Our reputation as the leader in first-class dedicated dive vacations in the Philippines is further enhanced by our dive yacht, Atlantis Azores. The Azores is positioned strategically to service remote diving areas with spectacular diving throughout the Philippines’ 7,107 islands.
The Visayas Islands are one of the three island groups in the Philippines. Enjoy six fabulous days diving from the Atlantis Azores around one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse regions in Asia. Easy cruises each evening will take you from one great dive site to another. With easy transfers, consider a combo trip with Atlantis Dumaguete for a multi-week first class dive vacation at a very reasonable investment.
Our mid-week land excursion is not to be missed. After two morning dives, you still have time take in some of the best sites of Bohol. The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction – they look like giant molehills; covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. We also take in the Tarsiers – the worlds smallest primate and a unique butterfly farm. You can finish by exploring Alona Beach, famous for its coral white sand that stretches one and a half kilometers and ends in rocky cliffs at both sides.
Seasons & Weather
Seven-night charters run between June – December
Air temperature 28C/82F+
Sea temperature 27C/81F+
Average visibility 18m/60ft+
Sometime during your week enjoy an exciting encounter with whale sharks at Oslob off the southern tip of Cebu. Spend an hour or so snorkeling and getting up close and personal with these “gentle giants”.
Day 1: Moalboal - Pescador Island Day 1
Rated as one of the Philippines top dive sites for many years, this small island is just a couple of miles due west of Moalboal. The exhilarating scene is set by a small plateau that surrounds the island before it drops vertically into the abyss.
Day 2: Moalboal - Pescador Island Day 2
Pescador Island walls are literally teeming with life; Among the highlights of our dive today are frogfish, stonefish, barracuda, and turtles are common but the real draw is the sardine run and a chance of a thresher!
Day 3: Oslob and Sumilon Island
We spend the third day snorkeling with Whale Sharks at Oslob. The rest of the day will be spent scuba diving around tranquil Sumilon Island, surrounded by crystal clear waters and pristine white sandy beaches. Look out for exquisite coral gardens and drop-offs. ‘Might sees’ in this area include manta rays and sting rays, barracudas, sea turtles and snakes and very occasionally whale sharks and hammerheads.
Day 4: Balicasag Island
Balicasag is a flat island four kilometers southwest of the Duljo Point; the sandy coralline beach is a sight to behold. Look out for jacks, mackerel and barracudas often seen in abundance as well as large groupers, Napoleon wrasses and snappers hiding in the overhangs of the dramatic multi-hundred-foot vertical walls. Look out for turtles, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, eagle & manta rays, schooling barracuda and trevally, frogfish, ghost pipefish, pygmy and thorny seahorses, plus many different species of nudibranch, among dramatic walls and reefs.
Day 5: Balicasag Island and/or Pangalao Island or land trip
Panglao Island – Look out for turtles, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, eagle & manta rays, schooling barracuda and trevally, frogfish, ghost pipefish, pygmy and thorny seahorses, plus many different species of nudibranch, among dramatic walls and reefs.
Land trip options: Chocolate Hills or Loboc River Tour. A visit to the Tarsiers – the world smallest primate on both trip options.
Day 6: Half day diving on either Apo Island or Siquijor
Apo Island is one of the world’s best known community-organized marine sanctuaries. The island is home to over 650 documented species of fish and is estimated to have over 400 species of corals. Siquijor is called Isla del Fuego or the “Island of Fire” and look out for superb hard and soft corals, fusiliers, many nudibranchs, clown fish, parrot fish, schools of juvenile barracuda and razorfish. Super pristine walls abound!
Day 7: Disembarkation day
Disembark Azores at Dumaguete Port at 08:00am
|Trip Dates||14 – 21 December 2019
21 – 28 December 2019
10 – 17 October 2020
|17 – 24 October 2020
24 – 31 October 2020
31 October – 7 November 2020
|Arrival/Departure Location||Dumaguete Port, Philippines|
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 Dumaguete they can change at any time. The current fee for 7 nights is $140 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 $3,495 per person double occupancy/twin share including all taxes in a deluxe stateroom cabin.
Price for Owner suite is $3,985 per person and for non-divers, the price is $3,285 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.
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