Southern Leyte, departing Cebu
Dive Southern Leyte, departing Cebu
March to May – 7 day/ 6nightfrom2000 Euro
Sogod Bay is world famous for sightings of whale sharks. These enormous filter feeders arrive here each year to feast on the swarms of plankton that bloom in the warm shallow waters. The area is perfect for both scuba diving and snorkelling but its not just the whale sharks that people come to see. The coral reefs around the bays of southern Leyte & Limasawa Island provide havens for numerous fish species and a whole host of weird and wonderful creatures.
The 40 metre S/Y Philippine Siren luxury diving liveaboard was designed and built using the lessons learnt from our first yacht the S/Y Siren and has been modified to better suit the growing needs of our guests. The 8 cabins are all situated forward of the engine room with 2 fixed double bed cabins located at the bow and 6 twin bed cabins throughout the remaining lower deck quarters, however we offer flexibility with 2 cabins which can be converted from twin to double should guests require (cabins 5 & 6).
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 one of the most spacious you will have come across, excepting other Siren Fleet yachts!
We have improved facilities for underwater photographers and videographers, providing both indoor and outdoor designated areas for charging and preparation of your camera and video equipment. Large rinse tanks on the dive deck and a well trained crew!
Built on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, she is a traditional “gaft rigged Phinisi” handcrafted from ironwood and teak. Built by divers for divers the S/Y Philippine Siren is a modern and spacious diving liveaboard.
Aboard the S/Y Philippine Siren we welcome 16 guests on each trip to ensure abundant space for all divers.
Features of the S/Y Philippine Siren liveaboard include:
◾8 large air-conditioned cabins each with their own personal audio-visual entertainment system and ensuite bathrooms with hot water through our centrally ehated system. Overbed reading lights and individual controls for your air-conditioning unit are provided for your convenience, as well as several cupboards for clothing and personal items, an in-cupboard safety box and a hairdryer. Each guest is provided with 1 bath & 1 hand towel and a cotton bathrobe for use in the cabin
◾Expansive shaded diving deck area, with individual stations and personal storage drawers. Guests are provided with a 12l aluminim tank, weights & belt. Basic Aqua Lung scuba equipment rental (BCD, Regulator, 3mm wetsuit, mask & fins) and SMB (safety sausage) are provided FREE of charge. Sizing requests can be submitted via the online application form when confirming your booking. For your convenience each guest is provided with a numbered deck towel and more towels are available upon request
◾Spacious air-conditioned lounge with cocktail bar, sofas, 42 inch flatscreen & movie network and library of books & games
◾Covered outdoor dining and refreshment area. All meals are served buffet style and guest may help themselves throughout the day to all soft drinks & snacks that are available
◾Un-shaded Sun Deck with 8 cushioned loungers
◾Enriched Air Nitrox is FREE for all certified Nitrox divers. If you are not a certified Nitrox diver all our instructors can certainly teach you the Enriched Air Diver Specialty during your liveaboard trip
◾2 high-powered Ridged-Hulled Inflatable Boats accompany the S/Y Philippine Siren
◾Laundry Service – our housekeeper will launder your clothes and return to you the same day (0.50 euro per item)
◾Massage Service – available for 3 hours daily* for 25 Euro/ hour
◾Yacht Boutique, which includes a range of Siren Fleet clothing, reef hooks and nudi-pointers
◾Kayaks, for guest use FREE of charge
* Excepting arrival and departure days
Specialised features for Underwater Photographers & Videographers include:
◾Indoor & outdoor workstations for the preparation and maintenance of cameras and equipment
◾Large storage drawers for your peripheral items
◾Numerous charging points, adapters available (sockets are 2-pin European style)
◾Large rinse tanks with fresh water solely for camera and video equipment.
Leyte Dive Site Highlights
Southern Leyte-barracuda SchoolMaureen’s Place – Padre Burgos. Named for our delightful housekeeper, this site turned up a few surprises. A small banca wreckage, at only 8m depth, shelters sweetlips, whilst on the coral wall groupers, surgeon fish, trigger fish and snappers dart about. Smaller critters including pygmy seahorses, cowries and pipefish are all seen here.
The Pier – Padre Burgos. Simply macro heaven! Below the pier reaches only 6m depth and hours can be spent here discovering new creatures. Zebra snout seahorses cling to the sponges that adorn the pier supports, freckled frogfish blend into the sponges, ghost pipefish sway in the gentle surge and blue ringed octopus lurk in holes. Other creatures commonly found here are devilfish, pleurobranchs, coral cowries, seamoths, a variety of blennies, nudibranchs and at sunset the mandarin fish come out to mate.
Southern Leyte-ReefNapantaw Reef – Closely monitored by the Coral Cay Conservation, the corals here are very healthy and fishing in the area is limited. Two dives here are needed to fully explore the reef. Soft corals, whips and black corals cling to the wall whilst hard coral formations in the shallow water make for awesome photographic opportunity. You’re likely to find pygmy seahorses, see turtles amble by and come across the occasional black tip shark in the shallows.
Gunter’s Wall – Limasawa. Black corals, green tree corals and huge barrel sponges, with resident hairy squat lobsters, decorate the gentle reef slope. The shallow reef shelf is full of soft corals in whcih to look for robust ghost pipefish and juvenile filefishes. Turtles, banded sea snakes and barracuda are amongst the most common sightings. We also see seahorses, leaf fish, frog fish and hundreds of Phyllodesmium nudibranchs grouped together.
Crocodile Rocks, Limasawa – A shallow coral garden which turns up little gems such as cuttlefish, nudibranchs and octopus.
Adrian’s Cove, Limasawa – clinging to seawhips divers will often find xeno-crabs at this dive site, as well as many sand dwelling fish such as gobies, jawfish and moray eels.
pinksquatLobsterLimasawa Pier, Limasawa – A superb place to small the small macro species – finds include frogfish, cowries. Whale sharks do come into this area at night to feed on plankton.
Talima Reef, Olango Island & Mactan wall has soft and whip corals where small critters like to hide. The wreckage of a banca can also be found along the sandy reef shelf – a great place to find grouper and sweetlips; whilst jacks and batfish school above you.
Shangri-la House Reef, Olango Island & Mactan – The topography is diverse with a wreck, white sand a mini wall, sea grasses and plenty of healthy coral. Schooling fish can be seen and a few treats such as, giant clam, jacks, and batfish put in an appearance
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Itinerary & Schedule
Leyte & Sogod Bay Liveaboard Diving Itinerary
leyte-sm The S/Y Philippine Siren liveaboard yacht departs from Mactan, Cebu to spend 6 days within the Sogod Bay area. Working closely with the local municipalities, who act as “spotters”, our dinghies position themselves ahead of the shark so that you may enter the water and are able to watch as it approaches, keeping well away from the head and tail of the shark. The yacht will move to the best areas dependent on the most frequent sightings. The small area of Sunok Bay and the coral slopes of San Ricardo are typically visited and Limasawa Island also sees much whaleshark activity with up to 5 seen in the bay at one time. Only snorkelling is allowed, however whale sharks may also be seen during the dives.
philippines-whalesharkDive sites vary between steep reefs with soft corals, sponges & black corals to the critter dive hot spot of the Padre Burgos Pier, where seahorses, frogfish, pipefish and mandarin fish can all be seen. The Marine Sanctuary at Napantaw offers stunning soft corals and a great opportunity for over/under photography in the hard coral garden. The walls in Padre Burgos shelter numerous reef fish species, including grouper & sweetlips and within seafans pygmy seahorses are commonly spotted. Occasional visitors to the reefs are eagle rays, meanwhile research is on going to find the manta ray cleaning station that has been reported by local fishermen.