2019 Best of the Visayas Group Trip on the Philippine Siren


 Best of the Visayas Group Trip on the Philippine Siren

Join us from Jan 31 - Feb 10, 2019 on the luxurious Philippine Siren to experience the best that the Visayas sea has to offer!


January 31 - February 10, 2019

Led by Katie Yonker

Price for 10 Nights:

$4,200 per person, now only $3,999!


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Why Join This Trip? - Why Travel with Bluewater?

Trip Information - Package Details - Itinerary - Trip Leader - Accommodations

Trip Extensions - How to Get There - Booking & Payment - Underwater Photos


Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ Sail and dive in comfort on one of the most luxurious boats aboard the Philippine Siren

 ✓ Many shark species, including thresher sharks, white tips and whale sharks

 ✓ Great for both big fish and small critters

 ✓ Beginner photographers welcome

 ✓ Price includes Nitrox for certified Nitrox divers

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Why Travel with Bluewater?

 ✓ We book resorts/ liveaboards that offer the best overall value

 ✓ Gear discounts and other benefits

 ✓ Great support if flight/weather issues occur

 ✓ "Bluewater helped me out when I needed it most, the airline wouldn't let me board because of a Visa issue. They saved my butt" - Ray Tsusuki


Trip Overview

Sail for 10 nights and dive all the best locations in the Visayas including Cabilao Island, Balicasag Island, Moalboal, Dauin, Apo Island and Malapascua Island. This trip has been planned to hit all the best dive spots in the Visayas Seas including thresher sharks at Malapascua Island, critter heaven at Dauin, big schools of fish at Moalboal and beautiful coral reefs at Apo Island.

Read the great reviews of the Philippine Siren! Read the report from our previous trip here.

Dive Overview

Experience the best macro and big animal encounters like no other place in the world.

Malapascua Island: Exciting diving awaits from dusk till dawn with thresher sharks visiting the cleaning station at Monad Shoal in the early morning and mandarinfish coming out to dance at sunset.

Dauin: One of the top places in the world for macro photography with regular sightings of frogfish, mimic octopus and flamboyant cuttlefish in the sand. Nearby Apo Island has some of the most colorful hard corals around.

Western Cebu: Large schools of fish like mackerel, sardines, and barracuda gather around Maolboal and Pescador Island. Whale sharks have also been known to frequent the area.

Bohol: Swim with green and hawksbill turtle and white tips reef sharks at Cabilao while schools of jack and barracuda float in the currents of Balicasag Island.

Conditions in January/February

Water temperature will be around 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit with average visibility between 50 and 65 feet.


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Package Details


 ✓ Local transfers

 ✓ Dive equipment

 ✓ Free Nitrox

 ✓ Meals & Drinks

 ✓ Local beer



 ✗ International & domestic flights

 ✗ Marine Park & Port Fees (150 USD)

 ✗ Wine / Cocktails / Spirits (25 Euro / 5 Euro / 4 Euro)

 ✗ Torch and Dive Computer rental (6 USD / day)

 ✗ Massages (25 Euro/hr)

 ✗ Laundry (0.50 Euro/per item)

 *The extras are payable aboard the Siren and can be paid in cash or with a credit card (3.5% admin fee).


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About the Trip Leader

Katie Yonker is a travel advisor for Bluewater Travel and also manages the company. Though no stranger to the Southern California waters, Katie prefers to travel around the world and experience new cultures, food, and marine environments. Katie has led trips to the Red Sea, Maldives, Cocos, Guadalupe, Anilao, Raja Ampat and Komodo.

Trip Leader Testimonial

"I first dealt with Katie almost three years ago when I wanted to join the November 2013 group trip to Anilao after the deadline for the trip had passed. Not only was I able to get on the trip but I had a lot of advice and recommendations about where to stay during the trip. After the trip was over, I provided her with feedback about things that went wrong as well as went right. She was happy to get that feedback.

Since that time, I have had multiple diving trips that were arranged by Katie. I am always amazed at her fast response time and the completeness of her answers to questions that I would have. Her honesty makes me feel that she looking out for me and giving me options and alternatives to consider. And that is why I continue to use her in planning my diving trips.

But I had also gone on trips where Katie is the trip leader. In fact, I pay special attention to the trips that she leads because I know that it will be a wonderful trip. She sets the tone for the group with her enthusiasm and friendliness. But I go on her trips because of her low key approach. Unlike other group trips that have a lot of review and critiques of photos taken during the day, Katie just wants everyone to have a good time and enjoy the experience. If anything needs to be taken care of during the trip, she will handle it. That is all that I want from the trip. And hope to go on more trips with her....such as the upcoming trip to the Maldives and Cuba." - Franklin Mah


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Trip Schedule

During the trip, we visit and dive the islands of Cebu, Cabilao, Panglao, Balicasag, and Pescador. Along with Apo Island marine sanctuary and critter hot spot Dauin, plus Malapascua Island for thresher sharks, wrecks and more. Up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive will be scheduled. A typical diving day is scheduled as follows:

 > Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1

 > Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2

 > Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3 Snack

 > Briefing for Sunset dive 

 > Dinner

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About Philippine Siren

The 40 meter S/Y Philippine Siren luxury diving liveaboard was designed by divers for divers and every thought has gone into making her a yacht aboard which divers will be comfortable. The Philippines Siren has 8 staterooms that accommodate up to 16 divers. The outdoor dining area offers a superb setting for all your meals, with comfortable bench seating set in a semi-circular shape. The dive deck is likely to be one of the most spacious you will have ever come across, except for on other Siren Fleet yachts!



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Want to Extend Your Trip?

We can help with that! See more of the Philippines before or after your Visayas group trip with Bluewater. Flying all that way merits a multi-destination vacation! Puerto Galera, Dumaguete, and Anilao are amazing destinations nearby that offer a range of additional unique experiences. Here are some examples of packages we can add on to your trip reservation:



Price: Starting at $1,958 per person*

*based on double occupancy and mid range room pricing. Room upgrades are available and additional peak season rates may apply for certain dates

A short domestic flight from MNL to the Southern Philippines can extend your macro photography vacation in style at the luxurious Atmosphere Resort.

✓ A week in a Suite

✓ 10-dive package

✓ All meals

✓ Transfers

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

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Atmosphere Resort



Price: Starting at $1,223 per person*

*based on double occupancy and mid range room pricing. Room upgrades are available and additional peak season rates may apply for certain dates

A few hours' car and boat transfer from MNL, El Galleon can offer you abundant corals and fish diversity and an inexpensive all-inclusive dive package.

✓ 7 nights at El Galleon Resort 

✓ Daily dives

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

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✓ El Galleon Dive Resort

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El Galleon Dive Resort



Price: $2,160 per person*

*based on double occupancy and mid range room pricing. Room upgrades are available and additional peak season rates may apply for certain dates

A few hours' transfer South from MNL, this macro haven is an easy add-on to extend your vacation!

✓ 7 nights in a casitas room at Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort

✓ All meals and transfers

✓ 3 dives daily

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

Aiyanar Beach Resort Aiyanar Beach Resort

Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort


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Flight Information

Trip attendees should fly in and out of Cebu City through Mactan International Airport (airport code CEB). Flights should arrive no later than noon on departure day (Jan 31). Return flights should be made anytime on the last day of the trip (Feb 10). Airport transfers are included and travel time is about 30 minutes each way.


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Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule

 > Deposit: $1,200 

 > Payment 2: $1,740 - due 6/30/18

 > Payment 3:  $1,260 - due 9/30/18

Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call Bluewater Travel at 310-915-6677 or email info@bluewaterdivetravel.com and let them book your dream vacation at the best price!



Underwater Images

Underwater Photos from Previous Trips


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Marine Life: 
Top Macro Spot
Lots of Hammerhead or Reef Sharks
Great Coral Reefs
Whale Sharks
Manta Rays
Trip Leader: 
Katie Yonker
Type of Trip: 
Ultra Luxury


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