Atlantis Azores is delighted to announce a new and exciting itinerary. Our guests will embark on a dive trip of a lifetime exploring sunken World War 2 wrecks in Coron Bay and diving on the 34 mile long ‘Mini Tubbataha’ Apo Reef system.
The charter will start with the UNESCO World Heritage site of Apo Reef. A full day’s diving will take place here exploring some of the finest coral reefs in Asia. Expect to see white tip sharks, spotted eagle rays, hawksbill turtles, bump head parrot fish and sea snakes.
The Azores will steam down to Coron Bay and the next 3 days will be spent diving on the historical Japanese fleet which was sunk by the American Navy during the Second World War. Task Force 38 lead by Admiral William F. Halsey destroyed 24 ships which were anchored in Coron Bay on the 24th September 1944.
During our time in Coron we will explore world famous wrecks like the seaplane tender, Akitsushima, and the Irako. After being down on the bottom for over 70 years, the coral growth and marine life on the wrecks is truly outstanding. Once our wreck adventure is complete the boat will travel back to Apo Reef for some more breathtaking dives.
We will be on the lookout for many pelagic species such as grey reef sharks, manta rays and huge schools of barracuda. With over 500 species of coral and 300 species of fish, Apo Reef will make your wildest diving dreams come true.
Seasons & Weather
Seven-night charters run between January – March
Sea temperature 22C – 27C / 71F – 80F
Air temperature 25C – 29C / 77F – 84F
Average visibility 15m/50ft to 25m/80ft+
Day 1: Apo Reef
The UNESCO heritage site of Apo Reef will be our destination for the first day. Shark Ridge is a great place to see the white tip and black tip reef sharks. Manta rays are sometimes spotted here as well as hawksbill turtles and bumphead parrot fish.
Day 2: Tapa Islands
Binangaan Drop Off is another fantastic location with huge schools of snappers and tuna. Keep an eye for spotted eagle rays in the blue as well as other pelagic species. At the end of our second day, we’ll offer an optional visit to Coron’s hot springs.
Day 3: Coron Wrecks Day 1
Coron is a mecca for wreck divers. We begin to explore the Japanese ships wrecks from the Second World War, including the Okikawa Maru, a 160-meter long ship which was sunk by a direct hit on the bow area. We also dive the Olympia Maru, a massive 120-meter vessel, the East Tangat Gunboat, a shallow dive on this 140 meter long submarine hunter that is ideal for exploration. The two main boilers are a big attraction where hard coral growth is extensive, and plenty of scorpionfish swim about the decks.
Day 4: Coron Wrecks Day 2
We continue to explore the Coron wrecks and we also explore the Akitsusima, one of Coron’s most famous dives, a wreck of the seaplane tender, and Irako, a refrigeration ship for the Japanese Imperial Navy.
Day 5: Nanshin Maru and Dimipac Island
Black Island Wreck, or Nanshin Maru, a small tanker which was converted to take fuels (like diesel, etc.); she is approximately 50 meters long sitting upright on a sandy bottom. We then dive Dimipac Island, offering relaxed diving, with sandy slopes on which you may meet turtles, dendritic jawfish, leaf scorpionfish, ribbon eel and who knows, maybe a dugong! The water around the island is relatively warm, with very little current, offering heavenly photo opportunities!
Day 6: Kyokuszan Maru
We open our 6th day with two deep morning dives at Kyokuszan in Maricaban Bay off the island of Busuanga Island, Coron. Kyokuzan was an auxiliary supply ship of the Japanese Royal Navy sunken by a US carrier-based aircraft. She is approximately 140 meters long, with beautiful corals grown over car parts, tires and the body of the ship.
Day 7: Disembarkation day
Disembark the Azores to Puerto Galera Port.
|Trip Dates||12 – 19 January 2019
9 – 16 February 2019
4 – 11 January 2020
|11 – 18 January 2020
25 January – 1 February 2020
8 – 15 February 2020
|Arrival/Departure Location||Puerto Galera, Philppines|
All meals and snacks on board
Complimentary local soft drinks, beer and social servings of wine
|All diving (tanks, weights, boat and guide)
Use of Lounge, Deck and TV areas
|Not Included||Marine Park Fees for 7 night charter **
Transfers to/from embarkation/disembarkation ***
**Guests are responsible for paying marine park fees at the time of their stay on their personal bill; as these fees are set by local Municipalities they can change at any time. The current fee for 7 nights is $120 per person including all taxes.
*** We provide Atlantis concierge round trip transfers between Manila and Puerto Princesa at a cost of US$270.00 per person. Rate includes roundtrip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Puerto Princesa, 32 Kg/70 lbs of checked luggage, round-trip private air-conditioned van between international terminal and domestic terminals in Manila, round-trip transfers between Puerto Princesa airport and Azores, personal airport meet and greet, and luggage assistance. This rate assumes two (2) persons traveling. Otherwise, a different transfer rate could apply.
Rack price for this vacation is $3,595 per person double occupancy/twin share including all taxes in a deluxe stateroom cabin.
Price for Owner suite is $4,085 per person and for non-divers, the price is $3,385 per person.
What to bring with you
Please remember to bring your diver certification card (mandatory) and log book; your travel voucher from either your agent or us (that indicates your vacation inclusions) and also please bring copies of your diving and travel health insurance with you.
Dress code is very casual and traveling light is recommended – swimsuits, shorts, t-shirts, sandals and possibly a sweatshirt or light jacket for the evenings. Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen/protection are of course highly recommended, as the sun is very intense even on partially cloudy or cooler days. If you plan to dive a lot we recommend bringing extra layers, a hooded vest or thicker suit, as during the week you will lose body heat despite the warm water.
Liveaboard diving can be more demanding than typical resort weeks and we highly recommend taking a refresher course prior to your trip if you have not been in the water for a while. Your dive guide will discuss sites and preferences with you and ensure you get the most from every dive.
The typical dive schedule includes four day dives and one night dive (five dives total) to choose from. For Tubbataha we schedule four dives per day. This is usually three day dives and a dusk dive all of at least one hour; this is reflective of the best times to see the UW life of Tubbataha and that night dives may not be possible due to currents and or surface conditions (given the remote location of the diving).
Currents, conditions and logistics require that all dive groups stay together at all times.
Check out the features and facilities on board the Azores; you will see the Atlantis Azores has been set up for divers by divers, including modern safety features and lots of extras to make your dive holiday all you expect and the trip of a lifetime.
- Construction: Aluminum Monohull
- Length: 107 feet
- Beam: 18 feet
- Draft: 7 feet, 1 inch
- Cruising Speed: 7 – 8 knots State
- Rooms: 8
- Passengers: 16
- Crew: (6+)
- Range: 2,500 nautical miles
- Year Built: 1989 Year
- Refit: 2012/2015
- Builder: Seacraft Shipyard, Amelia, Louisiana
Navigation and Communication
Navigation equipment includes:
• Ray Marine E120 Chart-plotter
• 36 mile Color Radar • Compass
• Video depth sounder
• GPS-Global Positioning System
Communication equipment includes:
• VHF radio
• Single Side Band Radio
• Weather facsimile
• Iridium Satellite Phone / Computer
• Internet and Cell Phone coverage on some trips
- First Aid Kit / Trauma Kit
- Oxygen System with 100% Demand
- Automatic Fire Extinguishers & Fire Fighting Equipment
- 406 EPIRB – Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons on the mother boat and both zodiacs
- Life Rafts • Life Jackets with lights and whistles for all passengers & crew
- The crew conducts regular drills and rescue training.
Dive Deck and Photography
Our spacious dive deck allows 16 divers to gear up in comfort with plenty of room. A roomy three-tier camera table and charging station are available for photographers. All divers have their own personal storage area for dive equipment. There are also two freshwater hot showers on the back platform as well as warm towels after each dive. Most dives are done from two zodiac tender boats with only a short ride to dives sites. Our experienced instructor/dive team will ensure you get the best from every dive.
The Azores offers a full range of PADI Programs. Popular specialties such as Nitrox, Underwater Photography & Naturalist can be easily completed around the dive schedule.
Nitrox, Tech and Rebreathers
Nitrox is available on all charters. Technical diving and rebreather diving is possible if pre-arranged.
Entertainment and Amenities
Enjoy a wide selection of movies or games on our flat screen TV or sit back with a book or magazine from our library. An assortment of board and cards games is also available. Many evenings you will be treated to either one of Atlantis’ unique marine life presentations, a slide show or a presentation on your next destination. Besides diving, you can improve your photography skills, snorkel or take land excursions during your trip as well. The Azores features a spacious partially covered sun deck with chaise lounges, complete wet bar, hot tub, an assortment of sitting areas with tables for your relaxation between dives.
Azores has seven deluxe staterooms with double and single berths, hair dryer, private head and shower. There is also one larger owner’s suite on the top deck with upgraded amenities. Rooms are serviced daily.
Atlantis’ boutique Toko’s restaurants, in our land-based resorts, are rated “world-class” by the lonely planet travel guidebook. On the Azores we proudly adhere to the same standards by serving healthy and freshly prepared meals and snacks all day. Our onboard chef strives to accommodate any special dietary requests you may have. Start the day with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked bread. A blend of ripe seasonal fruit juices will prepare you for your first dive.
Emphasis is always on the freshest fruits, vegetables and seafood. Meals are from hearty to light. “Mom’s soups”, homemade smoked bacon and ham, omelets from mild to spicy, small to giant beef burgers, fresh garden salads and muesli with yogurt and fruit… to name just a few. The lunch selection varies between Mongolian Woks, homemade pasta and freshly made panini to order.
Themed evening meals reflect the fine dining you have come to expect from our land-based “Toko’s” resort restaurants. If you are still hungry, between dive snacks include homemade cookies and cakes, fresh fruit and mouth-watering ‘tidbits’.
Our complimentary open bar includes: • Fresh blended juice, calamansi (local citrus fruit) juice, lime juice, ice tea • Coffee, selection of tea, milk • Filtered drinking water, Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite
Social servings of: Tanduay Rhum, house red or white wine, San Miguel Pale Pilsner and San Miguel Light.
This is a multi-day trip with fixed departure dates. Some trips have different itineraries or lengths, so please check that you've chosen exactly what you want, and the correct trip start date. If you have any questions at all, please use the chat feature and we'll answer as quickly as possible.