralfish,  flounder, bluespine unicornfish, orange-spotted trevally, rainbow runner, longfin spadefish, false clown and spinecheek anemonefish, school of long-jawed mackerel, brown-marbled grouper, juvenile midnight snapper, leopard wrasse, white-eyed moray eel, mimic filefish, tiny coconut octopus, reef squid and  soft coral spawning, .

Cabilao:

Pygmy seahorse in the Philippines

  • Reef dive 
  • Current: Mild
  • Giant frogfish, long-jawed mackerel,anthias and damsels, anemonefish, denise pygmy seahorse, lots of fusiliers, blue trevally, circular spadefish, many different kinds of parrotfish, schooling bannerfish, pyramid butterflyfish, two-spot snapper, orangutan crab, green sea turtles, hairy squat lobster, beautiful dive sites with lots of colorful soft corals, sea fans and leather corals.

Customers Feedback

• “The staff were incredible and made the trip one to remember. Thank you” Rachel Bracken
• “Crew was very accommodating to our particular requirements. Great job by them. Lovely cabins. Superb food .” Dawson Courneya
• “The crew are all great and helpful. Diving experience was wonderful.
We eat so well everyday. Boy the chef is a genious!” Keren Hsiang

Thank you for this great trip!

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Philippines July Dive Report: Macro, Turtles, Thresher Sharks And Beautiful corals!

Great live aboard dive trip in the Southern Visayas and Malapascua.

Top 5 dives of this month trips

Cabilao:

Porcelain crab

  • Reef dives
  • Current: Mild
  • Green sea turtles, porcelain crab, schools of barracudas, decorator crab, coconut octopus, barramundi, giant frogfish, school of big eye barracudas, fusiliers, mackerels, marble groupers.

Balicasag

Turtle

  • Reef dives
  • Current: Mild
  • School of mackerel and big eye trevallies, octopus, green sea turtles, peacock mantis shrimp, sergeant damsel

Apo island

Octopus

  • Reef dives
  • Current: Mild
  • Schools of big eye trevallies, longface emperor, yellowlip sea snakes, surgeon fish, octopus.

Dauin

Cuttlefish

  • Muck diving
  • Current: None
  • Frogfish, ghost pipefish, blue spotted stingray, devil scorpionfish, coconut octopus, painted frogfish, juvenile lionfish, stargazer, barracudas, porcelain crabs, green turtles, peacock mantis shrimp, cuttlefish and bottletail squids.

Malapascua

Thresher shark in Malapascua

  • Reef and cleaning station dives
  • Current: Mild
  • Thresher sharks, cuttlefish, blue ring octopus, mantis shrimp, coral cat sharks, painted frogfish, white tip reef sharks, blue and yellow fusiliers,

Customers Feedback

• “The crew has been very attentive of each detail for everyone. Thank you.” Anonymous from France
• “The crew are all very enthusiastic, and especially the dive masters, they all have great energy” Anonymous from China
• “The wonderful crew made the experience. Chrissie was a fantastic cruise director.” Anonymous from Australia

Thank you for this great trip!

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A perfect liveaboard dive cruise in Tubbataha!

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.

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Diving in Tubbataha is breathtaking!

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.

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Diving in Tubbataha is breathtaking!

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.

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Philippines underwater life from a different angle

The Philippine Siren was ready for a very special liveaboard dive trip in the Southern Visayas!  A 10-days snorkeling organised by Lee Goldman, marine biologist and writer of the books: ‘Snorkeler’s Guide to Marine Life of the Philippines’ and ‘Marine Life and Natural History of the Coral Triangle’. Joel Simon and his organisation ‘Sea for yourself’ brought along some more happy snorkelers and we had the boat filled. We were super exited to get into the water with them and maybe pick up some more shallow water knowledge and appreciate the beautiful Philippines underwater life from a different angle. 

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It felt like entering a different world!

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!

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