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Tubbataha Reefs and Natural Park
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a a Marine Protected Area (MPA) located in the heart of the Sulu Sea in the Philippines. Spanning 97,000 hectares, this UNESCO World Heritage site is located 150km southeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, right in the center of the Coral Triangle--the global center of marine biodiversity.
Widely-regarded as the pinnacle of diving in the Philippines, Tubbataha is made up of two coral atolls (North and South) and Jessie Beazley reef. Its surrounding waters are a haven for pelagic life such as sharks, mantas, and schools of fish, while its islets serve as a rookery and nesting site for seabirds.
The M/Y Resolute is a Philippine-registered Dive and Pleasure yacht currently cruising in the Philippines. Operating since 1998, she is currently one of the longest-running liveaboard vessels in the country with a highly-experienced crew. The Resolute accommodates sixteen (16) divers plus dive masters and crew, and features an outdoor and indoor lounge and a mess hall on the deck. A smaller number of divers allows for a less-crowded experience underwater and a smaller footprint on the reef.
The 7-day expedition (5 days diving, 2 days travel) is scheduled at the end of May in time for more whale sharks cruising by the reef and while the surface is as flat as glass. A May 31 to June 6 schedule makes this a full moon trip, increasing the chances of pelagic encounters due to stronger currents and spawning corals.
In addition to the incredible diving, basic workshops will be given by Conservation and Wildlife Photographer and Nikon Philippines Ambassador Noel Guevara on selected days, as well as one-on-one instruction and critique of photos. The trip is open to non-photographers and photographers of all levels, although beginners will benefit from the lectures the most. All camera types and brands are welcome.
Full board accommodation in a twin sharing cabin
4 and ½ diving days (4 dives/day with tanks, weights & belt, chase boat and dive master. (NOTE: 2 dives only on last diving day)
EXCLUSIVE ON THIS TRIP: Talks and Workshops on select nights by Noel Guevara (approx 30 mins each)
Sharks / Ray Identification
Wide Angle Photography Fundamentals
Underwater Video Fundamentals
Photo / Video Critique / Coaching
USD2,788.00/person in twin sharing (7 days/6 nights) + $100 Park Fee
Early bird rate: less $100 if slots reserved before August 2019)
Non-Refundable 30% Downpayment + $100 Park Fee upon confirmation
Balance 120 days before the trip, on January 31, 2020
The boat has 8 cabins with ensuite bath and toilet. Maximum number of divers is 16 pax. Each room can only accommodate 2 divers.
40 dives minimum each diver required. Does not need to be an advanced but should be experienced.
Nitrox (32% standard) is USD25.00/person/day (4 tanks maximum/day) Unused non refundable
NB: with 10% discount for advance booking with payment before the trip
Dive insurance is required and we also encourage to have a travel insurance.
Some dive might cancel due to unforeseen circumstances.
Cancellations made 120 days or less prior to departure date, all payment is not refunded. However, substitution of passengers is permitted
Dive and Travel Insurances:
M/Y Resolute strongly recommends that guests have their dive and travel insurance. M/Y Resolute is not liable for cancellation of trips due to force majeure /weather or other unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies/diving accidents.
In case of mechanical problems or boat breakdown, M/Y Resolute will make best effort to provide alternate accommodation. Should this be unavailable, M/Y Resolute will refund ONLY the unused portion of the trip.
M/Y Resolute will not be responsible for transportation expenses beyond what is included in the dive package. (i.e. PPS airport to Ship transfers)
Trip Cancellation due to Weather and Mechanical Failure
If the trip is cancelled due to either bad weather conditions, or mechanical malfunctions within the boat, which effectively prevents it from leaving port, the trip may be re-scheduled to another date. M/Y Resolute will not allow a refund in lieu of a reschedule.
Decisions on weather conditions and other matters involving the safety of the boat and everyone on it, regardless of the coast guard’s clearance to sail, are at the sole and final discretion of the captain.
If a storm was declared during a trip, and the trip needs to be aborted for safety reasons, no refund will be provided.
Guests are not allowed to request for the cancellation and rescheduling of the trip.