Azalea (Philippines) Liveaboard

Azalea (Philippines) Liveaboard

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  • NitroxNo
  • Wi-FiNo
  • Equipment RentalSurcharge
  • Group 6Created with Sketch.
    Tech Diving FriendlyNo
  • Fleet nameLiveaboard Diving Philippines
  • Year built2018
  • Length21
  • Width5
  • Capacity10
  • MaterialWood
Azalea is the best choice for a smart price. The boat can accommodate 10 guests, personal care is guaranteed. All famous diving destinations of the Philippines can be visited Tubbataha, Apo, Coron. Explore wrecks, and reach reef, meet lots of pelagic fish.

Boat Interior 
Azalea has 5 cabins on board. 3 staterooms located on the lower deck. Two of them have twin bunk beds and one master cabin equipped with a double bed. The other two rooms are on the upper deck. All cabins are en-suite, have air conditioning so your trip will be comfortable. 
Boat’s guest can relax on the top deck and enjoy the view. The yacht also has a spacious diving area.

Safety 
The boat has all the necessary safety equipment including GPS, radar, VHF radio, satellite phone, medical safety equipment, life rafts.

Diving 
Azalea was designed especially for divers. Special attention was paid to give our divers the best possible space for their equipment.

Itinerary features 
Coron, Apo Reef and of course famous Tubbataha can be explored on board of Azalea. Coron is known for wreck diving. Each sunken ship is different with its own characteristics. And they are full of amazing artifacts. Apo Reef is the second largest reef in the world. It’s great for shark encounters and also for macro diving. Tubbataha is on the bucket list of many divers. Two atolls divided with a channel. Over 600 species can be met here. Mantas, sharks, turtles and many more. 

When to Go 
Tubbataha Reef is best to visit from March to June. The water temperature is within the range of 26-28C/85-92F. The best time for diving on Apo Reef and Coron is from November to March.
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Select the cabin of your choice and enter your personal information. Submit the booking request. Once the booking is processed, you will receive an email notification with all booking details conveniently laid out in PDF.

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Our team will contact the liveaboard on your behalf to confirm availability and other booking details. We put your place(s) on hold and get back to you within 24 hours. If there are any issues, we come back to you with alternative options.

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Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive an email notification with payment instructions. You then have up to 72 hours to take care of other travel arrangements and process the transaction to secure your reservation.

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CabinsView deck plan

Twin Bunk Bed Cabin

Deck
Lower Deck
Bedding
Twin Beds (Bunk-Style)
Max occupancy
2 Guests
Ensuite Bathroom
Ensuite Bathroom
Aircon
Aircon
Number of Cabins
2 Cabins
Comfortable air-conditioned cabins with private showers and toilet, a bunk bed with European mattress size
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Master Cabin

Deck
Lower Deck
Bedding
Double Bed
Max occupancy
2 Guests
Ensuite Bathroom
Ensuite Bathroom
Aircon
Aircon
Number of Cabins
1 Cabin
Master cabin with plenty of room, air conditioning, private showers and toilet, a big double bed
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Twin Bunk Bed Cabin

Deck
Main Deck
Bedding
Twin Beds (Bunk-Style)
Max occupancy
2 Guests
Ensuite Bathroom
Ensuite Bathroom
Aircon
Aircon
Number of Cabins
2 Cabins
A comfortable air-conditioned cabin with private showers and toilet, a bunk bed with European mattress size
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5.75

Friendly amateurs lacking some LAB basicsVerified review

When you have had the opportunity to go on a lot of lieveaboards all over the world, it is hard not to compare experiences in a similar price range. So I was surprised and disappointed by a number of aspects of this boat, especially when local resources are much cheaper in the Philippines. While the crew are all so friendly and wanting to help, there was a lack of overall awareness of what a good / great liveaboard normally provides, including a real structure. Cabins where the water is not turned off overnight and the smell of diesel all pervasive; air con on without having to repeatedly ask; clean water to rinse your dive gear; someone serving drinks and snacks after every day; your bathroom bins emptied every day; dry towels after diving; not repeating dive sites too often; not avoiding great dive sites just for a bit of swell; knowing the opening times for the guides / spotters for key sites so you actually get to dive them; food beyond what you might get at a cheap, local cafe (not lots of rice and stews); a proper white-board plan for when you will dive and eat each day; food kept warm in the kitchen till you arrive at the dining table, not placed on the table to go cold; bathrooms cleaned more than once a week; etc. This was not consistently provided on the Azalea despite the best intentions of the local crew. Completely missing out on even getting in the water for the dugong due to poor planning was a real disappointment. Whilst the owner used weather and others as the excuse, I would rather have tried 3 times and not seen them than not tried at all. And then having a technical issue with the boat that was not made completely transparent until pushed, which meant we lost a whole day of diving as our 4 hour journey took 18 hours, was the icing on an already home-made, rather basic and simple cake. That said, the hostess and dive guides were lovely (although a little more training in identifying the marine life both above and below - hand signals - water would have been great; the new year's eve party was a lot of fun; and there was plenty of food even if at a very simple level. As the only LAB that overnights at Apo reef, and this not being an easy day trip, I would say do take this trip but the prices should be lowered as well as your expectations.
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