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These liveaboard trips operate throughout the year in one of the best diving locations in the Philippines. Highlights include Dauin, Balicasag, Pescador and Malapascua islands.

The Visayas is home to the thresher sharks of Malapascua, Dauin's outstanding macro life and numerous wonderful wall and reef dives. 

Many itineraries tend to focus on the southern region (June, July, October) with highlights including Dauin, Balicasag and Moalboal. Extended itineraries include time at Malapascua (November to February & July to September) affording guests the chance of a thresher shark encounter at Monad Shoal.

Visayas liveaboard itineraries vary in length from six to twelve nights and the majority begin/end in Cebu, Moalboal or Malapascua where it's possible to extend your stay in resort.

The itinerary below is based on a six night Southern Visayas trip on board the S/Y Philippine Siren with a two night extension at Turtle Bay Dive Resort in Moalboal.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for the Philippines

  2. Day 2: Arrive and overnight in resort before joining your liveaboard

  3. Days 3-8 : Begin your Southern Visayas adventure

    This morning, make way to the liveaboard to begin your adventure. Enjoy up to four dives a day dependent on the daily schedule.

    The Southern Visayas itineraries vary from six to ten nights, exploring a combination of dive sites in Dauin, Moalboal, Cabilao and Bohol. This region is known for its exceptional diversity from mating mandarin fish and flamboyant cuttlefish to thresher sharks and the possibility of a whale shark encounter.

  4. Day 9: Disembark and transfer to resort in Moalboal

    After your liveaboard adventure, spend two additional nights relaxing in resort. It's possible to arrange additional diving on request.

    Southern Visayas itineraries begin/end in Cebu or Moalboal, depending on the itinerary. 

  5. Day 11: Depart the Philippines

  6. Day 12: Arrive UK

You should note: The above itinerary is a sample only and your actual liveaboard itinerary may vary. Marine park fees and fuel surcharges may apply. Prices based on a berth in a twin-share cabin.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £3,395 pp
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 1 night in resort (BB)
    • 6 nights liveaboard (FB)
    • 2 nights in Moalboal (BB)
    • Up to 4 dives per day
    • Tanks, weights & Nitrox
    • Complimentary equipment rental
    • Transfers
  • Additional fees: €60: May vary, depending on itinerary
Featured locations:

The Visayas

This central region of islands is deservedly famous for beautiful beaches, relaxed lifestyle and stunning dive sites. Cebu City is the international gateway and provides links to the most exciting dive spots including Malapascua, Moalboal, Dumaguete and Bohol.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, pelagic thresher shark, giant frogfish, black-tip reef shark, banded sea krait
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Luxury diving, Reef diving, Snorkelling, Underwater photography

Dumaguete & Dauin

Known as the ‘City of Gentle People’, you’ll be welcomed in Dumaguete with open arms and first class hospitality. Further down the coast, Dauin has some of the best critters in the Philippines, and both areas also offer plenty of opportunity for snorkellers and non-divers.

  • Ideal for viewing: giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, spotted eagle ray, green turtle, flamboyant cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Luxury diving, Muck diving

Bohol

Across the channel from Cebu is the beautiful island of Bohol, a tropical haven of natural beauty, with pristine beaches and colourful coral dive sites for both divers and snorkelers to enjoy. Land attractions include the resident tarsiers and the world-famous Chocolate Hills.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, western clownfish, banded sea krait, giant frogfish, barracuda
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Reef diving

Moalboal

Meaning ‘bubbling stream’, Moalboal is a small town on the island of Cebu, with around 25 recognised dive sites and more being discovered. The range of diving is excellent, with vertical walls, a cathedral like cave, healthy coral reefs and plenty of macro life.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, mandarin fish, giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, whale shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Reef diving, Underwater photography

Malapascua

Surrounded by white sandy beaches, the little island of Malapascua has gained a reputation as one of the best places in the world for thresher shark sightings, encountered each morning at Monad Shoal. Numerous other sharks are also seen, as well as mantas.

  • Ideal for viewing: pelagic thresher shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, banded sea krait, mandarin fish, common cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Group diving, Shark diving

Cabilao Island

Located to the west of Bohol, the small island of Cabilao is renowned for the rich biodiversity of marine life found on its fringing reef. It’s a great escape, and the island can be explored on foot or if you prefer, you can simply enjoy life from your hammock!

  • Ideal for viewing: pelagic thresher shark, pygmy seahorse, white-tip reef shark, ornate ghost pipefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving
This itinerary is available on the liveaboards shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

S/Y Philippine Siren

A traditional 40 metre long phinisi, this is one of the most spacious vessels in the Siren Fleet. A variety of itineraries are available throughout the Philippines, depending on the season.

Atlantis Azores

This luxurious liveaboard offers a number of seven and ten night trips throughout the year in different areas of the Philippines, including Malapascua, Tubbataha Reef and the Visayas. A great option for groups.