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7 Days 6 Nights
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Bauan Port
Bauan Port
Min Age : 15 (for Diving)
Max People : Group size 32
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APO REEF

Our favored winter destination is Apo Reef Coron

Apo Reef Natural Park is actually the 2nd biggest contiguous coral reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef. 385 species of fish and approx 400 species of soft and hard corals make their home on this massive reef system. There is a shallow wreck completely covered with soft corals on the eastern tip. Coral covered slopes and vertiginous walls are patrolled by sharks, rays and other pelagic fishes such as tuna, mackerel and shoals of fusiliers.

During the winter months, there is a good possibility of seeing hammerhead sharks off the North Wall of Apo Mayor, the biggest island where the park rangers are stationed. There is also a lighthouse for guests to climb to get a 360 degree view of the ocean and island. The shallow reefs in front of the ranger station to the light house is a wonderful night dive. The South Point is a good place to hang out to see fish action.

Apo Menor, the smaller of the 2 islands, is a favorite place for spotting schooling bump head parrotfish.
CORON
Located in the southern side of Busuanga Island off the northern tip of the province of Palawan, divers come to Coron for 3 reasons: wrecks, wrecks and more wrecks. This is the Philippine version of Truk lagoon. 12 dive-able Japanese wrecks are available in the vicinity- victims of a fierce bombing run from the fleet of Adm William Halsey. An eagle-eyed reconnaissance officer who was on an aerial photo assignment noticed that the “islands” had moved from one photo to the next. He realized that they had found the camoulflaged Japanese navy supply ships. So early on Sept 24, 1944, fighter planes and bombers came in and sank 24 of the ships with half at depths that sport divers can easily penetrate.

Favorite dives include the Sangat Wreck, Olympia Maru, Akitsushima and the Irako. The wrecks are now covered with corals both hard and soft and armaments such as machine guns can still be found.

Not only are these wrecks now part of our national heritage and top tourist attraction, but they also act as fish nurseries and fish aggregating devices, as evidenced by the number of both food fish such as lapu lapu (groupers) and dalagang bukid (fusiliers)that can be found on the wrecks in great numbers. Lovely schools of friendly batfish have likewise taken up residen here as well as scorpion and crocodile fish.

AVAILABLE DATES: as of 11 February, 2020

06 – 12 March, 2021             16 slots left

Departure & Return Location

Bauan Port

Inclusions

  • Welcome drinks, tea, coffee, juice (morning only), Filtered Water
  • Air-conditioned accommodation with private toilet and shower
  • Full-board meals (buffet) for the whole cruise, excluding drinks. (Meal starts with Dinner on the first day; Ends with Breakfast on the last day)
  • Cruise Only Package - includes various activities such as island hopping, snorkeling and other activities mentioned in the itinerary (weather permitting)
  • Cruise & Dive Package – includes 14 dives with tanks, weights, weight belt, boat & services of a Dive Professional

Excluded

  • Rental of snorkel and dive gear
  • All drinks/beverages
  • Dive Insurance (mandatory for divers), Travel Insurance (mandatory for divers & non - divers)
  • Nitrox
  • Flight Ticket (to/from Manila)
  • Hotel (in Manila/Batangas before and after the trip)
  • Dives (for Cruise only package)
  • Marine & Environmental Fees (must be prepaid)
  • Fuel Surcharge (must be prepaid)
  • Transfer to/from the ship
What to Expect

[1] All dives inclusive of a Dive master, boat, weights, and tank. Rental of additional dive gear, nitrox and night dive cost extra.
[2] Not included are camera fees, diesel surcharge (far dive sites), mooring fees, and dive site specific fees.
[3] Inclusive of ground transfers to/from designated pick-up/drop-off locations. Request of pick-up/drop off at locations outside designated pick-up/ drop-off points may cost extra. Please see our article about designated pick-up/ drop-off locations.
[4] Luggage considerations: We expect our diver guest to have one (1) piece of standard luggage (22kg), one (1) dive gear bag (22kg), one (1) handheld bag.
[5] Transportation surcharges may apply for extra luggage not specified above [4]. Please inform us additional luggage requirements to facilitate proper transportation. (Please check your international airline carrier of their luggage limits/requirements).

Disclaimer :

• We reserve the right to change the schedule due to Weather, Safety conditions, Dive Master; and Boat Captain’s decisions.
• Corkage Fee is USD20 per bottle and a dollar per can of beer.
• All passengers, regardless of age must prepay all fees (marine & environmental, entrance fees, park fees, permits)
• Guest information sheet must be completed and submitted at least 2 months prior departure.
• Satellite Phone Charges: Phone call is USD10.00 for the first 2 mins. & USD5.00 for every minute after. USD3.00 per txt message (of 180 characters)
• In our efforts to help the environment, we do not sell/provide plastic water bottles onboard our ships. We encourage you to pack a reusable water bottle to use on your voyage. We do have available water bottles to lend or purchase.

 

Itinerary

Day 1Embarkation in Bauan Port, Batangas between 1 - 3pm

Day 2Apo Reef

Non-divers – After Breakfast we will leave the ship for a full day on “Apo mayor- the biggest island in the park. The island is surrounded by a white sand beach, clear blue waters and very rich reefs of both hard and soft coral. There is an inland lagoon to visit as well as a lighthouse to climb. Some of the best snorkeling can be found here. For lunch we have a beautiful area with picnic tables shaded by leafy trees.

Divers – Apo Reef is regarded as one of the world’s best diving locations. We will make a total of 3 dives today, 2 day dives and a night dive for those qualified. You can look forward to some spectacular dives with visibility of up to 40 m or better. The reef begins at five meters depth, descending to approximately 40 m. The first dive will be a check out dive where you will be asked to demonstrate the 3 basic skills, mask clearing, regulator recovery and buoyancy control.

Day 3Barracuda Lake - Siete Pecados (7 islands) - Maquinit Hot Spring - Kayangan Lake

Non-divers – will visit award winning Kayangan Lake after breakfast. Snorkel along the edges of the lake to see what the pinnacles look like underwater. Some guests have compared it to the home of Superman. We return to the ship for lunch and then we will have a snorkeling expedition at Siete Pecados. Transfer to the ship to freshen up and then transfer to Maquinit hot springs for dinner and a hot soak –tides and weather permitting. Divers will do 2 morning dives in Siete Pecados and Twin Peaks and 1 dive at the Barracuda lake.

1) Twin Peaks is named after the two limestone formations that break the surface of the water. We descend along one of the rock walls adorned with large gorgonians. Turtles are frequently seen here. This dive is suitable for Advanced Open Water certified divers or higher.

2) Siete Pecados is home to a great variety of unusual tropical fish and a very rich coral
environment. Scientists found 2 new coral species here within the last 5 years. This dive is suitable for Advanced Open Water certified divers or higher.

3) Barracuda Lake – a unique and highly unusual dive site. It is a deep, volcanic in-land lake where the water temperature increases with depth – roughly 1ºC per metre. The water is clear, but aside from some small c fish in the shallower parts, the lake is devoid of aquatic life.

Divers come to appreciate the underwater pinnacles. However, an ancient old barracuda reportedly lives in the lake, hence the name. The lake is accessible through a short climb over stairs placed over jagged rocks.

Day 4Sangat & Culion Islands

Non-divers – will depart for the beach on Sangat island for some snorkeling and beach fun. After lunch on the ship, they will depart for Culion and there will be a Church and Museum Tour. Culion used to be the home of one of the largest Leper Colonies in the Philippines and the laboratory and hospital equipment are now on display as well as historical photographs of the colony.

Divers – will be diving 3 wrecks today. Irako will be the destination for their first early morning dive. After a heavy breakfast, divers will depart for 2 dives with a packed lunch. Sangat or Tangat Wreck and the Olympia Maru are their 2nd & 3rd dives. Divers will meet up with the ship in Culion Island after the 3rd dive.

Day 5Calumbuyan & North Cay Islands

Non-divers – Guided Snorkeling trips are on the menu today for both Calumbuyan & North Cay islands in addition to the usual beach activities. We will depart for North cay while lunch is being served.

This is the night for the Philippine Style Luau with a Roast Pig and other grilled seafood. Shoes NOT required for beach dancing….

The Akitsushima is the one true warship of the Japanese Fleet that we will be visiting today. A Sea Plane tender, the crane lies in the sand not far from the hull, while an Anti-Aircraft gun can be found right next to the deck lying on the sandy sea floor. Around the wreck is one of the few areas where divers can see Sea-whips in the shape of a harp.

The second dive of the day will be at the freighter “Taiei Maru”. The ship now rests on the side. It was hit by three torpedoes that all went through the same hole. The gigantic hole is now visible at 14 metres depth. Inside the ship, the two large engine boilers can be seen. The top side of the wreck is completely overgrown with corals, which attract plenty of crocodile fish. The afternoon dive will be at one of Calumbuyans beautiful reefs. Expect to find Coral bommies with colonies of giant-sized grape corals.

Day 6Club Paradise, Dimakya Island

Non-divers: Snorkeling, kayaking and the other beach activities. Guests will have a chance to use the beaches and facilities of our sister property, Club Paradise. Those who are extending their holiday at this resort will be disembarked after lunch. The ship will lift anchor for Batangas by 2 pm.

We will be doing 2 morning dives, the first one shall be at Kyokozan Maru (Dimalanta Wreck). A 45-minute ride by chase boat, but divers will be rewarded with a beautiful WWII wreck that stands upright on a slope not far from Dimalanta Island. And finally, the last dive of the trip will be at Club paradise house reef. This is a chance to dive with its resident sea turtle and schooling jacks in the sea grass areas, as well as observe the myriad of macro critters such as frog fishes and nudibranchs on the reef itself.

Day 7Disembarkation in Bauan Port, Batangas approximately 11am - 12nn

PACKAGE PRICES
PEAK DATES
M/Y Discovery Palawan APO REEF – CORON 2021
APO REEF – CORON 2021
M/Y DISCOVERY PALAWAN
VESSEL   CABIN OCCUPANCY PRICE PER PERSON 
M/Y Discovery Palawan 7D6N
(Cruise only)
Standard/ Lower Deck Cabin
(10 twin, 1 family cabin , 2 queen = 13 cabins)
Double Occupancy $ 2,070.00
Single Occupancy $ 3,110.00
(min. 16 pax; max. 32 divers; 22 non divers + 16 divers; 38 non divers) = 17 cabins  Upper Deck Cabin
(2 twin, 2 double = 4 cabins)
Double Occupancy $ 2,340.00
Single Occupancy $ 3,510.00
7D6N
(Cruise & Dive Package)
Standard/ Lower Deck Cabin
(10 twin, 1 family cabin , 2 queen = 13 cabins)
Double Occupancy $ 2,300.00
Travel Period:       Jan – Mar 2020    Jan – Mar 2021 Single Occupancy $ 3,450.00
Upper Deck Cabin
(2 twin, 2 double = 4 cabins)
Double Occupancy $ 2,600.00
Single Occupancy $ 3,900.00

Plus Marine and Environmental Fee of USD135.00 per person

Plus Fuel Surcharge of USD100.00 per person

**Super Peak Date: With additional USD100/person

25 JAN – 01 FEB 2020 / 11 – 17 FEB 2021

Note: Minimum of 16 guests | Maximum of 38 Non Divers | Maximum 16 divers + 22 Non Divers | Maximum 32 if all Divers. With super peak date surcharge of USD100 * | Guaranteed Trip **

Peak Dates

**Super Peak Date: With additional USD100/person

Minimum of 16 guests | Maximum of 38 Non Divers | Maximum 16 divers + 22 Non Divers | Maximum 32 if all Divers. With super peak date surcharge of USD100 * | Guaranteed Trip **

APO REEF – CORON PEAK DATES
M/Y DISCOVERY PALAWAN
25 JANUARY – 01 FEBRUARY 2020 11 – 17 FEBRUARY 2021

 

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