The Azores has set new standards in liveaboard diving in the Philippines, and as many of our guests say, in Asia. Azores is the perfect place from which to explore some of the best diving in the world – we offer three distinct itineraries showcasing parts of the Philippines on schedules only possible by liveaboard.
The majority of trips embark from either one of our world class dedicated dive resorts, which are acknowledged to be among the best in South East Asia. What stays the same are the feature comforts, great food and welcoming crew.
Our newest itinerary, from January through early March, takes in the wrecks of Coron with the colorful walls of Apo Reef along the way. Guests embark and disembark from our resort in Puerto Galera.
Our Tubbataha seasons runs from mid-March through early June – explore kilometers in this pristine protected UNESCO World Heritage site located 100 miles offshore and open to diving only 3 months out of the year.
Dumaguete is our base for the months of June through December and our Visayas Safari is a unique opportunity to take in multiple beautiful islands in one week – something that would take several weeks to do any other way. We also offer special Malapascua “Thresher Shark Trip” from our Dumaguete resort.
Tubbataha Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only accessible by liveaboard three months out of the year. These pristine reefs, located 100 miles offshore, are protected by rangers year round and made up of North and South Atolls and Jessie Beazley Reef. Divers can experience wonderful visibility and some of the best diving the Philippines has to offer from March until June each year.
Dive Day Schedule
Day 1: NORTHERN TIP OF NORTH ATOLL
Day 2: SOUTHERN END OF NORTH ATOLL
Day 3: NORTHERN TIP OF SOUTH ATOLL
Day 4: SOUTHERN END OF SOUTH ATOLL
Day 5: SOUTHEAST OF NORTH ATOLL
Day 6: JESSIE BEAZLEY REEF
The Visayas 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 multiple week first class dive vacation at a very reasonable investment.
Dive Day Schedule
DAY 1 & 2: MOALBOAL – PESCADOR ISLAND
DAY 3: OSLOB AND SUMILON ISLAND
DAY 4: BALICASAG ISLAND
DAY 5: BALICASAG ISLAND AND/OR PANGLAO ISLAND OR LAND TOUR
DAY 6: HALF A DAY DIVING IN EITHER APO ISLAND OR SIQUIJOR
DAY 7: DISEMBARKATION 8AM
Apo Reef & Wrecks of Coron
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 in Anilao, this macro paradise is home to over 300 species of nudibranch. Secret Bay is one of the best dive locations for macro diving in the whole of the Philippines. We can also see schools of jacks, sweet lips and fusiliers around the famous twin rocks dive site.
Next will be the UNESCO World Heritage site of Apo Reef. A full days 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.
Dive Day Schedule
Day 1 & 2 – Apo Reef and Tara Islands
Day 3 & 4 – Coron Wrecks
Day 5 – Nanshin Maru & Dimipac Island
Day 6 – Kyokuszan Maru
Malapascua – Cebu
Our exciting Malapascua – Cebu charter offers some of the best diving in the Philippines, including Sumilon Island, Pescador Island & Malapascua’s Gato Island, home of a sea crate protected breeding sanctuary. This charter includes another Malapascua favorite, Monad Shoal, known for frequent sightings of thresher sharks as well as manta rays. In addition to these pelagic species, the Malapascua area offers a wide variety of critter diving not to mention abundant reefs and wall diving. Leaving Malapascua, we head to Calanggaman Island, one of Philippines most beautiful islands. Next we head to Bohol for again a wide variety of reef, wall & critter diving as well as some land tour opportunities for those so inclined. As a Grand Finale we finish the itinerary on the dramatic walls of Balicasag, one of our favorite dives.
This itinerary is hard to beat if you want a wide variety of locations as well as incredible diving.
Dive Day Schedule
Day 1: OSLOB AND SUMILON
Day 2: MOALBOAL
Day 3: PESCADOR ISLAND
DAY 4 & 5: GATO ISLAND, MONAD SHOAL & MALAPASCUA
DAY 6: MONAD SHOAL & CALANGGAMAN ISLAND
DAY 7: BALICASAG
DAY 8: PANGLAO
DAY 9: HALF A DAY DIVING IN EITHER APO ISLAND/ SIQUIJOR
DAY 10: DISEMBARKATION 8AM
Azores carries a maximum of 16 passengers; all passengers should be over 15 years of age.
Rates do not include:Nitrox, land excursions, rental equipment, onboard purchases, classes or emergency fuel surcharges.
Azores carries spare dive equipment but we do not have rental equipment available onboard
For charters out of Dumaguete guests can rent dive equipment from our dive shop in the resort for the week.
For charters operating out of Puerto Princesa City rental equipment may be available through local dive operators. Guests have to pickup and pay for rental equipment themselves.