The island nation of Indonesia straddles the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and lies at the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’ - the epicentre of the world’s marine biodiversity. Nowhere on earth can visitors experience such a range of spectacular diving - from encounters with huge whale sharks and oceanic manta rays, to muck dives with beautiful Rhinopias and the exceedingly rare psychedelic frogfish.
The Discovery Fleet provides exciting and professional cruises around Tubbataha, Malapascua, and Palawan on spacious and relaxing vessels. Their liveaboards offer both mixed and diver-only trips with action-packed itineraries and world-class facilities.
- Large vessels providing plenty of space
- Diver-only cruises around Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
- Spacious dive decks and multiple chase boats ensuring comfortable dive excursions
Discovery Palawan and Discovery Adventure are part of the Discovery Fleet, and are operated in collaboration with Club Paradise Divers – the in-house dive centre at the exclusive Club Paradise Resort in Coron. Discovery Palawan is open to non-divers, offering full-day programs with beach and island visits, snorkelling, and kayaking on the agenda, while Discovery Adventure operates divers-only cruises around Tubbataha.
Both liveaboards offer several comfortable accommodation options, multiple lounge areas and first-class service, ensuring a relaxed and stress-free atmosphere onboard, and with spacious and well-equipped dive decks, full equipment rental, nitrox upgrades, and air-conditioned camera rooms, guests are guaranteed an exceptional experience.
MALAPASCUA, CEBU & VISAYAS
Malapascua Island is located in the heart of the Visayan Sea, just a 45-minute boat ride off the northern tip of Cebu. Tourists were first drawn to the island for its beautiful white sand beaches, but from the early 1990s divers began exploring Malapascua’s sites and the industry on the island has grown ever since - particularly following the discovery of the thresher sharks at Monad Shoal. This destination can provide one of the best all-round diving experiences in the world, with daily sightings of thresher sharks and other large pelagics, Gato Island and its amazing structures and swim-throughs, nearby wrecks including the Dona Marilyn, as well as the fantastic muck-diving around Malapascua Island itself.
Malapascua island is surrounded by fairly shallow water with coral patches and ledges, making ideal homes for critters – sightings of frogfish, ghostpipefish, pygmy seahorse, mantis shrimp and more are a daily occurrence. Monad Shoal, in particular, has become famous for its resident thresher sharks and seasonal schools of hammerheads. Gato Island offers an amazing underwater rock structure with incredible swim-throughs and dramatic silhouettes of whitetip sharks swimming in and out with rays of light penetrating the cave system.
Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Tubbataha is a 130,028-hectare Marine Protected Area – the first of its kind in the Philippines. It comprises two large coral atolls, known as North Atoll and South Atoll, as well as a smaller coral structure named Jessie Beazley Reef situated around 20km north of the main atolls. Tubbataha sits above a string of extinct volcanoes called the Cagayan Ridge and is believed to have formed as fringing reefs which grew around these volcanic islands during the last ice age. Although the islands have since subsided, the reefs remain, making them the Philippines’ only true atoll structures. Today the park encompasses huge slopes and vertical walls dropping to over 100 meters in depth, alongside vibrant reef flats and shallow lagoons.
The natural isolation and protected status of Tubbataha has provided a buffer from the impacts of tourism and allowed marine life to flourish boasting over 360 species of coral, as well as blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, grey nurse sharks, turtles, nudibranchs and stingrays, snapper and barracuda. Possible encounters with eagle rays, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, whale sharks, leaf scorpionfish and pygmy seahorses are just a few of the additional delights on offer.
At the northern tip of Palawan lie the islands of Coron and Busuanga in the Calamian Archipelago. Home to spectacular karst landscapes, hidden lakes and glorious beaches - as well as some of the most exciting diving in the Philippines - these islands offer divers the chance-of-a-lifetime to explore the Phillipines’ dramatic history. Coron is protected as part of the Palawan UNESCO Biosphere Reserve but is also the ancestral territory of the indigenous Tagbanwa people, who have made their home in the area for thousands of years.
Many people visit Coron for its dramatic topside scenery of towering karst cliffs, secret beaches and hidden lagoons, all offering plenty of exploration and adventure. However, beneath the surface of the sea lies some of the Philippines’ most exiting - and haunting - diving, with the atmospheric wrecks of Japanese gunboats, supply ships, aircraft carriers and more, which are perfect for all divers, from beginners to advanced technical divers. As well as the famous wrecks, Coron is also the site of one of the world’s most unusual dives - the famous Barracuda Lake where divers can explore a collapsed limestone sinkhole warmed by volcanic, hot-water springs. The isolated lake can only be reached by walking across a rocky ridge with full dive gear, however the results are well worth the effort.
Discovery Palawan was built in 1972, and underwent extensive renovation in 2013, giving this liveaboard a modern look and comfortable feel. The vessel is almost 50-meters long, providing plenty of space for a relaxing trip, and boasts 16 Standard Cabins and 4 Upper Deck Cabins, each with ensuite bathrooms and either air-conditioning or climate control. Discovery Palawan also offers an air-conditioned salon and dining area, 2 shaded decks, a sun deck and an outdoor dining area and bar where meals are served buffet-style.
Every diver onboard Discovery Palawan has their own dedicated space on the dive deck, allowing for stress-free gear assembly, and the dive deck features 3 chase boats to access dive sites. Full equipment rental is possible onboard, including dive computers and torches, and both 12 and 15-litre tanks are available. Nitrox 28% and 32% can also be arranged at an additional cost and an air-conditioned camera room caters to guests interested in underwater photography. PADI courses from beginner to advanced are offered including the nitrox speciality. Discovery Palawan is equipped with all necessary safety equipment such as first aid kits, life vests, and oxygen.
Discovery Adventure is a 47-meter steel vessel that provides ‘diver-only’ trips to Tubbataha. This liveaboard can accommodate up to 30 guests, with 7 Lower Deck Cabins, 4 Main Deck Cabins and 2 VIP Cabins on the saloon deck. All cabins feature ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Discovery Adventure’s talented chefs serve a varied selection of local and international cuisine, three times a day, in the main dining area on the saloon deck which offers stunning views of the surrounding islands. The freshly prepared cuisine is served buffet-style with snacks, hot drinks and water available all day and alcohol purchasable from the bar. Discovery Adventure also boasts a superb upper sundeck and an air-conditioned main lounge with a large-screen entertainment centre, TV, and a DVD player for watching movies or listening to music.
The dive deck onboard Discovery Adventure is both spacious and well-equipped, providing all the necessary facilities for a stress-free dive, including 3 chase boats to get to and from dive sites in total comfort. Full equipment rental is possible onboard, including dive computers and torches, and both 12 and 15-litre tanks are available. Nitrox 28% and 32% can also be arranged at an additional cost and an air-conditioned camera room caters to guests interested in underwater photography. PADI courses from beginner to advanced are offered including the nitrox speciality. Discovery Adventure is equipped with all necessary safety equipment such as first aid kits, life vests, and oxygen.
APO REEF & CORON
Discovery Palawan offers multi-day dive trips around Apo Reef and Coron, departing from Bauan Port, Batangas. After visiting Apo Reef, the boat allows guests to explore Barracuda Lake and other top attractions in Coron. It then heads to Sangat and Culion Islands, visiting some of the many World War II wrecks before exploring Calambuyan & North Cay Islands. Discovery Palawan finally visits the home of Club Paradise Divers and Dimakya Island before travelling back to Batangas.
Both Discovery Adventure and Discovery Palawan offer 6-night trips around Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, departing from Puerto Princesa Port. Guests can explore sites such as Malayan Wreck, Wall Street, Amos Rock, Shark Airport, and Washing Machine in the North Atoll, and South West Wall, Staghorn Point, Delsan Wreck, Black Wreck and T-Wreck on the South Atoll. Jessie Beazley Reef may also be explored before returning to Puerto Princesa Port.
CEBU, MALAPASCUA, VISAYAS
Discovery Palawan provides multi-day dive trips around Cebu, Malapascua and Visayas. Departing from Cebu, the vessel heads towards Kalanggaman before visiting Malapascua, Monad Shoal, and Gato. Pescador’s fantastic wall dives are next and then Moalboal, Oslob and Sumilon. Discovery Palawan’s last stop is Cabilao Island with its dog tooth tuna, giant trevallies and incredible macro life, before heading back to Cebu.