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Diving Holidays to The Philippines, Coron Bay

The areas of Busuanga Island and Coron Bay are scattered with World War II wrecks. Although an expensive destination for divers to visit, the concentration of Japanese WWII wrecks is spectacular. Many can be seen in relatively shallow waters allowing for longer dive times and extended exploration.

The area itself around Coron Bay is truly beautiful with exotic fauna and flora. The dense foliage is home to much wildlife, including monkeys, parakeets and other indigenous species. With warm tropical waters, a magical tropical atmosphere and exquisite wrecks to dive, Coron Bay is a fantastic destination to visit.

Not only does this trip encompass some of the wrecks within Coron Bay , it also allows divers to submerge in the massive atoll-like Apo Reef. With a white sandy bottom, marvellous coral formations and an array of large marine species, this reef adds much value to the diving experience. One can expect to see sharks (hammerheads included), stingrays, eagle rays, mantas, tuna and schools of jacks and snappers, as well as an abundance of tropical fishes and turtles.

 
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Accommodation / Liveaboard: MV Stella

The M/V Stella Maris Explorer is a spacious 36 meter twin screw, full service dive cruiser with ten (10) comfortable cabins for up to 16 guests.



SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 36 m/118 ft Breath: 7.4 m/ 24 ft
Depth: 3.4 m/11 ft Draft: 1.8 m/ 6 ft
Gross Tonnage: 247 tons Hull : Aluminium
Engine: 2X MTU 8V396 TB93 Auxiliary Engine: 2X Isuzu 60 KVA gensets
Service Speed: 10-12 knots Water Maker: 5 tons per day
Fuel Capacity: 35 tons Fresh Water Capacity: 15 tons

COMMUNICATION AND NAVIGATION
SSB Radio, Marine VHF Radio/SART, Radar/ EPIRB, GPS,
Weather Fax,Satellite Cellphone

ACCOMMODATIONS/SERVICES
: Fully air-conditioned interiors
: 10 Twin Sharing Cabins with ensuite toilet and
shower facilities
: 4 open rinse showers on deck
: Entertainment center with TV, VHS, Stereo,
well stocked bar
: Library of books, magazines and VCR tapes
: Experienced service crew
: Satellite telephone
: Large spacious deck
: 220/110V service
: Jacuzzi

SCUBA DIVING EQUIPMENT
2x Compressors
50+ Aluminum tanks, Regulators, BCD
Weight belts, Weights, Dive lights
BCDs, Nitrox, Tanks and Airfills,
E-6 Film Processing/DVD
First aid station with oxygen resuscitators and DAN Kit
NAIAD and 27 footer chase boat and kayaks

 

 
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Philippines Diving Programme

Day 1 – London/Manila
Departure from London Heathrow on board flight Singapore Airlines SQ 317 to Singapore at 1200 – meals and overnight on board.

Day 2 – Manila/Batangas
Arrival at Singapore airport at 0745 and immediate connection on board Singapore Airlines SQ 72 to Manila at 0945. Arrival at Manila International airport at 1315 meet with our rep and transfer by private minibus to Batangas (2 hrs). Check in and cabin allocation on board M/V STELLA MARIS EXPLORER, welcome briefing and gear set up. Dinner , overnight sailing to Apo Reef.

Day 3 – Apo Reef /Coron

Full board on board including light breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. 4 dives and 1 night dives around Apo Reef area. Overnight sailing to Coron

Day 4 – Coron
Full board on board including light breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. 4 dives and 1 night dives entirely dedicated to Coron shipwrecks fleet.

Day 5 – Coron
Full board on board including light breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner.3 dives

Dedicated to shipwrecks and 1 dive at Barracuda Lake. In the late afternoon land excursion to Maquinit Hot Springs.

Day 6 – Coron/Apo Reef
Full board on board including light breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. 4 dives and 1 night dives entirely dedicated to Coron shipwrecks fleet.

Overnight sailing to Apo Reef.

Day 7 – Apo Reef/Verde Island
Full board on board including light breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. 4 dives and 1 night dives around Apo Reef area. Overnight sailing to Verde Island.

Day 8 – Verde Island
Full board on board including light breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. 2 dives at Verde Island 1 dive at Mainit point 1 dive at the Cathedral and Night dive at Verde Island house reef.

Day 9 – Batangas/Manila Airport/Singapore.
Sailing to Batangas, Breackfast on board, gear preparation. Disembarkation and transfer by private minibus to Manila International Airport. Departure on board flight Singapore Airlines SQ 75 TO Singapore at 1800. Arrival and connection to flight Singapore Airline SQ 322 at 2320 to London Heathrow – Meals and overnight on board.

Day 10 – London
Arrival at London Heathrow airport. End of your trip and our services.

 
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Prices for Philippines Diving

PRICE 2012: From 1750 per person

Price Includes: 
Singapore Airlines return flights to/from Manila/London Heathrow – Accommodation in double sharing aircon cabins with ensuite toilet facilities – unlimited no decompression diving – full board buffet meals – use of tanks, weights, weightbelt, boat and services of divemaster – land transfers to/from Batangas.

Not Included: Conservation fees – gear rental – drinks/beverages – nitrox fill - airport taxes of £80.

GROUP DISCOUNTS AND REPEAT BOOKERS DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

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Accommodation is onboard either the MV Stella Maris Explorer

Flights to/from Manila/London Heathrow – Accommodation in double sharing aircon cabins with ensuite toilet facilities – unlimited no decompression diving – full board buffet meals – tanks, weights, weightbelt, services of divemaster – land transfers to/from Batangas.

Liveaboard diving with 3 to 4 dives a day. Nirox diving also available.

Prices range from £1750 for a 10 day holiday. Group discounts available.

 

 

CLIMATE:
Dry from December to May and wet from June to November with average humidity of 75% almost year round. Changes in weather conditions do not affect diving visibility generally, however, visibility can deteriorate at times..

FLIGHTS:

Singapore Airlines return flights to/from Manila/London Heathrow




VISAS
Single entry visas: For a visit of less than 7 days a visa is not required. Over 7 days duration in the country, one must acquire a visa before departing from an embassy at a cost of £22. Some places may charge a processing fee on top of the visa cost.
 

Wrecks of Coron Bay

TAI MARU
Visibility -10m to 20m.
Average Depth - 16m.
Maximum Depth - 26m.

An auxiliary oil tanker of the Imperial Japanese Navy It is well covered with good corals, particularly large lettuce corals and sponges. Shoals of fish including fusiliers, snappers and batfish swarm the area and lionfish and scorpion fish lurk in discreet places.

AKITSUSHIMA
Visibility 10m to 20m.
Average Depth - 28m.
Maximum Depth - 38m.

This is an advanced dive due to the depth. The ship can be penetrated with care, but is also good for fish life. Large groupers lurk in the hull and shoals of barracuda, tuna and snapper are found along it.

OLYMPIA MARU
Visibility is 10m to 20m
Average Depth - 19m.
Maximum Depth - 25m.

Japanese Freighter -
The fish life includes shoals of small fusiliers, batfish, large groupers, golden rabbitfish, damselfish and pairs of white cheek monocle bream.

KOGYO MARU
Visibility - 10m to 20m.
Average Depth - 28m.
Maximum Depth - 34m.

A Japanese freighter,
On the deck anti-aircraft weapons can still be seen. On the port side, there are many corals and abundant fish life. Many groupers live around the wreck.

GUNBOAT AT LUSONG ISLAND
Visibility can reach 30 m
Average Depth - 6 m .
Maximum Depth - 10 m .

A shallow wreck, lying from the surface to 10 m. Excellent for snorkeling and wreck photography, and is often used for relaxation between main dives. It is nicely covered with sponges and soft corals, and has many copperband butterflyfish, six-banded angelfish, pufferfish of all sizes, batfish and various sea cucumbers.

IRAKO
Visibility - 10m to 20 m .
Average depth - 35 m .
Maximum Depth - 42m .

The Irako is a Japanese refrigerated provision ship, Penetration represents an advanced dive due to the depth, but the superstructure is interesting, with soft corals and sponges. Large groupers hover inside the wreck, while lionfish, scorpionfish, shoals of barracuda, batfish and snappers are outside.

MAMYA MARU
Visibility - 10 m to 20 m .
Average Depth - 25 m .
Max. Depth - 34 m
. Japanese freighter
The large holds are easy to penetrate and contain construction materials. Large grouper, lionfish and surgeonfish abound in the wreck with shoals of barracuda, snappers, batfish, sweepers and fusiliers around it.

TANGAT
Visibility - 8 m to 15 m .
Average Depth - 24 m
Maximum Depth - 30 m
. A Japanese freighter. The site provides a good introduction to wreck diving for novices, with easy penetration of the cargo holds and a good variety of fish. This is an excellent wreck for photographers.

EAST TANGAT WRECK
Visibility - 8 m to 16m
Average Depth - 10 m
Maximum Depth - 22 m

Believed to be a tugboat or an anti-submarine craft, The water is mostly shallow enough for snorkellers. There are no corals on the wreck. There are small angelfish, buterflyfish - particularly copperband butterflyfish - and white sponges.

KYOKUZAN MARU
Visibility is often 20 m .
Average Depth - 30 m
Maximum Depth - 43 m

A Japanese freighter. The wreck is almost intact and can easily be penetrated, with cars and trucks in the hold.

NANSHIN MARU
Visibility can reach 20 m
Average Depth - 20 m
Maximum Depth - 32 m

Coastal vessel. It sits upright but down the sandy slope from the shore. There are many large scorpionfish and lionfish on the superstructure, small shoals of batfish, large shoals of sweepers, snappers, fusiliers and groupers, trumpetfish, six-banded angelfish and emperor angelfish. The hull has lots of sponges and hydroids.

 

 
     
 
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