Discovery Palawan in the Philippines

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Discovery Palawan Liveaboard in Philippines was converted to a dive vessel in 2006 when she moved to the Philippines and underwent a large renovation to update all her features.

Discovery Palawan was built in 1972 in Groningen, Holland as a three-masted schooner that cruised the Caribbean. She was later rebuilt as a navigation training ship then refitted in 2006 with a new and more powerful engine with all modern navigational equipment. She was moved to the Philippines to serve as an adventure cruise ship. In 2013, she was renamed Discovery Palawan and underwent a USD 1.5 million renovation for a fresh, modern look. The steel hull and size of the yacht make her very stable.

The 49 metre vessel has 20 cabins accommodating 32 to 40 guests depending on the itinerary. There are 16 standard rooms on the lower deck with centralised air-conditioning. The four upper deck rooms have personal climate control. All cabins have an ensuite bathroom.

There is an air-conditioned lounge area with large screen entertainment. Or you could enjoy the sundeck, shaded deck, outdoor dining and separate bar area between dives.

Diving is from the three tenders and there are large, 100cu tanks available. Nitrox is available on board along with a camera room and charging stations. There are large rinse tanks for cameras.

The ship’s 20 crew and 5 dive guides will ensure all guests are looked after during their trip both above and below water.

Discovery Palawan offers tours in the Philippines to Tubattaha and Apo Reef/ Coron.

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Inclusions: Welcome drinks. Tea, coffee, Juice (morning only). Filtered Water. Air-conditioned accommodation with private toilet and shower. Full board meals (buffet) for the whole cruise, excluding beverages and bottled water. (Meal service starts with dinner on the first day; Ends with breakfast on the last day.) Apo reef itinerary 1 complementary massage.

Exclusions: Rental of snorkel and dive gear. All beverages and bottled mineral water. Corkage fee. Dive Insurance (mandatory for divers only) and Travel Insurance (mandatory for divers & non – divers). Nitrox. Flight Ticket to cruise start point. Hotel (before and after the trip). Dives (for Cruise only package).  Marine and Environmental fees. Transfers to and from Mactan, Cebu Port. Fuel surcharge on certain itineraries.

Mandatory Fees: Marine and Environmental Fees vary depending on the itinerary. Visayan region is USD70 per person. Tubbataha 6 nights is $105 per person. Tubbataha transition trip is $175 per person. APO Reef and Coron is $115. Mandatory fees are set by the government authorities and are subject to change.

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Boat Amenities

  • Air conditioned lounge
  • Audio & TV
  • Indoor lounge
  • Outdoor dining
  • Shaded diving deck
  • Hot tub
  • Sun deck
  • Air conditioned cabins
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Warm water showers
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service
  • Hairdryers
  • TV in cabins
  • Free internet
  • Paid internet
  • Satellite phone
  • Massage
  • Kayaks
  • Library

Food & Drink

  • Local food
  • Western food
  • Vegetarian options
  • Snacks all day
  • Beer available
  • Wine selection
  • Spirits/cocktails available
  • Free wine w/dinner
  • Buffet
  • Semi a la carte
  • A la carte


  • Nitrox available
  • Diving courses
  • DIN adaptors
  • Camera room/station
  • Charging stations
  • Camera rinse tank
  • Non-diver friendly
  • Rebreather support

Rental Gear

  • BCD
  • Regulator
  • Wetsuit
  • Dive Computer
  • Mask & Snorkel
  • Fins

Rental gear is available on this liveaboard and is payable onboard. You will need to pre-book rental gear if required. We will collect information on your rental gear requirements once your trip is confirmed.
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Boat Safety Features & Communication

  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Fire alarms
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen
  • Life jackets
  • EPIRB distress system
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • GPS
  • Depth sounder
  • Life rafts
  • Radar
  • Fishfinder
  • Emergency flares
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light


  • Standard Cabin
  • Upper Deck Cabin

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Boat Specifications

  • Length: 49.20 metres
  • Beam: 8.50 metres
  • Maximum speed: 10 knots
  • Cruising speed: 8 knots
  • Engine: Twin Marine Engines 375hp
  • Maximum guests: 36-38
  • Number of cabins: 20
  • Number of bathrooms: 20
  • Tenders: 3 RIB with Yamaha 40hp
  • Water capacity: 35,000 litres
  • Watermaker: 5,000 litres per day

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