The Ultimate Philippines Diving Holiday

Tubbataha Liveaboard & Malapascua, Philippines | March 2027

16-27th March 2027

Tubbataha Reef: One of the World’s Best Diving Destinations

Join us as we explore the mesmerising underwater landscapes on this lovely liveaboard and diverse marine life of Tubbataha Reef and Malpascua in the Philippines.
Tubbataha, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site, provides thrilling dive sites such as wall and drift diving, wrecks, and the exciting possibility of encountering tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, mantas, and whale sharks. Additionally, Tubbataha boasts some of the most magnificent coral gardens globally, with flourishing gigantic fan corals in its waters.

Malapascua: Thresher Shark Heaven

Malapascua diving offers something for everyone, from shark and ray encounters, reef and wreck exploration, to walls, deep dives, and macro/muck dives – ensuring an exhilarating experience for all underwater enthusiasts.

Due to their shyness, Malpascua is one of the few places in the world where you have a very good chance close to Thresher Sharks. It is also a stunning tropical island to kick back in the evenings!

Philippine Siren, Liveaboard

Crafted from ironwood and teak, the 40m Philippine Siren liveaboard is a unique gem in the Philippines’ waters. Accommodating 16 guests across eight cabins – two doubles, four twins, and two flexible doubles/twins. Each cabin features individual air-conditioning, ample storage, and private ensuites.

The air-conditioned saloon offers a cocktail bar, comfortable seating, and a large flat-screen TV. Guests dine with a view on the covered outdoor deck. The spacious dive deck, even when fully occupied, provides room for gear setup and storage.

The Philippine Siren promises a blend of luxury and practicality for an unforgettable diving experience.

Philippines Itinerary

  • Arrive 16th March 2027 Puerto Princesa
  • 6 nights on board Philippines Siren, a stunning traditional handcrafted wooden phinisis
  • 22nd March – Depart Puerto Princesa for internal flight to Cebu. Cebu to Malapascua
  • 22nd to 27th March – Malapascua with 3 days of diving (10 dives)
  • 26th March Depart Malapascua to Cebu and then home




Price

The cost for 10 nights including:

Philippines Siren luxury liveaboard in a shared twin / double cabin with up to 4 dives per day, all meals, tea, coffee & water, 11ltr cylinder, weights, shark talks, transfers to/from the airport.

Internal flights to/from Puerto Princesa to CEBU

Transfers from CEBU to Malapascua by boat and shuttle bus

Transfers from Malapascua to CEBU airport

4 nights at the Ocean Visa Resort based on 2 people sharing a garden view room, 3 days diving with 10 dives, Monad Shaol (thresher shark) supplement, Malapascua Sanctuary fee, Kalanggaman island day trip and BBQ, Sambawan day trip incl lunch & breakfast

Supplier failure insurance and ATOL fees

Total price £3,500 per person

Additional costs

  • International flights (allow £1,000 to £1,300)
  • Equipment rental
  • Nitrox
  • Marine park fees on Philippines Siren payable on board

Room upgrades in Ocean Viva available:

Garden deluxe room + £30pp

Sea view room + £50pp

To book your space simply e-mail holidays@oysterdiving.com or complete the form before.


Terms and Condition
For our full T&C’s please click here. The boat is subject to the terms and conditions of Master Liveaboards, that of the airlines and Ocean Viva Resort and Sea Explorers. We are agents for these suppliers. In the event that Elke is unable to attend the trip for reasons outside of our control then we will attempt to find another shark expert. The trip will still go ahead on the same itinerary.

Overview

Tubattaha

Situated at the core of the Sulu Sea, between the Visayan region and Palawan island, the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park stands out as one of the finest diving spots in the Philippines, offering exceptional scuba diving experiences for certified enthusiasts. Positioned at the heart of the Coral Triangle, it holds the distinction of being the largest Marine Protected Area in the Philippines, encompassing an expansive 97,030 hectares of breathtaking marine biodiversity.

Malapscua

Malapascua, a pristine island in the Philippines, is a hidden gem for scuba diving enthusiasts seeking a thrilling underwater experience. Renowned for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, Malapascua is a paradise for divers from around the globe.

One of the main attractions that make Malapascua a diver’s haven is Monad Shoal. Situated off the coast of Cebu, this underwater island is celebrated as the ultimate dive spot, offering a rare opportunity to encounter Thresher sharks year-round. Imagine descending into the depths and witnessing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, a truly unique and awe-inspiring experience that sets Malapascua apart from other diving destinations.

Chris Mitchell of Sport Diver recognizes Monad Shoal as one of the top 20 iconic dive sites in the Asia Pacific. The island’s reputation as a hotspot for marine biodiversity is well-deserved, with an array of marine species calling its waters home. From manta rays and devil rays to eagle rays and hammerheads, each dive promises a front-row seat to the mesmerising dance of underwater life.

For diving enthusiasts, Malapascua offers a variety of dive sites catering to different skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner, the island’s dive centers provide professional guidance and equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. The underwater landscapes are diverse, featuring coral gardens, captivating caves, and fascinating coral walls that create an immersive and unforgettable journey.

Beyond the exhilarating dives, Malapascua offers a charming island atmosphere, with white sandy beaches and friendly locals. After a day exploring the depths, divers can unwind in cozy beachfront resorts and savor delicious local cuisine.

In conclusion, Malapascua stands as a must-visit destination for scuba diving enthusiasts seeking a unique and unparalleled underwater adventure. With its world-famous Monad Shoal and diverse marine life, this tropical paradise promises an unforgettable experience beneath the surface. Dive into the depths of Malapascua and discover the magic that lies beneath the waves.

Itinerary

Day 1 :

Philippines Siren Liveaboard

Ocean Vida Beach Resort & Dive Centre

Day 1: Embarkation at 13:00

Days 2-5: Up to 4 dives (3 day dives and a sunset or night dive), typically scheduled as follows:

– Light Breakfast followed by a briefing and Dive 1

– Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 2

– Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 3

– Snack relaxation period, briefing and Dive 4, where possible

– Dinner

Day 6: Maximum 2 days

Day 7: Disembarkation at 10:00

Delsan Wreck
One of the best dive sites in Tubbataha with big schools of big-eyed trevally, yellowtail
barracuda, great barracuda, dogtooth tuna, giant trevally together with grey reef sharks and
white tip reef sharks.
Black Rock
There is so much to explore at this dive site that we will often spend the whole day diving
here. Schools of surgeonfish, rainbow runners and sweetlips are a common sight. White tip
and nurse sharks are found resting under huge table corals and scribbled filefish, box fish and
leaf fish add to the colour and spectacle of the stunning reefs; a great site for spotting spiny
lobster too!
Washing Machine
A wide variety of colourful reef fish form schools here; from big-eye jacks to tiny orange &
purple anthias, all creating a welcoming atmosphere. Spot the tiny creatures including cowries
wedge themselves amidst the leather and whip corals. It is a great site for turtles, and whale
sharks have also been spotted here.
North East Wall
Adorned with stunning sea fans and colourful soft corals. This wall is super for wide-angle
photography. Schools of bannerfish hover in the blue, turtles bumble along the wall and from
the sandy bed garden eels and gobies emerge.
Shark Airport
Many white tip reef sharks resting at the shallow plateau are typically seen here; hence the
name Shark Airport. Dog tooth tuna, schools of trevally, marble rays, eagle rays, nurse sharks
and batfish all add drama to the stunning reef. Turtles and moray eels are a common sight but
divers should watch out for the triggerfish.
Amos Rock
Moorish idols, sweetlips and snappers all form large schools here, also commonly seen are
white tip reef sharks, great barracuda and giant trevally. When lucky, pygmy seahorse can be
found in the gorgonians.
Staghorn Point
Golden, pinnate and longfin spadefish all form schools along this fan encrusted wall,
meanwhile clouds of purple anthias hover over the fields of staghorn corals in the shallow
reef top. Also this is a good site to spy turtles, snowflake morays and spiny lobster.

Jessie Beazley Reef
Huge schools of surgeon fish and unicorn fish hover over the reefs, where we commonly see
numerous grey reef sharks and huge Napoleon wrasses.
Malayan Wreck
This reef is the habitat for different trevallies, barracudas, bump head parrotfish, juvenile grey
reef sharks with the usual suspects darting around. Marbled stingrays can sometimes hang
out here.

Malapscua Diving – 3 days diving (10 dives)

Monad Shoal – regarded as the best dive site in Malapascua
Kalanggaman Island day trip incl BBQ
Sambawan or Maripip day trip incl lunch & breakfast

Monad Shoal

Monad Shoal, situated beneath the waters of Malapascua in Cebu, Philippines, stands as a premier dive destination renowned for its year-round presence of Thresher sharks. Remarkably, it holds the unique distinction of being the sole location globally where divers can witness and closely interact with these elusive creatures. Recognised as one of the top 20 iconic dive sites in the Asia Pacific by Sport Diver, Monad Shoal offers an unparalleled opportunity for shark enthusiasts.

In addition to the captivating Thresher sharks, Monad Shoal provides a seasonal spectacle featuring manta rays, devil rays, eagle rays, and hammerheads. The diverse marine life makes this underwater island a must-visit for those seeking extraordinary underwater encounters.

Kalanggaman Island

Ideal for a day trip, Kalanggaman offers beautiful and enjoyable snorkeling and diving in its calm waters.

Since there are no water or restaurant facilities, food and refreshments will be brought on the boat.

Scuba divers can anticipate stunning wall diving with a variety of soft and hard corals, along with diverse fish. Kalanggaman has also seen encounters with whale sharks and thresher sharks.

 

 

Cost includes

  • Transfer between Puerto Princesa Airport or local hotel and embarkation / disembarkation point.
  • 6 nights full board accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee, fruit juice & soft drinks
  • Up to 4 dives per day
  • 11 litre (AL80) cylinder with air fills
  • Weights, weight belt and SMB
  • Disembarkation transfer
  • Embarkation transfer
  • Internal flights and transfers
  • 4 nights at Ocean Vida resort
  • 3 days diving with 10 dives including thresher sharks
  • Island BBQ

Cost excludes

  • Philippines Siren
  • Diving and travel insurance (mandatory for all guests)
  • Airport Terminal fees
  • Marine, park and port fees : 120 USD per trip, to be paid on board (Marine, park and port fees may be subject to change, without notice.)
  • Flights
  • Transfers outside of Puerto Princesa
  • Nitrox
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Massage
  • Crew gratuities
  • Cabin guarantee
  • Courses
  • Equipment rental
How experienced do I need to be?

To make the most of the trip we recommend that you are a minimum of Advanced Open Water diver with at least 35 dives fairly recently.

Are there any dangerous sharks?

Most sharks are not dangerous to divers and there are very few incidents worldwide each year. Most of the time these are due to human error such as baiting or feeding the sharks. Most of the sharks we plan to see this week are very shy and are more scared of you then them.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Tubbataha Liveaboard & Malapascua, Philippines | March 2027